For some people with various kinds of disabilities, standard computing technologies such as keyboards, monitors, and computer mice can be difficult or impossible to operate and to use to navigate the digital world. Fortunately, there are alternative methods that can help, known as assistive technologies, for using a computer or browsing the web. While the term “assistive technology” can apply to any device used to make tasks possible or easier ― such as wheelchairs and hearing aids ― this article will discuss only those assistive technologies used to supplement or replace computing devices.
Having people with disabilities visible and present in the community, making decisions, and being valued has the transformational power to impact attitudes toward inclusion. Being inclusive is important to an organization’s success in order to enact positive social change that includes all members of their community.
May 16, 2019 marks the eighth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). To help spread awareness of the importance of accessible digital and web experiences for all, we're highlighting 50 facts. The time for accessibility is now.
In the digital realm, the terms accessibility, usability, and inclusion often overlap, which can lead to these terms being confused. It’s not surprising to find the boundaries between these three concepts blurred because they can inform and improve one another — where lines can be drawn can be more a matter of opinion and interpretation is relative.
Less than 10% of blind students today are Braille readers, despite the common misconception that everyone who is blind knows Braille. To combat the Braille literacy crisis, Lego has put the recommendations of two charities into action and is testing the concept of Lego Braille Bricks.
Braille Bricks will aim to help children who are blind or have visual impairments learn Braille while having fun. The Lego Foundation and Lego Group made the announcement on April 24 at the Sustainable Brands Conference in Paris.
This month, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) turned 20 years old. WCAG version 1.0 was published on May 5, 1999 and was a total game-changer for web accessibility. Today, WCAG version 2.1 is cemented as the gold standard in accessibility. So, how did we get here?
When building a website, many designers and developers adhere to the principle of keeping everything as simple as possible, only as complex as it needs to be. This is usually a good practice for web design itself — but what about the text on your web pages?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 6.6 million people in the U.S. have a cognitive disability that affects their memory, concentration, or decision-making. Making the language of your website more accessible is a valuable step in improving the experience for people with disabilities.
National Life Insurance Day is observed every year on May 2, the anniversary of life insurance becoming available in the United States. This year, let's take the celebration a step further by committing to make life insurance websites and tools accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.
The concepts that govern web accessibility have been around for a few decades, but in the past few years accessibility has started to pick up steam in public consciousness. So, why now is web accessibility becoming so popular? Here are eight reasons.
It can be tricky to keep track of rapid changes in accessibility perception, laws, and lawsuits, and to understand which laws apply to certain websites. So, do state and local government websites have to be accessible?
For companies in the retail industry, they should make sure to especially consider whether:
- Their online presence is tied to a physical location.
- Their e-commerce functions are accessible to people with disabilities.
- They are maximizing SEO and website traffic through accessibility.
- Their emails, social media, and landing pages are also accessible.
- They are reaching every customer they could or excluding people because of the inaccessibility of their website or app.
More than ever, companies are striving to innovate workforce and culture. Companies that aim to be diverse and inclusive of people with disabilities take accessibility seriously, and also recognize that accessibility is a civil right.
Larger groups. Smaller, more intimate sessions. Teleconferences. Designed to meet your needs.
We offer an on-site accessibility training program for organizations that desire to build understanding and self-sufficiency in digital accessibility.
We believe that creating a separate website for people with disabilities is a form of segregation and can be discriminatory, and we advise against it unless there is absolutely no way around it. If you asking if you should have a separate accessible website, please also ask yourself these questions.
The most obvious benefit of web accessibility is that it helps people with disabilities enjoy your website’s content, products, and services. However, the advantages of web accessibility aren’t limited to their immediate impact for people with disabilities — and some of them may surprise you.
Here are 6 additional benefits of web accessibility for your organization, your employees, and your customers.
Ensuring your website is accessible is imperative for business, legal, and practical reasons, but it can be hard to know where to start, especially if technical requirements and testing aren't your strength. Here are some quick ways to check the accessibility of a website.
6 Tips for Browsing the Web with Cognitive Disabilities or If You Have Trouble Understanding Web Content
If you experience difficulty with reading, memory, focus, or problem-solving, and that difficulty interferes with your ability to easily consume web content, you're not alone. Whether you identify as having a cognitive disability or have temporary or minor challenges understanding digital information, some of these tips may help you.
A common web accessibility myth is that accessibility is a one-time fix. Companies sometimes believe that because their website or app was built to be accessible or, more likely, was tested and fixed in the past, that the task of thinking about accessibility is complete. It isn't. Accessibility requires monitoring and maintenance.
Motor disabilities manifest themselves in different ways for each person. Symptoms such as pain, tics, tremors, problems with fine motor skills, and paralysis can change in intensity over time, depending on the disorder. If you have any trouble using a mouse or want to discover options for making web browsing easier, check out these 3 tips.
As they’ve been designed today, standard input devices such as keyboards and computer mice need a high degree of fine motor control skills. Many people barely give this fact a second thought, but for others it poses an everyday challenge.
Fortunately, traditional keyboards are far from the only way that you can enter text and navigate the web. If you're looking for enhancements you can make so surfing the web is a little easier, please check out and consider these tips.
From breaking news videos to audiobooks, multimedia content is increasingly important to people’s activities online - and by 2021, 80 percent of the world’s internet traffic will be video. Unfortunately, when that content isn't made to be accessible, much of it could be lost to people with hearing disabilities. If you need or want to make adjustments to your web browsing experience, check out these tips.
Google has announced that its Lookout app, which uses the phone's cameras and sensors to identify objects and text, is now available on Pixel devices in the United States. Lookout uses artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize items and speak them aloud as they're detected.
Laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require that website content be made accessible to people with disabilities. Unfortunately, most websites don't currently meet those standards — and even when websites do comply with standards like the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), you still may require or prefer modifications to help. If you have trouble seeing or reading the material on websites, there are some actions you can take to improve your experience and make it easier.
This is part one in a five-part series about adjusting your web browsing experience to better-suit your needs.
This is the fifth and final piece of our series dedicated to sharing a bit of what we look for when testing websites and apps to identify the accessibility barriers people with certain disability types may experience. Take a peek at how we test for the impact of speech disabilities.
This article is the fourth in a five-part series dedicated to sharing what we look for when testing websites and mobile apps to identify the accessibility barriers that might affect people with certain disability types. Here we look at accessibility testing for people with physical disabilities.