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A360’s Mark Lacek Recognized in Pollen Midwest’s “2017 50 Over 50”

We would like to give a big congratulations to A360 president and co-founder Mark Lacek! Mark was recognized in the “Business” section of Pollen Midwest’s “2017 50 Over 50” feature that tells the stories of “fifty of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders from across Minnesota.” The article mentions Mark’s curiosity has played a key … Continue reading A360’s Mark Lacek Recognized in Pollen Midwest’s “2017 50 Over 50”

Alternative Ways to “See” the Solar Eclipse August 21

There was a recent article explaining how people who are blind or visually impaired will be able to visualize the solar eclipse on August 21! Although these people won’t be able to literally see the eclipse, they will be able to enjoy it just like everyone else. The Eclipse SoundScapes Project, created by NASA, will include … Continue reading Alternative Ways to “See” the Solar Eclipse August 21

New Loyalty Strategy: Become Accessible

The concept of loyalty is timeless.  What enlightened company does not endeavor to find and keep their best customers? Regardless of changes in society, culture or technology, the concept of loyalty will always ring true in business and in life. So, where is the new frontier? Well, it is right in front of us and … Continue reading New Loyalty Strategy: Become Accessible

Microsoft’s “Eye Control” Creates New Opportunities For People With Disabilities

We would like to share this wonderful article about a new feature from Microsoft for people with disabilities that was inspired by a simple email. Former NFL player Steve Gleason, who has ALS, realizes the importance of technology in the lives of people with disabilities. “I realized pretty quickly after my diagnosis that technology would … Continue reading Microsoft’s “Eye Control” Creates New Opportunities For People With Disabilities

iPhone/iPad Accessibility

Since iPhones and iPads have become hugely popular, accessibility of these devices is key. Luckily, I have found the iPhone/iPad pretty accessible (but not perfect, of course). The Good One app for the iPhone/iPad I find very useful in terms of accessibility is AudioNote, which is also available for Windows and Mac. When I was … Continue reading iPhone/iPad Accessibility

Independence Day For Americans With Disabilities

Today, July 26, is Independence Day For Americans With Disabilities. On this day back in 1991, President George W. Bush signed into law the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and so began the journey toward inclusion. As we know, that journey now includes equal access to both physical and digital spaces like websites and apps. … Continue reading Independence Day For Americans With Disabilities

What is WCAG?

For many, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) can be confusing. Simply put, WCAG, which was revised in December 2008 and is now WCAG 2.0, is a set of guidelines that define the international standard for website accessibility. Click here for a link to a WCAG overview. Click here for a link to a summary … Continue reading What is WCAG?

Interview with Peter Froehlich

Social Media Specialist & Augsburg College Student Link to Peter on Facebook Link to Peter on Twitter Link to Peter on Instagram Link to Peter on LinkedIn Each month, Accessible360 showcases a digital superuser with personal insights into the digital landscape and assistive technology. By getting to know them, we learn more about the importance of … Continue reading Interview with Peter Froehlich

Vote For A360 Today For “Most Likely to Succeed!”

We are excited to announce that Accessible360 is one of nearly 150 finalists for the “Most Likely to Succeed” company in Minnesota by Minnesota Business magazine, and we need your vote! Minnesota Business Magazine is asking people to vote “on which new startups and new businesses are on a trajectory to rise to new heights … Continue reading Vote For A360 Today For “Most Likely to Succeed!”

“When I’m 64” and Digital Accessibility

Paul McCartney and the Beatles could not have said it better when they wrote this song in 1967. As we all get older we wonder who will take care of me when I’m 64. This has become all too real to me and most of my generation. Not to go too “Beatleish” on you but … Continue reading “When I’m 64” and Digital Accessibility

Assistive Technology 101

Assistive technology (AT) is used by lots of people, especially those with disabilities, to help them do things they previously could not do or simply make things easier, including read, exercise, communicate, or use a computer. AT offers new opportunities to people with disabilities. Make sure to watch the brief video, produced by PACER’s Simon … Continue reading Assistive Technology 101

Interview with Michael Sack

Blogger & Data Entry Specialist Michael on Facebook Michael on Twitter Michael on Instagram Michael on LinkedIn Two Men On Blog Each month, Accessible360 showcases a digital superuser with personal insights into the digital landscape and assistive technology. By getting to know them, we learn more about the importance of digital accessibility, borrow their knowledge, and … Continue reading Interview with Michael Sack

MPS Website Accessibility Testing

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is looking for volunteers with disabilities, especially those with vision impairments, hearing impairments and/or physical disabilities, to explore various web pages on the MPS site using either a PC or Mac computer. Volunteers are encouraged to explore the website in general as well. Volunteers are then asked to complete a brief … Continue reading MPS Website Accessibility Testing

Google Maps: Is It Accessible?

For many, Google Maps is a useful tool for figuring out how to get around. Therefore, the website must be accessible. While Google Maps is accessible in certain ways, the site is inaccessible in several others. Screen Readers Perhaps the most pressing Google Maps accessibility issue is that the web version is not accessible to … Continue reading Google Maps: Is It Accessible?

The Essential 2018 Budget Item!

Unlike Y2K, which was over communicated and promoted, digital accessibility for those with disabilities is the current technology issue that everyone needs to know about but doesn’t. It as simple as this, the DOJ has ruled that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) now applies to the Internet. In essence, those with a disability should … Continue reading The Essential 2018 Budget Item!