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Digital Accessibility: Introduction to Law and Process



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Technology has changed the way people interact with the world around them. In many ways, the technology boom has enabled people to do more than they ever thought possible. People are more in touch, able to connect faster and be more productive than ever before.

This is the case for many people, but what about the people who don't experience technology as a convenient default? What about those whose experiences are limited due to the inaccessibility of the very technologies that could enable them to experience life in a whole new way?

Digital Accessibility is about the inclusion of our diverse population. Join Tracey Long on the journey to learn more about what Digital Accessibility is, who is impacted, why it is important, when to consider it and how to get started on your Digital Accessibility journey.

Digital Accessibility: Introduction to Law and Process

  1. 1. DigitalAccessibility: What,Who,Why,When and How Presented byTracey Long May 2020
  2. 2. Imagine
  3. 3. Goals of this webinar: 1. Gain perspective 2. What is Digital Accessibility 3. Who is impacted by inaccessible content 4. Why is Digital Accessibility important 5. When to consider Digital Accessibility 6. How to get started
  4. 4. TraceyLongDigitalAccessibilityTransformation Leader Over 20 years experience in Information Technology Leader with Purpose –Tata Consultancy Services Love to travel, family time, foodie
  5. 5. What is DigitalAccessibility Designing and Developing digital content so that it can be used by anyone regardless of their abilities.  Digital Content includes:  Web based applications  Desktop applications  Mobile applications  Electronic documents (doc, pdf, ppt, xls, etc)  Videos  Any digital format used to convey information
  6. 6. Who is impacted
  7. 7. People with disabilities ty-inclusion.html
  8. 8. Major Categories of Disabilities Type of Disability % of PeopleWith Disabilities Visual Impairment Hearing Impairment Motor Impairment Cognitive Impairment Speech Impairment Percentages are from CDC “Disability ImpactsAll of Us” infographic.
  9. 9. Assistive Technology: Removes technology barriers
  10. 10. WhyshouldI taketimeforDigitalAccessibility?
  11. 11. Some Reasons for DigitalAccessibility Increases productivity Promotes Independence BoostsMorale ElevatesBrand
  12. 12. It’s the law Global Laws Vary By Country: Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States United States Laws Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 255 of the TelecommunicationsAct of 1996 Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 21st Century Communications andVideo Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA)
  13. 13. When to startto incorporateDigitalAccessibility A.S.A.P. Time Effort Cost Save up to 60%
  14. 14. Guidelines & Standards World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Primary goal: to make the benefits of the world wide web available to all people "The power of the web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.“ ~Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) International guidelines and standards P.O.U.R. Versions: 2.0, 2.1 (Latest published), 3.0 (Upcoming changes) Conformance Levels A, AA, AAA
  15. 15. Top 5 things to get started 1. Hire an expert 2. Standardize 3. Baseline 4. Review digital content 5. Remediate
  16. 16. Need Help? Tracey Long DigitalAccessibilityTransformation Leader (813) 928-2000 Questions
  17. 17. Appendix
  18. 18. References CDC “Disability Impacts All of Us” infographic WHO: Disability CDC: Disability Inclusion CDC: Disability Impacts all of us_Infographic Accessibility lawsuits statistics from 2014-2019 W3C: Web Accessibility Laws & Policies Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) VPAT:Voluntary Product Accessibility Template
  19. 19. Tools AutomatedTestingTools:  Axe by Deque  WAVE byWebAIM  Web AccessibilityToolbar (WAT) byThe Paciello Group  Bookmarklets by Paul J Adam  HTML_CodeSniffer by Squizlabs  Lighthouse by Google ColorContrastAnalyzerTools:  Contrast Checker byWebAIM  ColorContrast Checker by Siteimprove  ColorContrastAnalyzer byThe Paciello Group Screen Readers:  NVDA by NVAccess  JAWS by Freedom Scientific