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Misuse of Twitter’s Alt Text Feature Draws Criticism From Accessibility Advocates

Twitter is testing pop-ups that remind users to add appropriate image descriptions as misuse of the alt text feature prevails THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
By Katie DeightonFollow
July 15, 2022

When the National Aeronautics and Space Administration uploaded the first photo of the early universe from its James Webb telescope to Twitter, it included a highly detailed description of the deep-field snapshot.

“Most stars appear blue, and are sometimes as large as more distant galaxies that appear next to them,” read one portion of the 126-word description posted by NASA on Monday. “A very bright star is just above and left of center. It has eight bright blue, long diffraction spikes.”

Web Accessibility Is the Future of B2B Marketing

July 5, 2022

If you operate a business-to-business (B2B) website, you might not prioritize web accessibility. After all, your target audience isn’t end users; you’re writing content for business leaders and decision makers. While inclusive web design might be helpful, it’s not truly essential – is it?

The quick answer: Yes, accessibility needs to be a fundamental priority. Of course, you’d expect the Bureau of Internet Accessibility to take that position, but we’ve seen how B2B organizations benefit from an inclusive approach.

Below, we’ll explain exactly why the best practices of accessible design are crucial for B2B success.

New Accessibility App for St. John’s Pedestrian Mall Excludes Some With Vision Loss, Advocate Says

The BlindSquare app is only available for Apple devices, limiting who can use it Alex Kennedy, CBC News
Posted: Jul 07, 2022

The City of St. John’s has launched a pilot project to make the downtown pedestrian mall inclusive for people who are blind or partly blind – but a disability justice advocate says the way the city has implemented the project excludes her and many others.

The city has partnered with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and Frontier Accessibility to launch BlindSquare, a navigation app that allows people with low vision or blindness to navigate the mall safely.

What It’s Like to Be a Deaf Teenager During a Pandemic

Alicia Mbesha and Kaï Haché talk about challenges and importance of community Anchal Sharma , CBC News
Posted: Jun 20, 2022

What’s it like being deaf or hard of hearing in a pandemic? CBC Ottawa reached out to two teenagers at a school in Ottawa to understand their experience.

Consortium Centre Jules-Léger teaches students from kindergarten to high school who are deaf, blind, deafblind, as well as those with learning disabilities. Because it is the only school in Canada outside Quebec that teaches students in French and using Quebec Sign Language (LSQ), many students live on campus.

DOJ Fails to Report on Making Federal Websites Accessible to Disabled People

By Shruti Rajkumar
Published June 30, 2022

About a quarter of Americans live with a disability, but nearly a third of the most popular federal websites are difficult for disabled people to access.

It has been 10 years since the Department of Justice filed a biennial report on the federal government’s compliance with accessibility standards for information technology, a bipartisan group of concerned senators say. The reports are required by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

On Thursday, a group of seven senators sent a letter to the department asking for the DOJ to once again issue these reports, and the lawmakers want to know why the agency hasn’t filed them. The letter not only has bipartisan support, but also the support of chairs and ranking members of three Senate committees.

Blind Canadians Say New Rules to Put Sound on EVs Don’t Go Far Enough

Proposal would help protect blind pedestrians, but sound isn’t standardized Michelle Allan, CBC News
Posted: Jun 13, 2022

Some blind Canadians say Transport Canada’s proposed requirement that electric vehicles (EVs) emit pedestrian warning noise is a good start – but they think the sound should be standardized.

Unlike the U.S. and Europe, Canada doesn’t currently require electric vehicles and their quieter motors to generate sound when travelling at low speeds.

In April 2021, Transport Canada proposed a requirement that all hybrid and electric cars have sound emitters when travelling at low speeds. This regulation is scheduled to take effect in 2023, but allows manufacturers to pick their own sounds.

How Tech Solutions Help Expand Accessibility to All Customers

Tim Springer, Level Access May 24, 2022

The hospitality industry has made great strides in making physical hotel properties accessible for people with disabilities. However, online bookings are another story. And according to the CDC, 26 percent of adults in the United States live with a disability. That’s one-fourth of the population that hospitality businesses are potentially barring from digital customer experiences.

Inaccessible travel sites can negatively impact the experience of people with disabilities including those with visual or auditory disabilities. They also can hinder people with less-visible conditions such as color blindness, arthritis, autism, or dyslexia. When customers access websites, whether it’s a hotel reservation system or the home page for a hotel resort, all populations deserve equal access to these resources.

Accessibility is Excluding the Neurodivergent

Clare McDonald
Business Editor
Published: 18 May 2022

GUEST BLOG: In this contributed blog post, Craig Abbott, head of accessibility for DWP, explains the pros and cons of the current guidelines around web accessibility, and shares what companies need to do to include neurodivergent people in their web accessibility considerations.

Over the past few years, accessibility has definitely become a hot topic.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 are great. They’ve been around for around 20 years, and thanks to the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations 2018, more and more digital services, websites and mobile apps are now adhering to these standards.

Manitoba Government Enacts Accessible Information and Communication Standard Regulation

Regulation Supports Government’s Commitment to Significantly Increasing Accessibility by 2023: Squires

The Manitoba government has enacted the Accessible Information and Communication Standard Regulation under the Accessibility for Manitobans Act, Families Minister Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for accessibility, announced today.

“The ability to receive information and communicate effectively are fundamental aspects of our society, and it is imperative that all Manitobans are able to receive information and communicate in accessible ways,” said Squires. “This regulation supports our government’s commitment to making significant progress towards addressing accessibility by 2023.”

AMI Announces the Opening of The Disability Screen Office

NEWS PROVIDED BY Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)
Apr 28, 2022

Disability Screen Office will support and amplify the creative voices of Canadians with disabilities nationally and internationally

TORONTO, April 28, 2022 /CNW/ – AMI, in partnership with the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada, is excited to announce the launch of the Disability Screen Office (DSO).

With our commitment to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, AMI is currently facilitating the creation of this industry office with funding from the CMF and Telefilm Canada.

The DSO will provide services that:

  • increase accurate and meaningful disability representation on and off screen throughout the Canadian media landscape