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The Importance of Involving Users With Disabilities in your Accessibility Efforts

Oct 14, 2021

The Importance of Involving Users With Disabilities in your Accessibility Efforts

When we think about accessibility, far too often we frame it around compliance. But accessibility is about far more than these things.

How Digital Marketing Agencies Can Help Clients Achieve Web Accessibility Compliance

While overhauling a vast web experience to achieve regulatory compliance can feel like a heavy lift, these three priorities empower digital marketing agencies to support their clients, building better online products in the process. 

Create Accessible Products with Inclusive Design

Digital products designed and developed today often overlook an important factor: ‘Designing for differently-abled people’. The United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda focuses on important aspects of accessibility.

Digital accessibility is a cultural shift newsrooms need now

You don’t need to be an engineer or web developer to make your work accessible to disabled audiences.

Checklist for Accessibility of Your HealthTech Product

The purpose of this article is to introduce the future HealthTech product developers to the concept of digital accessibility and its relevance in wider use and provide examples of products with excellent digital accessibility.

Accessible Beauty Products

The world of glam is becoming more inclusive, but it’s still been pretty out of reach for those with disabilities…until now.

McDonald's enhances kiosks for visually impaired

The fast food chain will add screen-reading software, tactile keypads and the ability to use headphones to place orders via audio prompts at company-owned stores by the end of the year. 

Paving The Way To Make Sports Fully Inclusive

Tracy, a nutritionist, talks about how how sports and fitness equipment is still inaccessible to many people with disabilities.

How Video Captioning Tools Benefit Sales and Marketing Teams

Content is undoubtedly king in today’s marketing world and video has emerged as a leg in every content marketing strategy.

Accessibility Testing Tools: Top Options for Marketing Teams

Empathy is one of the most important tools in a marketer’s toolkit. When you design email campaigns and other digital marketing content with accessibility in mind, you’re putting empathy and inclusion into action.

A web tool that converts PDF scientific papers into HTML

The folks at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence just released an intriguing tool — "Paper to HTML", which lets you upload a scientific paper and it turns it into an HTML web page.

We need to ditch overlay tools in creating truly accessible websites

Recently there was a backlash within the web development community against the Paralympics 2020 #wethe15 campaign when their website was found to have several basic accessibility issues, including missing alt tags. While some of the criticism was absolutely warranted, being a digital transformation agency ourselves, and being heavily involved in web accessibility, we also understand the human and technological challenges of building a great experience for diverse users.

The website accessibility process: key steps for every project

Deciding to develop your website to conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG, pronounced “wickag”) is a positive move that will allow more visitors to consume your content and will help meet impending legal requirements. But how do you get started? What steps do you need to take to make your site more accessible and ensure it stays accessible?

Six steps to making your business website accessible

A crucial factor of website performance is accessibility.

A Beginner's Crash Course in Digital Accessibility Topics

Digital accessibility is complex. We're here to help! We put together some highlights of key topics to help beginners in the topic.

10 Ways to Improve Accessibility on Websites and Social Media

My 10 tips for making your website and social media more accessible, whether you're a blogger, photographer, writer, designer, or developer.

Rethinking digital copyright law for a culturally diverse, accessible, creative Europe

reCreating Europe articulates its research around these activities and goals: mapping, measuring, assessing technologies and shaping the future of digital copyright & digital culture & creativity.

YouTube announces new audio features aimed at making videos more accessible

YouTube announced several new audio features on Thursday, some of which have already rolled out while others will launch in the coming months. Starting today, creators have the ability to enable live auto-captions for any livestreams in English to make streams more accessible. This feature was previously only available to creators with more than 1,000 subscribers.

Why captions are everywhere on TikTok: 'Glasses for your ears'

The written word is making a comeback in an unlikely place: TikTok. The reasons for that include accessibility concerns and changes in the way Americans consume media.

Three Ways AI Is Improving Assistive Technology

When implemented effectively, assistive technology can improve accessibility and quality of life for all, regardless of ability. 

Accessibility-Minded Thoughts On Apple’s ‘California Streaming’ Event

Apple has moved away from the “S” nomenclature—the 2018 iPhone XS is the last iPhone to bear the name—but the iPhone 13 spiritually feels like an S-year update.

Here Are All the Accesibility Features Built Into Your Apple Watch

Whether you have low vision, deafness, or motor function difficulties, you can customize your Apple Watch to accommodate for work better for you.

Exclusive: Amazon Adds New Speech Setting To Alexa App To Help Stutterers Finish Commands, Queries

Amazon on Friday is adding a new feature to the Alexa app, available on iOS and Android, that tells Alexa to wait longer in order for a person to finish speaking.

Windows Accessibility Features

Discover how Windows 11 is making the PC more accessible to everyone, with inclusively designed features that support productivity, creativity, and ease of use for all.

Making Windows 11 the most inclusively designed version of Windows yet

Earlier in the year my colleague Jeff Petty shared with you the accessibility improvements and features that were coming to Windows 11. Now that the day is here, I wanted to give you a peek behind the curtain at our accessibility journey and how our team made Windows 11 the most inclusively designed version of Windows yet.

Gaming Accessibility Fundamentals Learning Path - Game Stack

Information on a series of learning modules that helps users learn more about gaming accessibility.

Microsoft adds accessibility tags and filters for games on Xbox

Microsoft has announced several new accessibility options for Xbox players, including accessibility tags and store filters for video games.

Steven Spohn On Strides In Accessibility For Gaming, And Nintendo's Room For Improvement

"Back in the day Nintendo was at the forefront of accessibility, at some point they just stopped"

Logitech G Hosts Adaptive Esports Tournament for gamers with disabilities

Logitech G, AbleGamers, and partners announce The Adaptive Esports tournament featuring Rocket League competitions for gamers with disabilities.

Accessibility: Usability for all | Interaction Design Foundation (IxDF)

Examine a topic we take for granted to understand what it’s all about. By doing so, you’ll be able to proceed with an appreciation of how users engage your designs.

The PlayStation Store just launched an Accessibility Collection

The PlayStation Store just revealed a new Collection that focuses specifically on highlighting games with notable accessibility features.

Seeing Colours: Samsung Reinforces Its Commitment To Inclusivity During Heritage Month

In Heritage Month, As South Africa celebrates its diversity and commitment to inclusivity Samsung South Africa reiterates its ‘Screens for All’ vision. This is aimed at innovation that ensures that Samsung TVs provide an enjoyable viewing experience for all. This dedication is amplified by Samsung’s SeeColors App.

Austin, Travis County launch emergency alert system with American Sign Language

The city of Austin and Travis County have partnered with Deaf Link to launch the Accessible Hazard Alert System for the deaf, blind, hard of hearing\u00a0or deaf and blind community.

Disability rights: A European Disability Card to harmonize status across the EU

Mobility, education, housing and active inclusion in public life are key areas where Europeans living with disabilities would benefit from reform, say MEPs.

Don't leave disabled drivers behind in the switch to electric cars

Britain’s rapidly growing charger network is under fire from disabled charities.

Cruise CEO Shows Off Locker Module And Wheelchair Accessible Origin Robotaxi

During the GM investor day, Cruise CEO Dan Amman showed off a wheelchair accessible version of the Cruise Origin robotaxi as well as a locker module for deliveries.

The Civic Center Music Hall Is Now A Certified Sensory Inclusive Venue

The Civic Center Music Hall has announced a partnership with KultureCity to become a certified Sensory Inclusive Venue.

Information for all: European standards for making information easy to read and understand

These standards are to help people make their information easy to read and understand. Anyone who wants to make information easy to read and understand can use the standards.

Why Digitally Connected Real-World Environments Are The Key To Accessibility

There's great value in doing the right thing by understanding and serving every customer base and every potential customer base you have.

Day of Older Persons: Age must not be a barrier to technology and digital literacy

As today is International Day of Older Persons, it is an opportune time to note that digital literacy and digital access is something that simply must be made available to all who desire it, whatever their age.

We Must Include Disabled People in the Fight for Reproductive Rights

"As a woman, I felt included. As a woman with a disability, I did not."

Haben Girma: Why I Never Tell People With Disabilities to "Just Work Harder"

Employers are missing out on numerous talented, responsible, and driven workers.

Disability Awareness Starts With All of Us - and Benefits All of Us

Claudia Gordon is a lot of things. It’s hard to wrap your mind around it when you see it on paper.

30 Years After the ADA, We're Still Fighting for Disability Justice

Without inclusion, none of us will be free.

Confronting shame—and accepting my disability—with Judy Heumann

A Q&A with Judith Heuman, the longtime activist of disability rights.

The Effects of Guilt on My Body and Mind

Would it surprise you if I was to say the most basic emotions related to Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and other chronic illnesses was Guilt.

A Celebrated Advocate Makes Her Private Life Public to Show That a Disability Is More

Ford Foundation’s Rebecca Cokley argues that grant makers must change how they view disabilities.

Remembering Marilyn Golden, disability rights activist who lobbied for ADA

Marilyn Golden, a key figure in the drafting and passage of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, died at her home in Berkeley.

R. Allen Gardner, 91, Dies; Taught Sign Language to a Chimp Named Washoe

He and his wife and collaborator made headlines with their finding that they could communicate with a young ape using the language of the deaf.

The Deaf Population Is Growing. Acceptance Should, Too

We should take a cultural approach that incorporates universal design, dismantles structural barriers, and includes deaf people from the ground up.

The Cultural Value of Disability

We’re looking at disability like it’s something to be fixed.

Stage fright: the tricky unease of the Britney Spears documentaries

A wave of films about the singer’s troubled conservatorship reveal our thorny, uncomfortable fascination with her pain.

Oh yes, Britney Spears. Disabled women hear you

Britney Spears. We’ve all heard bits and pieces about her fight to regain guardianship of herself from her father. In the US they call this conservatorship and according to the BBC, it is “…granted by a court for individuals who are unable to make their own decisions, like those with dementia or other mental illnesses.”

Ariel Fung: Performing at the Paralympics homecoming!

"Hi everyone, I am Ariel and I am originally from Hong Kong. I am now based in the UK in Wolverhampton and I work as a performing artist and dance teacher. I became Deaf when I got sick with fever at 2 years old. I communicate in International Sign Language, British Sign Language, Hong Kong Sign Language, and American Sign Language."

Jillian Mercado on ‘Generation Q’ and the Importance of Joyful Stories

Her role on Showtime’s “L Word” reboot offers a rare depiction of intimacy among disabled people. “There’s not one specific way to be queer,” she said.

AstroAccess Reveals Crew of 12 Disability Ambassadors for Historic ZERO-G Parabolic Flight

Ambassadors with mobility, vision, and hearing disabilities will test the design for accessibility in zero-gravity and high gravity environments.

Up in the Air: Loving Life as a Blind Aerialist

Rachael Storey is a blind aerialist, pole dancer and circus artist. In this #MyBlindStory, she talks about why being up in the air makes her feel alive.

Popular YouTube host teaches people with vision disabilities to cook

Cooking an omelette in seven minutes is easy for most people. But try doing it with your eyes closed. Not so easy now, is it?

Videos made Plano woman a TikTok star, Latinx trailblazer for her inspiring message about disability

Marcela Marañon has been named one of 15 Latinx TikTok Trailblazers for her disability advocacy on the social media platform this Hispanic Heritage Month.

Video: We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation, Author Eric Garcia

Eric Garcia is the senior Washington correspondent for The Independent. He is the author of We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation, which was released in August 2021 by Mariner Books.

How Frida Kahlo Made Chronic Pain and Disability Visible Through Art

"Even forced to lie on her back, she created art."

Academia’s ableist culture laid bare

Four group leaders with disabilities share their thoughts on how to make laboratories and fieldwork more accessible and inclusive.

When My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy Like My Best Friend

"She became our lifeline for the entire diagnosis process and beyond."

Active Allyship Requires Change: “Demanding More,” A Book By Sheree Atcheson

As a professional if you are ready to move away from performative acts of allyship and really start digging into the hard and often personal work that comes with being a diverse and inclusive business then Atchesons’ book provides an excellent roadmap to guide you through.

Don't forget people with disabilities in inclusive language efforts, report says

Businesses may be dropping the ball on accessibility in a major (but easy-to-fix) way.

Choose Your Words Wisely: The Right Words Matter!

Politically correct words and labels are important. We don’t want to offend or embarrass ourselves and others. We want to do what’s right. We want to be inclusive with our language.

Why Inclusive Experiences Start With Inclusive Language

Are you creating inclusive experiences for your customers? Many companies aren’t.

Stuff You Shouldn’t Say To Disabled People

The best workplace disability policies and practices can be undone in a moment by thoughtless, corrosive remarks from coworkers.

Rosie Jones is right to call out ableist abuse – what is wrong with people?

Disabled people can’t say what they think about society’s inaccessibility – and it’s suffocating.

Disability hate crime victim wants to help others

Amy Williamson says she can assist other people who have been abused because of their disabilities.

Is It OK to Diagnose Yourself If You Think You Have ADHD?

"But Erica, you can't just... diagnose... yourself! You're not a doctor!"

Why I’m Accepting Disability & Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Thanks To Gen Z

It's my students, coupled with the pandemic, that have pushed my thinking forward.

Hey Retailers, My Mental Illness Is Not Your Halloween Costume

"There is no excuse."

Hollywood Horror And The Cost Of Disability Justice

October 31st is getting scarily close, and it's without doubt costumes are the highlight of this horror-filled holiday. Whether you are the creative make-your-own type or last-minute trip to Target type, Halloween costumes can come at the cost of Disability Justice.

Disability hate crime: is 'benefit scrounger' abuse to blame?

Ahead of the Paralympics, figures reveal disability hate crime is at its highest level, yet few incidents are reported and fewer perpetrators convicted.

New research reveals how babies with vision disabilities explore the world

Babies with vision disabilities rely more on touch than hearing to respond to the world around them, but both senses will be important in designing tools to help them develop, according to new research.

UNICEF report finds that 1 in 7 young people live with diagnosed mental health disorder

The rate of diagnosed disorders is highest in the Middle East, North Africa, North America, and Western Europe.

COVID-19 Made College Planning Inaccessible For Many, But It Was All the Same For Disabled Students

"Since March 2020, colleges have become more competitive than ever, with acceptance rates falling drastically at some colleges. Many admissions officers had to navigate test-optional applications for the first time as well. Students across the country were unable to take SATs due to the threat of COVID-19 and were unable to visit colleges, forced to pick schools to apply to—and even to commit to—from what they saw on Zoom tours and YouTube videos."

The Care Movement Fights Back Against Cuts to Biden’s Historic Home Care Plan

Sharing their personal stories in front of the Capitol, care workers and disability rights activists make a powerful case for expanded care infrastructure.

How breathing in wildfire smoke affects the body

Experts say the chronic impact of smoke from longer-lasting, more frequent wildfires could have serious health impacts.

Climate change is "single biggest health threat facing humanity," WHO says

New report​ released by the World Health Organization warns that "no one is safe from these risks."

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