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Adam Turner

What’s been happening about accessibility in the news this week?

Accessibility Public sector


This week we take a look at what’s been happening in the UK and the US.

 

UK | Automated Compliance Sounds Cool – But Can RegTech Make It Happen?

Compliance is a boring word, let’s be honest. But non-compliance can mean big fines from the ICO, FCA or the EU and don’t think that just because the UK is technically leaving the EU, that the future rules, laws and regulations regarding insurance marketing, sales and admin will not apply…

https://insurance-edge.net/2020/01/29/automated-compliance-sounds-cool-but-can-regtech-make-it-happen/

  

UK | 2020 Q1 INDEXes for the UK Public Sector.

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. In February, Sitemorse will publish its Q1 INDEXes for the UK Public Sector.

https://sitemorse.com/index/

 

US | New Wave of Deaf and Blind Californians Suing Websites

Taking an extension of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, plaintiffs' lawyers in California are engaging in a wave of lawsuits against internet sites and apps across the country, suing them in California court

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/new-wave-deaf-and-blind-californians-suing-websites

 

UK | Marketing Website Accessibility in the Age of Assumptions

Offering website accessibility services has attracted enthusiastic interest from digital marketing and web design companies seeking new revenue streams. Ground zero is overcoming accessibility assumptions, myths, biases, and even misguided marketing about what accessibility is and who it is for.

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/marketing-website-accessibility-assumptions/344249/#close

 

US | GSA Publishes Web Standards for Year-Old Digital Services Law

A year after passage of a law requiring federal agencies to improve the quality and accessibility of digital services, the General Services Administration on Wednesday released a set of website design standards agencies across government can use to meet that mandate.

https://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2020/01/gsa-publishes-web-standards-year-old-digital-services-law/162591/

Training

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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.