Digital Accessibility News

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As part of the new pharmacy accessibility options, Wegmans has added video remote interpretation services in American Sign Language and Video Relay Service to make and receive calls with customers using a customer’s video phone — a device that allows the customer to use sign language. The grocer has also added inductive hearing loops at one release-to-patient register/pharmacy payment checkout and one counseling area in...
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For the first time in its 94-year history, the Academy Awards show is expanding its accessibility, both on and off screen, to the Oscars’ red carpet on Sunday. The Oscars’ red carpet will include audio transcriptions — provided by a team that includes a blind audio describer — and live captions to ensure access for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences. Additionally, American Sign Language interpreters will...
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Imagine if Clippy didn’t suck and instead made genuinely helpful suggestions to ensure the content you create is accessible to as wide an audience as possible. That’s the idea behind a new tool Microsoft announced today at its annual Microsoft Ability Summit. The new “Accessibility Assistant” for Microsoft 365 office software is like a spelling or grammar checking tool that will instruct users on how...
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A recent lawsuit filed in California federal court serves as a good reminder to all our readers that it’s so important to be mindful of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”). For the past several years, we’ve seen a steady flow of cases filed against cannabis companies for their alleged failures to run websites and point-of-sale terminals that interfere with a...
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Sam Ash Music Corp. has failed to make its website fully accessible and independently usable for people who are blind or visually impaired, a new class action lawsuit alleges. Plaintiff Jahron Black, who is legally blind, claims Sam Ash is denying individuals who are blind or visually impaired equal access to the goods and services offered on its website by not making it fully accessible...
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Fonts, or typefaces, are just about everywhere, but they're not something the average person thinks about every day, although they have a surprising importance to nearly every aspect of life. It's a choice that underpins how well a person can understand any message and even conveys a message itself depending on how it’s set up. They're everywhere from emails to street signs to advertisements and...
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When it comes to accessibility in games, the first aspect people always look for is an options menu. From customizing controls, adjusting subtitle size, or even activating varying colorblind filters, these settings help to dismantle any inaccessible barriers that could appear. And this constant search for features has become the primary topic when examining a title’s overall accessibility. Disabled players praise or criticize developers on...
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Papermaker Moleskine does not make its website accessible to blind and visually impaired people using a screen reader, in violation of the law, a new class action lawsuit alleges. Plaintiff Miriam Cruz filed the class action lawsuit against Moleskine America Inc. on Feb. 27 in a New York federal court alleging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)....
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After a decade, the Justice Department finally offered some more clarity on how well federal agencies are meeting website accessibility requirements. Several agencies are still missing the mark when it comes to compliance with Section 508, according to a DOJ report published in February. Section 508, a provision of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, requires agencies to make electronic information and data accessible to individuals...
photo of Nick Scaperdas, a third-year bioengineering student at Northeastern, solders electrical wires together on a keypad for a doorbell
Hunched over a soldering table with safety glasses and deep intent on his face, Nick Scaperdas, a third-year bioengineering student at Northeastern University, focuses on the task at hand. Electrical wires stick out of an electric keypad in front of him, like the grasping tentacles of an octopus, as he connects yellow wires to what will eventually be a functioning doorbell. But this isn’t an...
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Colorado will now be offering a digital tool, Aira, to help Coloradans who are blind or have low vision navigate the world around them more easily. In a video introducing the new tool, a user is connected with a representative who is able to give detailed directions through the state Capitol building. As government services become increasingly digital, there is a related push to ensure...
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The Department of Justice this week released a report on the accessibility of the federal government’s websites and digital technologies for the first time in more than a decade—and the data shows that federal agencies still have work to do when it comes to making their electronic services available to all Americans. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which was last amended in 1998, requires...