Accessibility in Business Blog

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

Web Accessibility Training

Posted on Thursday, 6 February 2020 by Marissa Sapega

To ensure a positive digital experience for everyone visiting your website, the people contributing to the website (like content creators, developers, designers, etc.) will need to be informed about how to do their job with accessibility in mind. Luckily, there are a wide variety of website accessibility training options available. WCAG training Global accessibility standards […]

Automated Accessibility Testing

Posted on Wednesday, 5 February 2020 by Marissa Sapega

When it comes to conducting accessibility testing for websites, a combination of automated and manual accessibility testing will give you the most comprehensive results. However, automated accessibility testing has the advantage of, well, being automated! It does not require the resources needed to conduct manual accessibility testing, and therefore plays an important role in ensuring […]

Podcast 2020 Episode 1: Victor Calise, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

Posted on Wednesday, 29 January 2020 by TPG team

Victor discusses how he and his team work to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities living in all New York City boroughs, as well as the thousands of tourists with disabilities who visit each year. They discuss the challenges that come with accommodating PWDs (which are unique to each borough), and Victor […]

Web Accessibility

Posted on Monday, 27 January 2020 by Marissa Sapega

In developed countries where internet access is widespread, web accessibility usually refers to the ability of individuals with access to the internet to be able to use it and benefit from it. (It is also referred to as “digital accessibility,” or even “html accessibility” on occasion.) The experience on an “accessible website” should be comparable […]

Accessible Websites

Posted on Friday, 24 January 2020 by Marissa Sapega

An accessible website should be a key consideration for any forward-thinking organization. Not only are digital accessibility lawsuits growing exponentially each year, but with an estimated one billion people on earth with a disability, it’s a pretty large market for a business to ignore. Creating accessible websites To start, let’s review what an “accessible website” […]

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 […]