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DubBot Continues Tradition of Support

Maggie Vaughan | May 12, 2022 | Accessibility

Supporting the Higher Education Web Professionals Association (HighEdWeb) is not new for DubBot. We have been Silver or Gold sponsors of the Annual Conference since 2018 and the Accessibility Partner in 2021 and again for this year’s...

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The Story of DubBot

Blaine Herman | February 15, 2018 | Product Updates

Once upon a time in an office not so far away, a bot was created to simplify your life. It was designed to keep an eye on your website, let you know if something went wrong, pages went down, links got broken, content publishers went rogue, or you...

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Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Maggie Vaughan | May 19, 2022 | Accessibility

On the third Thursday of May, we celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD "started" on Sunday, November 27, 2011, when Joe Devon penned a post on MySQLTalk.com challenging his fellow back-end programmers to increase their...

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3 Things - Tuesday, May 17

Maggie Vaughan | May 17, 2022 | 3 Things

May 19 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day! Purpose The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments. How to...

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Form and Function

Maggie Vaughan | May 13, 2022 |

Web forms should be easy to navigate, complete, and submit while being keyboard accessible from the first input field to the submit button. Instructions, input format requirements, and error messages should be written in plain language and...

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3 Things - Tuesday, May 10

Maggie Vaughan | May 10, 2022 | 3 Things

 3 Jobs Edition Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence ~ Georgia Institute of TechnologyThe College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks experienced applicants for the position of Associate Dean for...

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3 Things - Tuesday, May 3

Maggie Vaughan | May 3, 2022 | 3 Things

Voters with Disabilities Face New Ballot Restrictions Ahead of MidtermsAs voters went to the polls last month in the Texas primary, the voting rights hotline lit up at the nonprofit advocacy agency Disability Rights Texas. Delaware groups raise...

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Case Study: University of West Florida

Penny Kronz | May 2, 2022 | Quality Assurance, Web Governance, Accessibility

The University of West Florida utilizes a CMS to manage their website content which allows non-technical users to manage their own web content. While this is a great practice that allows UWF to output timely content, manually reviewing all content...

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3 Things - Tuesday, April 26

Maggie Vaughan | April 26, 2022 | 3 Things

Help celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 19! Here are three ways you and your organization can participate. (The following are taken directly from the GAAD website.)  Publish a blog post on or before Global...

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Raising Awareness of Digital A11Y

Maggie Vaughan | April 22, 2022 |

The 11th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is on Thursday, May 19, 2022. "The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with...

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3 Things - Tuesday, April 19

Maggie Vaughan | April 19, 2022 | 3 Things

#DeafTalent #DeafTalent was started as a way for actors, performers, and directors who are deaf to push back against an industry that continuously hires hearing individuals when a deaf individual would be a much more appropriate choice....

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Is Long COVID a Disability?

Maggie Vaughan | April 16, 2022 | Accessibility

Even a mild case of COVID-19 can cause long COVID. "It is estimated that anywhere from 10% to 30% of patients might experience long COVID after recovering—even if they weren’t very sick in the first place." ~ What...

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3 Things - Tuesday, April 12

Maggie Vaughan | April 12, 2022 | 3 Things

 3 Jobs Edition Digital Accessibility Specialist ~ Elsevier, Philadelphia/PAAs a Senior Accessibility Specialist, you will develop and oversee the delivery of compliant and usable designs for our global e products. You will...

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Design Patterns and A11Y

Maggie Vaughan | April 6, 2022 |

What is a design pattern? "User interface (UI) design patterns are reusable/recurring components which designers use to solve common problems in user interface design. For example, the breadcrumbs design pattern lets users retrace their steps....

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3 Things - Tuesday, April 5

Maggie Vaughan | April 5, 2022 | 3 Things

Letters to the Editor: Aphasia is a form of hidden disability Following reports in the media about the condition, it is clear that there needs to be a conversation about aphasia. There needs to be accurate reporting and a clear...

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3 Things - Tuesday, March 29

Maggie Vaughan | March 29, 2022 | 3 Things

Paralympic Gold Medalist Changes Adaptive Sports Paralympic gold medalist Mike Schultz lost his leg in a snowmobile race in 2008 — now he’s creating lower limb prosthetic equipment for high-impact gravity sports. How the...

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Web Performance Metrics

Maggie Vaughan | March 23, 2022 | Web Governance, Quality Assurance, Accessibility

We all want that web page we’ve been searching for to be viewable, usable, and interactive with lightning speed. But alas, that is not always the case. We have all had to "Let the Spinning Wheel spin," much to our displeasure and...

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3 Things - Tuesday, March 22

Maggie Vaughan | March 22, 2022 | 3 Things

3 Focus State Facts Focus states need to have at least a 3:1 contrast ratio against the background color. All interactive components on a page need a focus state, not just buttons or links. Focus states cannot just be a color change. You need...

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3 Things - Tuesday, March 15

Maggie Vaughan | March 15, 2022 | 3 Things

3 Podcasts AccessAbility Works is a podcast that explains authentic digital inclusion —ensuring that organizations’ digital offerings, websites, mobile apps, and work environments are accessible and usable to people of all...

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Models of Disability

Maggie Vaughan | March 10, 2022 | Accessibility

There are many different models of disability, along with varying titles and definitions, so it can get confusing. For the purpose of this post, we will be looking at just three of those models…medical, tragedy / charity, and social....

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3 Things - Tuesday, March 8

Maggie Vaughan | March 8, 2022 | 3 Things

 3 Jobs Edition Accessibility Program Manager, AWS Accessibility ~ AmazonAs an Accessibility Program Manager, you will work with global teams to develop and implement strategies to improve accessibility. You will establish,...

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3 Things - Tuesday, March 1

Maggie Vaughan | March 1, 2022 | 3 Things

Your Wordle Results Are Annoying, but Not for the Reasons You ThinkWhen sharing Wordle results and other emoji-heavy content, it’s important to know how inaccessible these results can be for disabled people and what it is like to have...

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Best Practices

Maggie Vaughan | February 25, 2022 | Quality Assurance

What do we mean when we talk about best practices?  Merriam-Webster defines best practices as "a procedure that has been shown by research and experience to produce optimal results and that is established or proposed as a standard...

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3 Things - Tuesday, Feb. 22

Maggie Vaughan | February 22, 2022 | 3 Things

The crisis is real: Where are the web accessibility professionals?The shortage of qualified talent is felt by all of us. But from where will these individuals come, and how can we accelerate their availability? How To Hire For Digital...

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Accessible Microcopy

Maggie Vaughan | February 18, 2022 | Accessibility

What is Microcopy? According to Adobe, "...microcopy refers to the tiny tidbits of copy found on websites, applications, and products - from the words that comprise a call to action, to the disclaimers that assure users that their email address...

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3 Things - Tuesday, Feb. 15

Maggie Vaughan | February 15, 2022 | 3 Things

3 A11Y Meetup Groups WordPress Accessibility MeetupVirtual meetups on making WordPress websites accessible with ASL interpretation and live captions. This meetup has been officially approved for Continuing Accessibility Education Credits for...

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Accessibility & SEO

Maggie Vaughan | February 9, 2022 | Accessibility, SEO

Did you know that just by making your website accessible you also are boosting your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts AND improving your organic search rankings? Pretty awesome, right? DubBot scans and tests for six in-page elements that...

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3 Things - Tuesday, Feb. 8

Maggie Vaughan | February 8, 2022 | 3 Things

3 Tips for Accessible Emails Use Headers. If you use headers screen reader users are able to work out the hierarchy of the page. Use contrasting colours for backgrounds and text. Some colours might look nice but don't work in terms of...

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3 Things - Tuesday, Feb. 1

Maggie Vaughan | February 1, 2022 | 3 Things

NYC Gallery Displays Works By Artists With Special NeedsA Manhattan gallery known for displaying works by world-famous names is hosting a rare exhibit by a unique group of relative unknowns: artists with autism and other special needs. 'As We...

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AI and A11Y

Maggie Vaughan | January 27, 2022 | Accessibility

What is Artificial Intelligence? According to the Oxford dictionary, artificial intelligence (AI) is "the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech...

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3 Things - Tuesday, Jan. 25

Maggie Vaughan | January 25, 2022 | 3 Things

3Etiquette Best Practices Ask before you help   Just because someone has a disability, don’t assume she needs help. If the setting is accessible, people with disabilities can usually get around fine. Adults with...

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3 Things - Tuesday, Jan. 18

Maggie Vaughan | January 18, 2022 | 3 Things

Why Miss America Winner Emma Broyles Considers ADHD To Be Her 'Superpower'"She even shared that while sometimes having ADHD is a struggle, she sees some aspects of it as an advantage or "superpower." Artist Makes Prostheses With Darker Skin...

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Readability Scores

Maggie Vaughan | January 13, 2022 | Quality Assurance, SEO, Accessibility

According to the Center for Plain Language, "Readability is about making your digital content clear and easy to understand. When you focus on readability, you increase the chance your target audience will actually read and interact with your...

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3 Things - Tuesday, Jan. 11

Maggie Vaughan | January 11, 2022 | 3 Things

3Jobs Edition Manager, Accessibility Center for Excellence (COE) - TwitterAs part of this team you’ll be using your knowledge of Accessibility and Disabilities to help integrate accessibility into Twitter’s...

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Web Governance - New Reporting Feature

Maggie Vaughan | January 11, 2022 | Product Updates, Web Governance, Quality Assurance

Some of you may have noticed a new report available to you in DubBot. That’s right, the Web Governance Report. We are really excited about this one! The Web Governance report will combine Custom Checks (soon to be called "Policies") and...

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A11Y and Accommodations

Maggie Vaughan | January 6, 2022 |

Back in December, I posted an article A11Y vs Inclusion that discussed the differences and similarities between accessible and inclusive design practices. Here’s a short review:   Definitions: According to Adobe...

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3 Things - Tuesday, Jan. 4

Maggie Vaughan | January 4, 2022 | 3 Things

 Happy New Year! 3Things from 2021 Department of Justice reached settlement agreements related to digital and physical accessible with dozens of entities. Here's a few: Kroger Brown University Rite Aid (PDF) The disability...

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Heuristics and Accessibility

Maggie Vaughan | December 30, 2021 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

According to Psychology Today, "a heuristic is a mental shortcut that allows an individual to make a decision, pass judgment, or solve a problem quickly and with minimal mental effort." Heuristics are also referred to as "a rule of thumb," which...

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3 Things - Tuesday, December 28

Maggie Vaughan | December 28, 2021 | Accessibility, 3 Things

Happy New Year to you and yours from your friends at DubBot! 3 New Year's Resolutions Invite people with lived experience to the table.Systemic barriers in policy, practice or procedure mean that some people are excluded or receive less than...

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A11Y vs Inclusion

Maggie Vaughan | December 22, 2021 | Accessibility

What’s the difference between accessible design and inclusive design? Accessible design and Inclusive design, "Along with other human-centered concepts such as Ethical Design and Responsible Design, they [form] a vanguard of design...

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3 Things - Tuesday, December 21

Maggie Vaughan | December 21, 2021 | 3 Things, Accessibility

3Things - Procuring Accessible ICT Asking the Right Questions for Procuring Inclusive, Accessible TechnologyPostsecondary institutions have obligations to ensure the accessibility of electronic content, especially content purchased from third...

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3 Things - Tuesday, December 14

Maggie Vaughan | December 14, 2021 | Accessibility, 3 Things

3Things - User Testing Edition Why You Need to Do User Testing with Deaf and Hard of Hearing PeopleOne of the most powerful ways to ensure your content is accessible is to involve people with disabilities at all stages of development and...

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The Accessibility Tree Simplified

Maggie Vaughan | December 10, 2021 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

What is the Accessibility Tree? Simply put, the Accessibility Tree is what all operating systems use to power assistive technology. It is a modified Document Object Model (DOM). A browser takes the DOM and modifies it into a form that is useful...

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3 Things - Tuesday, December 7

Maggie Vaughan | December 7, 2021 | 3 Things, Accessibility

WCAG 3.0: What you need to know about the future of accessibility standards  WCAG 3.0 will be here soon and it will represent a significant shift in how accessibility is measured. Apple’s IPad Gets Assistive Technology...

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Emojis and Accessibility

Maggie Vaughan | December 1, 2021 | Accessibility

Before emojis, there were emoticons. Emoticon is short for "emotion icon." Emoticons are "pictorial representations of facial expressions using characters — usually punctuation marks, numbers and letters — to express a...

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3 Things - Tuesday, November 30

Maggie Vaughan | November 30, 2021 | 3 Things, Accessibility

Introducing updates to make it easier for guests with disabilities to travel Under our new accessibility review process, Hosts simply submit photos of the accessibility features in their home, which are then manually reviewed by a...

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Inclusive Video Production

Maggie Vaughan | November 26, 2021 | Accessibility

Those of us in the digital accessibility field can spot an accessible video at 20 paces. But what about an inclusive video? What does one look like? Producing an inclusive video means designing with accessibility in mind — captions,...

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3 Things - Tuesday, November 23

Maggie Vaughan | November 23, 2021 | Accessibility, 3 Things

 3Things - Thanksgiving Edition How to Be a Good Thanksgiving Host to Guests with DisabilitiesWhile disabled needs may not be as familiar as non-disabled needs, they’re not...

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3 Things - Tuesday, November 16

Maggie Vaughan | November 16, 2021 | 3 Things, Accessibility

CVS withdraws Supreme Court case on disability rights, announces new partnership  The plaintiffs objected to changes to the company's terms that meant they could not opt out of mail-only delivery or utilize another pharmacy with...

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Disability:IN and the Disability Equality Index

Maggie Vaughan | November 15, 2021 | Accessibility

It’s been said that disability is the "missing D" in diversity and inclusion discussions and  initiatives. In December 2020, research conducted by The Valuable 500 showed that "only three percent of articles discussing diversity...

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3 Things - Tuesday, November 9

Maggie Vaughan | November 9, 2021 | Accessibility

Lauren Ridloff, Marvel's first deaf superhero"[I] hope that, by bringing my story to the audience, people from marginalized communities will feel that there’s room for their own stories." Nyle DiMarco, deaf super model"I sent in my...

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3 Things - Tuesday, November 2

Maggie Vaughan | November 2, 2021 | Accessibility, SEO

The 3 functions of alternative text:  Screen readers announce alternative text in place of images, helping users with visual or certain cognitive disabilities perceive the content and function of the images. If an image fails to load...

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What's New at DubBot?

Maggie Vaughan | November 1, 2021 | Quality Assurance, Product Updates

The designers, programmers, and engineers at DubBot have been burning the midnight oil over the past several months and have released quite a few important updates. Let me tell you about the three most exciting (and requested) updates to be...

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3 Things - Tuesday, October 26

Maggie Vaughan | October 26, 2021 | Accessibility

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NY Tech Alliance - A11Y in Technology

Maggie Vaughan | October 25, 2021 | Accessibility

On November 2, DubBot’s own Blaine Herman will be joining other experts in accessible technology for the November Meetup of the NY Tech Alliance. The NY Tech Alliance was created in 2016 when the NY Tech Meetup and the New York...

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3 Things - Tuesday, October 19

Maggie Vaughan | October 19, 2021 | Accessibility

3 Higher Ed Accessibility Professional Organizations Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN)ATHEN is a professional association and network for Access Technology in Higher Education. The purpose of ATHEN is to collect and disseminate...

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3 Things - Tuesday, October 12

Maggie Vaughan | October 12, 2021 | Accessibility

3 Things, 3 Jobs WatchOS Accessibility Engineer - Apple, Inc. - Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), CaliforniaApple's Accessibility team is looking for a motivated Software Engineer to help develop and enhance features that make watchOS more usable...

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Maggie Vaughan | October 11, 2021 | Accessibility

Happy National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! This year's theme is "America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion." As our nation begins the process of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important...

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3 Things - Tuesday, October 05

Maggie Vaughan | October 5, 2021 | Accessibility

3 Things, 3 Disability Activisits Marilyn Golden"Radicalized" after an accident left her disabled, she became a "linchpin" in the fight for the Americans With Disabilities Act as a leading policy analyst. Robert Marx"We had a common experience...

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Prioritizing Review of Image Alt Text

Penny Kronz | September 30, 2021 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Ensuring that your organization utilizes appropriate alt text for images within your website is pretty much considered Accessibility 101. For those readers who are not familiar, alt text or alternative text is the text version of an image read to...

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3 Things - Tuesday, September 28

Maggie Vaughan | September 28, 2021 | 3 Things, Accessibility

Colorblind Accessibility ManifestoBefore designing a website, or even making a small change to an existing one, ask if your design choices consider the needs of people with color blindness. Changing the button color on your website may seem...

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Hold Your Horses! Is that Carousel Accessible?

Maggie Vaughan | September 23, 2021 | Accessibility

Carousels. Some people love ‘em, and some people hate ‘em! Yet they are one of the most popular ways of displaying content. One reason for that is carousels are a quick way to appease multiple stakeholders who want their...

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3 Things - Tuesday, September 21

Maggie Vaughan | September 21, 2021 | 3 Things, Accessibility

A case for accessibility statements in app stores In Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, apps can have certain bits of meta data. Categories, localisations, price, privacy policy URL… but where is...

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Interview with a Screen Reader User

Maggie Vaughan | September 17, 2021 | Accessibility

Back in 2018, I met quite an amazing young man. His name is Tyler. He was attending the university where I work and was in the last semester of his last year. I had actually sought him out. I desperately needed an expert in the use of screen...

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3 Things - Tuesday, September 14

Maggie Vaughan | September 14, 2021 | 3 Things, Accessibility

3 Things - 3 TED Talks Edition Simple Hack for a Life with Parkinson's Mileha Soneji is a trained strategic product designer, originally hailing from the city of Pune in India. The Cost of Failing to Design AccessiblyKings Floyd is a...

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3 Things - Tuesday, September 07

Maggie Vaughan | September 7, 2021 | 3 Things

3 Things - 3 Paralympic Games Highlights   Oksana Masters Is One of the Most Decorated Paralympians in History Surprise wedding proposal melts hearts on the track at 200m 2020 Tokyo Paralympics: Moments to Remember

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Safeguarding Scholars Still In-Country

Maggie Vaughan | September 1, 2021 | Web Governance

The war in Afghanistan has been officially declared over with approximately 116,700 people evacuated, according to the latest information from the White House. Among those evacuated are scholars, students, faculty, and higher education personnel...

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3 Things - Tuesday, August 31

Maggie Vaughan | August 31, 2021 | 3 Things

Closed Captioning vs. Subtitles: What's The Difference? OPEN vs CLOSED Captions - Why & How to Add Them to Videos Online Transcription Vs. Captioning | What's the Difference?

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Actually, Don't Click Here!

Maggie Vaughan | August 27, 2021 | Accessibility, SEO, Quality Assurance

Why are web content writers, designers and managers still using "Click Here" (or "Read More," "Learn More," etc.) as link text when it has been shown repeatedly it's just not best practice? Maybe it’s time for a refresher course on...

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3 Things - Tuesday, August 24

Maggie Vaughan | August 24, 2021 | 3 Things

3Things 3 Conferences Edition Inclusive Design 24 (#id24) - September 23, 2021This is a free 24-hour online event for the global community. It celebrates inclusive design and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to...

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3 Things - Tuesday, August 17

Maggie Vaughan | August 17, 2021 | 3 Things

Accessibility and SEO ~ The A11Y ProjectSearch engine optimization and accessibility have a lot more in common than you would think. Many of the same practices that we use to enable everyone to enjoy our digital experiences also open...

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Summer Paralympic Games

Maggie Vaughan | August 12, 2021 | Accessibility

The Summer Paralympics, sometimes referred to as the Games of the Paralympian, are held in the same host city as the Olympics, with two weeks between the close of the Olympics and the opening ceremony of the Paralympics. The first official...

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3 Things - Tuesday, August 10

Maggie Vaughan | August 10, 2021 | 3 Things

PDF Accessibility Remediation Software Tools: A Detailed ComparisonThis article compares the top PDF remediation tools: CommonLook PDF, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, axesPDF, AccessibilityNow® Remediate, and Equidox. The article should help you...

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3 Things - Tuesday, August 3

Maggie Vaughan | August 3, 2021 | 3 Things

 3Things 3 Jobs Edition Disability Specialist - University of Pennsylvania   The Disability Specialist advocates for the inclusion of students with disabilities and assists the university in maintaining...

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From InDesign to Accessible PDF

Maggie Vaughan | July 29, 2021 | Accessibility

Creating an accessible PDF from InDesign is a relatively simple process, but depending on the file size, it can be time-consuming. To keep me on track, I keep a list of accessibility "must do's" when preparing an InDesign document for export to...

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3 Things - Tuesday, July 27

Maggie Vaughan | July 27, 2021 | 3 Things

3Things, 3 Screen Readers Using VoiceOver to Evaluate Web Accessibility Using NVDA to Evaluate Web Accessibility Using JAWS to Evaluate Web Accessibility

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3 Things - Tuesday, July 20

Maggie Vaughan | July 20, 2021 | 3 Things

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July is Disability Pride Month

Maggie Vaughan | July 16, 2021 | Accessibility

Some History on Disability Pride Month Did you know July is Disability Pride Month?  I admit it wasn’t until last week when I read an article in Diversability Magazine that I learned about it. In July of 1990, when the...

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3 Things - Tuesday, July 13

Maggie Vaughan | July 13, 2021 | 3 Things

'I am not ashamed': Disability advocates, experts implore you to stop saying 'special needs'Most experts and advocates vehemently oppose the term "special needs," and believe we need to eliminate it from our vernacular. Furthermore, they say...

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There's No Alternative to Good ALT Text

Maggie Vaughan | July 7, 2021 | Accessibility

What is ALT text? ALT text (ALT being short for alternative) is referred to in several different ways: ALT text, ALT tag, ALT attribute, ALT description and simply, alternative text. ALT text serves several purposes: It is read by screen...

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3 Things - Tuesday, July 6

Maggie Vaughan | July 6, 2021 | 3 Things

'I am not ashamed': Disability advocates, experts implore you to stop saying 'special needs'Most experts and advocates vehemently oppose the term "special needs," and believe we need to eliminate it from our vernacular. Furthermore, they say...

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3 Things - Tuesday, June 29

Maggie Vaughan | June 29, 2021 | 3 Things

Welcome to the 3Books Edition of 3Things Accessibility for EveryoneYou make the web more inclusive for everyone, everywhere, when you design with accessibility in mind. Let Laura Kalbag guide you through the accessibility...

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A11Y & Analytics

Maggie Vaughan | June 25, 2021 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Using automated scanning software, such as DubBot, and manual testing are two excellent ways to identify potential accessibility issues in your digital assets. There is one more tool you can add to the mix and that is analytics. Finding an...

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3 Things - Tuesday, June 22

Maggie Vaughan | June 22, 2021 | 3 Things

HigherEdWeb Association - Accessibility SummitCheck out the Program Schedule and Meet the Presenters for this awesome gathering of accessibility professionals. Registration is open! The Summit will be online on Tuesday, July 20. Position...

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Sharing is Caring

Blaine Herman | June 16, 2021 | Web Governance, Product Updates

Happy June to all! We’re excited to be edging closer and closer to summer. We’re even more excited to share information about our new feature, sharable reports. We added sharable reports as an optional way to view and share...

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3 Things - Tuesday, June 15

Maggie Vaughan | June 15, 2021 | 3 Things

500 global firms put disability inclusion on boardroom agendas - The Guardian The Valuable 500 global disability network said it had reached its target to get 500 major companies to put disability inclusion on their boardroom agenda,...

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3 Things - Tuesday, June 8

Maggie Vaughan | June 8, 2021 | 3 Things

Why We Need Universal Design | Michael Nesmith | TEDxBoulder Tech for disabled people is booming around the world. So where’s the funding? - restofworld.org Although the last few years have seen significant advances in...

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State Your Case

Maggie Vaughan | June 4, 2021 | Web Governance, Accessibility

Creating a business case for web accessibility can be difficult, especially when, as accessibility professionals, we just "get it!" We know why accessibility is important and that it should be baked into all of our information and communication...

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3 Things - Tuesday, June 1

Maggie Vaughan | June 1, 2021 | 3 Things

Position Available: Digital Accessibility Consultant, University of ArizonaThe Digital Accessibility Consultant works to ensure that University of Arizona's technology-based teaching and learning software, applications, tools, and resources are...

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3 Things - Tuesday, May 25

Maggie Vaughan | May 25, 2021 | 3 Things

#CovidAccessibilityBugBountyICYMI - To celebrate GAAD, BarrierBreak announced the #CovidAccessibilityBugBounty campaign, giving people across the world an opportunity to put their accessibility skills to use by testing COVID-19 websites and...

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Happy GAAD!

Maggie Vaughan | May 20, 2021 | Accessibility

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day!! Participate! Spread Awareness!  Talk about it! Think about it! Learn about it! Create digital access, opportunity and inclusion for everyone. GAAD website  | ...

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Hot Off the Press! - Email Newsetters

Maggie Vaughan | May 19, 2021 | Accessibility

Recently, I was asked to review an email newsletter and report any accessibility issues that I found. Wow, was I surprised! I don't expect most people to know that they need to build digital communications with accessibility in mind. But I did...

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3 Things - Tuesday, May 18

Maggie Vaughan | May 18, 2021 | 3 Things

A11YTalksVirtual meet-ups featuring speakers & conversations around digital accessibility. Blind people, advocates slam company claiming to make websites ADA compliant"Blind people say AccessiBe, which is supposed to automatically make...

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3 Things - Tuesday, May 11

Maggie Vaughan | May 11, 2021 | 3 Things

United in Accessibility - podcast from the International Association of Accessibility ProfessionalsThe United in Accessibility podcast offers shared experiences, solutions, and barriers that impact diversity and inclusion in...

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Save the Date! - Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Maggie Vaughan | May 5, 2021 | Accessibility

Each year on the third Thursday of May, we celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). But how did GAAD begin? Who started it? What’s GAAD really all about?  GAAD "started" on Sunday, November 27, 2011, when Joe...

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3 Things - Tuesday, May 4

Maggie Vaughan | May 4, 2021 | 3 Things

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 20, 2021The idea of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day started with a single blog post written by a Los Angeles-based web developer, Joe Devon. See Joe’s Blog post that...

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Give it to Me Straight! - The Power of Plain Language

Maggie Vaughan | April 30, 2021 | Accessibility

What is plain language? "A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended readers can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information." ~ Center for...

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3 Things - Tuesday, April 27

Maggie Vaughan | April 27, 2021 | 3 Things

HighEdWeb 2021 Accessibility Summit - July 20, 2021The HighEdWeb 2021 Accessibility Summit is a one-day, online event focused on digital accessibility in higher education. This position is no longer available.Position Available: Access...

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3 Things - Tuesday, April 20

Maggie Vaughan | April 20, 2021 | 3 Things

IAAP and Fundación ONCE Launches a Spanish Chapter for Accessibility Professionals"The Spanish Chapter will provide accessibility professionals, who support equal access in both the built and digital environments by promoting and...

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Accessibility and the Procurement Process

Maggie Vaughan | April 16, 2021 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

What are the components of a robust procurement process for technology that ensures accessibility needs are identified and addressed in the planning, requirements gathering, research and evaluation phases as well as the determination of...

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3 Things - Tuesday, April 13

Maggie Vaughan | April 13, 2021 | 3 Things

FREE Promo for Higher Ed! THIS PROMOTION HAS EXPIREDCommonLook is providing a free, 6-month subscription to two of their best-selling PDF accessibility software solutions: CommonLook PDF and CommonLook Office. Promo runs March 26 through...

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