Press Release : Microassist Celebrates ADA’s 29th Anniversary with Accessibility Education Course Launch
AUSTIN, TX – July 26, 2019 marks the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed by President George H.W. Bush. Recent Census Bureau numbers show that one in five people in the Unites States live with a disability, making the community of people with disabilities the largest minority in the country. For children aged 5 to 17, that number is one in 20. The U.S. disabled population is growing even as technology dependence increases.
“The ADA has had a tremendous impact in expanding opportunities for Americans with disabilities through enabling barrier-free access to goods, services and information in order to increase full participation in our communities for everyone” shared Jack McElaney, curator of Microassist’s weekly newsletter Accessibility in the News and Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
“At Microassist, we are proud to reaffirm our commitment to supporting efforts to fully implement the ADA, and ensuring the same principles of barrier-free access also extend to digital environments. Digital content that is accessible to people with visual, auditory, cognitive and mobility impairments reduces barriers in both the government and commercial arenas – opening access to resources and opportunities for everyone.”
To further widen awareness, Microassist announced creation of a new, online Introduction to Accessibility training course. In announcing the online launch, Microassist CEO Sanjay Nasta highlighted the flexibility for organizations seeking to expand their knowledge within accessibility considerations and its applicability across government, education and commercial industries.
“Our goal in creating this course was to help organizations increase awareness of accessibility and disability issues among their teams, while presenting high-level methods to improve the accessibility of products and services.”
“With 21 years of accessibility expertise, we have become a recognized leader in making digital content perceivable and navigable by all, including those with disabilities. We sharing that knowledge as a foundation for others to leverage and apply in developing the accessibility capabilities of their workforce.”
The new online course covers:
- The benefits of including accessibility in their organizational practices.
- The five categories of disabilities.
- Types of assistive technologies used to overcome disabilities.
- The laws and standards that apply to accessibility, including Section 508 and WCAG 2.1.
- The proper etiquette and language to use when working with a person who has a disability.
The online version of the course has been available for free as a benefit to clients and subscribers of Microassist’s weekly Accessibility in the News newsletter. To learn more about the course and Microassist’s accessibility solutions, go to https://www.microassist.com/contact-us/
About Microassist: An Austin, Texas-based learning and development firm, Microassist creates, delivers, and hosts custom training, emphasizing online usability and accessibility. With several development awards and ongoing speaking engagements, Microassist is a recognized leader in creating accessible products for state and federal agencies, corporations, and higher education. Our end-product delivery systems include desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. This expertise has been leveraged to create, remediate, and maintain some of the largest government sites within the United States operating under Section 508 and WCAG 2.1 requirements.
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