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Making Online Banking Accessible to People with Disabilities

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With the COVID-19 pandemic well underway, banks and a score of other businesses are limiting or shutting down their operations as customers are asked to stay home, practicing social distancing as directed by the federal and many state governments. As a result, financial institutions are relying on online banking to continue serving millions of customers across the country. What does this mean for their customers with disabilities?

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Ordering Food Must Be Accessible To Everyone

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Have you ever tried ordering food online or with a mobile app? How about navigating your computer browser menu without a mouse, or your mobile phone without touching the screen? Try this! Remove or disable your mouse and try navigating the website of your favorite restaurant using the keyboard only (tab key + arrow keys + enter or space bar). Could you order? How seamless was it for you? Now, imagine how it must be for people with vision, physical or cognitive impairments.

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How To Practice Digital Accessibility During COVID-19

Four symbols representing physical, cognitive, auditory, and visual disabilities In today’s environment of fear and uncertainty due to COVID-19, the web has provided a more important platform than ever for companies to communicate information to their customers, suppliers, and members of the public. However, this information is sometimes communicated in ways that are unhelpful to people with disabilities, such as printed images or spoken videos without captions. Below are some tips for ensuring that this essential content is delivered to the widest audience possible.

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Accessible Canada Act

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The Accessible Canada Act, (Bill C-81 or ACA), received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019, establishing a legal obligation for the Canadian federal public sector, Crown Corporations, and all federally regulated organizations to ensure accessibility of services and employment to people with disabilities.

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Accommodating Users With Multiple Disabilities

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Often times when we think of accessibility, we may think of the blind, the deaf, or those with other physical disabilities. Occasionally, we will think about those with cognitive disabilities. But accessibility means making something accessible to all, and there is a group that often gets overlooked: those who have multiple disabilities.

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IoT HackDay Hackathon

Groups of people at different work tables at IoT HackDay hackathon Jason Webb, our Developer Advocate, published “Building an accessible IoT dashboard,” an article summarizing a project he built at the recent IoT HackDay hackathon. The article discusses a variety of accessible design and development techniques that can be applied to advanced UIs of all kinds, including: Custom focus indicators Making live charts accessible Alerting users about critical asynchronous UI changes using ARIA live regions Be sure to check out Jason’s article to learn about these things and more!

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Slack Hints For Screen Readers

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At A360, we use Slack constantly to communicate within our teams. Many of our staff are remote and the tool has been invaluable for keeping everyone connected. However, Slack has a number of accessibility challenges, particularly on the desktop for screen reader users. While Slack is starting to take accessibility seriously, knowing a few tricks and shortcuts will make the user experience much better. The following are some tips we’ve assembled as a team:

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