May 20, 2021 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (it’s actually the 10th anniversary since it launched off a single blog post). The pandemic has shown how technology can be both a barrier and a gateway for users with a hearing, visual, mobility or cognitive disability. This month offers an opportunity to take a look back at how our systems supporting work, education, healthcare and government adapted. From a practical perspective, making[…]READ MORE about Raising Accessibility Awareness. Global Accessibility Awareness Day Turns Ten
To comply with accessibility law and be inclusive you must provide an equal experience for all users, regardless of disability. To accomplish this goal, you must develop all your digital content with accessibility in mind. The media platforms encompass websites, videos, e-learning, documents, and an ever-growing list of other mediums. The wide use of PDF documents on websites and in email means PDF document accessibility plays a vital role in[…]READ MORE about Ten Accessibility Errors Automated Tools Miss on PDF Documents
This post adapted from the article, “Accessible Overlay Tools – Realities and Myths” originally published in the December 2020 issue of Mealey’s™ Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce. Mealey’s is a subscription-based information provider and a division of LexisNexis. In recent months there has been much discussion regarding accessibility overlay tools claiming to completely remediate an inaccessible site to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0/2.1 level AA. The allure of[…]READ MORE about Accessible Overlay Tools: Realities and Myths
What does VPAT® stand for? VPAT® stands for Voluntary Product Accessibility Template. The VPAT is a template used to document how accessible an information and communication technology product (ICT) is as part of a procurement process. VPATs are used to evaluate compliance with accessibility standards for software, mobile applications, e-learning, web sites, documentation, and hardware. Once the VPAT is complete, it becomes an Accessibility Conformance Report (also called an[…]READ MORE about VPAT Primer: What is a VPAT?
This post adapted from the article, “Understanding Accessibility in the Procurement Process” originally published in the September 2020 issue of Mealey’s™ Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce. Mealey’s is a subscription-based information provider and a division of LexisNexis. Why Digital Accessibility Matters Public sector entities such as the federal government, state government, and higher education institutions are required by various laws to try and procure products that are usable by[…]READ MORE about Understanding Digital Accessibility in the Procurement Process
The use of mobile devices has grown significantly in the last few years. In a recent Pew Research report, 46% of respondents said they could not live without their smartphone; earlier research had 44% of respondents reporting that they sleep with their phones. Google has extensively studied mobile search and app use and has coined a new term: “micro-moments.” These micro-moments are defined as “the I want-to-know moments, I want-to-go[…]READ MORE about Mobile Apps for Public Safety Organizations – Survey of Common Features
For years, law enforcement was criticized for being a closed and unapproachable society. Studies showed that too often police officials took a “we know what the priorities for public safety need to be better than the community does” approach. It was repeatedly demonstrated that a stunning misalignment existed between agency perceptions of citizen concerns, and actual citizen concerns. The take away for us was that positive and regular interaction with[…]READ MORE about Taking Control of Your Agency Image – Mobile Apps and Policing