This posting summarizes some detailed research into the state of government accessibility standards around the world, as of March 2016. Usually these evolve fairly slowly, although the Jodhan vs. Attorney General of Canada case may change that (governments don’t like being successfully sued by their citizens).
This table shows government accessibility standards, and relevant legislation, in 18 territories:
In great news for people with disability, last month the Australian Government announced that all levels of government will adopt an internationally aligned standard for purchasing websites, software and digital devices.
This means that, when governments buy products and services, they must be accessible. …
So, this is a great step forward for inclusion in our country.Of course, we’ll be keen to learn how it stacks up in practice, and it will be the feedback of people with disability that will tell the real story.
The standard that Australia will follow is called ‘Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services’ and it is mandated in Europe. You can read the full standard here.
And you can read the government media release here.
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Read full article at Source: New accessible purchasing rules for government – Information Access Group
Siteimprove Web Governance BlogLast May, the State of Minnesota’s information technology office (MN.IT Services) highlighted web accessibility by attempting the “No Mouse Challenge” for Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Noting that “if a document, application or system cannot support mouseless operation, it may not support assistive technology or accessibility tools,” state employees were challenged to visit the State of Minnesota website and navigate it successfully for 15 minutes using only their keyboards.
While MN.IT Services didn’t release findings from their exercise, they sponsored the effort in hopes that government employees will “become aware and take ownership of their role in creating accessible content.”
When we think about Website Accessibility people often think about responsive designs, there’s so much more. No longer are we able to design and create an incredible website with such ease – we used to just come up with a great looking design, as long as those colours worked and you had a navigation, heck people were happy! It’s only now we start to live by a philosophy that every user matters. That’s why now our focus has shifted into thinking about accessibility, or at least that’s what we should be thinking about.
Every user matters, not just the majority
Accessibility, in my view, is one of the leading factors that Web Designers and Front-End Developers need to be concentrating in. Governments, Schools, Businesses and people around the globe have all considered it for years, but it was slow off the mark when it came to the web. You may have noted that in the past, most websites just concentrated on design and appearance, it’s only with the rapid growth of UX Design that accessibility is a focus.
For the majority of us, we’re probably already doing half of these things without realizing it, only we just need to tweak our ways slightly to benefit not only ourselves, but those millions of disabled and impaired users too. Before we embark on our next project, it’s probably worth looking over the related Government Acts above, check their guidance and use it the best we can. Small adaptations in our thought process can help us build a better more accessible website.
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Read full article at Source: How You’re Insulting 285,000,000 Accessibility Users