Assistive Technology and Accessibility

By: Cindy Ryan, Vice President 

 

In 2020, the onset of the COVID-19 virus accelerated a move to a remote and digitally dependent workforce. Many companies were able to accommodate employees working from home by providing a few technological changes and additional equipment to enable workers to maintain communication with their colleagues, supervisors, and clients. Some even found that productivity increased for employees working from home. The success of this remote workforce revealed a side benefit for people with disabilities.

By: Kristen Smith-O’Connor, Senior Accessibility Subject Matter Expert

By Kristen Smith-O’Connor, Senior 508 Accessibility Analyst

 

WebAim performed a survey on a million home pages and found a substantial number of issues centered around what testers would call “easy-picking” tests; those that take little effort to test and where - as a tester - you are sure to find a failure. The top failures were low contrast, images without alternative text, empty links, missing form input buttons, empty buttons, and lack of document language.

                By Ann Marie Davis, Senior Section 508 Analyst

There are so many methods for accessibility testing. How do you know what is most effective? What is the most reliable?

Overview

Instructional design is a systematic process for designing learning experiences and materials to improve learner performance and retention. Whether you’re using Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Lectora, or other eLearning authoring tools to design online courses, consider broadening your audience to include those with disabilities who rely on assistive technologies.

Through a subcontract with Aveshka, Inc., New Editions provides Section 508 support services to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). We have been contracted to provide Section 508 consulting expertise to assist ASPR in such tasks as:

By Cindy Ryan, New Editions Vice President

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which lasts the month of October, will celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and inform employers about the value of including employees with disabilities. 

By: Robert Chaiet, Accessibility Technician, Department of Homeland Security Office of Accessible Systems & Technology (OAST)

This quick guide, created by the New Editions Section 508 Team, overviews the essential steps involved in creating accessible Excel documents.