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  1. 92% of Top Federal Websites Fail to Meet Security, Speed, Accessibility Standards
  2. Broadcasters and Disability Organisations Draw Up Recommendations for Accessible Audio-Visual Services in the EU
  3. Georgia Aims to Make Its Websites Accessible For All
  4. Accessible Technology Helps Students with Disabilities Pursue STEM Degrees
  5. Copyright Waiver for People with Visual Impairment Gets Go Ahead from EU Court
  6. Understanding the American with Disabilities Act for E-Commerce
  7. Wayfindr Standard Issued to Address Exponentially Growing Indoor Audio Navigation Market
  8. Insight of the Month from IAAP Connections - For IAAP Members Only



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92% of Top Federal Websites Fail to Meet Security, Speed, Accessibility Standards

A new study from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation says 92 percent of the US Federal government’s most popular websites do not meet basic standards for security, speed, mobile friendliness or accessibility. The study found that 42 percent were not accessible for users with disabilities. ITIF analyzed 297 U.S. government websites in the top 1 million websites worldwide and assessed them on criteria such as security, speed, mobile friendliness and accessibility.

Read the full story on the study of U.S. Federal government websites..

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Broadcasters and Disability Organisations Draw Up Recommendations for Accessible Audio-Visual Services in the EU

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Disability Forum (EDF), and the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) have made a common proposal to improve the accessibility of audio-visual media services for persons with disabilities. These measures are expected to enhance the accessibility of TV programmes for persons with disabilities, in particular via subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, audio description, spoken subtitles and sign language interpretation, also known as access services.

Read the full article on the recommendations for accessible audio-visual services in the EU.

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Georgia Aims to Make Its Websites Accessible For All

Many of the state of Georgia's websites now have a sharper look, filled with larger font sizes, descriptive headings, strong color contrast and cleaner drop-down menus. The state’s web team is now looking to improving accessibility on smartphones of its mobile apps and sites.

Read the full article on Georgia’s attempt to make websites accessible.

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Accessible Technology Helps Students with Disabilities Pursue STEM Degrees

A National Science Foundation study reports that updates to technology and education endeavors that boost accessibility, have helped level the playing field for students with disabilities in K–12 schools, thereby enabling them to get higher education.

Read the full article to know more about accessibility efforts in pursuing STEM degrees.

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Copyright Waiver for People with Visual Impairment Gets Go Ahead from EU Court

The European Court of Justice has granted a copyright waiver to the European Union to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty, which facilitates access to literature for persons with visual impairment. The court decision comes after eight member states (Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Romania and the United Kingdom) questioned the exclusive competence of the European Union to conclude the treaty.

Read the full article on the ECJ’s copyright waiver.

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Understanding the American with Disabilities Act for E-Commerce

How does web accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) relate to e-commerce? To create customer experiences and in defining them, the e-commerce industry has inadvertently taken a narrow view of who its customers are, suggested by the growing number of accessibility issue lawsuits.

Read the full article on understanding web accessibility and ADA for e-commerce.

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Wayfindr Standard Issued to Address Exponentially Growing Indoor Audio Navigation Market

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has announced that it approved the Wayfindr Open Standard as a global standard. The new standard, called Recommendation ITU-T F.921, which is likely to help accelerate the universal adoption of indoor audio navigation as a mainstream feature of built environments and public transportation infrastructures, is recognized by the 193 ITU Member States and available for use by all seeking expert guidance on how to build and develop accessible interoperable communications infrastructure.

Read the full article to know more about the Wayfindr Standard for Indoor Audio Navigation.

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Insight of the Month from IAAP Connections - For IAAP Members Only

In each newsletter issue we highlight a discussion from the IAAP Connections member only section of the website. IAAP Connections is about members helping members with answers to questions, guidance on available resources, and sharing good practices.

During the month of March we had an active discussion about the accessibility of Google sites, resources available to enhance the accessibility, workarounds, and other tips. Read more about the Google sites discussion and join the conversation on "Google Sites."

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