Tag: Accessibility

Deadline approaching for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

16 Sep 2020

In 2005 Ontario became the first Canadian Province to pass accessibility laws and has one of the most comprehensive policies created to date: The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Many countries, like the US, have laws that require government organizations or organizations that use government funds to have and procure accessible technology, websites […]

Assistive Technology Focus: Braille Devices

12 Aug 2020

One of the best things about being in the digital accessibility field is learning about the innovative tools that give users with disabilities the ability to access and understand content they otherwise could not experience. Assistive technology (AT) allows folks with disabilities to access computers, electronic devices and the web using additional or alternative input […]

Thirty Years After the ADA Was Passed, There Is Still Lots To Be Done

24 Jul 2020

On July 26th, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. In the past 30 years, many improvements to our physical world have been made–from curb cutouts, to accessible entrances to braille buttons on elevators, ATMs and kiosks. Many people with disabilities stress that though their lives have vastly improved since it […]

Misconceptions About Making Websites Accessible

2 Jul 2020

We’ve put together a list of the 3 most common myths about web accessibility and the reasons they just are not true! #1 “Making my site accessible only benefits a small number of people.”  One of the most common misconceptions about accessibility is that it only benefits people with disabilities. That is not true. Making […]

Easy Ways to Make Social Media Posts Accessible

16 Jun 2020

We talk a LOT about making web content and functionality accessible and how doing so takes a commitment and sometimes, a lot of work. Something that doesn’t take much time–but is often overlooked when discussing accessibility– is social media.  Luckily several social media platforms make it fairly easy to create accessible posts. Here’s an overview […]

Gears 5: A Video Game Built for Accessibility

21 May 2020

The Vancouver-based game developer, Coalition Studio, developed their new game, Gears 5 with loads of accessibility features–something many video games lack. A sample of the new features include: Option to turn off “camera shake,” or quick camera movements Customize an on-screen display of information to minimize distractions and sensory overload while playing Improved subtitles with […]

Ninth Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day

20 May 2020

Every third Thursday in May marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), which focuses on digital access and inclusion for all. What is digital accessibility? It is ensuring that folks with disabilities have the same experiences and outcomes with web-based services, content and other digital products as those without disabilities. Each year various tech companies, non-profits, […]

Are JavaScript Based Accessibility Toolbars a Viable Way to Meet ADA Compliance?

6 Nov 2019

The digital accessibility industry is flooded with companies selling accessibility toolbars that allow users to change font specific settings, contrast settings, use a built-in screen reader and other accessibility-based site adjustments. Many of these companies claim guaranteed ADA compliance, just by purchasing a subscription to the toolbar and by implementing it onto your site. I […]

Uber has wheelchair friendly options for disabled passengers, it may not be enough

11 Dec 2017

Uber has improved its accessibility options with the adoption of its Wheelchair friendly UberWAV service, available in 27 cities and counting. Beginning in January 2016, Uber began its UberWAV program (WAV for wheelchair accessible vehicle) in Toronto. The company began to offer wheelchair accessible vehicles in limited locations by partnering with paratransit agencies, and Uber […]