Industry News From Around the Web - March 2017

March

Design

  • Basic Design Principles Influencing User Experience

    By Maruti TechLabs (Mar 1, 2017)

    • "Are the features you offer easily accessible?"
    • "The primary aim is to minimize the complexity and make your platform accessible. If the screen is cluttered, you are set to lose customers over a period. Offer flexible, omnichannel solutions making your platform easy to use on any device."
  • Go to Maruti Tech

  • 5 Tips to Improve Mobile Accessibility

    By BOIA (Mar 19, 2017)

    • "When it comes to improving mobile accessibility, there are many considerations to make for an optimal user experience. Improving accessibility for all of your unique end users who face challenges using your app is an ongoing journey — but one with many benefits."
    • "Regardless of the hardware, framework, and operating system used to develop or access your app, there are five simple ways that you can improve mobile accessibility."
  • Go to Bureau of Internet Accessibility

  • Mobile is Taking the Forefront in Retail

    By bugfinders (Mar 31, 2017)

    • "We currently live in a fast paced and exciting time where the retail space is changing rapidly. It’s a time that allows marketers to create experiences for customers that are personalised and bespoke around their needs and wants."
    • "For example, in 2014 we found that 88% of companies were undergoing digital transformation as a means to improve CX, but only 25% had mapped their customer journeys. In 2016, companies are making progress, but customer-centricity still appears to be more about words than actions."
  • Go to Bugfinders

Policy

  • Georgia Aims To Make Its Websites Accessible For All

    by Tasnim Shamma (Mar 3, 2017)

    • "One in every eight Georgians – more than 12 percent – identifies as having a disability. Whether it’s a physical or learning disability, it can be difficult for those people trying to access the internet."
    • "'The need for accessibility is greater than it’s ever been,' Rempel said. 'I think the business community is starting to realize that there’s a profit share here that they’re missing out on as well. It’s not only the right thing to do but also profitable thing to do.'"
  • Go to NPR

  • New AODA updates underscore maintenance

    by Jane E. Sleeth (Mar 2, 2017)

    • "Functionality can become lost if there is little training and maintenance supervision."
    • "Many people may not be aware that there is a significant political interest in having a national standard for accessibility, rather than taking the current piecemeal approach."
  • Go to REMI Network

  • Building an Inclusive Workplace in a Divisive World

    by Eric Mosley (Mar 3, 2017)

    • "There is enough research to support that inclusion leads to innovation and provides organizations with a competitive advantage. An inclusive workplace helps attract and retain talent as well as acquire customers and business partners critical to an organization’s success."
    • "It enhances a company’s reputation and corporate brand. It inspires creativity and fosters a culture where a range of perspectives and ideas are valued."
  • Go to Huffington Post

  • UC Berkeley To Remove More Than 20,000 Online Videos From Public Access In Response To DOJ Captioning Demand

    by Eric Mosley (Mar 3, 2017)

    • "Starting March 15, 2017, more than 20,000 videos of classroom lectures and podcasts on UC Berkeley’s YouTube and iTunes channels will no longer be available for public viewing, according to a recent statement by the university."
    • "Similar to Title III of the ADA which applies to public accommodations, Title II of the ADA requires public universities and other covered entities to take appropriate steps to ensure that communications with individuals with disabilities are as effective as communications with others to afford qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of their services programs, or activities."
  • Go to ADA Title III

  • WCAG 2.1 – What challenges face accessibility auditors?

    by Matthew Putland (Mar 9, 2017)

    • "Currently, WCAG 2.1 includes all of WCAG 2.0, and it’s expected that while some WCAG 2.0 Success criteria will change, this will be avoided as much as necessary in order to ensure backwards-compatibility with the old guideline. In the current version of the draft, no WCAG 2.0 success criteria has been changed."
    • "There are plenty of other proposed success criterions not mentioned here that are worthy of analysing for people with disabilities and accessibility experts/auditors."
  • Go to AccessIQ

  • Why is job opportunity still lagging for people with disabilities?

    by PBS (Mar 16, 2017)

    • "The unemployment rate for people with a disability is more than double than for those without. Even though the law bars such discrimination, it can be difficult for these Americans to get hired."
    • "People with disabilities were 26 percent less likely to get expressions of employer interest."
  • Go to PBS



Law

  • National Federation of the Blind and Two Blind Students File Suit Against Los Angeles Community College District

    By Chris Danielsen (Mar 3, 2017)

    • "The lawsuit alleges that the LACCD has violated the Americans with Disabilities act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973 by failing to provide accessible instructional materials and other accommodations required by these statutes and needed by these students."
    • "As a result, Mr. Payan and Ms. Mason have been unable to complete required coursework or have received grades that do not reflect their true aptitude, intelligence, and industry, but rather the artificial educational barriers that have been erected by LACCD."
  • Go to NFB

  • Eatsa is being sued for not making its automated self-serve kiosks accessible to blind customers

    By April Glaser (Mar 23, 2017)

    • "Eatsa, a fast-food chain startup known for its nearly human-free, automated self-service technology, is being sued by disability rights advocates for not including accessibility features for the blind in its customer interfaces."
    • "The federal class action lawsuit, which was filed in New York today with the American Council of the Blind as a leading plaintiff, alleges that the tech-centered restaurant chain’s inaccessible kiosk and automated serving technology is a violation of civil rights law."
  • Go to Recode

  • Public Accommodations are Starting to Win Website Accessibility Lawsuits

    By Minh Vu & Julia N. Sarnoff (Mar 24, 2017)

    • "The litigation tide might be turning for public accommodations choosing to fight lawsuits brought by blind individuals claiming that the businesses’ websites violate Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not being accessible to them."
    • "Most of these matters have settled quickly and confidentially, and the relatively few defendants who chose to litigate rarely had success in getting the cases dismissed. However, two recent decisions from California and Florida federal judges do provide encouragement for businesses that are willing to spend the money to litigate."
  • Go to ADA Title III

  • E-tailer Fights Threat of ‘Drive-By’ ADA Lawsuit

    By Ted Wheeler (Mar 27, 2017)

    • "Omaha Steaks, which sells meats online through omahasteaks.com, says the demand letter claimed that Access Now clients suffered “substantial access barriers” to “privacy-related information and legal terms and conditions” on omahasteaks.com."
    • "For companies whose web presence is tied to physical store locations, Vu said, it’s fairly simple to establish standing to bring a claim."
  • Go to Courthouse News Service

  • March 2017 Digital Accessibility Legal Update

    By Lainey Feingold (Mar 1, 2017)

    • "The legal update would not be complete without a reference to the many lawsuits and demand letters about web accessibility that are being filed by a handful of law firms around the country."
    • "The best defense to a web accessibility claim is a good offense. The following best practices are embodied in many of the legal settlements reached through Structured Negotiation, litigation, or Department of Justice activity."
  • Go to LF Legal


Events



Innovation

  • 2 new tools for creating more accessible projects

    By Maureen Kraft (Mar 22, 2017)

    • "Accessibility has been an afterthought in development for far too long. The result has been costly retrofitting, the risk of inaccessible solutions, and unhappy users."
    • "IBM, for one, recently released two new open source projects on the developerWorks/open community: AccProbe and Va11yS."
  • Go to OpenSource.com
  • How People with Disabilities Use the Web

    By W3C

    • "Stories of Web Users - stories of selected scenarios of people with disabilities using the Web, to highlight the effect of barriers and the broader benefits of accessible websites and web tools."
    • "Diversity of Web Users - explores the wide range of diversity of people and abilities, and highlights some of the types of barriers that people commonly encounter due to inaccessible design."
  • Go to W3C
  • Web Accessibility First Aid: Approaches for Interim Repairs

    By W3C

    • "Do you need to urgently address accessibility in an on-going web project? This is a concise overview with pointers to help address the most critical issues."
    • "You may not be able to address all the issues on every part of your website at once. To determine which parts you want to improve right away, and which to address in later stages, consider prioritizing"
  • Go to W3C

  • Alexa 100 Accessibility Updates

    Jared Smith (Feb 28, 2017)

    • "As in 2011, the WAVE browser extension was used to conduct the evaluation. While the extension has changed a bit, the results give an indication of change over the last 5 years."
    • "The following table shows WAVE errors from 2017 compared to those identified in 2011 (both values exclude contrast errors)."
  • Go to WebAIM

  • Mythbuster’s Guide to Accessibility

    Nick Heiner (Mar 15, 2017)

    • "As government technology improves and accelerates, the U.S. Digital Service has the opportunity to improve the most critical public-facing services across agencies. The services and products we create need to be accessible to everyone."
    • "Too often, we’ve seen others neglect accessibility because of some common misconceptions that make things difficult."
  • Go to Medium

  • Automating Accessibility Testing of Web Applications

    Tim Powers (Mar 8, 2017)

    • "IBM has released a new solution that is designed to allow developers and testers to integrate automated accessibility testing within Chrome browser development tools to help deliver an optimized user experience and conform to industry standards."
    • "The solution will help ensure that web applications are compliant to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines v2.0 AA (WCAG 2.0 AA), as well as a more extensive, proprietary list of guidelines developed by IBM, which includes additional rules for new web standards, such as ARIA and HTML5."
  • Go to Age&Ability

  • Technology helped him become a tax-paying citizen

    Cinthya Anand (Mar 24, 2017)

    • "For Shankar Chandrashekar, technology is the window through which he can stride independently in the world. The 28-year-old tech whiz from Ballari is visually challenged and has limited usage of his arms. He credits technology for helping him become a tax-paying citizen."
    • "'As long as I have internet, I don't need anyone's help,' says Shankar, who works as an accessibility tester in a software firm in New Delhi and lives on his own. He uses his mobile phone to book cabs, buy groceries and pretty much everything else."
  • Go to The Hindu

  • Software that can understand images, sounds, and language is helping people with disabilities

    Tom Simonite (Mar 24, 2017)

    • "FCC rules require TV stations to provide closed captions that convey speech, sound effects, and audience reactions such as laughter to deaf and hard of hearing viewers. YouTube isn’t subject to those rules, but thanks to Google’s machine-learning technology, it now offers similar assistance."
    • "The company says user tests indicate that the feature significantly improves the experience of the deaf and hard of hearing (and anyone who needs to keep the volume down)."
  • Go to Business Insider

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