Think twice before sending that Microsoft Word document

The world is full of text based information. Text comes in many forms; as brief text messages through to multi volume reports. Microsoft Word is the software many people in government and industry create the content,  but that doesn't mean a Microsoft Word document is necessarily the best way to share it. If your writing is a brief piece of text, maybe only a couple paragraphs … Continue reading Think twice before sending that Microsoft Word document

Why is Web accessibility important?

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. "More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. It encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological … Continue reading Why is Web accessibility important?

What is Assistive Technology?

According to the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, assistive technology (also called adaptive technology or abbreviated as AT) refers to any "product, device, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." Examples can include: Wheelchairs Hearing aids Computer software and hardware, … Continue reading What is Assistive Technology?

What is Section 508 and why is it important?

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require Federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. This is known as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. On January 18, 2017 a final rule was issued that updates accessibility requirements for … Continue reading What is Section 508 and why is it important?