Best accessibility policies Most companies have an accessibility policy and diversity policy guiding how they work with and accommodate job applicants and employees with disabilities. Successful companies know that a diverse workforce provides insights that furnish unique and creative approaches to problem-solving. While most accessibility policies include basics like prohibiting discrimination on the basis of ability, gender, religion, etc., the more successful corporations take additional measures to ensure they have a diverse and unique workforce. IBM IBM has a… Continue Reading Accessibility Policy and Diversity in the Workforce
Image recognition is a rapidly evolving technology that uses artificial intelligence tools like computer vision and machine learning to identify digital images. In order to do this, the images are transformed into descriptions that are used to convey meaning. A simple explanation of how it works is that image examples and definitions (said definitions set by humans) are given to the computer, and then the computer is provided with more image examples to identify in repeating tests until the computer… Continue Reading Can Image Recognition by Artificial Intelligence Replace Alt Text?
Search engines and assistive technologies, such as screen readers and connected Braille displays, are designed to detect digital content. Accessibility and SEO go hand in hand. Both search engines and assistive technology rely on digital coding to understand content such as documents and websites on a computer screen. Screen readers and search engines are not human beings, and cannot hear audio content, see pictures, or understand visual elements such as columns, tables, charts, infographics, or even lists. They both rely… Continue Reading SEO and Accessibility – Improve One with the Other
Making your website accessible is non-negotiable. Ensuring that both your physical and virtual locations are welcoming and accessible to all of your potential visitors is both good business and legally required, especially considering that as much as 25% of the population lives with a disability. One of the more time-consuming aspects of accomplishing website accessibility is PDF conversion. A large percentage of PDF files are not accessible to assistive technology users because their content is not digitally tagged. If you’ve got… Continue Reading PDF Conversion Pricing- Am I Getting a Good Deal?
Why do inaccessible restaurant websites matter? It’s pizza night. You pull out your phone or sit down with the laptop to order your favorite half pepperoni, half mushroom with extra cheese. You choose the saved delivery address, use your saved credit card or Paypal, and type in the promo code that gives you a free dessert, while getting loyalty credit towards your next free pizza. In 30 minutes or less, your hot gooey pizza is at the door, and your… Continue Reading Today’s Special: Inaccessible Restaurant Websites
We hear daily about the influx of accessibility lawsuits springing up over the past few years. Industry leaders like Lyft, Beyonce.com, the IRS, CVS pharmacy, Macy’s, and Domino’s Pizza, have been sued for accessibility issues such as inaccessible vehicles, inaccessible physical locations, or inaccessible websites. It’s easy to just write off plaintiffs as the “bad guys” trying to make easy money when in reality they are real human beings who are being prevented from living their lives and being part… Continue Reading It’s Not About Compliance; Accessibility is about People
There are a number of digital document formats to be found online. By far the most ubiquitous are PDFs and HTML. These comprise the majority of digital content for enterprise organizations, educational institutions, banks, insurance companies, healthcare, retail, travel, hospitality, and entertainment. The Blind Make a Resolution Last year, 2018, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and oldest member organization of the blind and for the blind in the United States, passed a resolution at their annual… Continue Reading The Blind Choose HTML over PDFs
What Defines an Inclusive Employer? The most successful companies often have one philosophy in common- they put their employees first. They know respecting their employees and treating them well will foster a positive environment and reflect back to the customer. According to Disability:IN, a nonprofit geared towards disability inclusion in the workplace, companies become good employers by offering competitive wages and benefits, opportunities for advancement, flexibility to achieve a work-life balance, and by celebrating a culture of diversity and inclusion.… Continue Reading 5 Top Inclusive Employers (And How You Can Be One, Too!)
Websites and Online Documents Provide Key Information for Living How many times a day do you consult an online source for information? We all shop, obtain news, conduct our banking, and communicate via email and instant messages. We use social media, research doctors, restaurants, and service providers online. We look up facts, book travel, and enjoy entertainment online. We search and apply for jobs, even obtain education online, or using digital information. Nearly 90% of US citizens use the internet… Continue Reading Braille and Accessibility: the Path to Opportunity
In 2016, Nielson reported that as many as 35% of households report at least one person with a disability and 8% of those report a vision loss. As of this year, nearly 20% of the current US population has a disability. People with genetic disabilities are not the only part of that group. Our generation is aging, and as we age, the number of people with age-related disabilities is growing. The current older population, unlike previous generations, is tech savvy-… Continue Reading Equidox’s Accessibility Mission