That was all how it was before the ADA. You never knew if a building would be accessible. You never knew if people would say “We can’t take you here.”
As someone who works with people living with disabilities, and also lives with a disability, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act means to the people I work with, and to me personally.
The classroom of pen, paper and chalkboard is transitioning to a digital classroom. Students with disabilities are struggling as educational institutions don’t have accessibility in mind.
With the evolution of technology, new tools are becoming more and more available for higher education learning. These tools can be very beneficial in most cases, but inaccessibility is a barrier as it is with many websites and digital platforms.
Read WAI’s mobile accessibility guidelines. These guidelines will help website developers make their sites easier to access by people with all disabilities.
For many individuals who are visually impaired or blind like me, the iPhone (or similar smartphone) is a lifeline which is used for everyday tasks as well as for recreational purposes.
Rose is a Public Relations Specialist volunteer at WeCo. Rose understands the challenges of accessibility because she experiences them each day as a blind person.
Lynn’s story is important because it helps us to understand why it’s difficult for web designers and engineers to grasp the needs of people with cognitive disabilities.
I manage WeCo’s social media accounts through my laptop with JAWS screen reader and my iPhone 5C with VoiceOver screen reader.
Helping everyone, from organizations to members of the public, understand WHY accessibility is vital to people living with disabilities and HOW it works, is part of WeCo’s mission. That’s why we’re launching The Face of Accessibility public awareness campaign.