Assistive Technology 101: What You Need to Know

May 23, 2019 9:50:00 AM EDT

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.

Empower People with Disabilities as Experts in Diversity, Inclusion, and Development

May 22, 2019 9:57:53 AM EDT

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.

Digital Accessibility for the Travel Industry

May 17, 2019 11:43:56 AM EDT

“Accessible travel” is the concept that all people — including people with vision, hearing, mobility, and cognitive impairments — should be able to do what they want to do and go where they want to go without facing unnecessary barriers, physical or digital, that prevent them from enjoying their travel and tourism experiences to the fullest capacity possible.

50 Digital Accessibility Facts for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

May 16, 2019 10:19:18 AM EDT

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.

Accessibility vs. Usability vs. Inclusion

May 14, 2019 11:01:04 AM EDT

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.

Disability Rights Film Coming to Netflix from the Obamas, Higher Ground

May 11, 2019 12:02:34 PM EDT

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground, is releasing a feature-length documentary telling the story of those who attended a summer camp for teenagers with disabilities in the late 1960s and early 1970s. "Crip Camp" is part of Higher Ground's first phase of releases in their partnership with Netflix.

Lego Unveils Braille Bricks as a Fun Way to Help Kids Learn Braille

May 6, 2019 6:59:53 PM EDT

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.

History of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

May 6, 2019 9:15:40 AM EDT

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?

National Life Insurance Day Challenge: Make Your Websites Accessible

May 2, 2019 10:11:59 AM EDT

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.

Why is website accessibility becoming so popular?

May 1, 2019 11:00:49 AM EDT

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.

Inaccessible School Materials and Parents with Disabilities: What's the impact?

April 26, 2019 9:11:11 AM EDT

Much has been written and discussed about the accessibility of digital materials used in education, and as the concepts of web accessibility become more-commonly understood and applied, there should be more movement in that space in the not-so-distant future. Most people understand why it's critical for a student's success that they have access to the information and materials they need when they need them. What happens, though, when it isn't the student that faces accessibility barriers, but the parent or parents?

What is color contrast?

April 20, 2019 11:27:02 AM EDT

Colors are an essential feature of web design and how they're used is a core consideration of a website's or app's accessibility. A term you may have heard is "color contrast," but if you aren't quite sure what that means, we have you covered.

Why does web accessibility matter for retail businesses?

April 18, 2019 4:00:16 PM EDT

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.

Creative Site Design That's Beautiful and Accessible

April 16, 2019 9:10:00 AM EDT

Some people think that creating an accessible website limits design and creativity; however, prioritizing accessibility can inspire beautiful and creative site design. Using color and images thoughtfully, for example, can make your site stand out. Here are 4 tips for creative site design with accessibility in mind.

Valuing Accessibility Should Be Part of Your Company's Corporate Social Responsibility

April 12, 2019 12:12:01 PM EDT

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.

Have you taken advantage of our on-site accessibility training?

April 11, 2019 2:48:04 PM EDT

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.

6 Unexpected Benefits of Web Accessibility

April 4, 2019 11:36:05 AM EDT

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.

5 Quick Ways to Self-check the Accessibility of a Website

April 3, 2019 4:09:44 PM EDT

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.

Checklist for Creating Accessible Videos

April 2, 2019 9:08:00 AM EDT

Creating accessible videos can drastically broaden their reach and usability. Unfortunately an often-overlooked part of video production, accessibility doesn't have to add significant time or cost, especially when considered from the beginning. Everyone benefits from accessible videos. Here are the steps to creating an accessible video.

6 Tips for Browsing the Web with Cognitive Disabilities or If You Have Trouble Understanding Web Content

March 28, 2019 9:20:00 AM EDT

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.

We Already Fixed Our Website for Accessibility - Are we done?

March 26, 2019 9:10:00 AM EDT

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.

3 Tips for Browsing the Web If You Have Difficulty Using a Mouse

March 23, 2019 11:10:15 AM EDT

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.

5 Tips for Browsing the Web without Traditional Keyboard Use

March 22, 2019 12:17:09 PM EDT

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.

3 Tips for Easier Web Browsing with Hearing Disabilities

March 21, 2019 9:05:00 AM EDT

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.

New Lookout App from Google Detects Surrounding Items for People with Visual Disabilities

March 15, 2019 11:20:00 AM EDT

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.

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