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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. 

Why Web Accessibility is Crucial for Digital Marketers

April 10, 2018 12:02:03 PM EDT

Although digital marketers are constantly searching for new ways to reach out to their audience and broaden their company’s appeal, web accessibility remains overlooked and underutilized.

What e-Commerce Sites Need to Know About Web Accessibility

April 5, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

Web accessibility is a crucial factor for both internet users with disabilities and the e-commerce websites that they frequent. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the basics of web accessibility as it pertains to e-commerce retailers.

How Web Accessibility Affects People with Autism

April 2, 2018 1:24:00 PM EDT

Monday, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day 2018. For the 11th straight year, people across the globe will be shining a light on the hurdles faced by people with autism and their loved ones on a daily basis, web accessibility included.

Why Web Accessibility Matters to People with Brain Injuries

March 22, 2018 11:40:00 AM EDT

In this post we highlight the specific ways our world of website accessibility can impact people who have been have had a traumatic brain injury.In particular, people with brain injuries face challenges that businesses and website developers aren’t always conscious of.

Leveraging HTML for Web Accessibility

March 20, 2018 11:45:00 AM EDT

If properly harnessed, HTML can be one of the most powerful accessibility tools for your website, helping to guide users and their assistive devices through your site’s content and structure.

What Website Developers Need to Know About Closed Captions

March 15, 2018 11:36:00 AM EDT

Including closed captions isn’t just advantageous for users with hearing disabilities. Web developers should be aware that close captions can help with WCAG compliance and boost SEO for their clients.

How Web Accessibility Improves User Experience for Financial Services Companies

March 6, 2018 3:49:14 PM EST

People with disabilities have been traditionally under served by the financial industry. By reaching out to these customers with accessibility initiatives, banks and other financial services companies will help lower barriers while expanding their customer base and accruing some positive PR.

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