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ADA Compliance: How Do You Test Full and Equal Access for a Website?

An overview of the two core questions we seek to answer to determine if a site provides full and equal access for users with disabilities.

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Use Case Testing for Accessibility

What is ‘use case’ testing? In a nutshell, use case testing is real-world testing. That is, it seeks to simulate—as closely as possible—a “real” user’s.

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Reporting Accessibility with VPAT 2: A Guide for Vendors

As the demand for accessible technology grows, so does the demand for product manufacturers and vendors to formally document their product’s or service’s conformance with accessibility standards.

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How We Do Our Work Matters: Accessibility and Inclusive Design

Many people use accessibility and inclusive design as interchangeable terms. However, they are not the same thing. Accessibility is an outcome, and inclusive design is.

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W3C Publishes Draft of Standard Format for Writing Accessibility Test Rules 

Today, July 30, 2019, the W3C published the draft of the first standard format for writing accessibility conformance testing rules—the ACT Rules Format 1.0. Level.

Understanding Assistive Technology: How Does a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Person Use Technology?

Thank you to our friends at 3PlayMedia for their collaboration on this article. Understanding digital accessibility challenges is easy if you know people with disabilities..

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Webinar: Where Accessibility Lives: Incorporating A11y into Your Process and Team

Chief Experience Officer Derek Featherstone covered real-world examples of how to make accessibility live in your automation tools, style guides, pattern libraries, and design systems, ready to create a more accessible and inclusive web. 

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2019 Digital Accessibility Trends

Where does the world of digital accessibility stand? What trends are sweeping the marketplace? Which laws and regulations are new or changing soon? And how does it all relate to your organization?

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Webinar: Big Organization Accessibility – Aetna Case Study

Original Presentation Date: June 13, 2019 Establishing an enterprise-wide accessibility program for a large and diverse company can be a challenging task. In this webinar,.

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Webinar: Winning at Scale: Accessibility in Design Systems and Design Ops

Original Presentation Date: May 28, 2019 Design Ops, which operationalizes the design process to give designers and copywriters room to focus on the things they.

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Report: State of Digital Accessibility 2019

UPDATE: The 2020 State of Digital Accessibility Report is available now! Level Access surveyed 550 accessibility professionals working in accessibility programs in organizations large and.

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Digital Accessibility Crystal Ball: Will We See Different Types of Cases in 2019 and Beyond?

With digital accessibility lawsuits at record numbers—more than 2,250 cases were filed in federal court under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act in.

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Webinar: 2019 State of Digital Accessibility Part 2 – Industry Drivers

Original Presentation Date: March 19, 2019 UPDATE: The 2020 State of Digital Accessibility Report is available now! In the first webinar of this 2-part series, Level Access.

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Settlement Shows Limits of a “Separate-But-Equal” Approach to Digital Accessibility

Building a separate “assistive” website may seem like a good way to provide resources to customers and clients with disabilities, but, as a recent settlement.

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Webinar: Getting to ‘Yes’ – Building Internal Support for Accessibility Initiatives

Original Presentation Date: January 31, 2019 Are you the accessibility specialist or champion for your organization? Or maybe just beginning to head up your team’s.

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Responsible Web Animation: Giving Users More Control of Their Experience

Since the arrival of HTML5, the web has seen a tremendous increase in complex animations. Whether they are decorative or explanatory, animations must be built.

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Quick Tips for Writing Meaningful Alt Text Webinar – Q&A and Resources

Thank you to everyone who attended my webinar/writing workshop last week, Quick Tips for Writing Meaningful Alt Text (Even If You’re Not a Writer). It was a.

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Online Retailers – Here Are 10 Things People with Disabilities Want You to Know

E-Commerce Times published a great article this week from our Chief Experience Officer Derek Featherstone on the importance of inclusive design for online retailers. In the.

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Assistive Technology: Not What You’d Expect

Shortly after Simply Accessible became part of the Level Access team*, Kara Van Roekel and I were working with a customer on one of our favorite.

Superdome Not Super Accessible: Accessibility News Roundup, July 9, 2018

Welcome back to our Accessibility News Roundup, where we bring together the best recent stories from the web about accessibility. First up, NPR’s Marketplace dedicated an entire.

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WCAG 2.1: Exploring the New Success Criteria

Welcome, WCAG 2.1; we’re glad you’re here! The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) has been a part of digital accessibility since 1999. WCAG 2.0 was.

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Mobile Accessibility 201: Colors, Contrast, and Magnification, Oh My!

Screen readers might be the best-known aspect of mobile accessibility, but they’re not the only game in town.

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Could I Get A Ride? Accessibility News Roundup, June 13, 2018

Hey everyone! Welcome to the latest edition of the Level Access Accessibility News Update, where we tell you what’s been going on in the realm.

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The Future is Now: WCAG 2.1 is Finally Here!

This week, the W3C officially released its latest update to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). WCAG 2.1 builds upon the principles and guidelines found.

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Procurement & Digital Accessibility: 10 Essential Questions to Include in Every RFP

Ah, the Request for Proposal. That time-honored tradition where you get down on one (proverbial) knee, announce you’ve got budget to spend, and then brace.

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CSUN 2018 Takeaways: Pearson’s Accessible Equation Editor Teaches Us More Than Math

Did you attend CSUN this year? If not, we can bring a little bit of CSUN to you! We asked our Levelers to share about some.

CSUN Educates on Machine Learning

Did you attend CSUN this year? If not, we can bring a little bit of CSUN to you! We asked our Levelers to share about some.

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Section 508 Refresh: Understanding the New Requirements

If you’re looking for information about the Section 508 Refresh, you’ve come to the right place! Our Section 508 Refresh whitepaper has been updated to.

Pushing the Boundaries of Automatic Testing Through Machine Learning

Original Presentation Date: November 7, 2017 DevOps/Agile naturally demand more and more Accessibility tests be fully automatic, and through the power of Machine Learning, we are.

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PDF Accessibility: Table of Contents Guidelines

If there is a Bible for PDF accessibility, it is the 14th chapter of ISO 32000_2008, the ur-text of the PDF standard. For any Scripture,.

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How much time does it take to remediate a site or application for compliance?

One question we receive a lot at Level Access is, how long does it take to bring a system into compliance with Section 508 or.

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How do I determine if my web site or application is Section 508 compliant?

By far the most common question we receive here at Level Access is how do I determine if this thing is 508 compliant? To answer that question we have to at three key questions. To be 508 compliant you have to be able to answer each question in the affirmative.

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Remarks on Internet Explorer 9 Accessibility and Compatibility with Assistive Technology

The release of Internet Explorer 9 has brought about new accessibility challenges which have, as a result, necessitated many assistive technology manufacturers to release new.

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Section 508 Testing Approaches

So you know that you have to comply with Section 508 and now you want to understand your options for testing that compliance. This post covers the basic choices for how to do 508 testing and evaluation requirements for your testing infrastructure.

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Automated Testing Tool Limitations

Most people today will agree that testing for accessibility is a good idea. Unfortunately, it is unclear how best to test for accessibility in a.

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What Should You Look for in an Accessibility Vendor?

Choosing which professional vendor to partner with can be difficult in any field or industry. However, this can seem especially daunting for those new to.

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Normative and Functional Testing

As the field of accessibility has become larger, it has also become more formal and professional. Prior to formal accessibility standards, governments and other organizations.