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Ten Ways to Plan for Digital Accessibility with Your New Business

October 8, 2018 1:48:00 PM EDT

Every new business needs to understand ADA and web accessibility requirements. Incorporating accessibility into your business plan from the beginning will make the process easier and your website more compliant. Read these 10 tips for proactively planning for digital accessibility.

Common Web Accessibility Myths

October 5, 2018 11:11:00 AM EDT

The accessibility community is collaborative and generous with its content, but there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about accessible websites and the people who use them. These are some of the most common myths and their realities.

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.

Men’s Health Month

June 14, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

Men’s Health Month seeks to encourage health exams and screenings, early treatment of injuries and diseases, and early detection of serious illnesses. Men with disabilities need accessible websites to gain access to health information and to use the Internet to interact with healthcare providers. 

Web Accessibility Lawsuits in the Healthcare Industry

June 1, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

ADA web accessibility lawsuits have targeted organizations of all sizes and all industries, including a number of healthcare organizations. This article discusses some high-profile healthcare web accessibility lawsuits and offers suggestions for how your own organization can lower its risk.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

How the NFL is Committed to Web Accessibility

February 2, 2018 12:33:21 PM EST

With Super Bowl LII coming up this Sunday, February 4, now is the perfect time to look at one of the National Football League’s biggest victories: its commitment to providing a truly accessible experience on its website, NFL.com.

Braille Literacy Month: Ensure Accessibility for Visually Impaired Users

January 23, 2018 1:50:27 PM EST

Braille isn’t just used for standard reading and writing — it also allows the visually impaired to surf the web and use a smartphone through assistive technology.

BoIA Devotes $100k to Help School Districts with Accessibility

December 21, 2017 10:25:18 AM EST

To help schools navigate web accessibility regulations and to improve the overall accessibility of educational markets for impaired individuals, the Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) is providing in-kind donations of $100,000 in detailed electronic scans of their website and consultation to interpret results and help formulate a remediation strategy for qualified educational institutions.

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.

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

November 21, 2017 10:07:52 AM EST

National Epilepsy Awareness Month should serve as a reminder to all businesses with an online presence that there are simple steps they can take to make sure their websites offer an accessible experience for the 3.4 million people in the U.S. (and 64 million people worldwide) with epilepsy. With web accessibility lawsuits on the rise, it is time to ensure your website is engaging and safe for users living with epilepsy.

What is NDEAM?

October 27, 2017 7:55:16 AM EDT

Observing and celebrating the NDEAM movement is a great way to promote awareness about the challenges and unique benefits of being a disabled employee, and to further foster a sense of community, compassion, and inclusion in your workplace.

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.

Navigating Web Accessibility During Natural Disasters

September 21, 2017 1:33:56 PM EDT

During a natural disaster, social media and other online platforms must be accessible to effectively inform and advise all people.

Internet Closed Captioning Requirements

August 24, 2017 2:35:00 PM EDT

Over the last few years, important progress has been made in ensuring that the majority of the video content available on the internet includes closed captioning features to allow people with hearing difficulties to enjoy a wide range of video programming.

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.

Accessibility from the Ground Up: What to Consider When Developing a New Website

August 7, 2017 8:19:16 AM EDT

From greater social inclusion to legal compliance and an expanded customer base, there are several strong reasons why organizations should invest in making their websites accessible. However, approaching accessibility correctly isn’t as straightforward as it might appear.

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