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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.

Should you have a separate accessible website?

April 10, 2019 1:29:08 PM EDT

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.

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.

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.

3 Tips for Easier Web Browsing with Visual Disabilities

March 15, 2019 10:15:00 AM EDT

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.

How Do We Perform Accessibility Testing for the Impact of Speech Disabilities?

March 7, 2019 9:05:00 AM EST

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.

How Do We Perform Accessibility Testing for the Impact of Physical Disabilities?

March 6, 2019 9:40:00 AM EST

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.

How Do We Perform Accessibility Testing for the Impact of Cognitive, Learning, and Neurological Disabilities?

March 5, 2019 10:05:00 AM EST

Series: 3 of 5. This article is part of a five-part series that highlights some of what we look for when testing websites and apps to identify the accessibility barriers people with certain disability types may experience. Check out how we test for cognitive, learning, and neurological disabilities.

How Do We Perform Accessibility Testing for the Impact of Auditory Disabilities?

February 22, 2019 1:07:03 PM EST

In this series, we're sharing some of what we look for when testing for the accessibility impacts of different disability types. In part 2-of-5, check out how we test for the impact of auditory or hearing disabilities.

Inclusive Accessibility Themed Emojis Arrive

February 19, 2019 9:15:00 AM EST

Emojis have been a part of our vocabulary for some time now, but new emojis have been announced that will be more inclusive of people with disabilities, significantly expanding expression in conversation. The Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organization that develops, maintains, and promotes software that standardizes digital text internationally on all software platforms, will add 13 emojis representing people with disabilities.

How to Create Accessible Content and Designs for People with Dyslexia

February 12, 2019 10:22:00 AM EST

Dyslexia is a term most people have heard, but not everyone understands the impact it has on millions of Americans. Even fewer are aware of key content and design considerations to make digital content easier for people with dyslexia to read and use. Learn about dyslexia and accessibility considerations here.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for People Who Are Blind or Have Vision Loss

February 11, 2019 9:20:00 AM EST

Valentine’s Day is a time to show your love to the special people in your life — and it’s just around the corner! You know how you feel, but it can be tricky to find that perfect gift to express yourself. Here are some great gift ideas especially for your loved ones who are blind or have vision loss.

Make Your Hashtags Accessible

February 5, 2019 10:25:00 AM EST

Make your hashtags more accessible by capitalizing the first letter of each word. This helps people who use screen readers as well as anybody who has difficulty quickly understanding where one word ends and another begins.

Companies Can Help Protect Themselves from Website Accessibility Lawsuits with a Letter of Reasonable Accessibility from BoIA

February 1, 2019 9:15:00 AM EST

Businesses that have a Letter of Reasonable Accessibility will be better-protected from accessibility lawsuits, according to the Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA). BoIA clients who have opted into ongoing support will receive a Letter of Reasonable Accessibility that helps prove their accessibility compliance. Clients’ attorneys can quickly refer to and share the letter to help defend against web accessibility lawsuits.

Digital Accessibility in the Physical World: 5 Use Cases

January 17, 2019 1:36:24 PM EST

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a full 25 percent of U.S. adults are living with a disability, which can create large and small complications and difficulties for the people who have them. In some instances, technological developments have made the daily lives of people with disabilities easier than ever before. Here are five ways that people with disabilities can use digital technologies in the world around them.

First-Ever 24/7 Accessibility Customer Support Line for Clients’ Websites Launched by Bureau of Internet Accessibility

January 14, 2019 10:05:00 AM EST

The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) announced today that it has launched the industry’s first live accessibility support phone line that will aid a website’s visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new support system enhances the company’s robust accessibility monitoring and support program to assist organizations with digital accessibility legal requirements.

Let’s Talk “AI for Accessibility” — Microsoft’s New Grant

January 10, 2019 5:44:15 PM EST

Microsoft recently announced a new grant called AI for Accessibility. This grant is geared to encourage developers to create products using Microsoft’s AI tools that will help people with disabilities. Here's an introduction to AI's role in accessibility and some information about Microsoft's grant.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Braille

January 3, 2019 10:55:00 AM EST

January 4 marks World Braille Day, a celebration of the reading and writing code used by some blind people. To honor this day and to spread some much-needed awareness, we're sharing five facts about Braille that many people who don't use the system may not yet realize.

Accessibility and the Internet of Things

December 15, 2018 10:20:00 AM EST

By promising to change the way we live, work, and travel, the Internet of Things (IoT) is projected to have a more dramatic impact in the very near future. When IoT devices are built to be accessible, they can greatly enhance the quality of life for some people. But what happens when they aren't accessible?

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.

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