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ADA Non-Compliance and Lawsuits Ensue

Since the Trump administration's decision to stop drafting new regulations on the accessibility of "websites, furniture and non-fixed equipment," this area of law could remain open for quite some time as the courts work through the questions in a medley of judicial decisions. It is very likely that court findings will be inconsistent across judicial circuits on some key issues, ...

Accessibility is Important…but what is an Accessible Document?

Communicating successfully is an essential part of providing service to the public, no matter what industry is involved. Add to that the fact that it is the law - the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requires public entities to take the steps necessary to communicate effectively with people who have disabilities, and the importance of understanding exactly what accessible documents ...

Why Accessible Documents are Important to Government – What Administrators Need to Know about Disability Compliance

Digital technology has enabled the government to connect with citizens in ways never before imagined. By providing access to information, the web is now one of the most powerful tools of democracy. Unfortunately, far too many government websites still have accessibility gaps which create barriers for many of their users. Citizens use local government websites for countless activities including learning ...

Why are Accessible Documents Important to Business?

It is now broadly understood that all companies are required to have accessible websites, per the American’s with Disabilities Act. There are numerous laws about accessibility that pertain to specific businesses and others that apply generally to commerce of all types. Section 508 is an amendment to the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, requiring all government agencies (state, local and federal), companies ...

Making Education Accessible To All – Why Accessible Documents are Important

  Teaching all students has always been a real challenge. Promoting accessibility in digital environments and ensuring that all course interactions and online teaching materials are accessible to all learners is the new normal for educators, and is necessary in order to offer equal opportunities. In 1990, the United States instituted the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination and ensures ...

About the Accessible Books Consortium

  According to Catherine Jewell, of the Communications Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), “Since its launch in June 2014, the WIPO-led Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) has been working to boost access to publications for people who are blind or visually impaired. The aim is for publishers around the world to produce works that are “born accessible” so that they ...

The Marrakesh Treaty – What it is and Why It’s Important

According to Wikipedia, the Marrakesh VIP Treaty  is a treaty on copyright adopted in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 28 June 2013. So, why is this important to digital publishers? Well, per the Association of American Publishers, on October 10, 2018, legislation was enacted for U.S. implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty. After they worked for more than a decade with the U.S. government, WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) officials, Member ...

ICT and Accessibility

Per Wikipedia, “Information and communications technology or (ICT) is extensional term for information technology (IT) that stresses the role of unified communications and the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals), computers as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage, and audio-visual systems, which enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information.”[2] The term ICT is also used to refer to the convergence of audio-visual and telephone networks with computer networks through a single cabling or ...

Digital Learning Is Adaptive

Per Wikipedia, “Digital learning” is any type of learning that is accompanied by technology or by instructional practice that makes effective use of technology. It encompasses the application of a wide spectrum of practices including: blended and virtual learning.” Let’s unpack this. Digital learning makes accessibility possible. The idea for a system to enable visually impaired people access to printed literature gained momentum and ...