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
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.
Recently highlighted by Wall Street Journal, 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.
Past issues of Microassist's Accessibility in the News are archived and searchable on this website. To receive the newsletter each Friday, please complete our Subscribe to Accessibility in the News form on this page.
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
Accessibility in the News— 09/30/16 This issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN) covers several travel stories influenced by World Tourism Day’s ‘Universal Accessibility’ theme. We also have both universal accessibility shortfalls (and advances) in government and education, with community banks seeing a rise in accessibility-related demand letters. The first autonomous car also makes its debut. To receive Accessibility in the News via email, send a subscription request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Eligible but got nothing: Hundreds of thousands of[…]READ MORE about ‘Universal Accessibility’ Theme Influences Websites and Travel; Government, Education, Banking Urged to Up Their Game
Accessibility in the News —9/24/16 This issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), we have accessibility developments in education (from video magnifiers for grade schoolers to university online courses), politics (viewpoints and constituent profiles), tech (app accessibility lawsuits and innovations for creating signatures), government (awards and perspective), and other activity from around the globe (Australia, Oman, India, and various locations in the U.S.)—including setting the stage for plans for the web from the W3C. To receive Accessibility in[…]READ MORE about Accessibility Developments in Tech, Politics, Education—from Berkeley to across the Globe
Accessibility in the News—9/19/2016 In this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), we have accessibility-related media coverage related to mobile accessibility (creating better experiences for everyone). improving employment opportunities (including $9.3 M from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund opps for those with disabilities), and new website rules for government (coding for screen readers and providing video closed captioning). To receive Accessibility in the News via email, send a subscription request to email@example.com.[…]READ MORE about Mobile Accessibility, Employment Opportunities, and New Website Rules
Accessibility in the News— 09/13/16 In this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), media covers the rise in ADA accessibility lawsuits filed (advocacy groups weigh in, focusing on collaboration), universities in violation of ADA for digital content (not all of the free course and lecture content are fully accessible to individuals with hearing, visual or manual disabilities), and accessible cybersecurity course modules (one company’s mobile-responsive training meets Section 508 requirements for digital accessibility). To receive Accessibility[…]READ MORE about ADA Accessibility Lawsuits Filed by the Hundreds, Universities Held in Violation of ADA, Cybersec Training Meets Section 508
Accessibility in the News — 09/07/16 This issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN) features several articles from both government and universities addressing digital accessibility, or seeing the need to (there’s an interesting historical look at voting, technology, and usability, too). There’s also coverage related to the Paralympics, a few articles related to transportation for those with disabilities, and a church where the majority of worshippers belong to the Deaf[…]READ MORE about Government and Academic Organizations Address Transportation, Digital Accessibility
Accessibility in the News—08/31/16 In this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), several stories cover innovations and issues related to the blind or the visually impaired, from round-trip job interview rides from Uber, accessible website designs and Google, and the impact of Facebook’s new audio autoplay feature. One inventor is making advances in mobile accessibility, too, with a new braille smartphone that works with Android. Rounding out the list is a[…]READ MORE about Uber, Autoplay, and a Braille Smartphone: Accessible Considerations of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Accessibility in the News—08/23/16 In this issue of Accessibility in the News (AITN), we have accessibility-related media coverage on the newest FCC closed captioning rules (for online public, educational or government video). For private-sector employers with fewer than 50 employees in Ontario, new laws with integrating accessibility standards, and banks beware (class action lawsuits nationwide are being filed). To receive Accessibility in the News via email, send a subscription request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Accessibility advocates[…]READ MORE about Closed Captioning Rules, Laws on Integrated Accessibility Standards, and Banks Beware!