• Web designer checked for ADA compliance

    Checking Compliance with the ADA: This is the Gold Standard

    We’ve mentioned in previous articles that it’s not enough to believe or assume your website is in compliance with the ADA. You must make a point of routinely evaluating it for compliance. Otherwise, you may be in violation of the law without even realizing it. Not only are you turning away the business of people […]

  • How Do People with Disabilities Access the Web?

    Updated numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that about a quarter of all adults in the U.S. now have at least one type of disability1. This number is steadily growing. One key reason is that the baby-boom generation is aging, and they’re often developing disabilities as they get older. We […]

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    Experience Web Accessibility Issues Firsthand: Try These 4 Exercises

    Web accessibility is critical for people with disabilities to be able to visit and use websites and interact with apps. Various online barriers, such as improper heading level structure on a page or lack of captions for videos, create frustrating experiences for customers with disabilities. Websites that follow the technical guidelines of the Web Content […]

  • team checking section 508 compliance

    Why You Need a Way to Check for Section 508 Compliance

    All federal agencies in the U.S. are required by law – specifically, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act – to ensure that their websites are accessible to people with disabilities. Even many non-federal agencies are required to comply with Section 508 as part of a state or local law that applies to them. Accessible digital […]

  • web accessibility policy

    Web Accessibility Policy: Do’s and Don’ts

    Should your organization have a web accessibility policy that sets out its responsibilities in this area? You may have already established other non-discrimination policies, such as an equal opportunity policy or an anti-harassment policy. A web accessibility policy, which outlines a framework for achieving digital accessibility for people with disabilities, is just as important. It […]

  • lawyer looking over web accessibility laws

    Why We Need Web Accessibility Laws: 7 Common Misconceptions of Digital Accessibility

    Accessibility legislation such as The Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Air Carrier Access Act and others are regulations that have been put in place to protect the rights of people with disabilities. The fact is, despite decades of effort by advocates, there are still widespread misconceptions about people with disabilities and how […]

  • website design for AODA

    4 Reasons to Comply with the AODA and Make Your Website Accessible

    The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) places various requirements on businesses for meeting the needs of people with disabilities. Since the legislation was first passed in 2005, these AODA requirements have been phased in gradually, with new regulations taking effect one at a time, over a predetermined timeline. One of the five domains […]

  • people on mobile phones for ADA telecommunications

    What the Telecommunications Industry Needs to Know about the ADA

    Telecommunications refers to any type of communication over a distance using electronics. Decades ago, that may have meant telephones or telegrams. Today, however, it’s so much more. We communicate by text, email, social media and video calls, and these technologies are embedded in our day-to-day activities. From early days, telecommunications have been regulated through legislation. […]

  • ADA compliance level discussion between two people

    ADA Compliance Levels: How High Should You Aim?

    The Americans with Disabilities Act, which has been in effect since 1990, compels businesses to meet the accessibility needs of the customers they serve. In other words, businesses are not permitted to discriminate against people with disabilities by offering services that are inaccessible. Since commerce and information-sharing increasingly take place online, current interpretations of the […]

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    Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: WCAG by the Numbers

    When the first version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) was published in 1999 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), it was the result of an international collaboration by experts in digital accessibility. Knowing that many people with disabilities around the world were reporting difficulties using inaccessible websites, these experts felt it was […]

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