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A360 Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020 poster

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the 75th year NDEAM has been observed. Having employees with a range of disabilities is essential for businesses because such individuals often have unique and diverse perspectives. Hiring employees with disabilities also benefits businesses by making their culture and internal team(s) more diverse.

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Accessible Color Contrast FAQ's

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Color Contrast is one of the most common accessibility guidelines we provide recommendations for our clients. It is also one of the most common things design teams around the world should be considering from day one of a new site build or re-design.

With color contrast being one of the most ‘visible’ common accessibility issues across the internet, we are often asked a number of common questions about this topic. This blog post will dive into some of the specifics your team may be wondering about WCAG 1.4.3 (color contrast) from a baseline level.

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Back to College: The New Target for Accessibility Lawsuits

People walking on university campus

Since March, COVID-19 has completely changed the way we work, travel, and interact with others. In particular, American colleges and universities’ fall semesters look very different from past years. If a school has decided to reopen and bring students back to campus, the students’ new reality is full of masks, hand washing, and maybe frequent nose swabs. According to a Davidson College and the Chronicle of Higher Education article on colleges and universities reopening (subscription required), most higher education institutions in the United States have opted for a hybrid approach, with some students and classes in person and some online, or an online semester. With most or all university operations happening online, the role of technology has exponentially increased, also increasing barriers to education for the disability community.

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Accessible360 Shopify Accessibility Guide

Shopify primary logo Over the years, Accessible360 has worked with hundreds of Shopify merchants to support their move to WCAG Compliance and has even worked with the Shopify development team to help ensure a high standard of accessibility within their platform. We have helped sellers large and small, across many industries, and through this journey have learned a thing or two about making Shopify stores accessible. This article is aimed at walking through a few of the tips and tricks that Accessible360 has picked up to help you get your project started off in the right direction and begin your path to having a compliant website.

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Cast Your Vote Today!

A360's Sam Graves using the AutoMark voting machine

As many of you know, November 3 is Election Day. As is the case with every major election, key issues are on the ballot, including issues concerning people with disabilities and other minority groups. It is crucial that these people vote so that they have a voice on important issues directly affecting them.

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Making Online Games Accessible

Two people holding video game controllers and playing video game

As the months continue to tick by during a global pandemic due to COVID-19, people with disabilities are feeling isolated. With the inability to hang out in traditional manners with friends, it is more important than ever that online games, which have always been seen as a frivolity, are made digitally accessible.

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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

ADA 30th Anniversary poster

There are many American national holidays for various and important reasons. Perhaps, without question, one that should be much more widely celebrated is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, now hitting its 30th anniversary. The need for the ADA to be enacted in 1990 was obvious, and the point was quite clear from the top of the formal text; “in enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Congress intended that the Act ‘provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities’”. Plainly stated, the ADA provided the disabled community with a resounding voice to demand equitable access that was long overdue.

Here at Accessible360, we want to give a resounding ‘Thank You’ to the ADA for providing many of our amazing employees, Accessibility peers, and more than 61 million Americans living with a disability the chance to live and experience an equal life. Although we have a long way to go, especially on the digital accessibility front, the roadmap was provided 30 years ago, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to push this forward every day.

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ADA Reflections From A Wheelchair User

Sam Graves driving wheelchair on to city bus wheelchair ramp

I was born in 1993 and diagnosed with cerebral palsy a few months later. As an American with a disability, I have had the privilege of living my entire life under the rights given to me by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which turns 30 this Sunday. Due to my cerebral palsy, I have used an electric wheelchair for almost all of my life. As a person with a disability, (who uses a wheelchair), I have greatly benefited from the ADA in several aspects of life, including education, technology, and transportation.

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Navigating The ADA While Blind

Aaron Page

July 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As an American born in 1987 with congenital glaucoma, I have had the benefit of living almost my entire life with the rights and benefits afforded to me under the ADA. In truth, it is likely impossible to identify all of the specific ways in which I have benefited from the ADA, but some of the key areas include education, technology, and a greater societal awareness of the needs of people with disabilities.

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