Accessibility in the News—12/11/16 In this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), government organizations at all levels and around the world, as well as institutions of higher education, continue to advance online accessibility through policy and new websites that are navigable and usable by individuals with disabilities. Businesses and industry are taking notice. Not only is accessible web design becoming increasingly subject to ADA requirements in the US (See “What[…]READ MORE about Accessible Web Design: Governments Tackle It, Businesses Pressed to Do the Same
Microassist's Accessibility in the News
Microassist's Accessibility in the News is a widely read, free weekly newsletter curated by Jack McElaney. Newsletter sections include a compilation of accessibility articles and blogs, a list of accessibility conferences and training, accessibility job announcements, and a listing of accessibility resource pages.
Its sole purpose is to educate people interested or involved in accessibility related to the Americans with Disabilities Act Title I, II, or III, and Sections 504 and 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act. It also covers numerous international topics from all over the world.
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Accessibility in the News—12/06/16 In this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), various levels of government, institutions of higher education, and faith-based organizations are pressing forward to make their environments more inclusive for patrons and employees. Texas schools receive sharp admonitions to change their approach in serving students with disabilities. Transportation and travel stories cover a range of conditions that either hamper or help getting from one place to the next. Technology[…]READ MORE about Travel, School, Workplace Accessibility: Results May Vary
Accessibility in the News—11/25/16 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is front and center in this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN). Originally affecting physical spaces, the federal government continues to take seriously reports of ADA violations, such as those in Sioux Falls, Iowa. Litigation experts are advising banking and retail industries about the growing need to apply those principles in digital environments, noting the upward trend of websites targeted for alleged[…]READ MORE about ADA Violations, Online and Off; Access Innovations Target News, Apps, Transit
Accessibility in the News—11/17/16 Calls for equal access and nondiscriminatory practices span Trump properties, fitness centers, and more. Many of these calls are in the form of legal actions: 2016 saw an increase in website accessibility demand letters for both banking and real estate, and industry leaders are calling attention to implement online access practices. Other calls take the form of digital learning initiatives and helps, as well as industry and personal accomplishments[…]READ MORE about Digital Learning Initiatives, ADA Title III, Accessibility Awareness Initiatives
Accessibility in the News—11/10/16 In this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), advocacy in the U.S. and abroad is resulting in a higher profile for online accessibility for websites and mobile apps, and the importance of accessibility in a democratic elections process. Retail, banking, and real estate industry publications weigh in on the importance of online accessibility and the very real possibility of ADA litigation. Articles also cover training[…]READ MORE about Industries Weigh in on Website and Mobile App Accessibility Litigation
Accessibility in the News—11/03/16 In this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), news and commentary on web accessibility lawsuits and demand letters feature heavily (particularly with retailers and community banks. There’s also a list of 240 website accessibility lawsuits since 2015); colleges and universities ramp up accessible design in online courses and web environments; and both on and off campus, tools facilitate providing accessible web content. To receive Accessibility[…]READ MORE about Website Accessibility Lawsuits, Tools, Progress
Accessibility in the News—10/27/16 In this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), media coverage included toys (both modified and off-the-shelf items for kids with disabilities), the impact of technology and text for those with learning disabilities and visual impairments, potential future government decisions on private-sector requirements for accessibility (from the U.S. Department of Justice’s ADA interpretations to the upcoming ruling on Section 508), and the debut of Apple’s accessibility-focused website. To receive Accessibility[…]READ MORE about Toys, Tech, and Text: Innovation Impacts Inclusive Design
Accessibility in the News—10/20/16 In this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), web accessibility lawsuits hit community banks and retail (not even the Kardashians are immune). Ride share apps are also being deemed inaccessible. The Web Content Accessibility Working Group is seeking input on WCAG 2.1 (in order to build on current web accessibility standards). Tips for making college admissions are included this issue, as well as another story[…]READ MORE about Web Accessibility Lawsuits Hit Banking, Retail; WCAG 2.1 Under Consideration
Accessibility in the News—10/13/16 In this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), we have media coverage of several innovations (a shirt that vibrates music, software advances, unique promotional events for accessibility awareness), calls for more accessible websites , apps, and browsers (for legislative, user-focused, and online search reasons), venues that are less than accessible for their patrons, as well as a list of cities that are most the most disability-friendly. To receive[…]READ MORE about Calls for Online Accessibility, Wheelchair Basketball for Accessibility Awareness, Disability-Friendly Cities
Accessibility in the News—10/5/16 In this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), we have news about a rise in ADA compliance litigation (regarding both building and website access), building and transportation access (including activity that will impact airlines’ implementation of the Air Carrier Access Act), insights on learning (inclusive typeface guidance, accessible elearning—a passion of ours!, the malleability of the human brain), and calls for expanding accessibility throughout Canada. To receive Accessibility in the News[…]READ MORE about ADA Compliance Litigation, Building and Transportation Access, Insights on Learning