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  1. W3C's Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 Expands Accessibility of the Open Web Platform
  2. Gartner Says New U.S. Government Rules Will Require IT Leaders to Consider How IT Infrastructure Can Help Promote Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities
  3. Provide Links That Meaningfully Describe Their Purpose
  4. Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Onscreen Keyboard Demo
  5. "iSee" – Apple Products from a Blind Perspective by Vision Australia
  6. National Federation of the Blind Sues Department of Transportation Over Airline Regulations
  7. Accessibility in the Mobile Space: Some Unique Differences
  8. Loss Aversion and Web Accessibility
  9. WellPoint Announces Accessibility Initiative
  10. Banks, Energy Providers and Public Bodies Should be Subject to Web Accessibility Rules, Vote MEPs

     



     

     



1

W3C's Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 Expands Accessibility of the Open Web Platform

On March 20, 2014, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) took an important step to make web content and applications more accessible to people with disabilities by publishing Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 as a W3C recommendation. WAI-ARIA defines ways that developers of browsers, media players, mobile devices and assistive technologies, as well as content developers, can achieve greater cross-platform accessibility.

http://www.w3.org/2014/03/aria.html.en

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Gartner Says New U.S. Government Rules Will Require IT Leaders to Consider How IT Infrastructure Can Help Promote Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

“By 2015, 50 percent of organizations will have technology projects underway that support enablement of disabled people in the workplace.”

The U.S. government has new rules that will require employers to take a more affirmative action to hire people with disabilities. The new guidelines are part of Section 503 of the amended Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and they take effect on March 24, 2014. The guidelines require federal contractors and subcontractors to take more ambitious affirmative action to hire people with disabilities. There are similar global regulations impacting companies to boost the hiring of people with special needs or disabilities, and a total of 158 countries or regional integration organizations have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol.

http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2680815

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Provide Links That Meaningfully Describe Their Purpose 

In his blog, Denis Boudreau explains why links must be meaningfully described. When not meaningfully described they become difficult for users with disabilities to understand the link's purpose. According to Denis, "A properly described link lets users distinguish it from other links, and helps determine whether to follow the link or not.” He provides tips and examples for creating meaningful links that define the purpose.

http://dboudreau.tumblr.com/post/73776496165/provide-links-that-meaningfully-describe-their-purpose

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Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Onscreen Keyboard Demo

SSB BART Group introduced a new series of web accessibility videos on the SSB YouTube channel. The accessible videos are short, introductory-level videos and have been created by SSB team members. The videos include demos of assistive technology and common accessibility challenges.
 
In the company's featured video, Thomas Logan, senior accessibility consultant, demonstrates the Microsoft Windows 7 on-screen keyboard. The video explains that users who do not have the dexterity required to physically push the keys on a traditional hardware keyboard will benefit from the availability and use of a virtual keyboard to input information. Thomas uses the onscreen keyboard to complete a form, effectively demonstrating the importance of avoiding time limits or providing users a method to extend time when inputting information in a form.

https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/2014/01/16/web-accessibility-101-video-series-onscreen-keyboard-demo/

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"iSee" – Apple Products From a Blind Perspective by Vision Australia

iBooks recently released "iSee," which says it will tell you “all you need to know on getting started with Apple products from a blind perspective." "iSee" was written by David Woodbridge, Vision Australia’s senior adaptive technology consultant. It is recommended for developers and people who are blind and have low vision. 
 
David lost his sight at age eight and understands the frustrations of out-of-the-box accessibility options and features built in to Apple technologies. "iSee" covers the iPod nano, iPod shuffle, Apple TV, iOS (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad) and OS X (Mac). It also includes information on VoiceOver gestures, operating system keyboard commands, useful software and hardware recommendations, and other useful tools and tips.
 
http://www.visionaustralia.org/living-with-low-vision/learning-to-live-independently/using-technology-and-computers/blog---accessibility-and-assistive-technology-blog/blog/accessibility-blog/2014/01/17/isee-all-you-need-to-know-on-getting-started-with-apple-products-from-a-blind-perspective

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National Federation of the Blind Sues Department of Transportation Over Airline Regulations

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) filed suit against the Department of Transportation (DOT) over the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulations for full access to kiosks. The ACAA regulations took effect on December 12, 2013, and were issued by the DOT. ACAA requires that airline check-in kiosks be made accessible to airline passengers who are blind. The regulations require only 25 percent of airport check-in kiosks to be accessible to blind passengers by ten years from that date. The NFB maintains that this requirement fails to implement the ACAA as Congress intended. 
 
http://news.yahoo.com/national-federation-blind-sues-department-transportation-over-airline-174300777.html
 

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Accessibility in the Mobile Space: Some Unique Differences

This blog post, from Vision Australia, outlines the techniques used to create accessible mobile and responsive websites. Digital Access developed a custom mobile accessibility checklist incorporating the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), as well as mobile accessibility best practice guidelines from other sources, such as the BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines. The checklist focuses on the unique and important differences between a desktop and mobile environment.
 
http://www.visionaustralia.org/living-with-low-vision/learning-to-live-independently/using-technology-and-computers/blog---accessibility-and-assistive-technology-blog/blog/accessibility-blog/2014/01/21/accessibility-in-the-mobile-space-some-unique-differences

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Loss Aversion and Web Accessibility

WebAim’s Jared Smith created a blog about loss aversion and web accessibility. Web accessibility needs good data, best practices and guideline development, and most of these are not based on substantive data. Also, the data we have may be fundamentally flawed due to loss aversion. This principle can affect a variety of website accessibility decisions.

http://webaim.org/blog/loss-aversion-and-web-accessibility/

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WellPoint Announces Accessibility Initiative

WellPoint announced an initiative to make its affiliated health-plan websites, mobile applications and print information more accessible and inclusive for all members. The initiative will improve the member experience for health-plan members with visual impairments. The company is adopting the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0, Level AA. WellPoint has also expanded its system for providing braille, large print, electronic and audio versions of print information to health-plan members with visual impairments.

http://ir.wellpoint.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=130104&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1899357&highlight

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Banks, Energy Providers and Public Bodies Should be Subject to Web Accessibility Rules, Vote MEPs

The European Parliament voted to approve plans for a new EU Directive on the accessibility of public sector websites earlier this week. Banks, energy companies, and electronic communication network and service providers are among the businesses that would be subject to new EU rules on website accessibility, under plans backed by MEPs.
 
The websites of organizations deemed to be performing "public tasks" include the websites of network service providers, which covers companies selling gas, heat and electricity, as well as those providing electronic communication networks and services. The directive also covers the websites of businesses offering basic banking or insurance services and those delivering transport-related, education or health services, among others.

http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/february/banks-energy-providers-and-public-bodies-should-be-subject-to-web-accessibility-rules-vote-meps/

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