Website Accessibility & the Law: Why Your Website Must Be Compliant (Search Engine Journal)

Search Engine Journal: Website Accessibility & the Law: Why Your Website Must Be Compliant. “Most countries provide laws protecting the civil rights of disabled persons for homes, parks, businesses, and educational facilities. What is not universal is website accessibility. The internet provides global access to information, stores, education, financial institutions, audio, and video, but often remains restricted or dependent on assistive devices for millions of people to gain unhindered access. Fortunately, there are standards in place that unifies development and allows the world to use web-based solutions with universally accepted protocols. We know these standards as the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Maps Now Provides Accessibility Information for Over 40 Million Places

Search Engine Journal: Google Maps Now Provides Accessibility Information for Over 40 Million Places. “Google has announced that Maps now provides accessibility information for more than 40 million listings. The company attributes this accomplishment to an initiative launched last year.”

Internet Archive: Internet Archive expands access to millions of books for people with disabilities

Internet Archive: Internet Archive expands access to millions of books for people with disabilities. “Now, disabled users that are certified by a growing number of organizations can borrow hundreds of thousands of modern books and download mostly older books all for free. Individuals that are already a qualified user of NLS-BARD, Bookshare, or Ontario Council of University Libraries Scholar’s Portal (ACE) can link their archive.org accounts and gain access.”

Opbmusic: New Nonprofit Works to Make Concerts More Accessible

Opbmusic: New Nonprofit Works to Make Concerts More Accessible. “For most of her concert-going life, [Cassie] Wilson would attend shows in non-accessible spots and brace herself for crowd surfers and other hazards that concert audiences bring. After a particularly intensive back surgery, Wilson started to care more for her own safety at shows, so she sought out ADA designated spaces. But she found a discrepancy between her experiences at venues and the experiences of those who don’t need accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities act. In 2016, Wilson founded the nonprofit Half Access, which aims to start a conversation between music venues, audience members and bands about accessibility at concert venues.”

Smashing Magazine: I Used The Web For A Day With Just A Keyboard

Smashing Magazine: I Used The Web For A Day With Just A Keyboard. “This article is part of a series in which I attempt to use the web under various constraints, representing a given demographic of user. I hope to raise the profile of difficulties faced by real people, which are avoidable if we design and develop in a way that is sympathetic to their needs. Last time, I used the web for a day without JavaScript. Today, I forced myself to navigate the web using just my keyboard.” A technical, but informative, deep dive.

NARA: Rare Home Movies Show FDR Walking

NARA: Rare Home Movies Show FDR Walking . “reviously unseen and historically significant home movie footage of President Franklin Roosevelt walking at the 1935 White House Easter Egg Roll—made available by the National Archives and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum—offers a rare glimpse into the life of the former chief executive. Footage of President Roosevelt walking is uncommon. Filming or photographing his disability was highly restricted by the White House, and camera operators and news photographers complied with those restrictions. In addition, the film is believed to be the earliest existing motion picture footage of an Easter Egg Roll hosted by the Roosevelts.”

CNW: American Foundation for the Blind Launches the First Fully Accessible Digital Archive of the Helen Keller Collection (PRESS RELEASE)

CNW: American Foundation for the Blind Launches the First Fully Accessible Digital Archive of the Helen Keller Collection (PRESS RELEASE). “The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the launch of the Helen Keller Archive, the world’s first fully accessible digital archive collection, comprising more than 160,000 artifacts, dedicated to the fascinating life of Helen Keller.”