REAL USERS. REAL ISSUES.
- A tablet at the doctor’s office has a sign-in program that disables the pinch-to-zoom feature, making it impossible for a woman with low vision to fill out her medical history.
- An online learning portal uses automatically-generated captions on their videos, leaving a deaf student at a loss for words. Literally.
- The newest, coolest Candy Crush clone lacks a colorblind mode, leaving many users unable to distinguish red bubbles from green ones.
- An employee develops a serious hand tremor and is unable to complete his daily duties because the software program requires the use of a mouse.
SECTION 508 & YOU
The Law: Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
First passed: 1973
Recently refreshed: 2017
Applies to: Software companies selling to the federal government
Requires: Information and communications technology (ICT) must be accessible to persons with disabilities.
THE CVAA & YOU
The Law: The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA)
First passed: 2010
Applies to: Software companies
Requires: Advanced communications services (ACS) and products should be accessible by people with disabilities.
TAX SOFTWARE ACCESSIBLE
While people with more complicated finances have their taxes done by a professional, many Americans take advantage of tax preparation software or websites. Since the information included in a tax return is the most private of private financial information
SMARTPHONE ACCESSIBILITY 201
This is article two of a series taking you through mobile accessibility basics for Android and iPhone to help get you ready to conduct an accessibility assessment on the mobile device of your choice. Previously, we introduced TalkBack and VoiceOver screen reader
WHAT IS ACCESSIBILITY?
Digital accessibility refers to the ability of users with disabilities to effectively use information technology (IT) systems including websites, mobile or web-based applications, software, and hardware. Digital accessibility is generally concerned with ensuring that IT systems are designed in such a way that they interact appropriately with assistive technologies.
Assistive technologies can include:
- Screen readers, Braille keypads, or screen magnification software so users who are blind or low vision can read your content.
- Voice recognition software that helps those with mobility disabilities (even arthritis) navigate the web and type using only their voice.
- Head pointers and switch devices that allow those with more limited movement navigate without using their hands or a traditional mouse.
Some of our elders remember the days when a computer filled an entire room. Now, we have computers in our pockets. So many aspects of our lives are made easier by technology.
Yet, those with disabilities are often left out when hardware, software, websites, and apps are designed without a thought for their needs.
By some estimates, one in five people has a disability that affects their daily life. Having equal access to technology has a profound, enabling effect for people with disabilities.
RESOURCES TO DOWNLOAD
BUILD ACCESSIBLE MOBILE APPS
Level Access offers toolkits to help your team conduct automated tests of mobile systems for compliance with relevant laws and standards, including the ADA, CVAA, WCAG and Section 508. Additionally, Level Access has educational
TALK TO AN EXPERT TODAY
Contact us today for a free, 30-minute consultation with an accessibility expert in the software industry.
NOT ACCESSIBLE? THAT'S RISKY BUSINESS.
The #1 reason motivating most of our clients. (It's okay if that's what gets you in the door.) Nobody wants to be on the receiving end of a demand letter or lawsuit.
People with disabilities want to shop, bank, travel, and learn too! And on top of that, more and more procurement departments are adding accessibility to their must-have checklists.
Accessibility cases are also tried in the court of public opinion. Word spreads quickly in the community when an organization values accessibility—or doesn't.