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Posted on: June 27, 2017 Author: Peter Quale Tags: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 Technology Center, at the end of this post for a little “AT 101.” Accessible360 focuses primarily, but not entirely, on AT relating to digital accessibility.
Posted on: June 21, 2017 Author: Sam Graves Tags: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 gain insights into important personal preferences. Michael Sack, Blogger & Data Entry Specialist Would you tell us a little about yourself? I live in Minneapolis and work at Rise Incorporated in Bloomington. I am a co-writer of the “Two Men On” blog, am on a power soccer [team], and I follow most Minnesota sports teams.
Posted on: June 15, 2017 Author: Sam Graves Tags: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 survey (5-10 minutes) and give feedback on what is and is not accessible on the website.
Posted on: June 12, 2017 Author: Sam Graves Tags:
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.
Posted on: June 5, 2017 Author: Mark LacekUnlike 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 have equal access to the Internet which means your website needs to be accessible….simple as that.
Posted on: May 31, 2017 Author: Sam Graves Tags: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 business plans in August 2017. Each division winner will be announced shortly after. One start-up will be chosen as having 2017’s best new business idea at the awards celebration on October 9 at the University of Minnesota.
Posted on: May 24, 2017 Author: Sam Graves Tags: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 conveys some type of message needs to be accessible to all. To ensure this, you must enter alt text.
Posted on: May 15, 2017 Author: Sam Graves Tags:We just want to share this fantastic article about the impact of assistive technology on the life of Todd Stabelfeldt. Technology changes and improves daily, transforming people’s lives and making what once was impossible or very difficult, now possible and easier! The feature on Todd and the tools he uses every day is an inspiration to all assistive technology users to keep an eye on innovations and new tools emerging every day.
Posted on: May 11, 2017 Author: Tags: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 that the consequences of using infinite scroll are not always good, especially when it comes to accessibility.
Posted on: May 10, 2017 Author: Tags: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 some instances for each. Hopefully this helps answer the question: Should I use aria-label or screen reader only text?