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Does Mobile Accessibility Help with App Store Optimization (ASO)?

By Jack / 2023-01-27
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App store optimization (ASO) is the mobile equivalent of search engine optimization (SEO). The goal is to optimize ranking factors so that your business’s app appears towards the top of search results on Google Play, Apple’s App Store, and other app marketplaces. 

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City Celebrates Disability Activists After Fighting Lawsuit and Losing

By Mia Ocean / 2023-01-26
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Springfield, U.S. — After a multi-year court battle, the city of Springfield is thrilled to celebrate its victorious opponents, the disabled activists who successfully compelled it to implement decades-old accessibility legislation.

City council member Leo Dedick said, “We could not be prouder of our disability activists. We applaud their important, necessary and long-overdue efforts.”

The city’s ADA coordinator, Jimmy Azhat, shared his takeaways from the costly and prolonged battle against the disabled: “Turns out there are ratios for physical accessibility, requirements for technology, processes for accommodations — I mean the list goes on and on. Consider my mind officially blown.”

Dedick said the city would host an event to commemorate the partnership with the disabled community and the city’s compulsory commitment to accessibility. He said, “We will use the settlement budget, first and foremost, to celebrate these hometown heroes. We will have a bounce house, food trucks, live music on the lawn, everything you need to celebrate these giants of the disabled community.”

The activists, however, were concerned nothing would change if they stopped doing all the work for free. Azhat was unfazed by their concerns and said, “We will create an oversight board composed of volunteer disabled activists to keep this gravy train going. Oh, and this gravy train has an accessible platform.”

Despite what can only be described as egregious and embarrassing ADA violations, Dedick viewed the public fight and ultimate loss in a positive light. He concluded, “It’s never too late to be forced to do the right thing.”

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Accessibility Isn’t a Roadblock for Mobile App Development

By Alexa / 2023-01-26
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The development timeline for a simple mobile application can span hundreds of hours of back-end and front-end development. For complex apps, the timeline can easily stretch over a thousand hours, and even a “small” roadblock can strain the project’s budget.

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6 Free Tools for Evaluating Web Accessibility

By CJ / 2023-01-25
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Can you evaluate your website’s accessibility on your own? 

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What to Know Before Writing a WCAG Conformance Claim

By David / 2023-01-24
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Your accessibility statement is a declaration of your commitment to users with disabilities. It shows that you have a plan for creating accessible content, and if your website has certain barriers (for example, it isn’t compatible with certain web browsers or assistive technologies), it identifies those issues. 

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What Are Cognitive Disabilities, and Why Are They Important for Web Accessibility?

By CJ / 2023-01-23
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“Cognitive disabilities” refers to a range of conditions that change different aspects of cognition. That includes conditions that affect memory, learning, communication, emotional regulation, and concentration. 

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Creating More Accessible Icons: 5 Web Accessibility Tips 

By David / 2023-01-20
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Icons are a powerful tool for web design, and they can help to simplify your content’s visual presentation. However, they can also introduce barriers for users with disabilities — particularly if you don’t consider the needs and preferences of those users when creating your website.

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Does the Unruh Act Apply to Businesses That Aren’t Based in California?

By CJ / 2023-01-19
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California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act allows plaintiffs to sue for statutory damages of up to $4,000 per offense. Any violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) constitutes a violation of the Unruh Act — which is one of the reasons that California is a hotspot for web accessibility lawsuits. 

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Blind Centered Audio Description Chat: Talking Training

By T.Reid / 2023-01-18
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Adding on to our last conversation, we continue discussing how more Blind people can get involved in Audio Description. What are the available training options and ways to find opportunities? Join Us Live The BCAD Live Chats can take place on a variety of platforms including Twitter and Linked In. To stay up to date […]

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What Factors Affect Your Chances of a Web Accessibility Lawsuit?

By Anita / 2023-01-18
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If your website isn’t accessible for users with disabilities, you’re taking a major risk. 

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