- New for Accessibility: ‘Smart Invert Colors’ in iOS 11, macOS onscreen keyboard, text & photo detection for VoiceOver & more
By Jordan Kahn (June 4, 2017)
Go to 9to5 Mac
- "Among the new features, Apple is making improvements to text detection and photo descriptions for VoiceOver users, it’s enhancing the large text experience system wide, introducing a new “Smart Invert Colors” mode, and has a brand new onscreen Accessibility keyboard for Mac users."
- "Apple is also making sure Accessibility users will be able to benefit from new Type to Siri and Drag and Drop features arriving in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra."
- Adobe Continues to Improve on Making PDFs Accessible
By Rob Haverty (June 13, 2017)
Go to Adobe Blog
- "Creating accessible PDF documents is an important and yet sometimes challenging process."
- "Depending upon the accessibility of the original source document there may be many steps involved in making the PDF version accessible."
- Here's why accessibility is not the enemy of design
By Creative Bloq Staff (June 8, 2017)
Go to Creative Bloq
- "'We've come a long way since the late 90s and early 2000s, when the concept of an accessible website was probably a text-only site. There are lots of companies making beautiful, creative and engaging websites that are completely usable by all sorts of people: people with and without disabilities, and people using different technologies.'"
- "'To anybody now who thinks accessibility has to cramp their style, I suggest taking another look at it.'"
- Baby Boomers Are Aging–And Designers Need To Adapt
By Katharine Schwab (June 27, 2017)
Go to Fast Co. Design
- "With the explosion of the elderly population, designers are facing a challenge–and an opportunity–to deliberately design products that accommodate the changes that come with age."
- "This means design that accounts for aging bodies and minds; as they get older, people face challenges like increased difficulty with multitasking, remembering new behaviors, and controlling fine-motor function."
- "The benefits for designing to these challenges are obvious, but when you create a product that’s easier to use for people of different abilities, you often end up creating something that’s better for all users–a core tenet of inclusive design."
- Is your company's website accessible to the disabled? You'd better hope so
by Mark Pulliam (June 11, 2017)
Go to LA Times
- "The latest litigants have their sights on the most innovative segment of our domestic economy: e-commerce."
- "In this trend, people sue businesses because their websites aren’t sufficiently accessible to the disabled — because the websites lack assistive technologies for the blind or hearing-impaired, say."
- "Though the ADA was enacted before websites were ubiquitous, many courts have interpreted the term “public accommodation” in the act’s Title III to encompass Internet companies."
Why your company needs to procure accessible technologies now: Global expert shares her insights
By Susan Mazrui (June 19, 2017)
Go to G3ict
- "To buy or not to buy is not the question. All companies need to update to stay competitive. Cost is a factor. So, how does accessibility fit into a company or organization’s long term plans? Is usability just a catch phrase? How can incorporating both improve your bottom line?"
- "In the United States, and many other countries, laws and regulations can make offering accessible products and services a competitive advantage. Government agencies must use accessibility and usability part of the purchasing decisions because of Section 508 requirement. Companies want to support Diversity. Diversity is not just hiring and retaining people with disabilities but also providing equal opportunities for advancement."
First-Of-Its-Kind Trial Goes Plaintiff's Way; Winn-Dixie Must Update Website For The Blind
By John O'Brien (June 13, 2017)
Go to Forbes
- "'The factual findings demonstrate that Winn-Dixie’s website is inaccessible to visually impaired individuals who must use screen reader software,' Scola wrote."
- "Therefore, Winn-Dixie has violated the ADA because the inaccessibility of its website has denied Gil the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations that Winn-Dixie offers to its sighted customers."
- "Experts believe it to be the first trial regarding a website’s accessibility under the ADA. Such lawsuits have become popular in recent years as the Department of Justice has delayed formal regulations."
Utah Is a New Hotbed of ADA Title III Federal Suits
By Minh Vu & Susan Ryan (June 27, 2017)
Go to ADA Title III
- "In 2013, 2014, and 2015 combined, plaintiffs only filed a total of eight such lawsuits in federal court (1, 6, and 1, respectively)."
- " In 2016, the number surged to 124, making Utah the seventh most busy federal venue for such filings for that year. In just the first five months of 2017, plaintiffs have filed 125 lawsuits in the Utah federal courts, the highest number since we started tracking them in 2013."
2017 Federal ADA Title III Lawsuit Numbers 18% Higher than 2016
By Minh Vu (June 28, 2017)
Go to ADA Title III
- "Within a week after a Florida federal judge handed down a trial verdict finding that Winn Dixie had violated Title III of the ADA by having a website that could not be used by the blind plaintiff, U.S. District Judge John Walter of the Central District of California ruled that blind plaintiff Sean Gorecki could continue his lawsuit against retailer Hobby Lobby about the accessibility of its website."
- " The retailer had asked the court to dismiss the case on various grounds, all of which were rejected by the judge. The case will now move forward."
M-ENABLING SUMMIT REACHES NEW MILESTONE AND HEIGHTENED INTEREST IN ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY
Knowbility (May 2017)
Go to M-Enabling
- "Assembling the most successful edition to date, with over 600 participants and a 20% increase in attendance, the M-Enabling Summit presented a robust, all-inclusive conference bringing together top industry executives and community advocates dedicated to fostering and implementing accessible technologies and next-generation innovations for users of all abilities."
- "The 2017 M-Enabling Summit offered a platform for technology companies to promote their accessible products, services and assistive technologies. The event featured the largest exhibit to date with over 40 companies displaying their latest innovations."
- TOP 5 ISSUES MISSED BY AUTOMATED ADA WEBSITE COMPLIANCE TESTS
by Accessibility.Blog (June 1, 2017)
Go to Bureau of Internet Accessibility
- "Accessibility audits done by automated software are an important part of the journey to compliance with WCAG 2.0. However, accessibility testing software is not infallible."
- "These tests don't possess the subtleties needed to identify areas of only partial compliance with regulations."
- "Even when the automated system says PASS, there could still be significant accessibility obstacles to overcome."
Seventy-Two Percent of Working Americans Surveyed Would or May Consider Leaving an Organization for One They Think is More Inclusive
By Press Release (June 7, 2017)
Go to Deloitte
- "A recent Deloitte survey found that inclusion can play a major role in a professional’s decision to choose an employer. In today’s competitive market, individuals are often challenging employers to think more holistically about what inclusion really means to them, and think more strategically about how to create and maintain an inclusive culture."
- "With inclusion’s growing impact on attracting and retaining employees, organizations should consider broadening their lens on inclusion, pushing leaders to be active role models, and going beyond programs to impact people’s day-to-day experiences."
What’s the future of modern commerce?
By Brian Solis (June 29, 2017)
Go to Martech
- "The future of commerce is hybrid, blurring the lines between online and offline engagement. Amazon has made it clear that it was expanding beyond e-commerce to reimagine brick-and-mortar for a modern economy."
- "Now, we are approaching a new paradigm...we will see the reimagining of the role of physical space, along with a new model for online shopping that combines intelligent technologies, hyper-personalization and seamless cross-channel engagement."