Industry News From Around the Web - June 2017



  • Here's why accessibility is not the enemy of design

    By Creative Bloq Staff (June 8, 2017)

    • "'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.'"
  • Go to Creative Bloq

  • Baby Boomers Are Aging–And Designers Need To Adapt

    By Katharine Schwab (June 27, 2017)

    • "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."
  • Go to Fast Co. Design


  • Is your company's website accessible to the disabled? You'd better hope so

    by Mark Pulliam (June 11, 2017)

    • "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."
  • Go to LA Times

  • Why your company needs to procure accessible technologies now: Global expert shares her insights

    By Susan Mazrui (June 19, 2017)

    • "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."
  • Go to G3ict


  • First-Of-Its-Kind Trial Goes Plaintiff's Way; Winn-Dixie Must Update Website For The Blind

    By John O'Brien (June 13, 2017)

    • "'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."
  • Go to Forbes

  • Utah Is a New Hotbed of ADA Title III Federal Suits

    By Minh Vu & Susan Ryan (June 27, 2017)

    • "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."
  • Go to ADA Title III

  • 2017 Federal ADA Title III Lawsuit Numbers 18% Higher than 2016

    By Minh Vu (June 28, 2017)

    • "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."
  • Go to ADA Title III



    Knowbility (May 2017)

    • "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."
  • Go to M-Enabling



    by Accessibility.Blog (June 1, 2017)

    • "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."
  • Go to Bureau of Internet Accessibility

  • 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)

    • "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."
  • Go to Deloitte


  • What’s the future of modern commerce?

    By Brian Solis (June 29, 2017)

    • "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."
  • Go to Martech

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