New Section 508 Proposed Rules Supports the Input of the Disabled User

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in General | 0 comments

Those of us who work with end users who live with disabilities, including knowledgeable web and software engineers, understand that, in many cases, simply coding or programming a website or software product to meet a “technical provision” doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work for a disabled end user. “Functionality,” or the ability for the user to actual put the website/software to use in their daily lives, is the key.

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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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