• Canadian flag over keyboard

    An Overview of Canada’s Accessibility Laws: A Look at the Old and the New

    Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2018 and has since been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness pertaining to the latest Canadian accessibility standards and regulations. Specifically, The Accessible Canada Act (Bill C-81) that received unanimous support in the House of Commons in May of 2019. More than 6 million Canadians over the […]

  • website compliance

    How To Ensure Website Compliance With Accessibility Standards

    Web compliance – the state of observing and following all accessibility laws and regulations that apply to your website – should be an overall goal for your organization. Why is Website Compliance Important? Americans who go online currently own, on average, at least three web-connected devices such as laptops, tablets, or smartphones, according to market […]

  • ""

    Here’s How to Boost the Value of a VPAT

    A VPAT, or Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, is a document that may let you know – before you’re locked into making a purchase – how easily people with disabilities can use a technology-based product or service. If your organization, school or company routinely purchases Information and Communication Technology (ICT), you may be legally obligated to […]

  • ""

    eSSENTIAL Accessibility featured at Collision Toronto

    What a week! The eSSENTIAL Accessibility team just wrapped up at our first-ever Collision conference, which happened to be based right here in our hometown of Toronto. Collision is the fastest-growing tech conference in North America. Now in its fifth year, Collision has grown to over 25,000 attendees. We were selected to present on the Collision […]

  • ""

    All The Same: An eSSENTIAL Accessibility Documentary Series

    Accessibility is about people. All people. When a digital experience is accessible, it is better for all people, not just people with disabilities. These people – Marc, Nyke, Stef, Juan – combine to elucidate where we’re at, and how far we’ve got to go, to make an inclusive and accessible digital world. We created this […]

  • ""

    Happy GAAD! Happy Collision!

    On behalf of the entire team here at eSSENTIAL Accessibility, we’d like to wish you a Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day! The purpose of the 8th official #GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. We’re excited to take part in the […]

  • ""

    Who Benefits from AODA Website Standards? The Answer May Astonish You

    The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed in 2005 in the province of Ontario to ensure that people with disabilities could participate equally in society, without encountering obstacles. Although the province already had an Ontario Human Rights Code in place to protect these rights, there was a need for more prevention strategies, […]

  • Washington DC Capital Building

    Section 508 Standards: Why Newer is Better

    The Rehabilitation Act was passed in 1973 to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities in the federal sector. Section 508 of this law, added later, sets out the requirement that information and communication technology (ICT) must be accessible to people with disabilities. This means that websites and apps, as well as other forms of ICT […]

  • Accessible Healthcare Websites

    eHealthcare Strategy & Trends: “Ask the Expert” with Simon Dermer

    Healthcare organizations that invest in their patients with disabilities reap significant rewards. They enjoy both loyalty and high patient satisfaction from the largest minority group in the world,  containing more than 1.3 billion people. But doing so requires going beyond healthcare website accessibility compliance regulations set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). So how […]

  • Child's hand reaching for wheelchair accessible building entrance button, representing an accessible building space

    Building Accessible Websites: It’s a Lot Like Creating Accessible Spaces

    Accessibility is an important attribute for every website, whether large and complex, or small and simple. A website that is accessible means it can be visited and used easily by everyone, including people with disabilities. It has certain built-in features that are designed to make it work better. Other features have been intentionally avoided or […]

Discover how you can give people with disabilities an inclusive digital experience

Request a personalized demo, and one of our experts will answer all of your accessibility questions.