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Digital Accessibility: What It Is and Why You Need It

Web-based content influences wide-ranging aspects of everyday life. It’s how we shop. How we communicate. How we get information on everything from train schedules to restaurant menus to directions to the nearest gas station. But an estimated 1.3 billion web users are affected by impairments that prevent them from fully accessing all this crucial information. …

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The Hybrid Approach to Digital Accessibility

Digital accessibility isn’t a one-time fix, and a changing legal landscape means that website owners need to adopt a mindset of 24/7 compliance with web accessibility standards. However, this can seem quite literally like a never-ending effort, particularly for large organizations with extensive digital properties that launch new or updated content on a daily basis. …

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Choosing the Right Accessibility Auditing Tool: 7 Considerations

Are you still tackling digital accessibility through manual checks and on-the-spot fixes, or exclusively using freely available online auditing tools? First of all, pat yourself on the back for devoting time and effort to this important endeavor. But maybe it’s time to consider upgrading your digital accessibility tools – particularly if you’re responsible for a …

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Why Your Legal Department Should Care about Digital Accessibility

For decades, civil rights laws have required public places to accommodate people with disabilities through building design modifications (e.g., ramps, maximum counter heights). These laws originated so that the disabled population could have equal access in public places. Now, with so many everyday activities of business and personal life taking place online, digital accessibility has …

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4 Steps to Help You Ramp Up for Digital Accessibility

If you’re among the growing number of organizations embracing digital accessibility, chances are you already grasp the “what” and “why” behind this imperative. But what about the “how”?  Here are some steps to take to lay the foundation for ensuring your web content is accessible to everyone. 1. Review digital content and prioritize digital accessibility …

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How Digital Accessibility Impacts Human Resources Departments

The past couple of years have arguably seen a paradigm shift toward greater awareness of digital accessibility, especially considering the recent flood of digital accessibility litigation. Most lawsuits have revolved around the rights of disabled consumers to have equal web access so they can complete online purchases, access product information, and other consumer-related activities. These …

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Accessibility Lawsuits On the Rise

Last year saw a record number of lawsuits against businesses alleging digital accessibility violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Now, experts note a new trend in web accessibility litigation: Plaintiffs are increasingly targeting local governments, municipalities, and universities, reports EmployerLINC, an online news source specializing in legal issues for employers. Digital accessibility refers …

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Common Digital Accessibility Errors You May Not Know You Have (And How to Avoid Them)

How often do you stop to think about how a person with disabilities would be able to interact with your website? Would someone with color blindness be able to read text? Would a web user dependent on a screen reader be able to complete a purchase or form? So if you haven’t yet considered how accessible your …

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What You Need to Know About Section 508 and Digital Accessibility

In the United States, all digital information used and obtained by federal agencies and their sub-contractors must comply with digital accessibility guidelines set forth by a statute known as Section 508. Congress enacted Section 508 as an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act. It serves to ensure that people with disabilities have access to digital information from …

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