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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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The DOJ and New Web Accessibility Regulations

Maggie Vaughan | January 26, 2023 | Accessibility

I’ve noticed a couple of articles/blog posts popping up regarding the April 2023 date the DOJ intends to publish its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on new web accessibility regulations for state and local government...

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3 Things - Tuesday, Jan. 24

Maggie Vaughan | January 24, 2023 | 3 Things

3 Must Attendee Conferences CSUN Assistive Technology Conference March 13-17 ~ Anaheim, CA ($$)Whether you have been attending the conference for years or are planning to attend your first, the CSUN Assistive Technology...

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Describing Images

Maggie Vaughan | January 20, 2023 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

We all know that adding ALT text to our images is a very simple way to help add accessibility to our websites and digital assets. But there are other forms of text alternatives that, when used properly, also make your digital creations...

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3 Things - Tuesday, Jan. 17

Maggie Vaughan | January 17, 2023 | 3 Things

#3A11yThings looks at 3 ways to satisfy 3 WCAG 2.2 Success Criteria Audit your focus styles Problem: "I can't tell where the keyboard focus is as I move around a web page or app."Works well: "I can see where the keyboard focus is as I...

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WCAG 2.2 - What's New

Maggie Vaughan | January 11, 2023 | Accessibility

According to the W3C, WCAG 2.2 is scheduled to be completed and published early this year.  What exactly is included in this latest update? Before we get to that, please note: "All success criteria from 2.0 and 2.1 are...

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3 Things - Tuesday, Jan. 10

Maggie Vaughan | January 10, 2023 | 3 Things

Senior Applications Developer - Commonwealth of PA, Dauphin County, PA The Senior Applications Developer serves as the lead technical developer on system acceptance testing projects, providing support to lower-level developers by making...

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3 Things - Tuesday, Jan. 3

Maggie Vaughan | January 3, 2023 | 3 Things

Blind and disabled veterans can’t access VA websites, report says Now, a new report from the Senate Special Committee on Aging is taking VA to task for neglecting accessibility issues on its websites. Despite the fact that 27 percent...

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Making a Resolution for Advocacy

Maggie Vaughan | December 30, 2022 | Accessibility

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time that many of us reflect on the year gone by and look at the coming year as an opportunity for change, personal growth, and goal-setting. Whether it's committing to losing those pesky 10...

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3 Things - Tuesday, December 27

Maggie Vaughan | December 27, 2022 | 3 Things

New Year’s resolutions: embracing challenges Setting New Year’s resolutions can leave you disappointed, but they can also push you to succeed. Raya Al-Jadir explores why New Year’s resolutions...

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The Holidays, Sensory Overload and Emojis

Maggie Vaughan | December 22, 2022 | Accessibility

Simply put, sensory overload means "too much information."  According to WebMD "Sensory overload is when your five senses — sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste — take in more information than your brain can...

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3 Things - Tuesday, December 20

Maggie Vaughan | December 20, 2022 | 3 Things

Holiday gift ideas for loved ones with disabilities in your life. SoundBot SB210 Wireless Musical BeanieEliminating the need to swap back and forth between hearing aids and earbuds or trying to squash headphones over behind-the-ear hearing...

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3 Things - Tuesday, December 13

Maggie Vaughan | December 13, 2022 | 3 Things

Business Analyst, Westpac Group - Sydney, AUAssisting with driving the achievement of Westpac’s strategy by working with stakeholders to elicit, analyze, communicate, validate, and manage accessibility requirements and defects of...

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Manual Testing - A Checklist

Maggie Vaughan | December 12, 2022 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Back in October, October 9-12 to be exact, Little Rock, Arkansas hosted  #HEWeb22  - HighEdWeb’s Annual Conference. DubBot’s own Penny Kronz was a conference speaker, sharing her expertise in her session...

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3 Things - Tuesday, December 6

Maggie Vaughan | December 6, 2022 | 3 Things

Disabled people fear Twitter changes under Elon Musk leave them behind. Twitter has long been an essential public space for people with disabilities because of its unique format and broad reach. But now many people worry that recent...

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3 Things - Tuesday, November 29

Maggie Vaughan | November 29, 2022 | 3 Things

DOJ and Congressional Updates on Digital Accessibility - Ken Nakata, former Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Justice Department's Disability Rights SectionWhile Federal agency websites are important for shaping how the Federal government...

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3 Things - Tuesday, November 22

Maggie Vaughan | November 22, 2022 | 3 Things

A more inclusive Thanksgiving Day for the deaf and hard of hearing. Find Your Guest’s Preferred Mode of CommunicationDo they need a microphone in the middle of the table? Do they have single-sided hearing loss and prefer a specific...

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3 Things - Tuesday, November 15

Maggie Vaughan | November 15, 2022 | 3 Things

5 Visual Treatments that Improve AccessibilityTo design accessible visuals, account for color contrast, don’t rely on color alone, make interactive elements easy to identify, provide useful alternative text for images, and test your...

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3 Things - Tuesday, November 8

Maggie Vaughan | November 8, 2022 | 3 Things

Associate Director, Student Accessibility Services - The College of William & MaryThe Associate Director provides ongoing support and advocacy for students with disabilities, both within and outside of the classroom. The incumbent will serve...

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Dashboard Additions

Maggie Vaughan | November 7, 2022 | SEO, Product Updates

Great news! Your dashboard is expanding! You will now have "the rest of the story." Widgets for SEO reporting and Best Practices are being added to your Sites and Groups Overview dashboards. Sites Overview Dashboard Groups Overview...

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3 Things - Tuesday, November 1

Maggie Vaughan | November 1, 2022 | 3 Things

The "A" in DEIA: Why Corporate Leaders Must Include AccessibilityAlthough corporations have strategies in place to support employees with reported disabilities, DEIA efforts must extend beyond checking boxes and complying with laws....

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Policy Library

Maggie Vaughan | October 27, 2022 | Web Governance, Product Updates

Have you heard? DubBot has launched its brand new policy library!  What’s a policy library, you might ask. The DubBot policy library is a collection of pre-written policy checks that you can import to your site, strengthening...

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3 Things - Tuesday, October 25

Maggie Vaughan | October 25, 2022 | 3 Things

WordPress Accessibility Day - November 2-3, 2022WordPress Accessibility Day is a 24-hour global event dedicated to promoting and learning website accessibility best practices for WordPress websites. Representation in alt text - Aaron...

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SEO Reporting Just Got Better!

Maggie Vaughan | October 19, 2022 | SEO, Product Updates

We all know how important SEO is to website visibility, and increased user traffic. And don’t forget about the relationship between an accessible website and SEO.  With DubBot’s latest update to SEO reporting, you now...

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3 Things - Tuesday, October 18

Maggie Vaughan | October 18, 2022 | 3 Things

3 Jobs Edition Accessibility Document Specialist - University of FloridaThe Accessibility Document Specialist is responsible for providing Section 508 compliant document remediation support to clients with an emphasis on PDF, MS Suite, and...

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3 Things - Tuesday, October 11

Maggie Vaughan | October 11, 2022 | 3 Things

3 Volunteer Positions with HighEdWeb Link Journal EditorThis position works as part of the Link Journal Committee to edit content for Link, The Journal of Higher Education Web Professionals. Editors will work with the...

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3 Things - Tuesday, October 4

Maggie Vaughan | October 4, 2022 | 3 Things

3 Ways to Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month Put Up a Poster! NDEAM is a great time to freshen up bulletin boards in workplaces, schools, libraries or other community locations. Educate Employees! For employers,...

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Uptime Monitoring

Maggie Vaughan | October 4, 2022 | Quality Assurance, Web Governance

What exactly does "uptime" mean in reference to your website? Uptime means the number of hours your website is operational and available to users. Uptime is generally measured as a percentage and calculated in monthly or yearly increments. The...

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3 Things - Tuesday, September 27

Maggie Vaughan | September 27, 2022 | 3 Things

Inclusive Design 24 2022 - September 22Inclusive Design 24 (#id24) 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 development, from...

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Maggie Vaughan | September 22, 2022 | Accessibility

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! Next month marks the 34th annual observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Every October is a celebration "honoring the achievements and contributions of U.S. workers...

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3 Things - Tuesday, September 20

Maggie Vaughan | September 20, 2022 | 3 Things

A11Y Apps JABtalk (Android)JABtalk is a free speech communication application designed to help non-verbal children and adults communicate. Speech therapists commonly refer to JABtalk as an easy and effective augmentative and alternative...

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It’s Disability Voting Rights Week!

Maggie Vaughan | September 13, 2022 | Accessibility

Disability Voting Rights Week, formally known as National Disability Voter Registration Week, is September 12 - 16, 2022.  Disability Voting Rights Week is coordinated by the REV UP Campaign. REV UP stands for "Register, Educate, Vote,...

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3 Things - Tuesday, September 13

Maggie Vaughan | September 13, 2022 | 3 Things

6 Helpful Accessibility Features in the Amazon KindleThese Kindle features help people with dyslexia, vision impairments, and other disabilities experience the joys of reading. Android Accessibility - Made for the way you want to use it.From...

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3 Things - Tuesday, September 6

Maggie Vaughan | September 6, 2022 | 3 Things

3 Jobs Edition Digital Accessibility Coordinator ~ University of VirginiaAs a critical member of the Office of Equal Opportunity & Civil Rights team, the Digital Accessibility Coordinator serves as a subject matter expert and...

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3 Things - Tuesday, August 30

Maggie Vaughan | August 30, 2022 | 3 Things

A11y peeps to follow on Twitter Dax Castro - Accessibility Advocate, public speaker, trainer and lover of all things Adobe. Not to mention blacksmith, whitewater rafter and non-stop talker. Thomas Logan - CEO @Equal_Entry,...

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3 Things - Tuesday, August 23

Maggie Vaughan | August 23, 2022 | 3 Things

Evaluating the Accessibility User Experience - Chax Chat podcast- Do you ask yourself "What do I want the end-user experience to be?" when designing your forms? What about the heading structure of your document? Chad and Dax take this...

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A Business Case for A11Y

Maggie Vaughan | August 19, 2022 | Accessibility, SEO

According to Google’s English dictionary, which is provided by Oxford Languages, the definition of a business case is "a justification for a proposed project or undertaking on the basis of its expected commercial...

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3 Things - Tuesday, August 16

Maggie Vaughan | August 16, 2022 | 3 Things

Accessible Email Testing ToolIt is the mission of to promote email marketing accessibility and usability. Accessibility Acceptance CriteriaAutomatically generate test cases for Web, iOS, and Android components. The...

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3 Things - Tuesday, August 9

Maggie Vaughan | August 9, 2022 | 3 Things

3 Jobs Edition Accessibility & Communications Specialist ~ American Association on Health & DisabilityThe American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is a cross-disability national non-profit 501(c) (3)...

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3 Things - Tuesday, August 2

Maggie Vaughan | August 2, 2022 | 3 Things

He's My Brother - documentary PBS Point of ViewChristine's brother Peter experiences his world through touch, smell, and taste. Now 30 years old, Peter's family is having trouble finding the proper care for his multiple disabilities. He's My...

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Overlays: A Year and a Half Later

Maggie Vaughan | July 27, 2022 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

The problem with overlays is that they are still a problem! In February of 2021, I posted about the havoc that overlays cause to assistive technology and its users. According to a recent article in the New York Times (July 13, 2022), not...

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3 Things - Tuesday, July 26

Maggie Vaughan | July 26, 2022 | 3 Things

Disability activists suggest that disability allies learn ways to support the disability community. Each 3Things post during July, Disability Pride Month, will provide ideas for participation, education and support. Watch Crip Camp: A...

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Invisible Disabilities

Maggie Vaughan | July 20, 2022 | Accessibility

  What is an invisible disability? According to the Invisible Disabilities Association, "an invisible disability is a physical, mental or neurological condition that is not visible from the outside, yet can limit or challenge a...

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3 Things - Tuesday, July 19

Maggie Vaughan | July 19, 2022 | 3 Things

Disability activists suggest that disability allies learn ways to support the disability community. Each 3Things post during July, Disability Pride Month, will provide ideas for participation, education and support. Watch "Coda""There has been...

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3 Things - Tuesday, July 12

Maggie Vaughan | July 12, 2022 | 3 Things

Disability activists suggest that disability allies learn ways to support the disability community. Each 3Things post during July, Disability Pride Month, will provide ideas for participation, education and support. Educate yourself about...

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3 Things - Tuesday, July 5

Maggie Vaughan | July 5, 2022 | 3 Things

It's Disability Pride Month! Disability Pride Month July is Disability Pride Month. If you didn’t know that, to be honest, we’re not surprised! Even though it’s been celebrated by some members of the disability...

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Supporting Web Pros in Higher Ed

Maggie Vaughan | July 4, 2022 |

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association or HighEdWeb is an organization of people dedicated to the "future of digital in higher education." Their annual conference is "created by and for" higher education professionals across campus....

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Onboarding Employees with Disabilities

Maggie Vaughan | June 29, 2022 | Accessibility

The Hiring Process The use AI, or Artificial Intelligence is finding its way into the hiring, promotion, and other employment decision-making processes. For example, software that screens out applications using a pre-defined list of keywords or...

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3 Things - Tuesday, June 28

Maggie Vaughan | June 28, 2022 | 3 Things

3 Webinars Stop Screaming Into the Void - Getting Your Accessibility Ideas Heard by Those Above You - June 28, 2020 (IAAP, free)You've got the accessibility consultant role, something that makes a real difference in your company. But your...

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3 Things - Tuesday, June 21

Maggie Vaughan | June 21, 2022 | 3 Things

3 Youtube Channels The Blind Life Sam Seavey - The Blind Life is a representation of what is going on in my life and what I enjoy, all from the visually impaired perspective. I'm a big fan of mobile technology and Low vision...

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What is WCAG Silver?

Maggie Vaughan | June 15, 2022 | Accessibility

To answer that, we need a little history lesson. Back in 2008, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Fast forward to 2018. Wow…a lot has changed on the web…live...

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3 Things - Tuesday, June 14

Maggie Vaughan | June 14, 2022 | 3 Things

 3 Jobs Edition Senior Systems Quality Assurance Analyst - ADA (THIS JOB POSTING HAS EXPIRED)Wells Fargo BankWells Fargo is seeking a Senior Systems Quality Assurance Analyst - ADA in Credit Card & Merchant Services as part of...

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3 Things - Tuesday, June 7

Maggie Vaughan | June 7, 2022 | 3 Things

Why Does Accessibility Matter? Smashing Magazine's Vitaly Friedman talks in-depth to Sara Soueidan to find out. A Tsunami of Disability Is Coming as a Result of 'Long COVID'We need to plan for a future where millions of survivors are...

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3 Things - Tuesday, May 31

Maggie Vaughan | May 31, 2022 | 3 Things

3 Conferences HighEdWeb 2022 Accessibility Summit ($) - July 28, 2002Learn best practices, share stories with your peers and expand your knowledge on a wide range of accessibility topics. Beginners and experts, non-technical...

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Some Info on Infographics

Maggie Vaughan | May 27, 2022 | Accessibility

Because infographics are visual, they inherently present accessibility barriers to users with visual and cognitive disabilities. Infographics can also be challenging for those who use keyboard-only navigation. People with color blindness may miss...

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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 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 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

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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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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3 Things - Tuesday, May 10

Maggie Vaughan | May 10, 2022 | 3 Things

 3 Jobs Edition Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence (This position is now closed)~ Georgia Institute of TechnologyThe College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks experienced applicants for the...

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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...

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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 accessibility 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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