Category: Web Accessibility News

Accessibility Tools with Voice Assistant Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echo, and Amazon Dot

5 Dec 2017

Popular Voice Assistant product Amazon Alexa includes several useful features for users with accessibility needs related to vision, hearing, mobility, and speech. Included in both app and the physical device, Alexa can help support users by not only controlling their appliances, but help them navigate and interract with their devices, too. Tools offered by Alexa […]

Google to remove Andriod apps that misuse Accessibility features

28 Nov 2017

Popular Android applications like LastPass and McAfee might be removed from the Google Play store because of a change in policy. Though at first glance they seem to work as intended, these applications utilize features from the Google Accessibility Services API, originally built to allow software developers to easily incorporate Accessibility affordances into their apps. […]

Google uses Local Guides to tell you if locations are Wheelchair Accessible

14 Nov 2017

Google Maps started displaying wheelchair accessibility data for locations at the end of 2016, but with a recent update to their Local Guides program they’re moving to a more holistic approach. By engaging with their Local Guides program you can help Google curate their search results to provide more detail on locations and identify specific accessibility […]

Is Japan the Most Accessible Country?

7 Apr 2017

Traveling to another country can be a nerve wracking experience for even the most seasoned adventurers. Now imagine doing it with a vision and hearing impairment. Recently Cristina Hartmann did so while spending two and a half weeks in Japan, the last destination on her 4-month trip around the world. She tells her story on the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Colour Contrast Analyser – a new tool to analyze color contrast of webpages

17 May 2016

Accessibility Resource Initiative The Paciello Group released a PC & Mac tool to analyze color contrast of webpages and desktop applications. New tool to analyze color contrast of Webpages and Apps Called the Colour Contrast Analyser, this tool helps you determine the legibility of text and contrast levels of visual elements, such as graphical controls and visual indicators. Allowing you to […]