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Why #A11y?

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Why is web accessibility so critical? How does inaccessible software really effect the world in concrete terms?

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Why #A11y?

  1. 1. Why #a11y? WordCamp Minneapolis/St. Paul, August 2017
  2. 2. Why am I here? - I'm a Passionate accessibility advocate - WordPress Accessibility team representative I'm worried.
  3. 3. Why are you here? ?
  4. 4. The examples we use Commercial web site usage Ecommerce Contact Forms
  5. 5. These are valuable use cases. But...
  6. 6. Web-based software is an integral part of work
  7. 7. People lose jobs because of software. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/federal-public-servants-disabilities-software-1.4164540
  8. 8. Does law protect people with disabilities?
  9. 9. Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  10. 10. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Section 504: Programs receiving federal funds may not discriminate based on disability. - Section 508: Bars the federal government from procuring electronic or informatio technology that is not accessible to people with disabilities.
  11. 11. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  12. 12. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 - Does not directly address accessibility of the internet - Title II: "communications with persons with disabilities must be "as effective as communications with others" [28 C.F.R. ss 35.160(a)] - Title III: Public accommodation of people with disabilities
  13. 13. Yes - with complications. - Enforcement is difficult, expensive, and irregular - Definitions of web accessibility are not regulated for most businesses - Updates to laws don't equal updates to software - Appropriation vs Accommodation laws
  14. 14. Accessibility = Economic Opportunity
  15. 15. Software in Employment and Education
  16. 16. The most common job: Janitor - Job Application via website - Interview details shared via PDF - Clock in application for your phone - Scheduling and instructions shared via company application or intranet - Supply requisition and stock requests via web-based application - HR information & requests shared through intranet - Benefits management through web-based application
  17. 17. Software in Schools - Learning software - Educational games - Program enrollment and student information management - Grade reporting and retrieval - Learning/course management systems - Electronic textbooks - Educational videos
  18. 18. Software is Pervasive
  19. 19. 10.5% Unemployment rate for people with a disability in 2016 https://www.bls.gov/news.release/disabl.nr0.htm
  20. 20. 8.4% Unemployment rate for people with a disability in 2006 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6203a5.htm
  21. 21. 4.6%Unemployment rate for persons without a disability, 2016
  22. 22. Accessibility isn't in the contract - For government-funded contracts, it's required whether it's in the contract or not. - Accessibility should be fundamental to any software project, not an optional add-on. - Contracts should define what is considered accessible for a given project.
  23. 23. What can we do about it? - Create accessible applications. - Create accessible tools. - Create accessible jobs. - Create accessible themes and plug-ins. - Care.
  24. 24. Questions? Joe Dolson // joe@joedolson.com // https://www.joedolson.com

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