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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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Digital Accessibility and Assistive Technology Spotlight: Joe Carr

Joe Carr smiling and sitting outside house in wheelchair 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. Joe Carr, Adaptive Sports Athlete Would you tell us a little about yourself? I am a 14-year-old boy and am a freshman at Richfield High School. I have spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy.

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Digital Accessibility and Assistive Technology Spotlight: Mike S.

Mike with his former seeing-eye dog, Ruby 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. Mike S., Assistive Technology User What are a couple of your favorite websites or mobile apps? Why do you like them and what, if anything, makes them particularly accessible?

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Seeing with a Screen Reader

David Krueger

Like most people, I have always relied on my vision to help me navigate the internet. Being a sighted auditor for an internet accessibility company has been an eye-opening experience. It seems cliche to say I’ve taken the ability of sight for granted, but I never realized how true this statement was until I experienced web navigation from a non-sighted user’s perspective. Closing my eyes and listening to a web page being read to me by a screen reader was a slap in the face, and an especially important experience for someone like me, who is a budding software programmer.

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Interview with Anonymous Assistive Technology User (user preferred to remain anonymous)

Accessible360 team members at bowling alley 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. Anonymous Assistive Technology User What are a couple of your favorite websites or mobile apps? Why do you like them and what, if anything, makes them particularly accessible? I like Facebook, YouTube, Uber and Aira - they have easy-to-use instructions and provide easy user experiences for blind people using assistive technology.

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