What is DigitalAccess365 About?

Digital accessibility is my passion and I approach it from both personal and professional perspectives. This blog is dedicated to show-case the importance of inclusive design in technology platforms, softwares, and other IT products for greater digital accessibility.

I am totally blind and have benefited enormously over the two decades from growing trends toward greater digital accessibility. I use assistive technologies of screen readers and other tools to interact with web and non-web documents. This has also empowered me to achieve professional excellence by completing PhD and teaching as a blind professor.

And that’s why I feel blogging about the potential of digital accessibility is very important: to let the world of information technology developers, UX designers, web content creators, policymakers, and even users know that accessibility of IT products and digital content matters.

Then, What is This Blog About?

I will be blogging about different access technologies available to users with varying disabilities and the ways in which they interact with the fast-changing landscape of information technology.

My posts will talk directly about accessibility features of different platforms, such as Mac iOS, Linux, Windows among others, software applications, smart phones with Android and phone operating systems, internet browsers, and other assistive technologies.

The blog will also address the latest changes in accessibility-related policies and technical standards and their effects on accessibility consumers. Consumers are directly affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and the European accessibility laws and will frequently appear in the posts.

These policies and standards also affect IT producers as systems developers, software and application developers, content managers, among others. They further affect the meaning of what it is to be IT professionals in the fast-changing landscape of technology.

You will also read here about the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG2.0) and other technical standards. And not to forget, how to implement those standards with front-end technologies such as HTML and JavaScript.

User experience of persons with disabilities is a critical element of this blog. Voices of accessibility consumers will be loud, and hopefully, clear in my posts.

“When I hit the checkout button on this website to buy laundry soap, the webpage doesn’t move.”

You’re right, because the developer didn’t know or consult anyone about WCAG2.0 SEC 2.1.1 technical guideline and the relevant success criteria that all functionality of the webpage be operable through keyboard interface.

Another: “my online bank account navigations recently went nuts. When I tried paying the credit card balance, it wouldn’t wait until I confirmed the amount. The page changed without my knowledge.”

My developer friends, what happened to SEC 3.3.4 standard that the user control should be implemented in financial and legal context and the associated success criteria?

This is my favorite: the professor tells the students to “go online course website and upload your assignment and read my feedback over there.”

But how would the student with disability know where the upload field is and where to click when the feedback link just doesn’t work with her assistive technology? Aren’t learning management systems in the U.S. supposed to be ADA or Section 508 compliant?

So Then, Who is this Blog for?

This blog is for those concerned with digital accessibility, whether consumers or producers.

Busy IT professionals who want to check out the latest implementation of accessibility standards would be happy that they stopped-by. I hope managers and leadership teams also find this blog equally useful.

Persons with disabilities will also benefit from visiting this blog. Those who love new technologies and their potential to improve their personal or professional lives will be particularly glad to find this resource.

After all, the inclusive design principles and their importance to improve web and software designs to make them accessible to all is one of the main drivers of this blog.

Would You Take Everything I Say at its Face-Value?

Of course not.

If you don’t like what I say, say so.

Use the comment feature of this blog to disagree. Even better, use that feature to agree, I would love it.

And if you want to contribute, I am open to guest posts. Use the contact feature for what it is meant for.

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