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When I'm 64!

The Beatles from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album “When I get older losing my hair, Many years from now, Will you still need me, Will you still feed me, When I’m 64?” Paul McCartney and the Beatles could not have said it better when they wrote this song in 1967. As we all get older we wonder who will take care of me when I’m 64. This has become all too real to me and most of my generation.

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Assistive Technology 101

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.

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Interview with Michael Sack

Michael Sack playing power soccer 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.

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MPS Website Accessibility Testing

Minneapolis Public Schools: Urban Education. Global Citizens. 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.

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The Essential 2018 Budget Item!

My Daughter Ally and my favorite dog ever, Darby. Unlike 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.

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Accessible360 a 2017 MN Cup Semifinalist!

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.

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How to Make Your Blog More Accessible

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.

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How Technology Creates Independence: The Story of Todd Stabelfeldt

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.

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Accessibility Problems with Infinite Scrolling

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.

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