The Air Carrier Access Act: Kiosk Requirements

April 24th, 2014

This is the 3rd post in a 4-part series on the ACAA
Automated kiosks operated by carriers at airports must be accessible to people with disabilities. The regulations require that 25% of kiosks installed after December 12, 2016 be accessible to people with disabilities and that 25% of all kiosks be accessible by December 12, 2022.
The accessibility standards for automated airport kiosks are based on the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Section 707, Automatic Teller Machines and Fare Machines 2010 ADA [...]

Section 508 Refresh Timing – A brief update

April 22nd, 2014

Since I had a chance to write an associate today about updated 508 Refresh timing I thought I would share an update on the current track:
The Access Board recently submitted to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) the Draft NPRM for Section 508.  That submission occurred on February 23rd, 2014.   OIRA has 90 days to review the proposed regulation and then approve or reject it.  While possible, we deem it highly unlikely that OIRA will reject the NPRM [...]

Section 508 Trusted Tester Certification

April 17th, 2014

SSB is proud to announce that two team members, Chief Accessibility Officer Jonathan Avila and QA Engineer Michael Ohm, have received their Section 508 Trusted Tester Certification from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Accessible Systems & Technology (OAST).
What is a Trusted Tester?
In an effort to standardize their approach to Section 508 agency wide, DHS created the Trusted Tester program to certify employees to evaluate software and web applications for Section 508 compliance. After passing the Trusted Tester Certification exam, [...]

The Air Carrier Access Act: Website Requirements

April 15th, 2014

This is the 2nd entry in a 4-part series on the ACAA
U.S. and foreign air carriers operating flights to or selling tickets to the U.S. public are required to ensure that the public-facing content of websites that they own or control conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and Level AA. The requirements apply to both U.S. air carriers’ public-facing pages and foreign carriers’ public-facing pages that are used to advertise or sell to the U.S. [...]

The Air Carrier Access Act: Overview

April 9th, 2014

This is the first in a four part series on the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA)
The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in air travel and requires air carriers to accommodate the needs of passengers with disabilities. In March 1990, the Department of Transportation (DoT) issued a rule defining the rights of passengers and the obligations of air carriers as a direct result of this law. On November 12, 2013 the DoT [...]

Is the Alt Attribute Dead?

April 8th, 2014

In March 2014 the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group (WG) published several new ARIA techniques for WCAG 2 and updated several failure techniques. A primary change is the allowance of new methods other than the alt attribute for non-text elements (e.g. images). This post serves to describe the change in position, its roots, and implications for use.
A New sufficient technique to promote ARIA for elements that don’t support alt
The sufficient technique ARIA10 was created to provide an example [...]

Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Screen Reader Language Support

April 4th, 2014

In this week’s featured video in our Web Accessibility 101 Series, Senior Accessibility Consultant Thomas Logan demonstrates the screen reader language support feature in JAWS and the importance of proper page markup for this feature to function properly.
Be sure to check out SSB’s YouTube Channel for more videos in this series!

AMP Spring 2014 is Here!

April 3rd, 2014

News from the Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) Product Team:
SSB BART Group is pleased to announce the launch of The Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) Spring 2014 release.
This release will occur end of day, April 09, 2014, and all AMP users will be automatically upgraded to the latest version of AMP. If your organization has an individual instance of AMP such as or is currently self-hosting AMP, your AMP administrator will be contacted in order to schedule an upgrade to [...]

Controlling the Computer in the Air

April 1st, 2014

The Leap Motion 3D controller is an emerging technology that may soon change how we interface with our computers. The Leap Motion controller allows users to control their computer in a way that is similar to the Kinect for the Xbox, by controlling their computer’s mouse pointer with gestures in the air above the device. The controller can be used as an alternative to other mouse inputs. At this point, the device’s computer control apps still require users to [...]

FCC Recordkeeping Compliance Certification Deadline – April 21st

March 26th, 2014

On March 14, 2014, the FCC released a Public Notice to remind service providers and equipment manufacturers to maintain records of their efforts to make their telecommunications services and equipment, advanced communications services (ACS) and equipment, and Internet browsers built into mobile phones accessible to people with disabilities, as required under Sections 255, 716, and 718 of the Communications Act.
We would like to add our voice to that of the FCC and remind our customers and partners covered by [...]