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Design With Accessibility in Mind

Media. Content. Accessibility. We spend a huge portion of every day consuming and interacting with various media. We watch, listen and read to be part of the world around us. Unfortunately, some of us find it harder to do than others.For people with disabilities much of the information and content generated every day in the digital realm is not accessible. ...

The Way to Digital Accessibility

  As you’ve read about here quite a few times, we are seeing that  consumer-focused organizations in both the public- and private-sector remain at the highest risk of being named in a digital accessibility lawsuit. Institutions such as those in higher education that were once seen as relatively safe from web accessibility lawsuits are now being named in increasing numbers ...

Website Accessibility and Legal Liability

There has been a steady increase in the numbers of lawsuits brought about because of the lack of guidance pertaining to laws covering current digital technology. At this point, DOJ (Department of Justice) guidelines confirm that ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) applies to website accessibility, and is endeavoring to bring some clarity to the situation after pressure from businesses and ...

All This Litigation!!

UsableNet.com ‘s research team has been tracking 2018 federally filed ADA web accessibility-related lawsuits. In 2018, they tracked 2285 lawsuits—up 181% over 2017 which had 814. This is serious. Businesses ignore accessibility at their own risk. In case you need a refresher... per Wikipedia, “Web accessibility is the inclusive practice of ensuring there are no barriers that prevent interaction with, ...

What to Look For When Selecting Accessible Educational Materials

It is very important to make sure that any digital course materials used by educators and students be properly accessible to people with disabilities and special needs. There are certain questions to get answered in order to make the right decisions about which online tools and materials to invest in. They should fulfill the accessibility requirements that are now in ...

ADA Lawsuits – A Real Problem for Higher Education

Most institutions of higher learning have been physically accessible to those with disabilities for many years. The legacy brick-and-mortar buildings have been retrofitted and all new construction must conform to accessibility laws. The digital realm is now playing catch up but the number of lawsuits filed under the ADA is increasing in education and across all industries. A blind man ...

Inclusive, Accessible Publishing in Higher Education

Students with special needs often have difficulty accessing printed books and learning materials. With the adoption of digital publishing technology, educators now provide access to information for most students who cannot use traditional course materials. Adaptive reading systems enable a rich reading and learning experience for more students than ever before. While it is in their best interest to cater ...

Accessibility – Non-Compliance can Result in Fines and More

You’ve heard it before but luckily the solution is simple; make accessibility the standard and not an exception. Accessibility as a standard removes all claims of discrimination and noncompliance. One often overlooked area of accessibility is often contained in an otherwise “accessible” website. In a word – documents. Simple right? Unfortunately, oftentimes, a website appears to be accessible, but the ...

Regulation, Please!

Colleges and universities across the country are currently under investigation by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights for failing to make their websites accessible to people with disabilities. Many businesses are also facing lawsuits because the Department of Justice has concluded that websites are places of public accommodation, requiring accessibility to all visitors, but it has failed to regulate ...