We’re excited to announce that the U.S. Access Board has published its long-awaited update(link is external) to the federal regulations covering the accessibility of information and communications technology (Section 508) and telecommunications products and services (Section 255).
What are Section 508 and Section 255?
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 applies to federal government agencies and the technology providers that sell to them. It requires that all information and communications technology (ICT) the federal government develops, procures, maintains, and uses be accessible to people with disabilities. This ensures that (1) Federal employees with disabilities have comparable access to, and use of, information and data relative to other federal workers, and (2) members of the public with disabilities receive comparable access to publicly-available information and services.
Section 508 applies to a wide range of technology products, including computer hardware and software, websites, video/multimedia products, phone systems, and copiers.
Section 255 of the Communications Act applies to telecommunications equipment manufacturers and service providers. It requires that telecommunications equipment and services be accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities.
Why did the Access Board update these rules?
The Access Board updated and reorganized the Section 508 standards and Section 255 guidelines in response to market trends and innovations. Section 508 was last updated in 2000, and technology has evolved significantly since then. For example, in some cases different technological systems are now capable of performing similar tasks.
PEAT and other technology and disability experts anticipate that the updated rules will generate significant benefits for individuals with disabilities, including:
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Read full article at Source: The Section 508 Refresh is Here! | Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)
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
WordPress Tools for Web Accessibility
While the above info is enough to build an accessible website manually, there is no need to do so, thanks to a number of available tools that we will go over now.
First of all, a growing number of certified-accessible WordPress themes enable us to address this issue from the very beginning.
What it means is that the themes are built with W3C-validated code and contain accessibility features that abide by WCAG standards.While they work well out of the box, accessibility-ready themes can also serve as a parent theme for your own customizations and represent a good basis for building an accessible website.
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Read full article at Source: How to Implement Web Accessibility Guidelines in WordPress
NEW DELHI: The government has formulated guidelines to make all government and private buildings, including malls, restaurants and public dealing offices, accessible to the disabled and the elderly.
The Union urban development ministry, after a year’s spadework, has prepared “harmonised guidelines and space standards for barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities”. The 100-page document lists out detailed specifications for all new buildings, including specifications on access to buildings, provision of disabled-friendly toilets, specifications of walkways, floor patterns, illumination levels, door handles, lifts, height of public telephones, vending machines, ATMs and drop boxes.
The need for the guidelines was felt after the ministry of social justice and empowerment pointed out that there are varied specifications from Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and state agencies. The ministry of social justice asked the urbG A·an development ministry to formulate guidelines that would be common standard for all public buildings.
Source: Urban development ministry frames accessibility guidelines for buildings – The Economic Times
In “Color Is Relative: Designing for Accessbility”, web designer and illustrator Geri Coady opened our eyes to the prevalence of colorblindness as well as the usability issues our design decisions can pose for those readers. Afterwards, she fielded questions about starting points, creating accessible palettes, navigating brand guidelines and more. Here’s what she had to say.
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