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3 Days, 300+ Sessions: What I Discovered at CSUN Conference 2019

In 2017 I wrote The Next Big Consumer Segment: People With Disabilities, predicting there would be a tremendous economic opportunity for those progressive, smart organizations serving digital accessibility. Now, two years later, it has arrived in a big way, and I heard a lot about it from our largest tech companies and their leaders at […]

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Resolving Common Accessibility Errors – Low Contrast

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), we’re examining common accessibility errors and providing recommendations for fixing them. The first topic in this series: Fixing Low Contrast WCAG Success Criteria 1.4.3 – Contrast (Minimum) The visual presentation of text and images of text has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1, except for the […]

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Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019: Tips & Fixes

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day! As the global community meets to discuss and promote accessibility and inclusion, Perficient Digital is releasing a series of blogs today and over the next several weeks to discuss what we’ve seen over the past few years. WebAIM, a non-profit organization from Utah State University, recently published a report on […]

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4 More Ways to Improve Digital Accessibility in Healthcare

Digital accessibility is a critical component of a healthcare and life sciences organization’s digital health strategy, meaningfully impacting the patient and member experiences and truly differentiating the organization’s digital footprint. In my previous post, I outlined four steps that will help your healthcare organization improve your digital accessibility. Picking up where I left off, here […]

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4 Ways to Improve Digital Accessibility in Healthcare

Digital accessibility is a critical component of a healthcare and life sciences organization’s digital health strategy, meaningfully impacting the patient and member experiences and truly differentiating the organization’s digital footprint. But getting started with digital accessibility can be a challenge within complex healthcare environments. Here are four steps to help you get going: 1. Take […]

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Is Your Healthcare Organization Digitally Accessible?

Disability affects many people at different times and in different ways. It’s a spectrum from permanent and temporary disability to situational impairment. For example, unfamiliar healthcare topics could throw off even a literate and educated site visitor. And when factoring in non-native English speakers – and there are many clinicians, providers, and patients in this […]

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Digital Accessibility: A Must in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Healthcare and life sciences organizations intent on elevating the patient and member experience put a premium on accessibility when designing and developing digital content and functionality. Forward-thinking organizations ensure digital resources are accessible to people with disabilities, meeting the patient and member where they are. For today’s patients and members, “where they are” is increasingly […]

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A Designer’s Role in Bridging the Digital Divide

With access to the internet on our phones, watches, cars, and fridges, getting information is easier than ever. This isn’t the case for everybody though. We have a digital divide that exists between those who have access to these advancements, those who don’t, and those who have access but still can’t use them to their […]

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Does Website Accessibility Benefit SEO?

It’s becoming clear that major search engines, such as Google, are promoting the SEO benefits of web accessibility techniques. Look at what happened a few months ago, Google launched Lighthouse, an open-source, automated accessibility tool for web developers for improving the quality of web pages. This tool isn’t unique though, many are out there. However, […]

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Designing for Inclusion is Good Design on Any Terms

Inclusive design and digital accessibility are grabbing the attention of design strategists and design makers. I see two significant and related changes happening now: 1. We’re more and more designing for context and situations. Things like voice-enabled experiences and augmented reality. 2. We’re designing more products and services to be available only online. Especially for […]

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Start with Digital Accessibility, Benefit Everyone

Inclusive design is opening avenues of opportunity for design strategists and thinkers to imagine innovative solutions serving both mass market consumers and the market for people using assistive technologies (AT). Take for instance two prominent products with native assistive technology – iPhone’s VoiceOver and Android phones with Google’s TalkBack. Unlike most design solutions that start […]

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Mobile Accessibility Will Transform Expectations

Digital products and services available via smartphone, and mobile devices like smartwatches, are continuously changing how people manage their daily lives – everything from accessing and sharing information, tracking health metrics, to sending money. And mobile accessibility, with its many baked-in accessible design features, is giving people with disabilities the same useful and effective mobile […]

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The Next Big Consumer Segment: People with Disabilities

If you’re a digital technologist, you’re likely familiar with the concept of digital accessibility, which has come to the forefront of digital design. Digital accessibility is the ability of a website, mobile application, video, or electronic document to be easily navigated and understood by a wide range of users, including those who have visual, auditory, […]

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How to Make Your iOS App Accessible Using Xcode8 & swift3.1

Intro: Can you imagine how people with visual impairments use their Apple devices without the help from a sighted person? Apple provides an amazing accessibility feature in iOS called Voiceover, which makes the iPhone easier to operate for the blind and sight impaired. To make a long story short, Voiceover is capable of describing an […]

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Designing for Users with Cognitive Impairments

More than 16 million people are living with a cognitive impairment in the U.S. That is a lot of people. That means almost all of us know someone with a cognitive impairment. And, for most companies, that means that a number of customers—or potential customers—will have a cognitive impairment. Many people with cognitive impairments are […]

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Everyone’s Included: 3 Things to Know About Accessible Design

As designers, there are a lot of things to keep in mind when creating a site that is accessible to everyone. Jesse Hausler, principal accessibility specialist at Salesforce, touched on these in his post, 7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility. Here are three of my favorite takeaways from his post, along with […]

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A Beautiful Experience: Front-End Development + Inclusive Design

As touched on in our last blog post, inclusive design is more than designing for people with vision or hearing impairments. It’s also designing for someone with a broken arm, a slow network connection, a cognitive impairment, or even our aging population. It’s about designing for everyone. We should be aware of the differing abilities, […]

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Accessibility for All: The Benefits of Inclusive Design

In a recent presentation, John Seitz, UX architect at Perficient Digital, discussed the importance of inclusive design and how considering accessibility while designing and building your website has value for your company. Inclusive design is the creation of products or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible. As […]

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Design for Users with Limited Literacy Skills (UXPA 2015)

I was surprised to know that designing for people with various forms of literacy issues would benefit literate users. In one study presented in a session I am now attending, I learned it does! Another surprise, about 50% of U.S. citizens report some type of literacy problem. As a result, when we think about digital transformation […]

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CSS Frameworks – Does Your Client Need One?

Many a times, when I start a new project, often the client gets excited when the word ‘bootstrap’ or ‘foundation’ comes around during the inception phase. They want to know more and get excited. They hope that their site would look great if is it built with a framework and typically look towards the UX […]

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