June 19, 2020

Twitter Just Rolled Out a Feature That’s Inaccessible to Disabled Users

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AudioEye CEO Heath Thompson adds, "Why is accessibility being treated differently in this regard? When you don’t make digital accessibility a core part of the offering, you are shipping a half-baked product that leaves out a quarter of your addressable audience—people with disabilities.” Read full story about Twitter's inaccessible features.

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July 13, 2020

Make digital accessibility part of your SEO strategy—without compromising on your website design

There has long been a misconception that SEO and digital accessibility are at odds with one other. In fact, many of the core principles of good SEO actually correspond with good practices in making your websites accessible to people of all abilities.

June 23, 2020

Empowering people with disabilities to participate fully in the workforce

Thanks to its work with AudioEye, Flexability is well on its way to fulfilling its mission of opening up employment opportunities to people of all physical abilities. With its new and accessible website listing roles with companies determined to find the most talented candidates, Flexability is making it much easier for the millions of Americans with disabilities to find relevant jobs and participate fully in the workforce.

June 16, 2020

The risk of digital accessibility lawsuits is reaching new markets and sectors

Lawsuits against companies suspected of flouting the online accessibility requirements related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are now a regular feature of courtrooms in the US. From 2017 to 2018, the number of cases surged and they continued to increase throughout 2019. To help companies better understand the risk of litigation, we continuously track ADA-related proceedings. So, how is the picture changing as we start a new year?

June 15, 2020

Federal financial assistance and digital accessibility: what private schools need to know

While schools remain closed, in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some private schools are under immense financial pressure, with many facing cashflow problems. Federal financial assistance is available, but that can come with strings attached. Did you know, when accepting federal funding, private school recipients must comply with civil rights laws, including, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973?

May 26, 2020

Is your website accessible for people with disabilities? Here’s why it matters.

Commercial organizations are now facing legal challenges under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which outlaws “discrimination on the basis of disability in the activities of places of public accommodations”. In the U.S., many courts are interpreting websites as places of public accommodations—exposing thousands of U.S. businesses to new legal risks. How to find the best digital accessibility solution.

May 22, 2020

AudioEye extends free trial of Pro indefinitely

AudioEye Pro is available for free for 90-days for all customers. Begin your path to digital accessibility with AudiEye Pro.

May 07, 2020

Why is manual work important for accessibility? Meet AudioEye’s QA manager and AT tester

“While you can find and fix a lot of errors with automation, automation is not going to be able to test for functionality. The code may be perfect, but until you put yourself in the shoes of the end user, you just won’t know if the site functions properly.” Kaely, QA Manager, AT Tester, Certified JAWS Individual

April 23, 2020

Accessibility is more than a compliance issue—it’s a matter of social justice

If you’ve dedicated your career to public service, I’m sure you’re no stranger to the fact that society does not always give as much support as it can to those in need. It’s always an uphill battle to redress that balance, and the road to a fairer society is littered with obstacles, detours and dead ends.

April 14, 2020

Global Accessibility ‘Appreciation’ Day

At AudioEye, we’re big supporters of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). It’s an inspirational awareness day that is now celebrating its ninth successful year, and continues to stimulate interest, personal development, and knowledge-sharing in the web development community.

April 14, 2020

Toolbars, overlays and testing: demystifying the tech behind online accessibility

To understand how to make a website truly accessible—which, in the opinion of most legal experts, means conforming to the current version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)—you need to understand a little about the technology that AudioEye and other accessibility specialists provide. This blog takes a high-level look at three of those technologies: toolbars, overlays, and expert-mediated testing.

April 08, 2020

Answering the eight-trillion-dollar question: is your online retail business accessible to all?

More than 1 billion people worldwide live with some form of disability[1]. Together, they have an annual disposable income of $1.2 trillion. When you factor in their family and friends, that figure rises to a staggering $8 trillion[2]. The ongoing rise of online shopping makes it easier for retailers to reach out to this huge—and growing—market. But only if their websites are fully accessible. You wouldn’t install a wide and obstructive obstacle course in front of your physical store (even if it weren’t illegal to do so). So why have barriers to your online presence?

March 25, 2020

Do the right thing: how digital accessibility creates a virtuous, brand-boosting cycle

Worldwide, one billion people (some 15% of the world’s population), experience some form of disability—and in the United States, over a quarter of adults are living with a disability. In an age when brands and personal identities are closely entwined, the benefits of making your digital experiences accessible to all have never been greater.

March 23, 2020

Coronavirus: website accessibility has never been more important

In an effort to urgently help online businesses and organizations address this critical need for digital access, we’re making our AudioEye Pro digital accessibility solution free of charge through June 30 for 90 days. With AudioEye Pro, our industry-leading technology recognizes and resolves many common errors that may pose a barrier. Our solution also includes free developer tools that site owners can use to resolve the remaining errors.Together, we can work to eradicate every barrier to digital access.  And there has not been a more important time than now in the digital era.

February 25, 2020

“I’m sure we can handle it” — famous last words on website accessibility

Go to any conference on web development and you’re sure to see at least one talk on accessibility in the schedule. Companies are waking up to the fact that approximately one in four adults in the United States have some type of disability —a huge market to miss out on if your website’s not easy for everyone to use.

February 25, 2020

Why you need a sustainable, always-on approach to website accessibility

An estimated one in four adults in the United States have some type of disability, and globally the annual disposable income of people with a disability, their friends and their families is a breathtaking $8 trillion. If somehow those numbers don’t convince you to take a closer look at website accessibility, you probably still want to avoid being one of the 2,300+ companies sued each year in the U.S. for accessibility infringements.[1]

February 18, 2020

Think your business is too small to worry about website accessibility? Think again!

Everyone knows that running a small business is tough. Between building up a customer base and establishing an efficient operating model, there’s not a lot of time or money for the support functions that larger companies take for granted. Early-stage business owners often end up wearing multiple hats – they need to be the CEO, the CIO, the CFO and the Head of HR, all rolled into one.

February 07, 2020

Digital accessibility legal landscape: are you at risk with an inaccessible site?

U.S. law guarantees the right of equal access for all people regardless of their ability. But what about access to online information? Although the relevant legislation – the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – actually predates the first web browser, it was designed to keep pace with changing technology. In fact, in 2018, the Department of Justice confirmed that the ADA’s requirements, specifically what constitutes “places of public accommodations”, are applicable to websites – and have been for more than 20 years. Further, legal precedence supports the same notion that the websites should be considered a place of public accommodation.

February 07, 2020

Head off potential legal challenges: one company’s journey to ADA compliance

An estimated 25 percent of adults in the United States are living with disabilities, and government organizations are mandated under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that their online content is accessible to this large and growing population. For commercial organizations, the picture is less clear. Strictly speaking, Title III of the ADA mandates accessibility in the physical world but not the virtual world.

November 21, 2019

Introducing AudioEye’s new Visual Toolkit

“This is our way of being at the tip of the spear of accessibility. AudioEye can now offer customers tools and resources that address issues WCAG hasn’t even gotten to yet.” Charlie, AudioEye software engineering manager We’ve done it again! AudioEye has taken accessibility to the next level with the launch of our new Visual Toolkit, accessible from our Accessibility Toolbar. The Visual Toolkit provides a suite of tools enabling the end user to customize their visual experience:

November 06, 2019

Your website is accessible. What about your third-party platform provider?

Your website content is fully accessible for individuals of all abilities. But your end-to-end digital experience requires an interface with a third-party platform. Turns out, that platform has everything you need from a functional perspective, but it’s not accessible. Now what? Ditch the vendor? Give up on digital accessibility entirely? Not so fast.

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February 28, 2020

Lawsuits target ADA web compliance

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