Industry News From Around the Web - April 2017

April

Design

  • PEAT Talks: Making Taleo Accessible

    By Peter Wallack (Apr 20, 2017)

    • "In this webinar, Senior Director of Oracle's (link is external) Accessibility Program Peter Wallack, Product Management Director of Taleo Development Ali Moosvi, and Accessibility Test Engineer Priyanka Jampana​ will discuss the challenges and successes that their team has experienced, as well as the accessibility features currently in production."
  • Go to PEAT

  • Internet inventor: Make tech accessibility better already

    By Joan Solsman (Apr 10, 2017)

    • "Cerf, who is hearing-impaired, played an integral part in the invention of some of the most crucial technologies of the last half century, including the internet and email. But as quickly as he'll extol how tech can advance society, he won't mince words about its track record accommodating people with disabilities."
    • "'It's a crime that the most versatile device on the planet, the computer, has not adapted well to people who need help, who need assistive technology,' he said in an interview last month. 'It's almost criminal that programmers have not had their feet held to the fire to build interfaces that are accommodating for people with vision problems or hearing problems or motor problems.'"
  • Go to CNET

  • Designing accessible products

    By Adhithya (Apr 14, 2017)

    • "In a diverse world like ours, we cannot simply assume that all the users access and experience digital products in the same way. That's when accessibility becomes a crucial element of the design process that has inclusion and diversity in mind."
    • "An accessible product — in it’s simplest sense is making sure that all of your users can consume your content. The products we work on are designed with the perceived majority of our users in mind — users who do not experience any difficulty in using a web or mobile application."
  • Go to UX Design

  • How to avoid losing one million website customers with inclusive digital design

    By Claudia Cahalane (Apr 5, 2017)

    • "In coming years the UK could have more than a million people with dementia. But we're now living in a digital age - which means that many people with dementia or Alzheimers are still likely to be banking, shopping and using services online."
    • "Web designers - and the people who pay them - need to be mindful of not turning customers away with inaccessible design. Many websites don't currently cater for such an audience and will be losing customers, including those people with dementia and Alzheimers who are using technology for communicating, banking, shopping and much more."
  • Go to AbilityNet

  • Dos and don'ts on designing for accessibility

    By Karwai Pun (Sep 2016)

    • "Understanding accessibility through design means we can build better services for everyone, whatever their access need."
    • "The dos and don’ts of designing for accessibility are general guidelines, best design practices for making services accessible in government."
  • Go to UK Gov

Policy

  • Amid digital transition, districts must prioritize accessibility

    by Roger Riddell (Apr 18, 2017)

    • "As education continues its digital transition, school districts must ensure materials and resources are accessible to students across a range of disabilities."
    • "Districts should make sure there's a clear understanding of accessibility laws, undergo accessibility audits, and develop action plans to improve and regularly undergo future audits, District Administration reports."
  • Go to Education DIVE

  • Websites are the next frontier of ADA compliance

    By Angela Gibson (Apr 3, 2017)

    • "The traditional definition of “places of public accommodation” – stores, schools, offices, etc. – has largely remained unchanged since the ADA’s enactment. However, there is an entirely new frontier to fall under the scope of the ADA: websites."
    • "The DOJ proposes adopting compliance standards developed by the World Wide Web Consortium called the 'Web Accessibility Guidelines' or 'WCAG 2.0 AA.' These guidelines are aimed at making websites more accessible to individuals with disabilities, including blindness and low vision; deafness and hearing loss; learning limitations; movement limitations; and speech disabilities."
  • Go to BizJournals


Law



Innovation

  • Digital Accessibility: Working to Further Inclusion in the Workplace

    By Renato Iwashima (Apr 7, 2017)

    • "LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce and that includes making it possible for individuals with disabilities or impairments to access our sites and mobile apps."
    • "In today’s highly connected digital world, accessing opportunity can be a simple push of a button away. But for millions of people that simple action can become complicated if the individual in question can’t see, hear, physically navigate, or cognitively make sense of the website or mobile app in front of them. "
  • Go to LinkedIn
  • Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre

    By Nintendo

    • "Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre is a piece of software designed for visitors to the Louvre Museum in France."
  • Go to Nintendo Guide: Louvre
  • Blackboard Announces Acquisition of U.K.-Based Fronteer

    By Heather Phillips (Oct 26, 2016)

    • "Ally is designed to help institutions and instructors make course content more accessible for learners."
    • "Developed and designed by Fronteer, Ally provides educators with essential guidance for improving accessibility of their course materials, while supplying comprehensive reporting on the current state of course content accessibility across the institution."
  • Go to Blackboard

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