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What is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)?

October 15, 2018 1:35:00 PM EDT

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a celebration of the value and talents that people with disabilities bring to the workforce — but it's also a reminder of the challenges and discrimination employees with disabilities sometimes face. Read about NDEAM and get resources to help promote workplace equality.

Digital Accessibility and the Hiring Process

October 10, 2018 2:20:35 PM EDT

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from discriminatory hiring practices from pre-employment through their last day on the job. See how web accessibility applies to the hiring process.

Why does the ADA Consider WCAG Compliance a Requirement?

October 3, 2018 12:29:00 PM EDT

The Americans with Disabilities Act provides civil rights protection to people with disabilities, prohibiting discrimination based on disability. WCAG serves as the standard in web accessibility guidelines. So, does the ADA require WCAG compliance?

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.

Attorneys General Urge Action and Clarity from Jeff Sessions, DOJ on Web Accessibility

August 1, 2018 12:50:46 PM EDT

19 Attorneys General have petitioned United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to formalize web accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

2018’s Flood of Accessibility Lawsuits

July 12, 2018 12:38:48 PM EDT

The ongoing delay in the release of federal accessibility guidelines has contributed to the giant increase in website accessibility lawsuits in 2018. With the lack of a federal directive by the DOJ, law firms are actively pursuing suits, resulting in a large spike in the number of web accessibility cases being filed.

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.

What the 4th of July Means for Accessibility

July 3, 2018 1:32:50 PM EDT

In America, the declaration of the nation’s commitment that people with disabilities are afforded the same levels of freedom and independence as everyone else is demonstrated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The legislation details the ways in which the federal government ensures that state and local government services, public accommodations and commercial facilities must accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.

PTSD Awareness Day

June 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM EDT

National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day is dedicated to helping people better understand PTSD and its impacts on so many in our society. For people living with PTSD, fully accessible online services are an integral part of ensuring access to vital services.

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.

How New Web Accessibility Regulations Affect Healthcare Providers

May 31, 2018 11:42:37 AM EDT

Two recent regulations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services make it clear that web accessibility must be a priority for healthcare providers.

Is Website Accessibility Required Under the ADA

April 24, 2018 11:18:06 AM EDT

Although it doesn’t explicitly mention them, the ADA has been widely interpreted to extend to websites. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of how web accessibility is a requirement under the ADA.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 13, 2018 3:17:55 PM EDT

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has designated March as Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Bureau of Internet Accessibility fully supports disability awareness initiatives, including Brain Injury Awareness Month during the month of March. We encourage readers to get involved in whatever ways best suit them.

Why Web Accessibility is So Important During Tax Season

February 13, 2018 10:53:49 AM EST

Making the process of filing taxes more accessible needs to be a multifaceted initiative. The IRS, state governments, and third-party financial companies must all work in unison to improve their web accessibility efforts if they wish to better serve the one in five Americans with a disability.

How Does a Government Shutdown Affect Web Accessibility?

January 29, 2018 4:17:25 PM EST

During a government shutdown, all non-essential activity terminates, and employees not involved in essential activities are placed on furlough. In the vast majority of cases, this includes civil litigation in the federal courts, including ADA lawsuits.

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.

Web Accessibility and Local Governments: What You Need to Know

January 10, 2018 10:30:00 AM EST

By connecting citizens with their government and providing access to information, the web is one of the most powerful tools of democracy. Unfortunately, far too many local government websites still have one big barrier for many of their users: accessibility.

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 Prevent a Web Accessibility Lawsuit

October 25, 2017 9:36:05 AM EDT

Not only does increased web accessibility help you maximize the number of people visiting your site, but it also is increasingly legally enforced, which leads to lawsuits and other legal implications for companies that don’t take the necessary steps to meet current accessibility requirements.

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.

Judge Seeks Clarity in Website Accessibility Case for the Visually Impaired

September 12, 2017 11:52:34 AM EDT

The lack of oversight for website accessibility requirements denies rights to people with disabilities and puts companies at risk of litigation. This issue recently returned to the center stage in a case against a well-known franchise that resulted in a judge's unprecedented call to the U.S. Department of Justice to weigh on the breadth of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding web accessibility.

Digital Accessibility Legislation: What Lawmakers Must Consider

September 1, 2017 2:50:47 PM EDT

Since 2015, there have been more than 250 federal lawsuits filed in the U.S. against various entities regarding accessibility. This highlights the need to have a clear and comprehensive bill that addresses all aspects of digital accessibility at a federal level.

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.

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