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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
During a natural disaster, social media and other online platforms must be accessible to effectively inform and advise all people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's not just your physical hotel that needs to be disabled traveler friendly if you want to attract guests. You also need to make your website accessible to disabled users by following the WCAG’s recommendations.
By providing services well beyond spelling and grammar checks, Ghotit is a great example of a company that uses a product and a vision to make internet accessibility a reality for users with dyslexia and dysgraphia.
While Excel is compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and access software such as JAWS can be integrated with the program, sighted users should be familiar with how to set up workbooks and spreadsheets for vision-impaired users.
Whereas the digital divide focuses on access to ICT (or lack thereof), digital inclusion is meant to be a practical, policy-driven approach that addresses the needs of individuals and communities as a whole.
Shopping from home relieving the burden of transportation but if an online stores website or mobile site is not accessible, disabled consumers are essentially barred from being able to take advantage of what may be a convenience or requirement.