Resources


Benefits & Return on Investment (ROI)

  • A Web Designer’s Accessibility Advocacy Toolkit
    Source: Smashing Magazine

    A collection of strategies and selling points to help you encourage and advocate for accessibility in your place of work, including useful scripts you can use as starting points.

    Categories: Benefits & ROI, Resource Tags: Article
  • Diverse Abilities and Barriers
    Source: W3C: Web Accessibility Initiative

    Diverse Abilities and Barriers explores the wide diversity of abilities. It highlights some accessibility barriers that people experience because of inaccessible digital technology. The examples given are not a complete list of all disabilities or barriers.
    From: How People with Disabilities Use the Web

    Categories: Benefits & ROI, Resource Tags: Article
  • How To Make A Strong Case For Accessibility
    Source: Smashing Magazine

    Gaining buy-in for accessibility can be challenging due to common myths and misunderstandings. For many, accessibility remains a big mystery. Here are some practical techniques for winning stakeholder support.

    Categories: Benefits & ROI, Resource Tags: Article
  • Inclusive Design Principles
    Source: Inclusive Design Principles

    Inclusive Design Principles are about putting people first. These principles are intended to give anyone involved in the design and development of websites and applications a broad approach to inclusive design.

    Categories: Benefits & ROI, Resource Tags: Article
  • Stories of Web Users
    Source: W3C: Web Accessibility Initiative

    These user stories represent the experiences of some people with disabilities. They do not address all disabilities or all impacts faced by people with disabilities. These and other disabilities may be present from birth or may develop as a results of an accident, illness, or aging.
    From: How People with Disabilities Use the Web

    Categories: Benefits & ROI, Resource Tags: Article
  • Tools and Techniques
    Source: W3C: Web Accessibility Initiative

    An introduction to some of the tools and techniques that people with disabilities use to interact with digital technology — browser settings, text-to-speech, speech recognition, and many more. The examples given are not a complete list of all the ways that people interact with digital technology.
    From: How People with Disabilities Use the Web

    Categories: Benefits & ROI, Resource Tags: Article
  • Why is Web Accessibility Important?
    Source: TPGi

    Amy Albin (she/her), a member of Vispero’s Human Resources team, an industrial/organizational psychologist and a blind JAWS user, will present reasons for making your software offerings accessible to users with and without disabilities.

    Categories: Benefits & ROI, Resource Tags: Video

Core Concepts

  • A complete guide for content creators to start making accessible content
    Source: Pope Tech

    Learn how to embed web accessibility into your process using WAVE and accessibility basics.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Resource, Tests & Check Lists Tags: Article
  • Accessibility and QR codes
    Source: Terta Logical

    Quick Response (QR) codes are graphics that can be scanned to direct people online to complete an action or find content. This blog post explores considerations and provides guidance for creating accessible experiences with QR codes.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Images, Posters & Infographics, Resource Tags: Article
  • Accessible QR Codes – The Ultimate Guide
    Source: Access Lab

    You may think that QR codes are great for securing your login, or letting users read more online about a product marketed in a news paper ad. But there is a high risk you are creating barriers for people with disabilities, unless you use QR codes correctly. This article is your ultimate guide to accessible QR codes!

    Categories: Core Concepts, Images, Resource Tags: Article
  • Accessible QR Codes – The Ultimate Guide
    Source: Axess Lab

    There is a high risk you are creating barriers for people with disabilities unless you use QR codes correctly. This article is your ultimate guide to accessible QR codes!

    Categories: Core Concepts, Images, Resource Tags: Article
  • ADA Compliance Video Captions For Online Accessibility
    Source: ADA Compliance Firm

    Discover the ADA standards for video captions, including accuracy, completeness, and synchronization.

    Categories: Audio and Video, Captioning, Core Concepts, Multimedia, Resource Tags: Article
  • Alt text decide-o-matic
    Source: Scottish Enterprise Design blog

    This interactive decision tree is based on the W3C’s alt text decision tree.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Images, Resource Tags: Tool
  • Alternative text in the wild: 5 alternative text examples
    Source: Pope Tech

    Writing alternative text seems straightforward – just add a description to an image. In this article, we’ll go through 5 alternative text examples found on real websites. We’ll explain why the example is right or could be better to help you make the best alternative text choices for your own images.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Images, Resource Tags: Article
  • Beginner’s guide to lists and how to make them accessible
    Source: PopeTech

    HTML lists are just lists that have the correct HTML behind them. When the HTML is correct, screen readers can navigate and read the list more easily. When writing content, lists group together related pieces of information.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Lists, Resource Tags: Article
  • Contrast Checker
    Source: WebAIM

    Check the foreground and background color using the hexadecimal format. Plus, use the Alpha value for transparency and the Luminance slider for perceived lightness.

    Categories: Color & Color Contrast, Core Concepts, Resource, Tools Tags: Tool
  • Everything to Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Video Compliance
    Source: 3PlayMedia

    In this blog, we’ll give you a high-level overview of the ADA, explore how Titles II and III of the ADA apply to web accessibility, learn what the DOJ’s new rule means, and share tips for making your videos accessible and ADA-compliant.

    Categories: Audio and Video, Audio Description, Captioning, Core Concepts, Multimedia, Multimedia Related, Resource Tags: Article
  • Foundations: lists
    Source: Tetra Logical

    A list is generally agreed to be a series of words or phrases that are grouped together for a reason. That reason might be to remember the items we want from the store, to share our top five favorite movies, or to write down the steps needed to complete a task.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Lists, Resource Tags: Article
  • How to Write Alt Text for GIFs
    Source: Veroniiiica (Veronica with Four Eyes)

    Tips for writing alternative text for gifs.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Images, Resource, Social Media Tags: Article
  • How to write text descriptions (alt text) in BBC News articles
    Source: BBC: Global Experience Language

    This guidance is for staff who use digital images when creating content for BBC News.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Images, Resource Tags: Article
  • Intro to colour contrast
    Source: Design Good Practices

    Colour contrast makes a big part of the user experience for all users. Accessibility guidelines however, are not always easy to follow. In this article we will see how to meet the requirements with practical examples.

    Categories: Color & Color Contrast, Core Concepts, Resource Tags: Article
  • My Approach to Alt Text
    Source: Adrian Roselli

    An approach to writing alternative text for images. Writing alternative text is not a technical exercise (at least, not beyond basic WCAG conformance); it is copywriting tailored to your audience and constraints.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Images, Resource Tags: Article
  • The Impact of Color Contrast on Accessibility
    Source: BarrierBreak

    In this blog, we will explore the impact of color contrast on accessibility and why it is essential for creating an inclusive digital experiences. Before we delve in, let’s understand what color contrast is along with accessibility requirements.

    Categories: Color & Color Contrast, Core Concepts, Resource Tags: Article
  • What alternative text is, when to use it, and how to write great alt text
    Source: Pope Tech

    Alternative text describes an image for users with visual disabilities. Every image needs an HTML alt attribute even if it’s empty, but not every image needs alternative text.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Images, Resource Tags: Article
  • What Is 99% Accuracy, Really? Why Caption Quality Matters
    Source: 3PlayMedia

    Accuracy is a critical aspect of the captioning process. Not only do accurate captions create an equal viewing experience for viewers who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, but they also ensure your organization is in compliance with major accessibility laws.

    Categories: Audio and Video, Captioning, Core Concepts, Multimedia, Resource Tags: Article

Documents

  • Accessibility and QR codes
    Source: Terta Logical

    Quick Response (QR) codes are graphics that can be scanned to direct people online to complete an action or find content. This blog post explores considerations and provides guidance for creating accessible experiences with QR codes.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Images, Posters & Infographics, Resource Tags: Article
  • Accessible PowerPoints
    Source: Greate Lakes ADA Center

    Learn about creating accessible PowerPoint presentations that ensure information is accessible to individuals of all abilities

    Categories: Documents & Presentations, PowerPoint, Resource Tags: Video
  • Accessible Word Documents
    Source: Great Lakes ADA Center

    This presentation explores the key principles, techniques, and tools needed to make your documents accessible to all.

    Categories: Documents & Presentations, Resource, Word Tags: Video
  • Creating Accessible and Inclusive Presentations
    Source: Accessibility Talks

    The presentation covers accessibility definitions, standards, and guidelines and then shares practical tips and examples to help make presentation slide decks and presentations more accessible.

    Categories: Documents & Presentations, PowerPoint, Presentations, Resource Tags: Video
  • How to check and fix PDF accessibility issues
    Source: PopeTech

    To check and fix PDF accessibility issues, you’ll need certain knowledge and tools. A common software is Adobe Acrobat Pro, which has all the tools needed to make a PDF accessible. In this article, we’ll review the tools and steps you can take with Adobe Acrobat Pro to check and fix PDF accessibility issues.

    Categories: Documents & Presentations, PDF, Resource Tags: Article
  • Why GOV.UK content should be published in HTML and not PDF
    Source: GOV.UK: Government Digital Service

    PDFs are harder to find, use, and maintain. More importantly, unless created with sufficient care PDFs can often be bad for accessibility and rarely comply with open standards.

    Categories: Documents & Presentations, PDF, Resource Tags: Article
  • Word and PowerPoint Accessibility Evaluation Guide
    Source: WebAIM

    A guide to automated and manual checks for Word and PowerPoint. 

    Categories: Documents & Presentations, PowerPoint, Resource, Word Tags: Video
  • Your eight-step PDF accessibility checklist
    Source: Deque

    In this article, you’ll get a brief overview of what PDF accessibility is and why it’s so important. We’ll also provide you with an easy, eight-step checklist that you can use to help ensure your PDFs are fully accessible.

    Categories: Documents & Presentations, PDF, Resource Tags: Article

E-Learning & Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

  • Canvas’s Built-in Accessibility Checker Demo (Video)
    Source: Pope Tech

    A demonstration of Canvas’s Accessibility Checker.

    Categories: E-Learning & UDL, Resource, Tests & Check Lists Tags: Video
  • How to create accessible Canvas courses
    Source: Pope Tech

    Using accessibility design strategies when creating or updating Canvas courses means all your students have equal access to learning materials and resources. It removes barriers and frustration for students with disabilities letting them navigate and use your course.

    Categories: E-Learning & UDL, Resource Tags: Article
  • Making Math Accessible
    Source: TPGi

    When creating math content for digital consumption, the information, structure, and relationships that are conveyed visually need to be programmatically determinable.

    Categories: E-Learning & UDL, Resource Tags: Article

Mobile App

Mobile Device

Multimedia

  • A complete guide for adding captions to YouTube videos
    Source: Pope Tech

    This article reviews how to add captions to YouTube videos plus other helpful caption information including: why captions are important according to the numbers, options for adding captions to YouTube videos, tips for writing good captions, and when to consider using a 3rd party captioning service.

    Categories: Captioning, Resource Tags: Video
  • ADA Compliance Video Captions For Online Accessibility
    Source: ADA Compliance Firm

    Discover the ADA standards for video captions, including accuracy, completeness, and synchronization.

    Categories: Audio and Video, Captioning, Core Concepts, Multimedia, Resource Tags: Article
  • Everything to Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Video Compliance
    Source: 3PlayMedia

    In this blog, we’ll give you a high-level overview of the ADA, explore how Titles II and III of the ADA apply to web accessibility, learn what the DOJ’s new rule means, and share tips for making your videos accessible and ADA-compliant.

    Categories: Audio and Video, Audio Description, Captioning, Core Concepts, Multimedia, Multimedia Related, Resource Tags: Article
  • How to create audio descriptions for accessible YouTube videos
    Source: PopeTech

    An audio description is narration that describes what’s happening on-screen. They’re important because users with visual and cognitive disabilities need the audio description to understand the visual content.

    Categories: Audio Description, Multimedia, Resource Tags: Article
  • The Complete Guide to Captioned Videos
    Source: Meryl.net

    7 Reasons Why You Want to Caption Your Videos and Caption10 Guidelines: Create Great Captioned Videos

    Categories: Captioning, Multimedia, Resource Tags: Article
  • The Ultimate Guide to Audio Description
    Source: 3PlayMedia

    This guide includes just about everything there is to know about audio description. From laws, to best practices, to pricing it’s all here. Let’s get describing.

    Categories: Audio Description, Multimedia, Resource Tags: Article
  • What Is 99% Accuracy, Really? Why Caption Quality Matters
    Source: 3PlayMedia

    Accuracy is a critical aspect of the captioning process. Not only do accurate captions create an equal viewing experience for viewers who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, but they also ensure your organization is in compliance with major accessibility laws.

    Categories: Audio and Video, Captioning, Core Concepts, Multimedia, Resource Tags: Article

News & Updates

Social Media

  • AFB’s Social Media Accessibility Guidelines
    Source: American Foundation for the Blind

    Follow the guidelines so that your social media content will be available to everyone, including people who are blind, deaf, hard of hearing, or low vision.

    Categories: Resource, Social Media Tags: Article
  • Create Accessible Video, Audio and Social Media
    Source: Section508.gov

    Learn how to create accessible video, audio, social media posts that conform to the Revised 508 Standards.

    Categories: Resource, Social Media Tags: Article
  • Federal Social Media Accessibility Toolkit Hackpad
    Source: Digital.gov

    Improving the accessibility of social media for public service.

    Categories: Resource, Social Media Tags: Article
  • How to be more accessible on social media
    Source: Siteimprove

    The challenge with social media is that most platforms are not fully accessible. While you can’t improve the accessibility of the platforms, you can follow the principles of inclusive design and provide everyone with equal access to your content.

    Categories: Resource, Social Media Tags: Article
  • How to Write Alt Text for GIFs
    Source: Veroniiiica (Veronica with Four Eyes)

    Tips for writing alternative text for gifs.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Images, Resource, Social Media Tags: Article
  • Social Media Accessibility: Inclusive Design Tips for 2024
    Source: Hootsuite

    Inclusive design may seem like the domain of UX designers and web developers. But social media marketers should practice it, too.

    Categories: Resource, Social Media Tags: Article

Tests & Check Lists

  • A beginner’s guide to manual accessibility testing
    Source: Pope Tech

    Manual and automated accessibility testing work together to find accessibility issues. Different types of manual testing are keyboard, screen reader, and zoom testing.

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists, Tools Tags: Article
  • A Brief Introduction to Keyboard Accessibility
    Source: AFixt

    Keyboard accessibility is essential for ensuring that users can interact with digital content without being limited by the type of input device they use. This includes users with physical disabilities, visual impairments, and other conditions that make using a mouse difficult or impossible.

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists, Tools Tags: Article
  • A complete guide for content creators to start making accessible content
    Source: Pope Tech

    Learn how to embed web accessibility into your process using WAVE and accessibility basics.

    Categories: Core Concepts, Resource, Tests & Check Lists Tags: Article
  • Accessibility Testing with the NVDA Screenreader
    Source: Deque

    This is a guide for developers on how to install and configure the NVDA screen reader for Windows for accessibility testing.

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists, Tools Tags: Video
  • Canvas’s Built-in Accessibility Checker Demo (Video)
    Source: Pope Tech

    A demonstration of Canvas’s Accessibility Checker.

    Categories: E-Learning & UDL, Resource, Tests & Check Lists Tags: Video
  • Getting started with NVDA screen reader for Windows
    Source: Pope Tech

    Learn how to download and set up NVDA screen reader. We’ll also go over keyboard shortcuts for navigating and reading content with NVDA.

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists, Tools Tags: Video
  • How screen readers read special characters: an update
    Source: Eleven Ways

    Screen readers interpret what is on the screen. They can read most text easily and accurately, but how do they handle special punctuation and characters? Let’s find out!

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists Tags: Article
  • NVDA Keyboard Shortcuts
    Source: Deque

    Shortcuts for NVDA.

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists, Tools Tags: Article
  • Using NVDA to Evaluate Web Accessibility
    Source: WebAIM

    This article is designed to help new or novice NVDA users learn how to test web content.

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists, Tools Tags: Article

Tools

  • A beginner’s guide to manual accessibility testing
    Source: Pope Tech

    Manual and automated accessibility testing work together to find accessibility issues. Different types of manual testing are keyboard, screen reader, and zoom testing.

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists, Tools Tags: Article
  • A Brief Introduction to Keyboard Accessibility
    Source: AFixt

    Keyboard accessibility is essential for ensuring that users can interact with digital content without being limited by the type of input device they use. This includes users with physical disabilities, visual impairments, and other conditions that make using a mouse difficult or impossible.

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists, Tools Tags: Article
  • Accessibility Testing with the NVDA Screenreader
    Source: Deque

    This is a guide for developers on how to install and configure the NVDA screen reader for Windows for accessibility testing.

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists, Tools Tags: Video
  • Contrast Checker
    Source: WebAIM

    Check the foreground and background color using the hexadecimal format. Plus, use the Alpha value for transparency and the Luminance slider for perceived lightness.

    Categories: Color & Color Contrast, Core Concepts, Resource, Tools Tags: Tool
  • Getting started with NVDA screen reader for Windows
    Source: Pope Tech

    Learn how to download and set up NVDA screen reader. We’ll also go over keyboard shortcuts for navigating and reading content with NVDA.

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists, Tools Tags: Video
  • NVDA Keyboard Shortcuts
    Source: Deque

    Shortcuts for NVDA.

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists, Tools Tags: Article
  • Representation Matters: Stock Photos and Illustrations
    Source: Better Allies

    A curated list of sites specializing in stock photos and illustrations featuring people from underrepresented groups. Some are free, and some for a fee.

    Categories: Resource, Tools Tags: Tool
  • Using NVDA to Evaluate Web Accessibility
    Source: WebAIM

    This article is designed to help new or novice NVDA users learn how to test web content.

    Categories: Resource, Tests & Check Lists, Tools Tags: Article

Web & Digital Design

  • 9 signs your frontend code has quality issues that affect your users
    Source: Angelika Tyborska

    A compiled list of 9 common signs that I see in projects with poor frontend code quality. I’ve focused only on issues that have a negative impact on your project’s users.

    Categories: Resource, Web & Digital Design, Web Design, Web Development Tags: Article
  • A Developer’s Guide for Web Accessibility
    Source: Parampreet Singh

    “By following the steps outlined in this article, you’ll be well on your way to building inclusive digital experiences that prioritize accessibility and usability for everyone.”

    Categories: Resource, Web & Digital Design, Web Design Tags: Article
  • Auditing Design Systems for Accessibility
    Source: Deque

    How to create a design system with baked-in accessibility and how to find and audit accessibility issues in our existing design systems.

    Categories: Resource, Web & Digital Design, Web Design Tags: Article
  • Learn Accessibility
    Source: web.dev

    An evergreen accessibility course and reference to level up your web development.

    Categories: Resource, Web & Digital Design, Web Design Tags: Article
  • Maybe Don’t Name That Landmark
    Source: Adrian Roselli

    TL;DR: You probably don’t need to name that landmark.

    Categories: Resource, Web & Digital Design, Web Development Tags: Article

Writing

  • Plain Language & Accessibility
    Source: Minnesota IT Services

    How writing in plain language makes digital content more accessible. Plain language is communication that all readers can understand the first time they read it and know what they need to do next. 

    Categories: Resource, Writing Tags: Article