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Accessible Spotlight: Rikki Poynter

24 Mar 2017

Rikki Poynter is a 25 year old deaf YouTube vlogger fighting for better Closed Captioning on YouTube. She started on Youtube over two years ago doing Q & A videos, makeup tutorials and vlog style videos on topics of her choice. Rikki now has over 200 videos on her channel and 47,520 subscribers. She uses […]

Our Trip to the Assistive Technology Tryout & Access Center at CDCI

3 Mar 2017

Last week a few of our team members here at Accessible Web had the privilege of visiting the Center on Disability & Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont! Our goal at Accessible Web is to not only create accessible websites but to gain a better understanding of the kinds of assistive technology available to […]

NFB Newsline – The App You Should Know About

24 Feb 2017

Do you know the NFB-NEWSLINE? It’s an exciting phone service that lets you quickly and easily listen to the news straight from your phone. The Newsline provides non visual access to traditional newspapers, magazines, and other publications, converted to an easy to use audio format. By using their iPhone app you can “read” news, “on […]

Happy Birthday Ed Roberts!

23 Jan 2017

Accessible Web would like to wish a happy birthday to one of the original pioneers of the disability rights movement, Ed Roberts! Roberts contracted polio at the age of 14 causing him to become paralyzed from the neck down but Roberts did not let this new limitation stop him. He continued his high school studies […]

Students with Disabilities Speak Out

6 Dec 2016

Rutgers Sophomore Laura Etori was leading a normal life until a rare condition known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension caused her to lose her sight three and half years ago. “My major concern was whether blindness would keep me from pursuing my education.  I had never learned Braille since I had my sight for most of my […]

Designing with Accessibility in Mind

17 Nov 2016

Accessibility = People A common misconception regarding accessibility is that is primarily for those with disabilities which is not the truth. Accessibility simply means that all people are able to access things, whether on the web or in everyday life. Wear glasses? Take them off and try going about your normal web browsing, probably not […]

Founder Peter Jewett Talks Accessibility on VPR

18 Aug 2016

Vermont Public Radio on Getting Digitally ADA Compliant Peter Jewett, founder of Accessible Web, was recently invited to speak on Vermont Public Radio about ADA compliance. From the VPR website: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. It ensured that people with disabilities had the same rights and opportunities as all Americans. For many […]

Eleven Education Institutions Voluntarily Resolve Web Accessibility Issues

14 Jul 2016

The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently reached settlements with education organizations in seven states, including Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, ensuring website accessibility for individuals with disabilities. After receiving complaints involving several organizations and initiating investigations, the OCR was approached by each of the eleven education organizations voluntarily to resolve accessibility issues […]

E*TRADE Announces Accessibility Initiative

22 Jun 2016

In a recent press release, E*Trade announced that it will be taking on a new initiative to enhance its website, mobile applications, and desktop trading and investing platforms in order to make them more accessible for customers with disabilities. E*TRADE adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 level AA as its website accessibility […]

WordPress Accessibility Standards raised to WCAG 2.0 AA

17 May 2016

In a move that will be celebrated across the internet, all future additions to the WordPress core software must be made with accessibility in mind. Noted in the code handbook: These are standards that WordPress features should meet for accessibility in order to be merged into core. All new or updated code released in WordPress must conform with the […]