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What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Digital Accessibility?

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, many are wondering how the new administration will affect the digital accessibility space. In the short term, we see it as unlikely that a Trump presidency will have a major impact on the status quo. The Americans with Disabilities Act Donald Trump has never specifically addressed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), so it is difficult to predict what his stance would be. In the past, scaling back rights for people with disabilities has proven to be politically unpopular. Given that neither advancing nor curtailing the ADA is among Trump’s… Read More

Update to Section 508 Refresh Timeline

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The regulatory calendar for the Section 508 Refresh has been updated as of October 24, 2016. The rules will probably go into effect prior to the end of the current Federal year—just in time for year-end procurements!     Here is the updated calendar*: Milestone Period Date NPRM draft to OIRA for economic impact assessment DONE 3/31/2014 OIRA completes NPRM review DONE 6/29/14 OIRA review notes incorporated into draft NPRM DONE 2/17/2015 NPRM published in Federal Register DONE 2/27/2015 NPRM comment period DONE 5/28/2015 Board approves draft rule text DONE 9/14/2016 Rule submitted to OIRA for review DONE 10/24/2016 OIRA… Read More

Join SSB at Accessing Higher Ground This Month!

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We are looking forward to presenting for a fourth year at this month’s 19th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference (AHG) November 14-18th in Westminster, CO. AHG focuses on the implementation and benefits of Accessible Media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting. Other topic areas cover legal and policy issues, including ADA and Section 508 compliance. The creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources are a particular focus of the event. If you’re attending AHG, be sure stop by our booth (#10) to: Learn which laws and… Read More

SSB CEO Tim Springer at Future Accessibility Summit in Dubai

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SSB BART Group (SSB) CEO Tim Springer recently returned from a trip to Dubai to present at the Future Accessibility Summit. This summit supports His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s initiative to have Dubai become an inclusive and accessible city by 2020. The Emirate of Dubai issued Law No. (2) of 2014 which protects the rights of persons with disabilities. In April 2016, a project was announced to ensure all new buildings and public spaces are accessible and that existing facilities are retrofitted for improved accessibility. Of course, physical access must be accompanied by digital access. One of the… Read More

SSB BART Group Acquires Evaluera Ltd

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Expanding SSB BART Group’s Reach to the United Kingdom and EU Vienna, Virginia – [October 17, 2016] – SSB BART Group (SSB), the leader in digital accessibility in the United States announces the acquisition of Evaluera Ltd, a UK-based digital accessibility company. SSB brings 20 years of experience in the digital accessibility space in the U.S. with a robust client roster that includes government agencies and higher education, as well as some of the world’s best-known brands in banking, telecommunications, healthcare, software and retail. SSB’s Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) is a cloud-based, scalable SaaS that allows companies to manage accessibility across the… Read More

Beautiful, Accessible UX: SSB Presents at Accessibility Camp Bay Area

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Websites can be both beautiful and accessible, but it takes teamwork to make it happen. Learn technical tricks as well as process solutions for making designs that work for every user at a talk by SSB Accessibility Services Team Lead, Mitchell Evan. Mitchell has twenty years of experience leading collaborative teams and is passionate about building interactive web content that is as beautiful as it is accessible. He was a top-rated presenter at CSUN and was selected for the Best of CSUN 2015. His talk will explore accessibility at the intersection of visual design and front-end development. Why do some… Read More

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act – Privacy Considerations

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This is the fifth and final article in a five-part series on accessibility and the Affordable Care Act. Please click here for parts one, two, three and four.  In responding to the most recent draft of the Section 1557 regulations, a variety of commenters noted that there were many accessibility issues associated with covered programs and services that also touched on patient confidentiality and privacy. For example: A blind patient is asked to complete required new patient documentation for their doctor. That documentation is inaccessible. Visual assistance is provided by a third party (nurse, friend, administrator) who helps the patient complete the forms. When… Read More

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act – Technical Standards

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This is the fourth article in a five-part series on accessibility and the Affordable Care Act. Please click here for parts one, two, three and five.  The Section 1557 regulations do not require conformance to a specific standard such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA requirements. HHS contemplated doing so in the creation of the regulation but “OCR has decided not to adopt specific accessibility standards at this time” (81 FR 31426). While the HHS does not require conformance to a particular set of standards, the office “strongly encourages covered entities that offer health programs and activities through electronic and information technology to… Read More

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act – Systems Covered

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This is the third article in a five-part series on accessibility and the Affordable Care Act. Please click here for parts one, two, four and five.  Section 1557 requires covered entities to make all health programs and activities provided through electronic and information technology accessible. This requirement is wide ranging and broadly relates to any aspects of the health care program or service provided in a digital form. This would include: Access to an online appointment system Accessible electronic billing and statements Comparison of health plans offered through a health insurance marketplace Information on the specific plan and benefits provided It is important to note that OCR… Read More

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act – Implementing Accessibility Regulations

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This is the second article in a five-part series on accessibility and the Affordable Care Act. Please click here for parts one, three, four and five.  The section “Accessibility of electronic and information technology” (45 CFR § 92.204) contains the implementing regulations for Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. The rule provides for broad protection for individuals with disabilities and requires covered entities to make all programs and activities provided through digital channels to be accessible. The first requirement—paragraph (a)—defines the core of the regulation which requires that “health programs or activities provided through electronic and information technology are accessible to individuals with disabilities.” Paragraph (b)… Read More

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