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Web Design and Accessibility: Basics every new designer should know

October 12, 2018 2:36:56 PM EDT

The concepts of accessible web design empower designers to create beautiful and compelling experiences that everyone, including people with disabilities, can use. Here are some of the basics that new designers, or designers new to accessibility, should know.

Ten Ways to Plan for Digital Accessibility with Your New Business

October 8, 2018 1:48:00 PM EDT

Every new business needs to understand ADA and web accessibility requirements. Incorporating accessibility into your business plan from the beginning will make the process easier and your website more compliant. Read these 10 tips for proactively planning for digital accessibility.

The Basics and Importance of Color Contrast for Web Accessibility

October 1, 2018 2:05:00 PM EDT

Color contrast is a critical aspect of accessibility. Color contrast refers to the difference in light between text and its background. Make sure your website meets the minimum color contrast ratios to allow as many people as possible to view your content.

Back to School: Why Web Accessibility is Important for Education

September 6, 2018 1:48:17 PM EDT

It's back to school time! As an integral part of a fair and appropriate public education (FAPE), web accessibility helps students of all ages and abilities to be able to access online course content, understand video lectures, take quizzes and tests, and use class resources appropriately.

Why Developers Must Consider Alternate Input Devices for Web Accessibility

August 27, 2018 9:56:53 AM EDT

When developing their websites for accessibility, many organizations focus on assistive technologies for output.  Yet, input devices receive comparatively little attention. A variety of alternate input devices suitable for a variety of different situations are available to computer users with disabilities.

How Screen Magnification Software Makes Web Accessibility Possible

August 21, 2018 9:22:31 AM EDT

When developing websites for people with visual disabilities, it's important to remember that visual disabilities lie on a spectrum.  For users with visual disabilities who can still read text in large print, screen magnification software is a vitally important assistive technology. If organizations want their websites to be truly accessible, sites must be compatible with that software.

How Braille Displays Help Users with Visual Impairments Access the Web

August 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM EDT

Assistive technologies such as refreshable braille displays have enabled computer users with visual impairments to access the internet independently. In order to adequately serve braille readers then, web developers and designers must evaluate the compatibility of their site with refreshable braille displays.

Why Screen Readers Are Essential for Website Accessibility

August 13, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

We’ve discussed screen readers in previous articles here at the Bureau of Internet Accessibility. However, with the June release of the updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, WCAG 2.1, it’s the perfect time to look back on what web developers should already know about screen readers, and what you should know moving forward.

Summer Eye Safety

August 8, 2018 7:35:37 AM EDT

If you suffer from vision impairment or any type of eye injury, web accessibility will be increasingly important to you. Fortunately, there are many tools and devices that can be used on properly accessible web pages to improve the user experience of people with vision problems.

WCAG 2.1 Principles Explained: Robustness

July 26, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

In technology, something that is robust comes with a wide range of capabilities or is able to deal with many different situations. Robustness, as defined by WCAG, refers specifically to web content that is compatible with a variety of “user agents”: browsers, assistive technologies, and other means of accessing web content.

WCAG 2.1 Principles Explained: Perceivability

July 17, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

With the release of the latest version in June, WCAG 2.1, now is the perfect time for a refresher on the four WCAG main principles. The first, perceivability, requires web content to be presented in a way that all users can recognize and understand.

Whats new in WCAG 2.1?

July 10, 2018 10:07:33 AM EDT

June 5th, 2018 saw the first evolution of the WCAG standards in a decade with the release of WCAG 2.1. These new recommendations include updates to address mobile devices, as well as to better serve people with low vision and cognitive difficulties.

Why Web Accessibility Is Important for Transportation Network Companies

June 28, 2018 9:41:19 AM EDT

Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing services have attempted to fill the transportation gap for people with disabilities, providing on-demand transportation at a price that’s competitive with traditional taxi companies. In order to cater to users with disabilities,  ride-hailing companies must make website and mobile application accessibility a priority.

Why Web Accessibility Is Important for Summer Vacation

June 21, 2018 10:43:25 AM EDT

As summer vacation begins, parents, businesses, and governments should all work to ensure that everyone, including children with disabilities, can enjoy facilities such as zoos, museums, public parks, and beaches. Web accessibility can play a vital role in helping people with disabilities find and interact with public and private facilities this summer.

Web Accessibility for Travel Agencies

June 19, 2018 10:40:18 AM EDT

The planning phase of travel is essential for people with a disability who may need to spend extra time researching and asking questions before setting off on a trip. Therefore, it is vital that websites serving the travel industry are fully accessible for all users.

Web Accessibility and the Hotel Industry

June 12, 2018 9:14:54 AM EDT

A recent market study conducted by Mandala Research has found that American adults with disabilities spend more than $17 billion each year on travel. Hotel website and service accessibility is a necessity for the would-be travelers.

Check Out Our New Color Contrast Tool

June 6, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

BoIA release a new tool, the Color Contrast Accessibility Validator. The tool is free and is intended for use by website owners and developers to test their web pages for color contrast issues that can impede usability for people with visual disabilities.

Healthy Vision Month and Web Accessibility

May 24, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

May is Healthy Vision Month. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are 3.2 million Americans with some degree of visual impairment or blindness. What’s more, this number is expected to more than double to 8 million by 2050, including 2 million people who will be legally blind.  Web accessibility will be increasingly important in order to provide goods and services to the millions of Americans with visual disabilities.

International Nurses Day and Web Accessibility

May 18, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

Last Saturday, May 12th saw the celebration of International Nurses Day, which occurs every year on the birthday of history’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale. The event is intended to recognize and raise awareness of the contributions that nurses around the world make to society. Improving the accessibility of healthcare websites can go a long way in making nurses more efficient and productive. 

Skin Cancer Awareness and Web Accessibility

May 4, 2018 10:55:59 AM EDT

It is important that people with disabilities have the same access to skin cancer screenings and information, so that they can catch the disease quickly and begin treatment. With the Internet revolutionizing patient care and education, web accessibility plays a crucial role in skin cancer awareness for people with disabilities.

How Web Accessibility Affects Primary Care Practices

May 2, 2018 7:29:00 AM EDT

Instead of conducting business in person, many people with disabilities prefer using the Internet to find information and access services. This means that  primary care practices must invest in web accessibility to better serve patients with disabilities.

Why Language is Important for Web Accessibility

April 26, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

English is widely seen as the de facto language of science, diplomacy, and the Internet. Yet English is by no means the only language used on websites: other languages such as Spanish and Mandarin Chinese each have hundreds of millions of users online. In this article, we’ll discuss why developing websites with language and multilingualism in mind is important for accessibility.

Functional Neurological Disorder and Web Accessibility

April 19, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

As people around the world share their stories on Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day 2018, the Bureau of Internet Accessibility is proud to raise awareness about how website owners can improve accessibility for people with FND and other neurological disorders.

International Children's Book Day and Web Accessibility

April 12, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

Nearly every author wants their work to be read by an audience that’s as large as possible — but when it comes to accessibility, this goal goes unmet all too often. 

World Parkinsons Day and Web Accessibility

April 11, 2018 12:10:13 PM EDT

People with Parkinson’s disease experience challenges using the Internet that aren’t always obvious to people without a motor or cognitive disability. For example, the hand tremors caused by Parkinson’s can make it hard for people to use a standard mouse or even a keyboard. 

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