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You will find everything you need to know about accessibility.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced or a total beginner, we cover topics of all levels.

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Featherstone & Friends: Scaling Up Accessibility at Shopify

Devon Persing and Scott Vinkle from the accessibility team at Shopify join us to chat about the challenges when implementing accessibility across a large organization.

ADA Compliance: Auxiliary Aids and Services

A deeper dive into the key concept of “auxiliary aids and services” and the related concept of “effective communication.”

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Webinar: ADA Demand Letters and Settlements

Date: Tuesday, July 21st – 2:00PM ET Webinar Registration Link What should you do if you receive a demand letter stating that your website is.

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ADA Compliance: Regulatory Overview

An overview of the rulemaking process for ADA regulations, with a focus on ADA Title III and its subparts.

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ADA Compliance: Specific Prohibitions

A summary of the core requirements in the Specific Prohibitions section of ADA Title III, mixing in references both to the statute (law) and implementing regulations.

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ADA Compliance: General Prohibitions

A summary of the core requirements in the general prohibitions section of ADA Title III that we’ve seen relate to digital accessibility.

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eBook: 10 Things People with Disabilities Wish Healthcare Organizations Knew

Learn what people with disabilities want healthcare organizations to know about inaccessible websites.

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ADA Compliance: The General Rule

ADA Title III’s General Rule summarizes the requirement, which is, simply stated, that you cannot prevent people with disabilities from enjoying full and equal use of the things that you do or provide at a place of public accommodation.

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ADA Compliance: Definitions of Interest

Title III of the ADA explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the operation of a place of public accommodation. We cover a couple of key definitions around that in this post.

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Webinar: Navigating VPAT 2 – A Guide for Vendors

Tuesday, June 30th – 2:00PM ET/11:00AM PT Registration Link As the demand for accessible technology grows, so does the demand for manufacturers and vendors to.

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Webinar: The State of Digital Accessibility in 2020

Level Access Founder & CEO Tim Springer shares hard data and insights on digital accessibility trends, new developments, and key projections for the year ahead.

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ADA Compliance: Background on the ADA

A high-level look at the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its five titles that cover specific areas of public life – four of which warrant attention for digital accessibility.

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Beyond the Web: Ensuring Your Mobile Content is Accessible

Learn about current trends in mobile usage, accessibility requirements for mobile content, common issues and their impact on users with disabilities, and testing and development strategies and best practices for mobile apps and mobile web content.

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ADA Compliance: Series Overview

Get an overview of the four key areas this blog series will explore: laws & regulations, lawsuits, what makes a website ADA compliant, and answers to some of the tricky questions.

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ADA Compliance: What Does “ADA Compliant” Mean for a Website?

For decades, we’ve had one question in the digital accessibility industry: what does “ADA compliant” mean for my website, mobile app, or other technology?”

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Colleen Wood Makes the 2020 Top 100 HR Tech Influencers List

We’re proud to announce that Level Access Chief People Officer Colleen Wood made the 2020 Top 100 HR Tech Influencers list! Awarded by Human Resource.

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Featherstone & Friends: Accessibility and Design Systems

Original Presentation: June 11, 2020 Design Systems help us drive better products to market faster. By pulling out well-designed components for reuse on future products.

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Featherstone & Friends: Inclusive Design and Color

Special guest Geri Coady – self described color-obsessed illustrator and designer, and the author of Pocket Guide to Color Accessibility, and Color Accessibility Workflows – joins Chief Experience Officer Derek Featherstone to chat about how design can be beautiful AND accessible, and best practices for choosing an accessible color palette.

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Level Access, G3ict, and IAAP Publish Annual State of Digital Accessibility Report

Research on accessibility programs presented to help organizations better serve people with disabilities during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Vienna, VA – May 21, 2020.

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FirstBank’s Organizational Approach to Digital Accessibility – Webinar Q&A

This post shares Q&A from the Banking for Good: FirstBank’s Organizational Approach to Digital Accessibility webinar. FirstBank’s Software Delivery Manager Melissa Alamo joined Matt Wolfson,.

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Industry Report: The 2020 State of Digital Accessibility

This 2020 State of Digital Accessibility Report compiles the results of this year’s survey of over 1100 professionals across industries and job roles who shared.

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Ensuring Accessible Self-Service Experiences

Self-service tablets and kiosks can be found in just about every industry, from self-check-in at the doctor’s office to self-checkout at the grocery store. Due to COVID-19, more organizations are exploring self-service options to help their customers and employees maintain physical distance whenever possible.

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JAWS for Windows Scripts Available to Make Microsoft Teams More Effective for Screen Reader Users

In our increasingly remote work environment, communication and collaboration platforms such as Microsoft Teams (Teams) and Slack have become essential everyday tools to stay connected.

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Mobile Assistive Technology Overview

Get an overview of the types of assistive technologies (AT) used by people with disabilities on mobile devices, and isee live demonstrations of them in use.

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WCAG 2.1 and Mobile Accessibility

An overview of WCAG 2.1 success criteria for mobile & touchscreen devices and strategies for testing against the requirements.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities

Level Access CEO Tim Springer discusses how COVID-19 and the resulting reliance on web and mobile services has added new challenges for many, and simple steps every org can take to support people of all ages and abilities.

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Why We Say Accessibility is Now More Important than Ever

I had someone ask me recently why we say accessibility is more important than ever. Hasn’t accessibility (removing barriers to digital access by people with.

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2020 State of Content Accessibility

Level Access and 3Play Media share the results from two nationwide studies on the current online accessibility landscape with a focus on content. This webinar is perfect for content and video creators, marketers, and educators.

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Featherstone & Friends: Designing & Developing Responsive Pages

Derek and special guest Ethan Marcotte explore the benefits of responsive web design for people with disabilities and some of the biggest areas in RWD where accessibility can slip through the cracks.

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Making Communications Accessible for Remote Audiences: Electronic Documents Q&A

In Webinar #3 of the Making Communications Accessible for Remote Audiences Series, we discussed best practices for ensuring your PowerPoint, Word, and PDF documents are.

Featherstone & Friends: AODA Facts & Figures You Need to Know in 2020

Derek and special guest Monica Ackermann, Director of Global Digital Accessibility at Scotiabank, discuss AODA requirements for websites, training, compliance reporting, and related deadlines.

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Banking for Good: FirstBank’s Organizational Approach to Digital Accessibility

Learn from FirstBank’s experiences and get practical guidance on developing and implementing a plan that works for your organization.

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Making Communications Accessible for Remote Audiences: Accessible Presentations Q&A

In Webinar #1 of the Making Communications Accessible for Remote Audiences Series we got a lot of great questions about closed captions, meeting/webinar platforms, and.

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Webinar Series: Making Communications Accessible for Remote Audiences – Resources

In this time of social distancing, critical activities of daily living have gone virtual for many – we shop, bank, work, attend classes, and get.

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Accessibility During an Outbreak: Public Safety Includes ALL Members of the Public

Amidst all the uncertainty and increased focus on public health, people will be asked to make all materials accessible. That will include: websites providing critical.

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Digital Accessibility is Important Now More Than Ever

With social distancing becoming the new normal, digital accessibility is vital for people with disabilities to stay in touch with society. Many people are solely.

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ADA & the Internet: 2020 Legal Update – Webinar Q&A

This post shares Q&A from our March 11, 2020 webinar with Seyfarth Shaw LLP Partner Kristina Launey and Level Access CEO Tim Springer. You can.

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Unpacking Commonly Misunderstood WCAG 2.1 Criteria

Original Presentation Date: March 12, 2020 The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has created useful materials to help interpret the new WCAG 2.1 success criteria, but.

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Unpacking Commonly Misunderstood WCAG 2.1 Success Criteria – Webinar Q&A

We got a lot of great questions in last week’s webinar – Unpacking Commonly Misunderstood WCAG 2.1 Success Criteria – presented by Chief Accessibility Officer.

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ADA & the Internet: 2020 Legal Update

Seyfarth Shaw LLP Partner Kristina Launey and Level Access CEO Tim Springer discuss recent legal developments and court decisions, and steps to take to minimize legal risk and protect your organization.

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Micro and Macro Trends: Digital Accessibility in 5 Years

There are lots of opinions about digital accessibility but not as many facts. This webinar dives into the actual data around legal attention and enforcement, changing attitudes toward technology regulation, the nature of work, and the maturing market.

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7 Quick Facts about WCAG 2.2: W3C Publishes First Public Working Draft of Updated Guidelines

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group at the W3C has published a first public working draft of WCAG 2.2 and has created a blog post on the topic with some details. Here.

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Take Your Pick – 3 Days, 10 Webinars March 11-13

UPDATE: You can now find the recorded presentations and other resources at www.levelaccess.com/digital-accessibility-best-practice-trends-series-on-demand Level Access will no longer be attending the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference..

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5 Top Ways to Increase Inclusion

Organizations often worry that increasing inclusion means throwing away their current design process, or causing major disruption to their day-to-day operations. In an ideal world,.

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Featherstone & Friends: The Current State of Web Animations with Val Head of Adobe

Derek sits down with Val Head, Senior Design Advocate at Adobe and author of Designing Interface Animation, to chat about the latest trends in web animation and best practices for accessibility.

The Difference Between WCAG A and WCAG AA Conformance

The WCAG criteria aim to make web content more accessible to a wider audience of people with disabilities. All success criteria are important access issues for people.

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Inaccessible Healthcare Websites: The Risk of Litigation and Patients’ Health

Original Presentation Date: January 16, 2020 We get it, healthcare providers need to comply under a lot of accessibility laws. Section 1557, Section 504, ADA.

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How Does Accessibility Impact Healthcare Patient Privacy?

If you receive funding from HHS or other federal agencies, the law requires you to make your information and communications technology accessible to people with disabilities. If you have not audited your systems for accessibility, that is a great place to start.

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Roostify Engages Level Access to Provide Digital Accessibility Excellence

The nation’s most trusted digital lending platform, Roostify, announced the selection of Level Access as their digital accessibility compliance provider.

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Join Us at AHG This Month!

Our Higher Ed team is busy gearing up for the 22nd Annual Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference (AHG) November 18-22. This.