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 article in a five part series on accessibility and the Affordable Care Act. 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 this occurs, the blind person is “is… 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. 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 consider such standards… 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. 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 very clearly does… 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. Read the first article here if you missed it. 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… Read More

Section 508 Refresh Webinar – Q&A

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This post includes my responses to all of the questions posed in last week’s webinar: Section 508 Refresh – Understanding the New Requirements.  For more information on this topic, you can access the webinar slides, transcript, and recorded presentation at, or check out my Section 508 Refresh Series on the blog. With the Refresh, are there any expected changes to the bi-annual OMB reporting? The Department of Justice is mandated to survey and create a biennial report to congress and to the President of the United States on the implementation of Section 508.  There is a long history of this not occurring consistently. … Read More

US Access Board Approves Final Section 508 Rule – Sends to OMB For Last Review

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Today at the US Access Board’s meeting in Washington DC, the Board voted to approve and forward the final rule text and preamble of the ICT Standards and Guidelines (aka the Section 508 Refresh) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review prior to publishing in the Federal Register. The vote gives OMB staff authority to make non-substantive changes. In addition, the final regulatory assessment will be forwarded to all Board members once it has been received.  Health and Human Services was the only Board member to abstain from voting, all others voted yes to the rulemaking…. Read More

Accessibility Considerations for Localization

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Localization is the process of translating a product into different languages or adapting a product for a specific country or region.   When localization is performed on web content, information such as alternatives used by people with disabilities may inadvertently be overlooked.  When pages are localized, language teams often update strings of content and view the visual changes on the web page.  Some accessibility information is not visible on a web page but still must be localized, e.g. alternative text for images and text positioned off-screen for screen readers. Localization teams need procedures and tools to help them find this accessibility… Read More

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