Updating for Accessibility: 3 Tips for Website Redesign and Template Selection

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Access Approved™, Access Awareness, Blog, General, Legal Awareness, News, Services, Updates | 0 comments

With fall upon us, many organizations are gearing up for new projects and initiatives.  If  a website refresh or redesign is among them WeCo's Accessibility Team, all of whom live with disabilities, recommends taking three simple steps before you begin:  Consider the Canvas: Just as a painter would select the best canvas for a masterpiece, before you begin consider the electronic canvas you'll be using for your website.  Whether you're...

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Tips and Tricks for a More Accessible Website (Ideas from the Users)

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Blog, General | 0 comments

At  WeCo (The Wehrman Collaborative) we contract with testers who live with many different disabilities. These testers are the heartbeat of our company. They are the experts in the field of accessibility because they not only understand accessibility; WeCo Certified Test Consultants live it. We thought it would be interesting to find out what they think makes a web page accessible. When we asked them, they had many ideas but the same main...

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Accessibility Planning: The First Steps

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Blog, General | 0 comments

At a conceptual level, no one should have to be convinced of the merits of making information available to as many people as possible. Still, “doing the right thing” is seldom easy, and web accessibility is no different. For government agencies, nonprofits, or businesses–organizations most often called upon to make their information accessible–the largest hurdle is usually not desire, but having to go up against a series of well-entrenched work...

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Accessibility: Where Do We Begin?

Posted by on Dec 28, 2013 in Blog, General | 0 comments

Making your website and electronic communications accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability or disability, can be a daunting task.  But if there is anything that WeCo hopes to achieve as a company, it is promoting the idea that accessibility is a real possibility for any organization, group, company or individual who wants to provide it. The blog entries that will be following this post will be focused on practical and realistic ways...

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DRM and HTML 5: Limiting Access(ibility)?

Posted by on Dec 22, 2013 in Blog, General | 0 comments

DRM and HTML 5: The Web and Limiting Access(ibility) At WeCo, we provide a number of products and services to our clients to help them foster and improve web accessibility. While those services may range from “meet and greet” discussions and introductory seminars to detailed reports and hands-on development assistance, the message we wish to impart to our clients remains the same: make your information available to all of your users–regardless...

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Is Website Inaccessibility a Big Deal? Real Life Ramifications for Businesses and Individuals

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Blog, Certified Test Teams | 0 comments

Written by: Olivia Dirks, Certified Test Team Manager People who live with disabilities deal with inaccessible websites all the time. We sat down with one of our WeCo Certified Test Consultants, and she shared with us her experiences living with a sight related disability and accessing the internet. WeCo Certified Test Consultants are hired and trained by WeCo to test websites for accessibility. As people living with disabilities, their user...

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Layers of Guidance: How to Use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Blog, General | 0 comments

As the name suggests, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 are a set of guidelines developed “with a goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.”[1] Designing and producing content for individuals who live with disabilities can be difficult. What is accessible for one person may prove inaccessible for another; also,...

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Section 508 and the ADA: a Primer for Website Accessible Communication

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Blog, General, Legal Awareness | 0 comments

When organizations in the US begin the journey of designing or redesigning their websites and electronic communication products for accessibility, the first question that comes up is: what do we have to do?  Thus, all of WeCo's accessibility training courses includes an overview of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  As we grapple with what these pieces of legislation mean to us and the...

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An Accessible View of Accessibility Laws and Guidelines

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Blog, General | 0 comments

When I recall the start of my journey to learn about electronic accessibility, and how it applied to my job as a web master for a state government agency, I can’t help but remember how overwhelming the information seemed to be. This feeling has flavored the work I do with WeCo, especially regarding the training courses we create for web/communication staff, on a variety of levels. With that in mind, WeCo’s Accessibility Team felt it was...

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WeCo: A Workplace Making a Difference-Individuals with Disabilities

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Blog, Certified Test Teams, Gallery, General, Reasonable accommodation, Reasonable accommodation | 0 comments

At WeCo part of our mission is to create a place where people who live with disabilities can not only work but be inspired to succeed. Our Certified Test Team is comprised of a group of individuals who live with disabilities. Many of these people are educated, sharp, and great learners, but they have struggled in the past to find a place of employment that sees beyond their disability. Our consultants are very enthusiastic as to why they love...

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