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EU Directive 2016/2102/EU: What is Covered?

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European Union Directive 2016/2102/EU, creating a set of standards for EU public sector bodies, was approved on October 26, 2016. But what exactly is covered under the Directive? Let’s talk about what is covered as well as some notable exclusions from the Directive. What is Covered? The Directive applies to websites and mobile applications under the control of public sector bodies. Public sector bodies are defined in the Directive as bodies governed by public law, including State, regional, and local authorities. Public sector bodies also include associations formed by those authorities, if the associations are formed for fulfilling general interest… 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

Join SSB BART Group at CSUN 2017!

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Are you heading to San Diego for CSUN? Want to hear about all the great things that SSB BART Group is doing? Or how you can become a member of our dynamic team of accessibility experts? As always, SSB has a full slate of presentations and events on tap for CSUN this year outlined below. And new this year, we’ll be featuring an adaptable gaming table in the SSB Suite – come explore new worlds and defeat the deadliest of opponents while using the latest adaptive gaming controllers! Want to learn why SSB is such a great place to work? Working at SSB allows you to give back to society AND… Read More

SSB’s Sam Joehl Appointed Co-Chair of FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice this week announcing the membership of the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) for the 2017-2019 term. We’re excited to announce that SSB BART Group’s own Sam Joehl will serve as co-chair of the committee, along with Lise Hamlin of Hearing Loss Association of America. Sam was first appointed to the DAC when it was formed in 2015. The DAC provides advice and recommendations on a wide array of disability matters and facilitates the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the FCC. The DAC is organized and operated in accordance with… Read More

Click here for great job opportunities!

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Are you interested in working for a company that provides you a chance to grow professionally, give back to society and make money doing it?  SSB BART Group may be the right fit for you! SSB helps companies design and enhance their digital systems – including web sites, web applications, software, hardware, and services – so they are usable by people with disabilities. In the same way that buildings must conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) modern web sites, applications and mobile systems must be accessible to people with disabilities or face legal liability. SSB enables organizations to address these… Read More

The Path to Digital Accessibility for Healthcare Organizations

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Where do you even start when it comes to digital accessibility? It’s often helpful to look at the result and work backward, so let’s look at the results of structured negotiation by a large insurance provider as an example of what accessibility entails. WCAG 2.0 Level AA Standards The organization will consider their web content accessible if it meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 Level AA. Their content is tested during production and then monitored regularly to ensure compliance and usability. WCAG 2.0 Level AA concepts include: Ensure that a page is designed so it can be… Read More

EU Directive 2016/2102/EU: The Private Sector

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European Union Directive 2016/2102/EU, creating a set of standards for EU public sector bodies, was approved on October 26, 2016. The Directive explicitly affects public sector bodies, but the private sector may also be impacted by the Directive. The Directive encourages Member States to extend the Directive to private entities that offer facilities and services which are open or provided to the public. Some examples of industries that provide services to the public include: healthcare; childcare; social inclusion; social security; and electronic communication. The Directive also calls attention to services referred to in Directive 2014/25/EU, which creates standardized procurement rules… 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

Accessibility Legislation in the Healthcare Industry: Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

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Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Section 1557 is not intended to stand alone but works in conjunction with other Federal anti-discrimination and civil rights legislation. Specifically, the law reiterates the prohibitions for discrimination already present in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. To that extent, it can be argued that everything covered under Section 1557 is already covered under current laws. We did an extensive series about Section 1557 in late 2016, which… Read More

The Impact of Trump’s Executive Order on Web Accessibility

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On January 30, President Trump signed an executive order to curtail regulations and the cost associated with them. One of the notable provisions in the executive order mandates “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination.” The executive order will have significant impact on digital accessibility. As a recent post on Seyfarth Shaw’s ADA Title III blog points out, new Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations for public accommodation websites, originally anticipated for 2018, will likely be stalled. We concur with Seyfarth Shaw’s assessment that the lack of clear guidelines for public accommodation websites… Read More

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