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Digital Accessibility Newsletter
July 2020







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COVID, Independence & Accessibility

"People think that because we can't see, we don't have a life."

Esubalew Johnston, a Colorado man who is blind, shares his thoughts on the challenges some face to practice social distancing and safe shopping.

Read our conversation with Esubalew

Transitioning Your Office Online Must Work for Everyone

Great article by Mark Shapiro, President of the Bureau of Internet Accessibility, featured on

Mark discusses how some employees with disabilities have requested telework accommodations for years, immediate steps employers can take to improve accessibility, and how some companies will actually come out of this stronger.

"You can take this chance," he says, "as unwelcome as it may have been, to reboot in a more inclusive and accessible way."

Check out Mark's feature on

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What Twitter's Blunder Can Teach Us About Accessibility

Twitter's recently-announced voice-activated tweet feature got lots of press, just not the good kind.

Companies can build better solutions and avoid apologies and do-overs with an a11y-first approach.

More about the lessons from Twitter's blunder

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Expect iOS 14 to Be Packed with New Accessibility Upgrades

At WWDC20, a ton of accessibility features were unveiled for the upcoming release of iOS 14.

Included are sign language recognition in Group FaceTime, Headphone Accommodations that will amplify soft sounds, enhanced magnification and Braille support, and a lot more.

More about iOS 14 accessibility

The Big 30 — Happy Early Birthday ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990.

The ADA was intended and has proven to be a monumental and pivotal moment for disability rights. Its legal framework requires equal access to information, services, and accommodations, helping digital accessibility get to where it is today.

Of course, the vast majority of websites still are not accessible and there is a lot more work to be done, but this anniversary serves as a good reminder that accessibility is a human right and the law is on its side.

Contact us now for help with your digital accessibility initiatives




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