In this year’s installment of our popular Digital Accessibility Trends series, SSB’s CEO Tim Springer shared key digital accessibility trends and developments, and discussed the current state and projections for:
- The Market
- Laws and Regulations
You might think your website is accessible… but did you remember your documents? From Word docs and PDFs to spreadsheets and slide decks, they all need to be accessible. But where do you even start?
SSB BART Group CEO Tim Springer and OpenText VP Steve Jones share key trends and developments in digital accessibility and electronic documents including:
- Just who are we talking about when we say “persons with disabilities?” (hint: the answer is actually a lot broader than you’d imagine… and it’s about to get bigger)
- The rising growth of mobile – is it helping or hindering digital accessibility?
- Drowning in the alphabet soup of laws and regulations? We’ll spoon up exactly what’s relevant including upcoming changes you can start planning for now and how they will affect electronic document accessibility requirements.
- How assistive technology (AT) “reads” digital content and what the current trends are in free vs. costed AT.
- Strategies for document accessibility – what to do whether you have a mountain of old documents or a steady stream of new documents being created by many different people in and out of your organization.
If your organization makes hardware that includes the capability (directly or through apps) to receive, playback, or record video programming or has two-way communication features such as email, browsers, VOIP calling, text messaging, or video conferencing, you need to be well-versed in the requirements of the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), the Communications Act, and other accessibility requirements. Whether you make mobile phones, laptops, or TVs accessibility requirements apply based on the capabilities in your products, do you know what specific accessibility regulations must be met, how to verify them, and what records to keep?
Introduction to the DAMM Audit, which provides benchmark ratings of an organization’s current accessibility program, identifies strengths and weaknesses, reveals development/acquisition risks, and determines overall accessibility capability and maturity level ratings
In-depth review of the three dimensions of DAMM-HR: The Recruiting and Job Applications Dimension which measures the maturity of the recruiting and job application process as it pertains to people with disabilities; the Reasonable Accommodations Dimension which measures the extent to which the organization has a defined process in place for implementing accommodations in the workplace; and the Staff Evaluations Dimension which measures the extent to which the organization has a defined process in place for evaluating staff competencies with respect to accessibility.
Digital Accessibility Maturity Model (DAMM) Series - #4: Testing & Validation, Support & Documentation, Procurement and Training Dimensions
In depth review of the Testing and Validation Dimension measuring the degree of maturity associated with testing process and approaches; the Support and Documentation Dimension measuring the degree of maturity with which an organization provides accessible support services and documentation; the Training Dimension measuring degree of maturity the organization has in providing all impacted roles appropriate and effective training; and the Procurement Dimension measuring the degree of maturity associated with including accessibility considerations in procurement and vendor management activities.
Digital Accessibility Maturity Model (DAMM) Series - #3: Regulatory, Fiscal Management and Development Lifecycle Dimensions
In depth review of the Regulatory Dimension which measures the maturity of documentation required by statute, regulation, or is part of a settlement agreement, consent decree, or other legal proceeding; the Fiscal Management Dimension which measures maturity in analyzing and implementing accessibility investments; and the Development Lifecycle Dimension which measures the extent to which accessibility is included and defined in development lifecycle activities.
Digital Accessibility Maturity Model (DAMM) Series - #2: GRC, Communications and Policy/Standards Dimensions
In the 2nd webinar in the DAMM Series, Policy Analyst Sheri Byrne-Haber shares an in depth review of the Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance Dimension (GRC) which measures the extent to which accessibility implementations are actively evaluated, monitored, and validated in the component lifecycle; the Communications Dimension which measures the level of maturity in communicating digital accessibility program activities; and the Policy and Standards Dimension which measures the extent to which an organization has policies and technical standards governing digital accessibility.
An introduction to the core concepts and basic vocabulary of the Digital Accessibility Maturity Model, including Capability Maturity Models, dimensions, artifacts, aspects, and levels, plus a high level introduction to the 10 core DAMM dimensions and 3 DAMM-HR dimensions.
Additional Accessibility Topics - Making Valid Compliance Claims – VPATs, GPATs, Conformance Claims and More!
Methods and techniques for developing valid, defensible claims of accessibility compliance in public sector procurements, including VPATs and GPATs.