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Digital Accessibility Newsletter
August 2020







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Accessibility in 2030

What does the future of tech tell us about the future of accessibility? From self-driving cars to 3D printing to wearable devices, here are a few predictions.

Future of Tech and Accessibility

Annual OCR Report Is Completely Inaccessible to Some

Like all federal agencies, the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is required by law to make its content accessible.

Unfortunately, the Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019, delivered last week, doesn't come close. The 44-page PDF is not tagged, which makes it inaccessible to assistive tech like screen readers, and uses colors with poor contrast to show important information, among other missteps.

However, the report does provide a great learning opportunity for others.

More about the OCR's Annual Report and Accessibility Lessons from It

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SEO Is Changing

Search engines are getting a lot smarter and as a result the link between accessibility best practices and SEO rankings is stronger than ever. No longer only concerned with keywords, algorithms look for well-written and well-structured content.

Quality content is key to a11y and SEO.

The Link between SEO and Accessibility

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List Grows of Companies Working from Home Until 2021 or Forever

Google now says employees can work from home until at least next summer.

Facebook? Twitter? Zillow? Their employees can work from home forever.

These companies must set an inclusive example.

Companies extending work from home

Rising to Meet the Telehealth Accessibility Challenge

As living rooms continue to replace waiting rooms, the time for a drastic improvement in the accessibility of telehealth is now.

For many individuals with disabilities, the current models make equal access to health care difficult. Whether the platforms themselves don't work with assistive technologies like screen readers, or there aren't immediately-available solutions for live captioning or sign language interpreters, the barriers presented by telehealth can be serious.

More about the telehealth accessibility challenge and call to action

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