It's not uncommon for developers and content managers, who train and test with our Accessibility Team, to be surprised to learn that:
Nearly 20% of the US population lives with mental illness. (US Department of Labor)
Depression is classified as a mental illness.
Mental illnesses of many types can make comprehending written and graphic content difficult.
This means that web accessibility can be greatly impacted for individuals who live with mental illness. But it also means Read more of this post
Members of WeCo's staff team attended the US Access Board Town Hall at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 9, 2017. The meeting gave us the opportunity to learn more about the Board's immediate priorities. Among those that touch digital accessibility were public self-service kiosks and a long-awaited Americans with Disabilities digital accessibility guidance.
Public Self-Service Kiosk Accessibility Moves to the Forefront Public kiosks may include: airport check-in, financial Read more of this post
Because of the potentially serious nature of seizures, developers should be extra careful to avoid any graphics, animations, movies, or other objects which have strobing, flickering, or flashing effects. Developers should also avoid graphics which may induce nausea or dizziness, or that may be distracting. Read more of this post
November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month in the US. While many people have heard of this disorder, few people understand what it is and how public attitudes toward it, and healthcare, have influenced how people have lived with it.
In my extended and family of origin, Epilepsy was, and still is, so frequent that we were asked to participate in studies conducted by Columbia University, in New York.
Before the study, I used to believe that I had two uncles, three cousins, two sisters, Read more of this post
As the public focus of NDEAM fades, I’m left wondering, why is it so difficult for people to see the possibilities and opportunities of including professionals living with disabilities in their workplaces, except for one month out of the year?
As the founder and President of WeCo, a company that is nearly 100% staff by professionals who live with disabilities, I get a lot of questions from fellow business owners and employers such as:
How do you afford the special equipment?
Doesn’t Read more of this post
Due to my visual impairment, I rely on assistive technology to use my computer to do my job on the Access Team at WeCo. Read more of this post
It’s all of these accommodations that make it possible for me to do my work successfully at WeCo. Read more of this post
It’s important to know that reasonable workplace accommodations for people with disabilities is possible without a huge budget. Read more of this post
Multiple sclerosis, a motor skill disability, effects the central nervous system. Points to remember for accessible websites for people living with a motor skill disability. Read more of this post
Smartphones and tablets have accessibility features that work with operating systems, making them easy for people with motor skill disabilities to use. Read more of this post