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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.

4 Accessibility Tips for Web Developers

March 27, 2018 9:39:00 AM EDT

Although accessibility brings with it a wide range of advantages, many web developers still aren’t sure about the best ways to begin making websites more accessible. These four basic tips can help developers get started with their accessibility initiatives.

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.

Improving Video Accessibility for State and Local Government Websites

January 18, 2018 11:00:00 AM EST

Increasingly, state and local government websites are leveraging video for a variety of purposes: promoting tourism, issuing storm warnings, updating viewers on new urban development projects, informing citizens how to vote, releasing messages from the mayor’s office, and other important happenings. Being truly inclusive when building your website means that your videos must be accessible to everyone — including people with disabilities.

WCAG 2.1: What You Need to Know

January 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM EST

Enter WCAG 2.1: the latest draft version of WCAG, which is currently under revision. Rather than replacing or modifying WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1 is intended to enhance it, filling in some of the gaps left by the previous guidelines. 

Support Human Rights Awareness with Website Accessibility

December 13, 2017 7:40:10 AM EST

Human Rights Day, a global celebration of the universal human rights that today’s world has committed to protecting for every living person on the planet, was celbrated this week. The web is becoming an integral part of Americans’ daily lives, and this is why access to the internet should be considered a basic human right for all Americans. Part of the conversation around Human Rights Day, is to ask yourself if your company or organization is supporting the human rights of your fellow citizens in one of the easiest and most important ways: making your website accessible.

School Districts and Web Accessibility: Where to Start

December 6, 2017 8:50:36 AM EST

Without experience implementing web accessibility, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Even if you think that you’ve taken steps to become more accessible, you might have overlooked some of the difficulties that people with vision, hearing, motor, or learning disabilities might encounter when navigating and using your website. The good news is that you can take steps today to make your website more accessible to users and protect yourself from lengthy and complicated litigation.

How To Plan Your School’s Website for Accessibility & Avoid Fines

November 16, 2017 11:19:33 AM EST

“Website accessibility” enables people with disabilities to view, understand, navigate, and interact with your website. For school websites, this could be anyone from students and parents to teachers, staff, and community members. By committing to accessibility as a priority for your school’s community, you give everyone the same access and opportunity, thereby expanding the educational experience to a greater number of people.

How to Ensure Your Website is ADA-Compliant: The Top Guidelines to Follow

November 8, 2017 1:08:07 PM EST

Until the ADA is updated to address the special case of website accessibility, or the Department of Justice releases its website accessibility regulations, complying with WCAG 2.0 Level AA is the best way to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to your website. The overview below will tell you everything you need to know about meeting the WCAG 2.0 Level AA recommendations.

The Most Common Web Accessibility Issues to Avoid

November 3, 2017 9:31:56 AM EDT

Good news: Coding an ADA-compliant website is achievable with minimal expense and minimal impact on usability or design — if some basic guidelines and strategies are followed. The following list details the best ways to avoid the seven most common web accessibility issues.

Web Accessibility – What You Need to Know

October 18, 2017 1:00:32 PM EDT

Web accessibility is not a trend; it's the law. If your website is not accessible to people with disabilities, or does not comply with disability standards, your business may be at risk for a lawsuit.

EU Moves Toward Mandated Mobile App Accessibility

September 26, 2017 12:00:23 PM EDT

New standards built on the EU’s 2016 Web and Mobile Accessibility Directive, go further by not only extending the standards to specifically address mobile apps, but also by making the standards binding for member states.

What is a VPAT and how is it used?

August 21, 2017 8:45:58 AM EDT

A VPAT, or Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, is a document that allows your company or organization to provide a comprehensive analysis of your conformance to accessibility standards set by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. 

What is the AODA?

August 18, 2017 9:58:34 AM EDT

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) includes accessibility standards for key areas of everyday life such as customer service,information and communications, employment,built environment, and transportation.

How to Make Video Accessible on the Internet

July 6, 2017 9:37:00 AM EDT

Videos are an essential part of the web browsing experience, and they're poised to grow even more in the future. This means, of course, that anyone concerned about website accessibility needs to have a solid plan for video.

Alternative Text: What and Why

June 30, 2017 3:03:00 PM EDT

Utilized properly, alternative text will help you gain an edge on your competitors,maintain the highest levels of compliance, and demonstrate your company’s commitment to social responsibility.

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines

June 23, 2017 3:13:00 PM EDT

Any user agent that follows UAAG 2.0 will improve accessibility through its user interface as well as its ability to communicate with other technologies, including assistive technologies.

What Is the OCR, and Why Are Schools Scrambling?

June 8, 2017 6:16:00 AM EDT

Schools, school districts, and departments of education across the country are scrambling to avoid conflicts with the OCR. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is the organization within U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) tasked with ensuring access to education by enforcing civil rights. Essentially, the OCR prohibits discrimination by schools on the basis of disability, race, sex, national origin, color, or age.

What Does the 2017 ICT Refresh Mean for Websites?

June 5, 2017 1:11:00 PM EDT

The internet's ability to connect people of different backgrounds and abilities with information and services makes web accessibility crucial for all organizations. This includes federal procurement bodies, which subscribe to web accessibility and technology standards when opening the public purse.

Accelerator Keys Save Time

May 30, 2017 1:21:00 AM EDT

Accelerator keys are a combination of keystrokes that allow users to interact with software or to input commands without going through the traditional user interface.

Why Websites Need an Accessibility Statement

May 22, 2017 12:02:00 PM EDT

Organizations publish an accessibility statement on their websites to describe their policy, goals, and accomplishments related to web accessibility. The statement also includes instructions on how to use specific accessibility technology that is available on the website and how to contact the organization if a disabled visitor runs into problems.

Best Fonts To Use for Website Accessibility

May 20, 2017 5:18:00 AM EDT

Designers who are looking to maximize the legibility of their websites should investigate fonts that have been created with readers with dyslexia or visual impairments in mind, such as Read Regular, Lexie Readable, and Tiresias.

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