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Digital Accessibility Newsletter
February 2020

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Sabotaging your own accessibility?

Running a compliant business can be hard enough without getting in your own way. Make sure you aren't doing any of these things, despite best intentions:

  • Fixing it and forgetting it
  • Waiting until everything is set (and then having to redesign it)
  • Relying only on automated tools

Read all six ways to sabotage your accessibility


Netflix Will Now Let You Turn Off Autoplay: Accessibility (and Binge-Watching) Win

On February 6, Netflix tweeted that they're now giving users the choice as to whether they want trailers and next episodes to play automatically.

"Some people find this feature helpful. Others not so much," Netflix tweeted.

"We’ve heard the feedback loud and clear — members can now control whether or not they see autoplay previews on Netflix."

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Chase Opens Bank for Customers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The H Street corridor in Washington, D.C. is home to Gallaudet University and is a major ASL and Deaf community hub. Now, it's also home to a bank designed to be completely accessible to customers who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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Adult Websites Need Captions Too, Says Lawsuit

A man has filed a lawsuit against the adult website Pornhub, with the complaint saying that there are videos on the site without closed captions, preventing those who are deaf and hard of hearing from understanding the audio portions of videos.

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A message from the President: Start somewhere.

Mark Shapiro, president of the Bureau of Internet Accessibility, says sometimes the best way to get started improving a website's accessibility is just that: to get started.

"In almost two decades, I can't think of a single time that an organization was better off for waiting to learn about or implement accessibility. If your site wasn't built with accessibility in mind, it's not too late to fix it, either," he says. "But you have to start somewhere. If you aren't ready for a full audit, start with a consultation with a trusted accessibility partner. If you're not ready for that, at least take advantage of a free scan to see where your main accessibility issues might be." Read more

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