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, it’s About People
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
As a healthcare professional, your organization prides itself on providing the best possible care and health resources to all of your patients. But what if the helpful or necessary resources you provide to your patients aren’t available to 20% or more of them? Are Your Resources Reaching Everyone? You offer helpful tools and resources to your patients to make sure they can access helpful health information or make appointments from the comfort of their own home, but if these resources… Continue Reading Healthcare Accessibility – Going Beyond Ramps and Elevators
Are You a Target? The Avanti Hotel is a 10-room boutique hotel in Palm Springs, California featuring a serene, pet-friendly setting and views of the San Jacinto mountains. In 2018, Avanti was hit with a lawsuit claiming their website was inaccessible. The lawsuit was filed by Manning Law in Newport Beach, who had filed 354 previous ADA cases, primarily in California, in the last 12 months. Like the others, Avanti has a few options: they can fight the charges and… Continue Reading Stop Wasting Money on Accessibility Lawsuits – Spend It on Accessibility Instead
Your Website Might Be Compliant, but Is It Actually Usable? Companies spend a great deal of time and money making sure their website and marketing dollars stretch to reach as many members of their target audience as possible. This usually takes the shape of engaging content, eye-catching graphics, well-organized tabs, and easy-to-locate information. While an attractive website that is both informative and entertaining will certainly to appeal to some clients, if it isn’t formatted to comply with Web Content Accessibility… Continue Reading Your Website Might Be Compliant, but Is It Actually Usable?
Our society relies heavily on technology, including computers and smartphones, as our primary method of communication. A number of common inventions that we take for granted in today’s world of technology have stemmed from a need for everyone to be able to communicate, the typewriter (and subsequently the modern-day keyboard), the telephone, and email. They’ve also become indispensable to those who don’t experience disabilities. Likewise, accommodations that make websites more accessible can also make using websites easier for everyone, not… Continue Reading Web Accessibility – It’s Good for Business
What Should Your Organization Be Doing to Avoid Digital Accessibility Litigation? No organization wants to be sued. And in the case of accessibility lawsuits, it’s a safe bet that nobody really wants to sue your organization – what they want is access to your organization’s goods, services or information. According to Laura Carlson’s review of accessibility cases between 2015 and 2017, the majority of accessibility lawsuit settlements are less about financial compensation than about specific requirements to ensure that the… Continue Reading What Should Your Organization Be Doing to Avoid Digital Accessibility Litigation?
In the 1990s digital commerce was just getting off the ground. As we approach 2020, more and more people are using the internet, smartphones are ubiquitous and now nearly everyone uses the internet in some aspect of their lives, including work, education and recreation. We have telecommuting, ecommerce sites, online education, and nearly every organization has an online presence by which they interact with their target market. Along with this digital trend have come great strides in accessible technology for… Continue Reading What’s Happening with Digital Accessibility Lawsuits and What You Should Be Doing About It
Earlier this month, Onix’s Equidox team immersed ourselves in the world of the visually impaired at the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) annual convention and got a close look at how crucial digital accessibility is for the blind. While digital accessibility is an actively growing area here at Onix, we didn’t travel to the event in Orlando as exhibitors. We went for our own education and to further build our partnership with the National Federation of the Blind. As… Continue Reading Digital Accessibility for the Blind: It’s a Must
What happens when you get nearly 5,000 global visitors together to explore the latest in assistive technology and practical solutions for people with disabilities in educational, workplace and social settings? Motivation and brain power. And it’s all aimed at helping people solve their pain points and live easier lives through innovative advances in technology. I witnessed this amazing collaborative effort late last month at the 33rd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego, the largest conference in the world for… Continue Reading Point of View: Sharing Document Accessibility at CSUN 2018