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Bureau of Internet Accessibility

Digital Accessibility Newsletter
September 2018

Did you Know 1-in-4 Adults in the US Have a Disability?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 25% of U.S. adults (61 million people), have a disability that impacts a major part of their life. This statistic increases with age to 40% of U.S. adults ages 65 or older. According to the report, the most common type of disability in younger adults is cognitive disability, while the most common disability type overall is mobility, affecting 1 in 7 adults.

This is an increase from previous CDC reports finding 1 in 5 has a disability. Read more about the prevalence of disabilities in adults  

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WCAG 2.1 A/AA Automated a11y® Scan Now Available

BoIA's powerful a11y® website scan and report have evolved to meet the updated WCAG 2.1 A/AA guidelines. This report is the most comprehensive automated report available, complete with prioritized remediation suggestions.

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3 in 5 State Websites Pass Accessibility Test

Up from only 1 in 5 a few years ago, nearly 3 in 5 (59%) state government websites passed the accessibility test performed by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Websites providing vital records information passed most often; tax and fishing-and-hunting license sites passed less than half the time.

For more information, read the full Benchmarking State Government Websites report (PDF).

Color Contrast Accessibility Validator Gains Popularity as it’s Updated for WCAG 2.1 

Recently upgraded to WCAG 2.1 A/AA standards, our free color contrast accessibility validator has gained popularity as one of the most thorough color contrast analysis tools available. The tool, introduced at the beginning of the summer, helps website owners and developers easily test their web pages for color contrast issues that can impede usability for people with visual disabilities.

Try the Color Contrast Accessibility Validator yourself at


Bionic Brain Could be Used to Assist with Digital Accessibility

IBM has been developing a robotic arm with a brain-to-computer interface that could be modified to help quadriplegics more easily navigate the Web. The early results show that people can control machines with their minds alone, using commonly available technology and cutting-edge AI. Read more about the bionic brain


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