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Adam Turner

What's been happening in the news on accessibility this week?

General Accessibility

UK | Making your service accessible: an introduction

Your service must be accessible to everyone who needs it. If it isn’t, you may be breaking the law. This means you need to start thinking about how users might access and use your service before you design or build anything.



UK | 2020 Q1 UK & IE Universities INDEX

Sitemorse have been publishing independent audits of the quality of Public and Private Sector websites for over 14 years. The INDEX provides a benchmark as to how websites are performing against 8 Assessment Categories: Accessibility, Brand, Code / HTML, Email, Links (function), Performance, Search (SEO) and Spelling.

All UK public sector bodies have a legal responsible for their websites to meet level AA of the WCAG 2.1 standards by 23rd September 2020. The first INDEX for 2020 will be published on 4th February when UK & IE Universities will fall under the spotlight.



US | California Court of Appeal Aligns with Ninth Circuit on ADA Website Accessibility Standards

The court expressly rejected the Third Circuit’s conclusion that the ADA does not apply to websites. Instead, and following the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in Robles v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, 913 F.3d 898, 905–906 (9th Cir. 2019),



US | accessiBe aims to get people with disabilities online by 2025

AI startup Accessibe talks about its aim to make the Internet accessible to all people with disabilities by 2025. Websites continue to lack support for assistive technologies that are used by the disabled to access digital content.



US | If Your Website Isn’t ADA-Compliant, You’re More Likely to Face Litigation

As websites are now critical components of virtually every business, advocates for the disabled say they, too, should be accessible to the physically or mentally impaired. “Originally, people thought the ADA dealt more with literal places. The new definition courts are looking at considers websites that you could enter on your … computer.” — Michael D’Ambrise, VP, Beecher Carlson



Automatic delivery - Just-in-time

Direct ‘just-in-time’ training materials are offered against actions, delivering immediate understanding and confidence in actioning. These videos provide help prevent the same issues being repeated.