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 recycling an existing template or starting from Read more of this post
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. Read more of this post
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 effective way of teaching. For others like myself, it Read more of this post
People who meet me for the first time, or know very little about me, often tell me that they are very surprised to learn that I live with a disability. They are even more surprised to learn that my disability kept me out of the work force, and unable to interact effectively with others, for several years.
That is not uncommon for those of us who live each day with some form of mental illness. Because of the significant stigma surrounding the disease, most of us go to great lengths never Read more of this post
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 family for generations. I do not speak or understand Read more of this post
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 extensive expertise and insight into how the visually Read more of this post
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 the accessibility of electronic file formats, we at Read more of this post
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 disabilities, we hope our blog will provide you Read more of this post
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 themes kept popping up.
One thing our sight related Read more of this post
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 processes. Or as is often true with web accessibility–a Read more of this post