Accessibility in Business Blog

The latest news and trends in accessibility policy, programs, law, and business practices.

Accessible Design

Posted on Friday, 24 January 2020 by Marissa Sapega

Good design is invisible. The best designed products are usually taken for granted because the experience is natural and intuitive for all types of users; only when a product is not well-designed do you realize how flawed it is. Good design considers how users in different contexts could potentially engage with a product and takes […]

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

Posted on Thursday, 23 January 2020 by Marissa Sapega

To understand the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), you have to take a step back to when the web was still in its infancy. Picture this: it’s 1989 (lots of hair spray, neon colors, popped collars are rampant) and Tim Berners-Lee and his team at CERN invented the “World Wide Web.” Pretty amazing, when you […]

Website Accessibility Testing

Posted on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 by Marissa Sapega

There are many misconceptions about website accessibility tests. A common one is that you can test for ADA compliance (wrong! – but more on that later). Another is that automated accessibility testing alone is sufficient to catch accessibility failures that pose barriers to people with disabilities trying to access your website. (Again, wrong.) While it’s […]

Color Contrast Checker

Posted on Monday, 13 January 2020 by Brad Henry

Overview TPG’s appropriately named Colour Contrast Analyser (CCA), is our color contrast checker tool that allows you to easily determine the contrast ratio of two colors. The CCA enables you to optimize your content–including text and visual elements–for individuals with vision disabilities like color-blindness and low-vision impairments. Features Compliance indicators for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines […]

Creating an “ADA compliant” Website

Posted on Friday, 10 January 2020 by Marissa Sapega

It’s easy to see the ways the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped people with disabilities navigate the world around them. Wheelchair ramps, curb cuts, accessible parking spaces sporting the bright blue wheelchair icon, and a generously sized public bathroom with handlebars next to the toilet are all building structure ADA compliance in action. […]

Section 508 Compliance Testing

Posted on Monday, 6 January 2020 by Brad Henry

What is Section 508 compliance testing? A brief history of accessibility laws will be a helpful starting point. Most people are familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the law that was passed in 1990. It was created to establish accommodations for individuals with disabilities in the physical world. As the internet was formed […]

Diversity in the Workplace

Posted on Thursday, 2 January 2020 by Marissa Sapega

Is your company missing out on greater revenues and increased productivity? What about lower employee turnover rates? If you were aware this was happening, wouldn’t it be a no-brainer to do something about it? Believe it or not, you could be missing out on these things simply because your workforce diversity could be improved. The […]

Remembering Jim Thatcher, Accessibility Pioneer

Posted on Tuesday, 17 December 2019 by Marissa Sapega

On December 7, 2019, the world lost one of the foremost pioneers in the field of accessibility: Jim Thatcher. Influenced by his blind thesis advisor at the University of Michigan, Thatcher started his work on an “audio access system” for the first versions of personal computers during his early years at IBM. A few short […]

What Operating System is Preferred for a Kiosk Deployment?

Posted on Tuesday, 17 December 2019 by Laura Miller

There can be many reasons for selecting one operating system over another. During the process of choosing your operating system, you will want to consider the following questions. Windows-based Apex kiosk with payment capabilities from KIOSK Information Systems For which OS is the kiosk application available? If you are running an application on a kiosk […]

Accessibility Testing Tools

Posted on Friday, 13 December 2019 by Marissa Sapega

To the uninitiated, “accessibility testing tools” may sound intimidating. And that’s fair, given that some website accessibility testing tools have a larger learning curve than others and require contextual knowledge to fully utilize. However, for those looking to dip their feet in the website accessibility pond, there are several tools available make you the best […]

ADA Compliance Website Checker

Posted on Monday, 9 December 2019 by Brad Henry

If you are looking for an ADA compliance website checker, you’re at the right place.  Here at The Paciello Group, we want to first offer a bit of helpful information that the term “ADA Website Compliance” can be a little confusing. The word “Compliance” in relation to a website suggests that there is a list […]

Podcast 2019 Episode 4: Kevan Chandler, founder of We Carry Kevan

Posted on Friday, 6 December 2019 by Marissa Sapega

Mark speaks with Kevan Chandler, a non-profit founder, author, and adventurer to the core. They discuss Kevan’s non-profit, We Carry Kevan, which encourages the dignity of individuals with disabilities and their support systems, acknowledging everyone’s unique potential. Kevan discusses his travels as “the human backpack” with his friends across the world, and goes into detail […]

TPG Collaborates with the W3C on the New WAI “Introduction to Web Accessibility” Course

Posted on Tuesday, 3 December 2019 by Marissa Sapega

As part of its ongoing effort to ensure an equitable experience online, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) offers a wealth of resources on accessibility. One such resource is its Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), through which individuals from all walks of life, from developers to policy-makers can access videos, guidelines, explanations, and more. Today, however, […]

What the Supreme Court’s Rejection to Hear Robles v. Domino’s means for Accessibility

Posted on Tuesday, 5 November 2019 by Marissa Sapega

It’s no secret that digital accessibility lawsuits have grown exponentially in the past few years. There was a 177% increase in digital lawsuits from 2017 to 2018, and numbers are projected to go even higher as 2019 draws to a close. In fact, one recent case, Robles v. Domino’s, may have paved the way for […]

Section 508 Conformance: A Need-to-Know Guide

Posted on Thursday, 24 October 2019 by Marissa Sapega

The year was 1973. The United States left Vietnam after signing the Paris Peace Accord; Secretariat won the Triple Crown; American Graffiti premiered starring a young Richard Dreyfuss. While all these are certainly notable, another “groovy” but lesser known achievement you may not even be aware of was the signing of The Rehabilitation Act of […]