• Example sets of radio buttons and checkboxes

    Standard HTML radio buttons and checkboxes are often some of the most difficult controls to customize for visual appearance. Authors often resort to alternative methods to implementing these controls rendering them inaccessible to people with disabilities.   Relevant accessibility standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 SC 4.1.2 and Section 508 1194.22 paragraph …Read more

  • CSUN Conference Logo

    Recently I had the pleasure and privilege of attending my first Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities conference, commonly referred to as CSUN. CSUN is a fabulous opportunity to learn from, network with and engage other practitioners in the accessibility and assistive technology fields. I had a wonderful time connecting with friends – both …Read more

  • AT&T, Accessibility and You – How They Do It At T

    Posted by Timothy Stephen Springer on March 31, 2015

    Mobile phone with at&t logo displayed on screen

    At CSUN this year I had the pleasure of attending a talk titled “Ensuring Accessibility is Considered Throughout the Lifecycle” by Oleg Vasilyev and William Lawrence of AT&T.  (Apologies, guys, I know I didn’t get the talk title quite right.)  Oleg and William discussed AT&T’s Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO) and the leading efforts of …Read more

  • EEOC Twitter Chat This Thursday on Section 508 Implementation

    Posted by Kim Phillips on March 30, 2015

    U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission seal

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a live Twitter chat on Thursday, April 2 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (EDT) to discuss the impact of technology on federal employees with disabilities.    Federal employees and members of the public are encouraged to participate by submitting questions and comments using the hashtag #5084FEDs.   The EEOC …Read more

  • If Everything is Urgent, Nothing is Urgent

    Posted by Jason Megginson on March 25, 2015

    Screenshot of AMP Audit Report Violation Notes

    AT CSUN 2015 I had the pleasure of attending many great sessions. As an Accessibility Consultant myself, a quote from the session titled “Targeting an Exceptional Online Shopping Experience” really resonated with me; “if everything is urgent, nothing is urgent”.  Accessibility Consultants for Target.com presented a mature testing and development approach to digital accessibility within …Read more

  • Jonathan Avila

    Next week SSB’s Chief Accessibility Officer Jonathan Avila will present a webinar for The Great Lakes ADA Center as part of their Accessible Technology Online Webinar Series. On Thursday, March 19th Jonathan will present: What is Speech Recognition Software, How is It Used, and What You Should Know When Authoring Web Content. This presentation will …Read more

  • AMP for Mobile Is Here!

    Posted by Kim Phillips on March 6, 2015

    Smart phone surrounded by icons representing different types of apps

    We’re pleased to announce the launch of Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) for Mobile, SSB’s automated testing engine for native mobile applications (iOS and Android) and mobile web content.  Designed in collaboration with IBM, the new mobile testing engine is seamlessly integrated within the Accessibility Management Platform (AMP), adding the ability to perform on-device automated testing of mobile systems …Read more

  • U.S. Access Board Logo

    On February 18, the U.S. Access Board released the proposed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines that would update the standards for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communications Act for public comment. This is a continuation of the process to update these standards (see the Section 508 category on the …Read more

  • Sam Joehl

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice this week announcing the membership of its new Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) .  We’re excited to announce that SSB’s own Sam Joehl was appointed to the committee, which will provide advice and recommendations on a wide array of disability matters  and facilitate the participation of people with …Read more

  • There’s No Such Thing as a Spare American

    Posted by Timothy Stephen Springer on February 10, 2015

    The White House logo

    Last week I had the honor of being invited to the White House to participate in the Summit on Disability and Employment.  The Summit brought together a mix of public sector, private sector and non-profit participants to share information and brainstorm on ways to make an impact on the high unemployment rate of individuals with …Read more

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