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Ensuring That Accessibility Compliance Equals Full Access

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Many people take things for granted. For example, a sighted person can see a red line on a site or an app, but may not think about the fact that a blind user cannot see that red line. When designing apps and services to be accessible, it is important to ensure that the complete service is accessible, not simply the digital properties that comprise this service.

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Five Ways To Make Your Website Accessible Immediately

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Many websites are large and complicated, and can take weeks to remediate. However, users with disabilities do not have access to the content while the sites are being remediated. Especially if you are being sued, it’s a good idea to put in a stop-gap measure to allow users to access the content right here, right now. This can be a good, cheap way to show the courts and plaintiffs that you are serious about upping your game with regards to accessibility, and can engender a sense of loyalty in your company and/or brand for users with disabilities. Below is a list of five good strategies for allowing users with disabilities to access the content on your website. Keep in mind, these are not replacements for remediating your website; they are simply an extra step that your company can take to make the content accessible right now.

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What Is Power Hockey?

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The sport of ice hockey is internationally popular. There is also a lesser-known but related sport called power hockey, which consists of people who use power wheelchairs playing hockey.

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What’s In WCAG 2.1?

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the latest update to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – WCAG 2.1. Building off of the existing guidelines and principles found in WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1 adds additional guidelines and guidance to improve the accessibility of web content, with particular emphasis on improving accessibility on the web for persons with cognitive or learning disabilities, persons who are low-vision, and for persons with disabilities interacting with content on mobile devices. In this blog post we’ll provide a brief overview of the changes in WCAG 2.1 and point out some important facts about the changes.

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How to Make Your Website Accessible to "All"

Person holding miniature globe in hand In America and Europe, there are laws on the books that require websites to be accessible to people with disabilities. However, these are not the only places where there are users with disabilities. Disability occurs in all parts of the world, and all people with disabilities need services to assist them in living their everyday lives. Even if the government of a country does not require companies and organizations to make their websites accessible, it is still important that your website be accessible for all markets you serve.

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Teach Access: Teaching Digital Accessibility

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Teach Access, an initiative started in 2016 to support “the teaching of accessible technology design and development,” will be giving away 20 awards this summer to faculty or instructional staff at U.S.-based institutions. The awards of $5,000 will be given to teachers to include digital accessibility in their Fall 2018-Spring 2019 curriculums.

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Can AI Write Your alt Attributes?

Dog chasing ball In 2016, Facebook unveiled their AI (artificial intelligence) technology, which attempts to automatically describe images to benefit people who are blind or visually impaired. While we are pretty excited about its potential, it’s important to understand where this technology might be helpful, and what its limitations are. One of the most fundamental tasks when making a website accessible is ensuring that all of your images are also accessible to people who can’t see them.

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Digital Accessibility and Assistive Technology Spotlight: Katherine Schneider

Katherine Schneider walking outside with her seeing-eye dog Accessible360 periodically 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. Katherine Schneider, Disability Rights Activist Would you tell us a little about yourself? I am a retired clinical psychologist. I am also an activist and author. What are a couple of your favorite websites or mobile apps?

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