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Creating Accessibile Documents

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Creating or converting existing documents into accessible formats is a simple process. This post provides instructions on how to take advantage of the accessibility features in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat to create accessible documents. Before you begin, set the styles for titles, headings, and text in your document. By setting the styles before you begin creating the document, you can simply select the exact style of text you want without having to modify every section. These styles provide the document’s structure for the tagged PDF files as well. Also before you begin, set the overall format and spacing … Continue reading

What is Web Accessibility and why should I care about it?

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Web site accessibility results when a web site is able to be viewed and acted on by a wide range of users, including individuals who have visual, auditory or cognitive disabilities. It is the online equivalent brick and mortar accessibility, which has its origins in making physical locations accessible to people whose physical motion may be impaired. Accessibility is related to, but distinct from usability, which is the degree to which all users, not just impaired ones, can make effective use of a web sites and the associated content. The principles of design can and should be extended to people … Continue reading

Web Accessibility Overview

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Incorporating accessibility-oriented design into the web development process, content creation, hardware, software, and services can yield benefits beyond mere compliance with regulations, such as better quality, increased flexibility and enhanced productivity for all users. According to the 2011 American Community Survey, there are 36 million Americans that have a disability. As baby boomers age the percentage of individuals with vision, hearing, and cognitive impairments will grow. Laws and Guidelines In 1986, Congress added Section 508 to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 508 established non-binding guidelines for IT accessibility. On August 7, 1998, President Clinton signed into law the Workforce … Continue reading

Web Accessibility Educational Media

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I have been working on educating myself and tackling the subject of web accessibility for since early 2010. As information  technology  continues  to  evolve  and  embeds  itself  more  and  more  in  our  daily  lives,  it  is  important  that  the  digital   age  account  for  every  individual  when  it  comes  to the  area  of  accessibility. There  are  a  wide  variety  of  disabilities  that  inflict  individuals.  When the needs of this  population  are not  taken  in  account  in software  and  website  design,  it  can be  a  negative  force that restricts access and participation.  Perhaps  those  involved  with  information  technology  planning  and  deployment  should  … Continue reading

Accessibility Benefits Everyone

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A very common misconception when talking about accessibility is accessibility is meant only designing for users with disabilities. Nothing could be further from the truth, in fact accessibility is relevant to everyone. More often than not when accessibility is addressed early the outcome it usability increases for everyone. More often than not designers to not fully account for the disabled community and for persons using an assistive technology or facing situational constraints, accessible design becomes much more essential. For example, let me outline limitations, constraints, and accommodations. Accessibility limitations, constraints, and accommodations Limitation Constraint Accommodation Blindness; low vision Poor lighting; … Continue reading

Technology Meets Accessibility

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Over the last decade Americans have truly become a wired society. If you disagree with this statement, stop and observe the sheer number of mobile devices and the households that have internet access. Due to the fact that more and more individuals are coming online the reality of addressing the accessibility raises to the forefront. The United States Census Bureau conducted a survey titled American Community Survey back in 2006 and estimated 193,568,216 Americans have a disability of which 13,667,248 are directly related to employment disabilities. Physical disabilities are typically what comes to mind when thinking of accessibility, but it … Continue reading