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Get Your Letters from Santa in Braille

December 5, 2018 10:30:00 AM EST

Many people don't know that Santa Clause knows Braille. That's right — children who read Braille can have their very own letter from Santa. Check out some of the organizations that help with this and get your requests in on time!

Recognizing the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2018 11:15:00 AM EST

December 3rd in the global observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the United Nations, the day "aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life."

Disability Statistics in the United States

November 29, 2018 10:55:00 AM EST

Many people are surprised to learn how much of the population actually lives with a disability. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 US adults has a disability, and the percentage is higher in those age 65 and older. When we consider that by 2030, people 65 and older will outnumber children in the country, it's a reminder that the time for accessibility is now.

How to Introduce People to Digital Accessibility: 7 Tips

November 27, 2018 2:48:02 PM EST

You're an advocate for disability rights and digital accessibility and you want to introduce somebody to the reasons for and best practices of accessibility — but where do you even start? Here are seven tips to help you teach someone the importance of accessible websites and apps.

Digital Accessibility Benefits Your Brand

November 24, 2018 2:59:09 PM EST

More than just a buzzword, your brand is vital to your success in the digital age. Increasingly, digital accessibility needs to be part of your brand strategy, presenting opportunities to both create accessible experiences and let people know about it.

7 Basic Steps to Making PDFs More Accessible

November 19, 2018 12:16:07 PM EST

PDF accessibility is as important as any piece of your digital presence, but sometimes digital documents are overlooked. From tagging to layout to color contrast, these tips can help you improve the accessibility of your PDFs.

New York State is Holding Listening Sessions to Study Accessibility of Ride Sharing for People with Disabilities

November 16, 2018 5:11:35 PM EST

Earlier this week, the New York State Transportation Network Company Accessibility Task Force announced it will be holding public listening sessions in November and December. The purpose of these sessions is to study the accessibility of the state's ride sharing services for people with disabilities.

Five Ways to Improve Your SEO with Web Accessibility

November 13, 2018 11:20:00 AM EST

It's a common misconception that web accessibility comes at a cost to web developers and marketers with little benefit. Search engine optimization (SEO) best practices and following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) actually overlap. In fact, websites that take web accessibility seriously consistently rank higher than their competition on Google and YouTube.

Tips for Making Your Presentations Accessible

November 9, 2018 3:41:48 PM EST

When you give a presentation, you want to convey a memorable and interesting message to as much of your audience as possible. However, people with certain disabilities may experience challenges that make it harder for them to fully understand your talk. Here are some tips to make your next presentation more accessible.

When is the right time to plan for digital accessibility?

November 7, 2018 7:37:39 PM EST

In small companies and large corporations alike, people often ask, “When should we start accounting for digital accessibility?” It’s a hard question that usually has the same, simple answer: as soon as possible.

National Epilepsy Awareness Month

November 3, 2018 1:54:41 PM EDT

Did you know that an estimated 1-in-26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime? Learn more about one of the most common neurological disorders and spread the word this National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

Section 508 Compliance Testing for Websites

October 31, 2018 5:51:11 PM EDT

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by federal agencies and contractors. Section 508 was added in 1998 to require their electronic and information technology (EIT) be made accessible to both employees and the public.

Free Accessibility Tools and Assistive Technology You Can Use Today

October 26, 2018 11:30:00 AM EDT

Cost has always been a factor affecting access to assistive technology and accessibility tools that can improve people's ability to consume and contribute to the digital world. However, there are many powerful accessibility tools that are available for free. Here are some you can start using today.

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.

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.

ADA and Website Accessibility Compliance: What's New in 2018

September 19, 2018 1:25:05 PM EDT

Published in June 2018, WCAG 2.1 adds to and does not replace WCAG 2.0. Because of this, adhering to WCAG 2.1 means you automatically also adhere to WCAG 2.0, as the existing guidelines and checkpoints remained unchanged.

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.

National Immunization Awareness Month and Web Accessibility

August 29, 2018 12:08:04 PM EDT

As the 2018 edition of NIAM draws to a close, and as children and parents prepare for the new school year, it’s the perfect time to look back on why web accessibility is so crucial for healthcare. Nearly 1 in 5 people in the U.S. has a disability, so making your website accessible is imperative to fully serve all of your users.

Why Developers Must Consider Alternate Input Devices for Web Accessibility

August 27, 2018 9:56:53 AM EDT

When developing their websites for accessibility, many organizations focus on assistive technologies for output.  Yet, input devices receive comparatively little attention. A variety of alternate input devices suitable for a variety of different situations are available to computer users with disabilities.

How Screen Magnification Software Makes Web Accessibility Possible

August 21, 2018 9:22:31 AM EDT

When developing websites for people with visual disabilities, it's important to remember that visual disabilities lie on a spectrum.  For users with visual disabilities who can still read text in large print, screen magnification software is a vitally important assistive technology. If organizations want their websites to be truly accessible, sites must be compatible with that software.

How Braille Displays Help Users with Visual Impairments Access the Web

August 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM EDT

Assistive technologies such as refreshable braille displays have enabled computer users with visual impairments to access the internet independently. In order to adequately serve braille readers then, web developers and designers must evaluate the compatibility of their site with refreshable braille displays.

Why Screen Readers Are Essential for Website Accessibility

August 13, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

We’ve discussed screen readers in previous articles here at the Bureau of Internet Accessibility. However, with the June release of the updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, WCAG 2.1, it’s the perfect time to look back on what web developers should already know about screen readers, and what you should know moving forward.

Summer Eye Safety

August 8, 2018 7:35:37 AM EDT

If you suffer from vision impairment or any type of eye injury, web accessibility will be increasingly important to you. Fortunately, there are many tools and devices that can be used on properly accessible web pages to improve the user experience of people with vision problems.

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