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Online Learning is Here to Stay. Get Compliant.

Online learning is having a big moment. Although “accessibility” in education has been a growing issue for the last number of years, education is being revamped quickly now, as well as most other industries and institutions, due to the novel coronavirus. Many colleges and universities in the United States have already transitioned  almost entirely to online learning  because of Covid-19, ...

It’s the 21st Century. Get Accessible.

Not making websites accessible means potentially losing millions and millions of dollars in spending power of the huge number of working-age adults with disabilities. That is bad business. According to the CDC, there are nearly 61 million Americans living with some sort of disability, and the majority of these individuals are likely using computers, shopping online, and consuming all sorts ...

Some General Guidelines for Making Digital Spaces Accessible

  A good place to start is with an  ADA checklist for accessibility. Compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act can be a daunting task. It is a big topic, but the ADA website is a good place to start. You should create  or acquire a checklist for ADA compliance and then follow it for every feature built or launched ...

“Accessibility” is not going away.

Time was that accessibility meant literal “access” to brick-and-mortar structures; physical buildings. But times have changed. Providing online services, including digital access to banking and medical files is now the norm; a commonplace practice that bridges the gap between businesses and consumers and pretty much everyone agrees that it should be so. However, there are still holdouts. While the upfront ...

The Current State of Web Accessibility

  WebAIM is a non-profit organization based at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Their website tells us: “In February 2019, WebAIM conducted an accessibility evaluation of the home pages for the top 1,000,000 web sites using the WAVE stand-alone API (with additional tools to collect site technology parameters). While this research focuses only on automatically detectable issues, the results ...

Fixed Layout Documents – the Do’s and Don’ts

A fixed-layout publication is one where each page has a fixed size (height and width) and the content is precisely laid out at specific locations. Fixed layouts are commonly created using images, but can also be achieved in HTML. They are typically used to create comics, manga, children's story books, cookbooks and textbooks, but can be found in any material ...

Digital Accessibility is Essential for Some and Useful For All

Accessibility as defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary is the ability of being reached, approached, used, or understood. The power of technology allows businesses to make information and resources more easily available to those who need it. There is no really good reason for any digital information to be inaccessible at this time in history. Creating and expanding access to ...

Whose Responsibility Is It?

A recent court ruling against Domino's Pizza highlights a disparity in website and app accessibility. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a Domino's Pizza appeal, making way for a lawsuit against the pizza chain that its website was not accessible to the visually-impaired. Because there are no laws in the U.S. requiring compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines ...

The Decision is In

The Supreme Court of the United States has denied a petition from pizza giant Domino’s to hear whether its website is required to be accessible to the disabled, leaving in place a lower court decision against the company. The decision not to grant the case is a loss for the Domino’s and a win for disability advocates, who have argued ...