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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!

Accessible360 a 2017 MN Cup Semifinalist!

On May 30, it was announced that Accessible360 is one of 80 semifinalists in the 2017 MN Cup! The MN Cup, in its thirteenth year, is a statewide entrepreneurial competition where various start-up companies compete for a share of the $450,000 in prize money. Three finalists from eight divisions will be chosen to present their final … Continue reading Accessible360 a 2017 MN Cup Semifinalist!

How to Make Your Blog More Accessible

Do you write a blog or are you thinking of starting one? If you answered yes to one of these questions, you will want to make your blog fully accessible. Below are some suggestions on how to make your blog more accessible: 1. Enter alt text for essential images Any image on a website that … Continue reading How to Make Your Blog More Accessible

How Technology Creates Independence: The Story of Todd Stabelfeldt

Four years ago, Todd Stabelfeldt couldn’t wait to marry his now-wife Karen. However, Todd, who has a spinal cord injury and uses a wheelchair, was concerned about Karen having to take care of him. Thanks to assistive technology such as Apple’s “Home” app, Todd no longer has those concerns. The “Home” app allows him to … Continue reading How Technology Creates Independence: The Story of Todd Stabelfeldt

Accessibility Problems with Infinite Scrolling

Sure, infinite scroll may seem like a great idea for your site. From a design point of view it’s easy to implement, there are no page buttons to worry about, and you have better user retention since all the user has to do is scroll. However, there is mounting research (see further reading) that shows … Continue reading Accessibility Problems with Infinite Scrolling

Should I use an aria-label or screen-reader only text?

Every now and then a developer needs to include special content that should be seen by screen reader users, but not by anyone else. But what is the best way to convey this information? In some cases an aria-label is the way to go, but more often screen reader only text is best. Here are … Continue reading Should I use an aria-label or screen-reader only text?

Mark Your Calendars for May 18, Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017!

Interested in learning about digital access? You won’t want to miss the sixth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Thursday, May 18, 2017! As the name implies, GAAD, which was inspired by a blog post written by Los Angeles-based web developer Joe Devon, aims to increase awareness around the crucial issue of digital access and inclusion. … Continue reading Mark Your Calendars for May 18, Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017!

Are you Brave Enough to Lead on Accessibility?!

So, becoming an “accessible” company has risen as a major issue over the past 18 months. Thousands of companies have been sued and even more have received demand letters with requests to meet the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act) guidelines that have been supported by the Department of Justice. The usual scenario is a company … Continue reading Are you Brave Enough to Lead on Accessibility?!

Investors….Don’t Forget “Accessibility”​ in Due Diligence!

Over the past two decades I’ve had the opportunity to work with numerous private equity and VC firms and have been through the due diligence process many times. This diligence has included all the usual suspects…. audited financials, ownership of intellectual property, customer contracts and the list goes on. Well, there is a new item … Continue reading Investors….Don’t Forget “Accessibility”​ in Due Diligence!

MSP Business Journal Announces Aaron Cannon as a “Titan of Tech”

We are very excited to hear that the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has announced Aaron Cannon as a “2017 Titan of Technology” honoree. Aaron is our Chief Accessibility Officer and plays a crucial role in helping our customers embrace accessibility as part of their digital content creation process. Aaron is also an accomplished software developer, … Continue reading MSP Business Journal Announces Aaron Cannon as a “Titan of Tech”

Be a Hero. Help Your Clients Become Accessible.

I’ve been an ad/marketing guy for most of my life and always believed that our mission as an agency was to make our clients’ successful. Period. Bring them great ideas, keep them informed of trends, know their competition better than they do and simply be there to help them navigate the complex world in which … Continue reading Be a Hero. Help Your Clients Become Accessible.

An Honorable Resolution: Accessible to ALL.

As we begin the new year with high hopes and new resolutions to become better people than we were in the year gone by, lets also focus on how we can be better businesspeople. And, one big and meaningful way to be a better businessperson in 2017 is to make sure your company’s website is … Continue reading An Honorable Resolution: Accessible to ALL.

Why Automatic Accessibility Scanning Tools Aren’t Enough

Smart companies are always looking for ways to leverage automation to keep their businesses efficient and competitive. However, while we should always be looking to push the boundaries of what is possible, there are some things which simply should not or cannot be entirely automated. At present, one of these things is website accessibility. Just … Continue reading Why Automatic Accessibility Scanning Tools Aren’t Enough