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Traveling with Disabilities: Ground Transportation, Hotels, & Entertainment

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In our final installment of this series on digital accessibility for the travel and hospitality industry, we look at ground transportation, hotels, and entertainment. Please click here for Part One and Part Two. Ground Transportation Booking rental cars, taxis, ride shares, trains, and busses come with many of the same difficulties as booking air travel: Websites or apps that do not work with screen readers Important information written on images (and missing alt text) Date picker fields that are not accessible without using a mouse PDF schedules that are not tagged properly Physical accessibility information not listed on the website… Read More

Getting There and Back Again: Air Travel for People with Disabilities

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When booking air or ground transportation, travelers with disabilities come across myriad problems. Today, we’ll look at the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and the important functions of the air travel experience that should be accessible to all travelers, regardless of disability. Air Travel & the ACAA Requirements Website accessibility requirements are in effect for airlines operating flights within or to the U.S. or selling tickets to the U.S. public. Under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), these airlines are required to ensure that the public-facing content of their websites conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level… Read More

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Today, people from around the world are celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a community-driven effort to raise awareness and discussion about digital accessibility. GAAD was created in 2011 to get people talking, thinking, and learning about the importance of digital accessibility for users with disabilities. GAAD was inspired by a blog post by co-founder Joe Devon, who noticed that web developers were not doing enough to make websites and mobile apps accessible. There are public events to celebrate GAAD in 18 countries on six continents, including 16 in the United States and six in Canada. Even if there is not a… Read More

Complex Cooking Is Now Accessible for the Blind Using Bluetooth

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Typically I’m well known for ripping products apart, but not really for endorsing a product due to the amazing level of its accessibility. Since this subject is so important though, I thought this would be a needed exception. It’s called the Bluetooth Enabled Instant Pot. First, food is one of those things that is so obviously, part of our daily existence that we overlook certain aspects of it regularly. We need it to survive, therefore cooking is an activity that is a critical part of our lives in one way or another. This also presents important challenges for people with… Read More

Assistive Technology for Users with Mobility Disabilities: Android Switch Access

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Welcome to the final post in this short series on assistive technology for users with mobility disabilities. Today, we focus on Android Switch Access. For the previous posts, please follow these links for “Computer and Mobile Phone Access for People with Mobility Disabilities” and “Assistive Technology for Users with Mobility Disabilities: iOS Switch Control.” Android’s Switch Access (Android 5 and higher) can be used with a variety of Bluetooth switches and Bluetooth keyboards. This accessibility feature allows people with significant motor disabilities to operate the device without using the touchscreen. The Android Switch Access’s purpose is to provide input and access to interactive… Read More

Assistive Technology for Users with Mobility Disabilities: iOS Switch Control

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The iOS Switch Control accessibility feature is built-in to iOS and can be used with a variety of Bluetooth switches, Bluetooth keyboards, and the iOS device’s screen. This accessibility feature allows people with significant motor disabilities to operate their iOS device. The iOS Switch Control has two modes that the user can use: item scanning and point scanning. Item scanning scans through all the elements on the page. Sometimes elements are grouped together (for example: a drop-down menu), and by selecting the group of elements, the scan mode will drill down and start scanning the individual elements in that group…. Read More

Computer and Mobile Phone Access for People with Mobility Disabilities

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Users with mobility disabilities access computers and mobile phones in an array of ways. These users include people who use wheelchairs, people with limited manual dexterity, and those with limited reach and strength. It is important to note that the baby boomer generation is starting to show age-related disabilities, including but not limited to arthritis, which can make it quite difficult and painful for them to use technology. Today, I’ll offer an introduction to the ways these users access technology, and in future articles I will go into more depth on some of these technologies. To begin, we’ll focus on… Read More

Mobile Browser Support for ARIA Roles, States, and Properties

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Last month I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the 1st Annual IAAP Access 2015 Conference, including a session I presented on the current state of mobile browser support for ARIA.  After the session a number of people asked me to share the test results and related content which I am outlining in this post. What Was Tested? Thirty different ARIA roles (landmarks and widgets) with key aria properties (e.g. aria-expanded, aria-checked, etc.) were tested with: VoiceOver on iOS 9.1, 8.4.1, and 8.1.3 Talkback 3.6.03/4.31 on Android 5.0.2/6.0 Firefox 36.0/41.0.2 Chrome 40.0.22/46.0.24… Windows Phone 8.1 IE browser (WP8.1) /Windows 10… Read More

Designing Mobile Apps for Use by People with Cognitive Disabilities

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Introduction This post is based on a panel presentation that I gave at the 2015 M-Enabling Summit in Washington DC on June 2nd. The goal of my presentation was to raise awareness of issues regarding mobile app design and users with cognitive disabilities. Several people at the presentation commented that the issues described would benefit all users — that is true and a good reason to implement design patterns that support access by the widest range of people. One distinction that must be made though is that while these may be usability issues for all users, when an issue creates… Read More

M-Enabling Highlights Forward Thinking Innovation to Benefit All Users

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As someone fairly new to the digital accessibility industry, it was a great learning experience to be able to attend the 4th Annual M-Enabling Summit last week.  I was amazed to see how forward thinking innovations like Wearables and the Internet of Things are being used by people across all abilities.  There’s no surprise why large companies like IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon were in attendance along with progressive disruptive newcomers like Uber.  The M-Enabling Summit offers a snapshot in time of where technology is headed for the masses.  It is important to understand that many accessibility technologies often lead to mainstream… Read More

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