Posts Tagged ‘accessibility’

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A Brand Experience Success Story: Building a New Digital Experience

Consumers want and need a reliable digital experience from their healthcare providers. Siloed content and disparate websites can create confusion for patients at a time when clarity and peace of mind are needed most; this disconnect stands to erode confidence in a healthcare brand. Our clinical laboratory client needed to consolidate multiple sites that were […]

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3 Ways Financial Institutions Can Step Up for Underserved Communities

The financial services industry has made major strides in amping up its overall customer experience game; however, there is still a deficit in the personalization and accessibility of products and services for many Americans. The financial services industry must consider its customer experience game while also grappling with a sense of distrust from many communities […]

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Digital Accessibility – Using a Screen Reader

I have heard many people say, “I’ll just download a screen reader and test that bug”. Using a screen reader takes time and practice to use in a similar way that a user with a disability would use the tool. It’s important to know the keyboard shortcuts as well as understanding how to use them […]

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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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8 Ways Perficient is Helping Organizations Plan, Activate, Monitor, and Expand DE&I Initiatives

Healthcare organizations play key roles in offering access to care, employing, and motivating skilled workers, and acting as social safety nets in their communities. They, along with life sciences organizations, serve on the front lines of addressing health equity. A well-planned and executed DE&I strategy not only creates a healthier and more welcoming environment for […]

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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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

A Process Integration Timeline of Accessibility Testing

All too often, accessibility does not cross the mind of designers or developers until it is too late in the process. Approaching accessibility as a final checkbox in the entire process of a webpage and website development will result in exurbanite defects and adversely affect the final product. Developers and designers must take on the […]

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How is Diversity and Inclusion Incorporated into Your 2021 Digital Roadmap?

A year and a half ago I published an updated view of Digital Responsibility as part of our Digital Essentials series. It challenged the notion that digital responsibility starts and ends with data privacy, and introduced the idea of incorporating accessibility, diversity, and inclusion into digital responsibility mandates. While some organizations had started considering these […]

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Landmark Your Way into Accessibility

HTML5 semantic sectioning elements are great for identifying page structure. Landmark elements such as <header> <nav> <main> <footer> <aside> <section> <article> and <form> are much easier to identify than a sea of <div>s, and provide accessible structure for screen reader users without having to add any ARIA attributes. Using these elements properly helps developers understand […]

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