Post-Trump Digital #A11y Legal Update

As I’ve spoken and written about advancements in digital accessibility for the past few months, I’ve felt momentum is finally building for accessible information and technology, issues my clients, co-counsel and I have worked on for two decades. I’ve been excited to report how the United States Department of Justice is an accessibility champion and how the Deaf community is fighting (and winning) for the right to captioned media. It’s been gratifying to share information about disabled students claiming their right to accessible course materials, supported by the federal Department of Education. And I’ve been proud to report on the organizations that continue to work collaboratively, without lawsuits, in Structured Negotiation, the subject of my just-published book. All that is at stake in this election. Read more… Post-Trump Digital #A11y Legal Update

E*Trade Announces Accessibility Initiative

NEW YORK, JUNE 21, 2016 – E*TRADE Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:ETFC) today announced an initiative to enhance its website, mobile applications, and desktop trading and investing platforms to make them more accessible for customers with disabilities. E*TRADE worked with representatives of the blind community to enhance its platforms for traders and investors with visual impairments: Having full access to financial investing tools is important for everyone. I’m happy that E*TRADE will make its web and mobile platforms more accessible, particularly for people who are blind or partially sighted, when it comes to all aspects of trading and investing.Pratik Patel, long-time E*TRADE customer who is blind Read more… E*Trade Announces Accessibility Initiative

First Addendum to MLB Settlement Agreement

The settlement posted here extends the Agreement between Major League Baseball and the American Council of the Blind and its Massachusetts and California affiliates. This is the first agreement of its kind to address the accessibility of applications for mobile devices. MLB has agreed to use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA as its standard for mobile applications, and has recently released AtBat™ for the iPhone and iPad with enhanced accessibility. Read more… First Addendum to MLB Settlement Agreement

Building a Better Twitter Button: A Story of Community

This website now has an easy way for readers to share content on Twitter. “So what?” you’re wondering – millions of websites let readers share to Twitter; the little Twitter bird is everywhere. But you won’t find the bird on my new button. And while most people get their share buttons from cold code generated on the tech giant’s site, my Twitter share link is here because of the generosity, technical know-how, and commitment of the WordPress and Twitter accessibility community. Read more… Building a Better Twitter Button: A Story of Community

More Delay for DOJ Web Regs – Does it Matter?

Surprise Surprise. The United States Department of Justice has announced another delay in its long awaited web accessibility regulations. Does it matter? Even though it can’t seem to issue web accessibility regulations, the United States Department of Justice has recently been a forceful advocate for web accessibility. The Department has been crystal clear that the ADA requires websites to be accessible. Read more… More Delay for DOJ Web Regs – Does it Matter?

Structured Negotiations and Mobile Access

Mobile accessibility is about making sure that applications, information and services on mobile devices are available to all users. Weight Watchers, Bank of America, Major League Baseball and WellPoint have all engaged in Structured Negotiations with the blind community to improve the accessibility of their mobile offerings. These companies deserve to be recognized. Read more… Structured Negotiations and Mobile Access