Accessible360 Blog

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.

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

Internal Accessible Tools We Use

Here at A360 our staff is a diverse combination of sighted and blind users; remote and local users; and technical and biz users. Accessibility for our internal toolset is obviously very important for us to be productive across a wide variety of situations. I thought we should highlight some of tools that we use internally … Continue reading Internal Accessible Tools We Use

E-Commerce Accessibility: Our Top 7 Issues for Product Detail Pages

For the vast majority of e-commerce websites, there is usually a single template powering over 90% of all pages on the site- the product detail page. So, when starting remediation on a typical shopping site, we’ll often recommend tackling the product pages first. Certainly, if the remediation is going in coding sprints, or the client … Continue reading E-Commerce Accessibility: Our Top 7 Issues for Product Detail Pages

IN THE NEWS: Accessible360: Website and Digital Apps For Inclusivity

The Line – November 8, 2016 Since 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has ensured equal opportunity for Americans who suffer from physical and mental conditions that limit their means. While wheelchair ramps, closed captioning and wider doorways have become commonplace, the digital realm still lags behind. Continue Reading on TheLine…

In the News: Mark Lacek’s New Venture Focuses On ADA-Compliant Websites

StarTribune.com — October 13, 2016 Mark Lacek, founder of marketing agencies The Lacek Group and Denali, has started Accessible360, a several-employee firm that works so far with 10 client companies to make sure their websites are accessible to Americans with impaired vision, hearing or cognitive disabilities. Continue Reading on StarTribune.com…

IN THE NEWS: Accessible360 Leads Revolution In Modifying Websites For Compliance With Americans With Disabilities Act

Press Release — October 6, 2016 Nearly 20 percent of Americans live with a disability. And thanks to the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — a law which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public — … Continue reading IN THE NEWS: Accessible360 Leads Revolution In Modifying Websites For Compliance With Americans With Disabilities Act