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Bureau of Internet Accessibility

Digital Accessibility Newsletter
March 2019

New five-part series: Accessibility testing for the experiences of a wide variety of abilities

By testing according to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, BoIA tests for the experiences of a variety of abilities. But, what are we actually looking for when we test websites and apps for accessibility barriers?

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How-to: Create accessible content for people with dyslexia

Over 40 million US adults have dyslexia, yet it is often misunderstood and accessibility considerations for people with dyslexia are often overlooked. Debunk the myths and learn how making a few content and design changes can create cleaner, simpler digital experiences with a huge impact.

Make content more accessible for people with dyslexia

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Twitter accessibility tips

Last month we shared how to improve hashtag accessibility. This time around we’re diving deeper into some great features and considerations for creating accessible Twitter content.

With over 500 million Tweets sent each day, accessibility matters.

Check out Twitter accessibility tips.

New inclusive emojis

New emojis have been announced that will be more inclusive of people with disabilities. Some of the new releases will feature hearing devices, prosthetic legs, service animals, people in wheelchairs, and the American Sign Language expression for “deaf.”

More than just a symbol, emojis are a universal language that can transcend cultural barriers, express feeling, and make people feel more connected. Starting to prioritize inclusion is a step in the right direction.

 Inclusive accessibility themed emojis arrive

Could digital accessibility lawsuits triple in 2019?

In 2018, at least 2,258 website accessibility lawsuits were filed in federal court, almost tripling year-over-year. Could that happen in 2019?

Based on the current trends, we think website accessibility lawsuits will not only continue, but will continue to increase in volume. At this point, we would not be surprised if the number of lawsuits filed in 2019 is 2.5 times higher than 2018,” said BoIA president, Mark Shapiro.

Why is there an increase in lawsuits and what can companies do to protect themselves? Learn more.

Bonus: Thanks, Providence Business News, for interviewing our own Kim Testa. There’s some great information in this article about common website accessibility concerns, legal implications, the importance of ongoing support, and more! Five Questions With: Kim Testa


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