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TBT: “I Am Colorblind, And You Can Too!”

Jun, 6, 2017

Accessibility NYC hosted a Meetup last year at thoughtbot, titled “I Am Colorblind, and You Can Too!” The presenter was Jake Voytko, a senior software engineer at Etsy. Voytko addressed how people see color, how colorblind people are different, and how we can design around that difference. Here are three moments we found especially interesting in the presentation: […]

“A Taste of ReelAbilities”

May, 5, 2017

Accessibility NYC hosted a Meetup on April 4th at thoughtbot, titled “A Taste of ReelAbilities.” Ravit Turjeman, Director of the ReelAbilities Festival, presented and discussed four short films with us. She was joined by Xian Horn, who is on the ReelAbilities Film Selection Committee. Here are two moments we found especially interesting in the presentation: Why the […]

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Recap: “Accessibility in NYC Parks”

May, 5, 2017

Accessibility NYC hosted a Meetup on May 2nd, 2017 at thoughtbot, titled “Accessibility in NYC Parks”. Christopher Noel, ADA Accessibility Coordinator for New York Parks and Recreation, gave a presentation on how the city helps ensure environments are accessible to older people, people without disabilities, and people with disabilities. Here are four examples we found especially interesting […]

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Accessibility NYC Meetup Recap: “Disability, Bring It On”

Apr, 4, 2017

Accessibility NYC hosted a Meetup on March 7th, 2017 at thoughtbot, titled “Disability, Bring It On.” Jack Chen, Patent Counsel at Google, explored universal lessons on success factors for people with disabilities. Here are three key success factors we found especially interesting in the presentation: Boldness in the face of uncertainty and fear Help and […]

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Are Your Images on Social Media Accessible?

Mar, 3, 2017

Equal Entry believes that authoring tools should be available on all social media platforms, so that the content can be made accessible to everyone. Here is Thomas Logan, Equal Entry CEO, with a one-minute video on the subject. Transcript: Instagram does not have a method to describe an image for people who are blind or […]

US Access Board Approves Section 508 Refresh

Feb, 2, 2017

In January, the US Access Board approved several updates to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, bringing long-awaited changes to federal digital accessibility requirements. Many of these changes have been inspired by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG2), an international set of standards that are considered to be more up-to-date. Because the WCAG2 guidelines focus solely […]

Q&A with Alexander Shutov, Creator of Dark Reader Plugin

Jan, 1, 2017

This installment of our Accessibility Activists column is an interview with Alexander Shutov, creator of Dark Reader, a Chrome plugin that adjusts the color contrast in your browser to make it more readable. When did you begin work on Dark Reader? Working as a software engineer, I was staring at a screen all day long […]

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“How Would You Feel If You Couldn’t See Photos?”

Jan, 1, 2017

The United Nations is making efforts to be more accessible in the way they distribute information. Here is their statement, from UN.org: In order to make information on the United Nations and its activities available to the widest range of audiences, and in keeping with resolutions of the General Assembly, the Department of Public Information […]

Watch Equal Entry’s Presentation on Software Developer Kits

Dec, 12, 2016

Thomas Logan, Equal Entry CEO, recently gave a presentation in Chicago titled, “Software Development Kits and Accessibility.” Logan’s presentation is now available online with captions. Logan’s presentation focused on the challenges he has faced during 15+ years of helping developers make their user interfaces more accessible to people with disabilities. His key takeaways for attendees were: Accessibility software kits should strive […]

Q&A with Damian Sian, Senior Web Accessibility Advisor for Princeton University

Dec, 12, 2016

This installment of our Accessibility Activists column is an interview with Damian Sian, Senior Web Accessibility Advisor for Princeton University. Sian is also the owner of Creative AP, a corporate communications consulting firm dedicated to helping small businesses have a big impact. When did you first get started in accessibility? My first introduction to accessibility was with […]