• WCAG 2.0 Wiki

    Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – What is WCAG?

    WCAG is an acronym for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.¹ Just like the name states, it’s a step-by-step set of technical requirements explaining how you can make your website, app or other digital properties accessible to people with various kinds of disabilities. WCAG Requirements The guidelines state, for instance, that audio files require a written transcript […]

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    Section 508 Compliance Testing Tools & Checklists

    Section 508 is an important amendment to The Rehabilitation Act that protects the right of people with disabilities to have equal access to electronic and information technology. It sets standards that must be followed by every federal government department, as well as every organization that receives federal contracts or funding, and educational institutions that receive […]

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    Web Accessibility Lawsuits: What’s the Current Landscape?

    It’s almost unheard of to do business without a website that can reach out to, inform, entice and serve customers. Right now, there are over 400 million active websites in existence. For these websites to be inclusive and non-discriminatory, they must be accessible. They must be free of barriers that would make it difficult or […]

  • Here’s What ADA Website Checkers Look For

    Are you routinely checking your digital properties for accessibility? Websites that serve the public should be free of barriers for all people, including those with disabilities. Organizations that do not wish to violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – or discriminate against millions of U.S. citizens – should be aware that online accessibility is […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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