Accessibility in Business Blog

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

Podcast 2020 Episode 5: Sha Yao, Industrial Designer of Accessible Tableware

Posted on Tuesday, 7 July 2020 by Marissa Sapega

Mark Miller, host of the IAP, and Todd Waites, head of Business Development at TPG, chat with Sha Yao, the entrepreneur behind the assistive tableware products, EatWell. Sha’s inspiration came from her grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s, and the trouble she encountered when trying to feed herself. Sha, Mark , and Todd all discuss her background […]

The Terms and Impact of Digital Technology on People with Disabilities

Posted on Tuesday, 7 July 2020 by Marissa Sapega

Digital technology has, without a doubt, made our lives more convenient. With a few clicks of a mouse or a couple of taps on a mobile device, we can deposit a check, order takeout food, purchase office supplies, and accomplish a host of other activities. However, while the simple act of moving a mouse or […]

The 30th Anniversary of the ADA

Posted on Monday, 6 July 2020 by Marissa Sapega

Almost 30 years ago, on July 26, 1990, George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. In honor of this momentous piece of legislature, The Paciello Group will be releasing daily content to help you celebrate and support your efforts to promote inclusivity. Watch the video below for a short history […]

UX Series 1: Universal Design and Digital Accessibility

Posted on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 by Sarah Horton

This is the first post in an introductory series on UX and accessibility strategy. Universal design is an inclusive design framework used to create barrier-free designs that are navigable and usable by everyone, including people with disabilities. But what is universal design, and how does it relate to digital accessibility? This article presents an overview […]

Website Compliance – What’s in a Name?

Posted on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 by Marissa Sapega

Whatever you want to call it – “website compliance,” “web compliance,” “ADA compliant website” – it all comes down the same thing: conforming to web accessibility standards. Web accessibility standards are the guidelines set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international governing group that effectively oversees the internet. Thanks to the W3C’s […]

Interview with Mark Wafer, Champion Advocate for Employing People with Disabilities

Posted on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 by Marissa Sapega

Mark Wafer understands better than most the benefits of employing individuals with disabilities. The owner of six Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada for over 20 years, he has prioritized an inclusive hiring practice and seen incredible results. TPG: How did hiring employees with disabilities have a positive impact on your business goals for Tim Hortons? […]

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) Every Day

Posted on Thursday, 4 June 2020 by Marissa Sapega

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (also known as GAAD) is an annual celebration of digital inclusion. It is a day upon which we acknowledge the importance of digital accessibility and consider how we, as individuals, can make the digital world a more accessible place. Conceived by Joe Devon in a 2011 blog post, the idea of […]

WCAG 2.0 Compliance

Posted on Monday, 1 June 2020 by Marissa Sapega

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are the accessibility standards set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international group whose mission is to ensure universal equal access to the internet. WCAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.1 are the most recent versions of these guidelines. Websites that substantially conform to WCAG 2.0 are considered […]

Website Accessibility Checklist for Beginners

Posted on Monday, 25 May 2020 by Marissa Sapega

A website accessibility checklist is a helpful resource for creating an inclusive digital experience. An inclusive experience is essential because no one deserves to be excluded from the convenience and advantages offered by the internet, especially now with the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world and forcing individuals worldwide to shelter in place. This grim experience […]

Digital Accessibility Lawsuits

Posted on Thursday, 14 May 2020 by Marissa Sapega

People with disabilities use the internet as much as (and possibly more than) those without disabilities. Like anyone else, they want to take advantage of the convenience it offers, from depositing checks without leaving the house to ordering pad-thai delivery without picking up a phone. However, because an estimated 26% of the U.S. population with […]

Accessibility Overlays in Digital Content

Posted on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 by Brad Henry

What exactly are accessibility overlays? Accessibility overlays are applications and coding that “sits” between your website (or other digital content) and assistive technology. Their goal is to allow business owners and compliance managers the ability to make their website more accessible without having to change the underlying source code, thus providing accessibility at a fraction […]

Real People, Real Stories Podcast: Rebecca Bridges, project manager at The Paciello Group

Posted on Friday, 8 May 2020 by Marissa Sapega

The host, Mark Miller, producer Marissa Sapega, and TPG Director of Marketing Brad Henry all chat with their coworker Rebecca Bridges. Rebecca is blind, and, like everyone else, is adjusting to life that includes new challenges posed by quarantine and social distancing. Learn about her thoughts on disability etiquette as well as the barriers she […]

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)

Posted on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 by Marissa Sapega

At its core, a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT™) is a template created by the US Federal government used to assess how well digital content conforms to Section 508 requirements. Section 508 is an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits the Federal government office or vendor of the Federal government from discriminating […]

COVID-19 and the Disability Community

Posted on Wednesday, 22 April 2020 by Marissa Sapega

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, no one remains untouched by its wrath. While many of us are lucky to be able to transition to working from home and virtually connecting with friends and family, many people with disabilities find that their already challenging world has become even more difficult to navigate. These difficulties range […]

WCAG Compliance

Posted on Friday, 17 April 2020 by Marissa Sapega

If you’re searching for the meaning behind the term “WCAG compliance,” you’re in luck – you’ve come to the right place to learn all about it and why it’s important! Start with the basics Before we dive into what “WCAG compliance” means, let’s start with a bit of context. You may have heard of a […]