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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A Breeze Among Flowers

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in General, Reasonable accommodation | 0 comments

By Annie Henwood (WeCo Public Relations Assistant) I sat at my desk with my eyes focused on my professor's facial expressions. While other students around me were taking notes or even playing with their phones, I struggled to keep up with the lecture. This professor was a firm believer in lecture-based education. He talked the whole time with very little interaction and almost no writing on the whiteboard. For some, this was a boring, yet...

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Striving to Hear in a Digital World

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in General | 1 comment

By: Kate Olson (WeCo Administrative Assistant) It's difficult to have a healthy self-image when walking into a room full of people can trigger anxiety. I have encountered enough uncertainty with my hearing abilities to know that I should be prepared for confusion and embarrassment, on my part as well as the person speaking with me. I have an 80 percent hearing deficit, the result of a genetic sensorineural hearing loss that has challenged my...

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Struggling with Accessibility – The User’s Story

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in General | 0 comments

At WeCo, all of our consultants live with disabilities. We love sitting down and talking with them about what it means to live with a disability in today’s electronic world. Jeff and Lynn were happy to share some of their frustrations about finding information online. Jeff has a B.S. in business administration with a minor in psychology and works in various types of customer service positions. He is one of the original WeCo CTCs and offers...

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When the Assistive Device is No Assistive Device

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in General | 0 comments

Part of the reason I was interested in entering the field of web and electronic accessibility was the believe that my years of experience using computers and the internet while living with a motor skill-related disability could be put to use for the benefit of others. Imagine my surprise, then, when I learned I didn't have the right kind of disability–at least, not the kind of accessibility auditors were typically looking for. When assessing...

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Accessibility from the Inside

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in General | 0 comments

WeCo's next blog series will feature a unique, and up-close, view of accessibility from the perspective of our staff members and test consultants who live with disabilities.  You'll read, first hand, how we live with our challenges each day and how accessible design helps us in our jobs, and in our personal lives, to receive information and interact in our communities. Covering areas such as cognitive, motor skill, hearing and sight-related...

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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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