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.
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.
Having limited use of my hands makes it difficult for me to type so that is why I use typing splints, sticky keys, and speech recognition software when accessing the Internet.
Kate, a Certified Test Consultant (CTC) at WeCo, who has a hearing disability, relies on visual elements and captioning when accessing the Internet.
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...
Living with a motor skill-related disability, I rely on technology called “sticky keys” and voice recognition software. I also use typing splints on my hands because I cannot use my fingers.
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...
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...