Accessibility

Help us Celebrate the 11th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

May 19, 2022 is the 11th anniversary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD is an event to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion. The day started with a single blog post written by a web developer, Joe Devon. An accessibility professional in Toronto, Jennison Asuncion, stumbled across the blog […]

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Designing for Diversity: Accessibility in the Product Development Lifecycle – Part 3 of 4

Product teams should be keen to understand how people interact with digital content and media. For one, web users’ interactions with website content changes over time. Two, it changes by situation. And three, it changes by ability. For example, what a web user can do in her 20’s, such as navigating web pages with a mouse, […]

Department of Justice (DOJ) wants to ensure website access for persons with disabilities

Updated Guidance on Americans with Disability Act – Ensure Website Content is Accessible

Today 1 in 4 Americans hit virtual roadblocks accessing web content simply because their capabilities, adaptive strategies or their assistive technologies are not considered during the design of digital experiences such as websites. How many website users in the U.S. could potentially be affected? There are 307 million internet users and 276.8 million mobile internet users in […]

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Define Initial Requirements: Accessibility in the Product Development Lifecycle Part 2 of 4

Read Part 1 of this series here: Plan to be Accessible by Design: Accessibility in the Product Development Lifecycle. Forward-thinking product teams will plan for and implement inclusive user experiences at the start of the design process to achieve better outcomes. More commonly known as Shift Left, this method advocates ‘baking in’ inclusive user experience […]

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Plan to be Accessible by Design: Accessibility in the Product Development Lifecycle Part 1 of 4

Accessible Product Development Starts with Shift Left Using a Shift Left method to improve product development outcomes isn’t new or novel. Shift Left has been adopted for decades to lower software development refactoring time and costs and streamline time to market by testing software earlier in the design process and not just before it ships. […]

Semantic Markup for Web Accessibility

Worldwide, over 285 million individuals live with some sort of visual impairment. This is according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. Introduction to Section 508 Compliance and Accessibility (hhs.gov) They require screen-readers to help them navigate the web. The problem is that not all websites are structured with appropriate semantic markup for accessibility. […]

Designing Accessible Digital Experiences Begins with Personas and User Stories

The disability market has hit an inflection point. More global organizations buying tech are committing to accessibility in 2022 due to pressure created by the increasing number of digital accessibility lawsuits, and the increasing number of firms creating diversity and inclusion programs (DE&I). This is creating competition for opportunities to attract the global disability market […]

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Why is Web Accessibility Important?

Whether you build websites or pay someone else to do it, web accessibility is a recommended best practice that is often overlooked. Did you know that according to the Colour Blind Awareness Organization, as many as 1 in 200 women and 1 in 12 men are color blind? Or, that according to the CDC, 1 […]

Dark Mode and Digital Accessibility: Who it Helps and Without it, Who it May Hinder

If you only knew the power of the Dark Side mode… Ok, it might be a slightly altered quote from Darth Vader, but you get the point. Dark mode can be very powerful indeed for those who require it and those that it just makes viewing convenient. Let’s take a few minutes to talk about […]

Accessible Videos: Highlight Your Recorded/Live Captioning and Provide Downloadable Transcripts

In my post from August, we learned how to effectively include stop, pause, hide, or volume changing controls into your video content to ensure the content is accessible to all users. Now we’ll learn a little more about the value of including captions for both pre-recorded and live videos, as well as the option to […]

On the Horizon WCAG 2.2: A New Standard for Interacting with the Web

We’ve been looking at The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 Guidelines for several weeks, and we’re now rounding out this series by taking a close look at 5 of 9 WCAG 2.2 A, AA, and AAA Success Criteria. If you haven’t been following this series, the W3C released a working draft of WCAG 2.2 […]

A New Standard for Interacting With the Web: Beyond the Keyboard and Screen Reader

Every person using the web has different abilities when it comes to reading and interacting with online content. Naturally, they have varied needs as well. In this article, we’ll carry forward the theme we started in part one and part two of this series – the importance of a keyboard or screen reader (robust forms of technology) that make information like forms, videos, images, content, […]

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