Accessibility in Business Blog

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

Podcast, 2020 Episode 8: Jeff Steinberg, Ministry Singer / Speaker / Author / Motivational Entertainer and ADA Consultant

Posted on Thursday, 19 November 2020 by TPG team

Mark Miller, the host, and his colleague Todd Waites speak with Jeff Steinberg, an entertainer/ministry singer/speaker/author/motivational entertainer and ADA consultant. Jeff elaborates on how he likes to focus on positivity during his motivational speaking events, describing how optimism helped him through his challenging childhood. Todd opens up about becoming as a one-armed keyboard player and […]

Podcast 2020, Episode 7: Morten Bonde, Senior Art Director at LEGO

Posted on Tuesday, 10 November 2020 by TPG team

Mark Miller, the host, his producer Marissa, and colleague Todd Waites, chat with Morten Bonde, senior art director at LEGO. Morten describes a stressful 14-year phase during which time his eyesight deteriorated due to retinitis pigmentosa and he couldn’t bring himself to accept what was happening. He recounts his “death” of who he was before […]

Celebrating World Usability Day

Posted on Tuesday, 10 November 2020 by Marissa Sapega

November 12 is World Usability Day (also known as “Make Things Easier Day”—who can argue with that?) On this day we celebrate the pursuit of creating an effortless, intuitive product experience. Supporters of an improved product experience aim to go beyond building a “functional” product. As the organizers of World Usability Day put it, “We […]

Deadline for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is fast approaching

Posted on Thursday, 5 November 2020 by Marissa Sapega

UPDATE AS OF NOVEMBER 11, 2020: For businesses and non-profits with 20 or more employees, the deadline to file an accessibility compliance report has been extended to June 30, 2021. Do you work for or own a public, private, or non-profit business that employs over 50 individuals in the Canadian province of Ontario? If so, […]

Accessible Voting in 2020

Posted on Tuesday, 20 October 2020 by Marissa Sapega

Combine a high-stakes presidential election with a global pandemic and it’s unsurprising that there has been a massive increase in early voter turnout compared with past years. But with the surge in early voting and absentee ballots comes questions of accessibility. What are the options for people with disabilities? Laws on accessible voting Title II […]

The Accessibility Maturity Lifecycle

Posted on Monday, 5 October 2020 by Marissa Sapega

When we talk about the accessibility lifecycle, you may associate it with having a beginning and an endpoint. While every organization clearly needs a starting point for accessibility, there is not necessarily a “final destination.” “Accessible” is not an endpoint Think of the drive for business profitability. Is there ever an “end” to that? (One […]

Kathy Wahlbin contributes to new publication by Access Smithsonian

Posted on Monday, 28 September 2020 by Stefani Cuschnir

Access Smithsonian, the central accessibility office for the Smithsonian Institution, has published a new book focused on diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI). Their goal for the project was to generate awareness and innovation around creating accessible, interactive and inclusive museum programs and installations using universal design as the inspiration. The collaborative document, titled Inclusive […]

Digital Accessibility: Whose Responsibility is it, Anyway?

Posted on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 by Marissa Sapega

Irrespective of size, industry, maturity, etc., task delegation across an organization is necessary; without it, individuals may assume that certain things are “someone else’s responsibility” and they remain unfinished. Considering all the tasks employees must complete each day to keep an organization running smoothly, assigning responsibilities to teams and departments is critical. While most managers […]

Commending Microsoft’s Focus on Accessibility

Posted on Thursday, 17 September 2020 by Stefani Cuschnir

Creating accessible digital experiences is now more critical than ever. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, millions of people have been subjected to stay-at-home quarantine orders and forced to perform more tasks online. The internet has become more than a source of important health updates and news; it is now a […]

Podcast 2020 Episode 6: Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, WCMX Athlete

Posted on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 by Marissa Sapega

In this episode, Mark Miller, host of the IAP, chats with Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, a four-time winner of the WCMX World Championships. Though he was born with spina bifida, a defect of the spinal cord that made it impossible for him to walk with the assistance of crutches, Aaron soon found that his wheelchair could […]

The Paciello Group Launches the ARC Accessibility Test Initiatives API

Posted on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 by Brad Henry

We are excited to announce the expansion of the ARC Platform API‘s capabilities to include new automated testing against defined Accessibility Test Initiatives. The ARC API will transform how enterprise organizations manage internal accessibility programs and conformance by allowing accessibility program managers to integrate automated testing into the earliest stages of the software development lifecycle […]

The Paciello Group launches ARC User Flows, delivering accessibility insights across critical digital user journeys

Posted on Monday, 14 September 2020 by Brad Henry

ARC (Accessibility Resource Center) customers can now evaluate the accessibility of essential user journeys that individuals need to complete on your website or application. The new ARC User Flows capability allows you to define, track, and measure the WCAG progress across a series of interactions in the context of completing a goal. This includes individual […]

User Flows and Their Importance to the Digital Experience

Posted on Wednesday, 2 September 2020 by Marissa Sapega

If you’ve ever purchased a product, scheduled a doctor’s appointment, booked a hotel reservation, or performed a multitude of other tasks online, you have experienced what is known as a “user flow.” The definition of “critical user flows” are those that have been identified as being especially important for a site to enable its users […]

UX Series 6: Connecting UX With Digital Accessibility Strategy

Posted on Friday, 21 August 2020 by David Sloan

The previous posts in this series introduced the user experience design process and how we can integrate accessibility into each step of this process. In this final post in the series, we reflect on accessibility in the user experience (UX) process and its connection with a digital accessibility strategy. We’ll also consider some of the […]

Depressed Jobs Market Hits People with Disabilities Hard

Posted on Friday, 14 August 2020 by Marissa Sapega

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on every aspect of our lives, from education, to socializing, to our very ability to pay our bills. Grim as the unemployment numbers are for those without a disability, the data show that those with a disability are at an even greater disadvantage. The Kessler Foundation and the University of New […]