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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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. […]

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    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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    5 Myths about Web Accessibility and Financial Services

    When we increasingly rely on web technology to carry out our day-to-day tasks, it often reduces the demand for other ways that services are delivered. That’s certainly true in the financial industry, where more online services mean fewer physical locations for serving customers. In the 10-year period between 2007 and 2017, the number of bank […]

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    How Checking for AODA Compliance Can Help You Serve Ontarians

    The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a law, passed in 2005, that’s designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in Ontario society. It aims to do this by improving the accessibility of facilities, goods and services, including web-based services. Under the AODA, web-based services are considered accessible if they follow […]

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    3 More Ways that Web Accessibility Helps Retailers

    If your organization has an e-commerce platform and you haven’t yet thought about web accessibility, then you’re doing your own brand a major disservice. That’s especially true if you make 100 percent of your sales online. But it’s also true if, like most retailers, you have an online store or downloadable shopping app – or […]

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