Open source accessibility isn’t guaranteed for themes, plugins, or products. Furthermore, organizations are not absolved of contractual and legal obligations to deliver accessible products. This post adapted from the article, “Meeting Legal Accessibility Standards: Open Source Software—‘Actively Maintained, Highly Rated’ Does Not Equal ‘Highly Accessible,’” originally published in the May 2016 issue of Mealey’s™ Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce. Mealey’s is a subscription-based information provider and a division of[…]READ MORE about Meeting Legal Accessibility Standards: Open Source Software
Microassist Articles Published in Lexis-Nexis Mealey’s® Commentary
The following commentaries were first published in Mealey’s Litigation Reports. Mealey’s is a trusted source litigation news for more than 30 years and provides coverage of legally significant developments.
Microassist's technology and learning development team have contributed accessibility articles to Mealey's for over two years.
NOTE: You may download our abbreviated, 2-page accessibility checklist (PDF format, 253 KB) or read on for greater detail on why addressing these areas is important for greater usability and accessibility. A List of 10 Common Pitfalls that Expose Website Owners to ADA Equal Access Litigation Inaccessible websites and applications not only reduce your opportunity to reach a growing segment of the population—they put your organization at legal risk. We’ve written this accessibility checklist[…]READ MORE about Digital Accessibility Checklist: 10 Critical Elements to Evaluate for Website Accessibility
Online courses that don’t meet the needs of learners with disabilities have come under fire at colleges and universities. Institutions can find themselves at a crossroads if found in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Compliance. Or avoidance. If a college or university wants to enable higher education ADA compliance, what might that attempt look like? This article adapted from the March 2017 issue of Mealey’s™ Litigation Report: Cyber Tech[…]READ MORE about Enabling ADA Compliance at Institutions of Higher Education
How Do You Approach Making Your Website Accessible after Receiving a Demand Letter? Here Are 3 Accessibility Remediation Strategies to Consider This article on accessibility remediation strategies is reprinted, with updates and modifications, from the November 2016 issue of Mealey’s™ Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce. It was originally published as Successful Remediation Strategies For Websites Under Litigation. Mealey’s is a subscription-based information provider and a division of LexisNexis. Copyright ©2017[…]READ MORE about Successful Remediation Strategies for Websites Facing Accessibility Litigation
Section 508 and WCAG: What’s Changed for Federal Government Website Accessibility Requirements? This article on Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 reprinted, with updates and modifications, from the February 2017 issue of Mealey’s™ Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce. It was originally published as “Making Technology Accessible To People With Disabilities: Section 508 Refresh Incorporates Internationally Recognized WCAG Standards.” Mealey’s is a subscription-based information provider and a division of LexisNexis. Copyright[…]READ MORE about Section 508 Refresh: How WCAG Impacts Federal Website Accessibility Requirements
A Change in the Procurement Landscape for Federal and State Entities Covered under Section 508 This article reprinted, with updates and modifications, from the June 2016 issue of Mealey’s™ Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce. Mealey’s is a subscription-based information provider and a division of LexisNexis. Copyright ©2016 by Hiram Kuykendall. Responses welcome. NOTE: For an look at the updated VPAT® 2.0 as it aligns with the 2017 Section 508[…]READ MORE about The VPAT® and Section 508 Accessibility Compliance
Accessibility litigation against companies with websites that are unusable by people with disabilities is increasing, even as dependence on web-based services continues to grow. Here, Microassist Chief Technology Officer Hiram Kuykendall explores a few reasons these type of legal actions are on the rise. NOTE: This article is adapted from the April 2016 issue of Mealey’s™ Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce article, “Accessibility-Related Factors In Current Litigation.” Copyright ©2016[…]READ MORE about Website Accessibility Litigation: What Business Owners Need to Know
And What It Means for Online Education Background: University’s Online Courses Deemed Inaccessible On August 30, 2016, the Department of Justice informed University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) that large segments of UC Berkeley’s free, publicly available online content was not accessible to individuals with hearing, vision, or manual disabilities. The DOJ’s letter to university administration stated that UC Berkeley’s courses were in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act[…]READ MORE about The Berkeley Web Accessibility Ruling…