Accessibility: 5 Lessons for a Better Nonprofit Website

Connection Cafe

If you’re designing for the web or email, even the smallest understanding of web accessibility can help you raise more money and will definitely make you a better designer. Now, this is not where I spring a dusty and intimidating list of accessibility guidelines upon you.

Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This is totally the “how sausage and law are made” view, so don’t read this unless you want to know more about global accessibility in detail! WIPO has a mandate from its member states, and is working to address the need to change laws and get more accessible books flowing.

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When We Go with Accessible Content, Everybody Wins

Idealware

Editor’s note: A few weeks back, as we wrote about the thinking that went into our new website, we made an embarrassing admission—we’d overlooked the value of designing with accessibility in mind. This accessibility principle is true on the web as well as in the physical world.

Addressing Accessibility in Social Media

NTEN

These needs may relate to accessibility and the user-friendliness of your site for those with auditory, visual, cognitive or mobility impairments. This blog post is not meant to explain the nuances of accessibility, nor will it explore all of the dimensions of building a social site, but it will discuss key considerations when working to make your online presence social while remaining accessible to all users. Keep Accessibility in Mind. By Stuart Holland, Sr.

Making the Book Truly Accessible for All Students

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This includes accessible educational materials, such as e-books that can be used with computers, or mobile devices that display enlarged text or read the book aloud while also highlighting text. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) selected our successful Bookshare library as the provider of accessible materials to every student in the U.S. Bookshare has grown into the largest online digital library of accessible books and periodicals in the U.S.,

Free Tools to Test Your Nonprofit's Website for Accessibility

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People generally associate the topic of web accessibility with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but I like to think of web accessibility as the practice of making websites with content, features and functionality that people of all abilities can access and use. cindy leonard nptech nten Web Sites website accessibility Communications IT Staff Cindy Leonard. Consulting Team Leader. Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.

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How to Access and Use Big Data in the Nonprofit World

NonProfit Hub

The combination of cloud computing and cheaper data storage has made even advanced BI tools widely accessible. This all means the BI tools of the corporate sector are now accessible to nonprofits. Marius Moscovici is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub.

Free Tools to Test Your Nonprofit's Website for Accessibility

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People generally associate the topic of web accessibility with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but I like to think of web accessibility as the practice of making websites with content, features and functionality that people of all abilities can access and use. cindy leonard nptech nten Web Sites website accessibility Communications IT Staff Cindy Leonard. Consulting Team Leader. Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.

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Working Toward Internet Access for Everyone

Tech Soup Blog

adults still don't have broadband Internet access at home. The June 2015 FCC proposal calls for an expansion of Lifeline to provide low-income households with a choice of subsidized phone service or broadband Internet access. Nearly a third of U.S.

Computer Refurbishment and Accessibility

Tech Soup Blog

The first time I really "got" the power of accessible technology (AT) to improve the lives of people with disabilities was when I saw the PBS documentary Freedom Machines. How Accessible Technology Computer Refurbishment Came About. How Accessible Technology Works.

Harnessing the Power of Accessible Technology with the Help of Its Users

Tech Soup Blog

But others might say that equality is contingent upon access. This gathering is the biggest and most well-known conference to focus exclusively on assistive and accessible technologies for populations with special needs. This is the power of accessible technology. accessibility

Fair Use Victory Advances a Future of Accessibility for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

HathiTrust, a unanimous three-judge panel concluded that digitizing books in order to enhance research and provide access to individuals with print disabilities is lawful on the grounds of fair use —that is, a limitation and exception to the exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work ( Section 107 of the U.S. As a non-lawyer, let me explain from the point of view of a technologist who cares passionately about accessibility for people with disabilities.

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The Race to Expand Internet Access. in Space

Tech Soup Blog

Yet a significant portion of the world's population doesn't currently have access. Some large tech companies are well along in a race to provide low-cost broadband Internet access to the world's people … from space.

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Objecting to Accessibility Weaseling

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Last week, the National Federation of the Blind and 22 organizations serving people with disabilities filed detailed objections to a petition from a group of makers of e-reader devices led by Amazon to be exempted from accessibility requirements under the relatively new Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. We think the best long-term way to solve this equal access problem is, well, equal access.

Exciting open access project in Vancouver!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It takes an editor through the entire process of operating and publishing a journal, with a heavy emphasis on open access journals (where the articles are freely available to everybody from the moment they are published). One metric that made a real impression: OJS users publish an open access article for around $200 per article, which compares to the typical number of $3000 that is frequently floated around in the open access field.

6 Interview Questions To Ask To Access Leadership Skills

Eric Jacobsen Blog

The next time you are interviewing a candidate and you want to access their leadership skills, consider asking the candidate these questions : What personal qualities define you as a leader?

Increasing Accessible Publishing Globally

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Plenary Talk at the Eighth General Assembly of the World Blind Union Access to published information is an essential requirement for education, employment and full social inclusion. People with vision impairments and other print disabilities deserve equal access to that treasure of information. In my talk, I highlighted three global movements towards increasing accessible publishing. What can we do today to build that accessible future?

Leveraging Mobile Internet Access: Nonprofit Stories of Leading by Leaving The Desk

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Affordable mobile internet access can help you get more work done in the field instead of at your desk! Cloud Infrastructure Michelle Warner Mobile Mobile Citizen mobile internet access nptech nten Strategy tools Communications IT Staff Michelle Warner. Director. Mobile Citizen. Nonprofits are getting more done because their staff aren't tied to their desks to do their work.

The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

As part of the celebrations around the first anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty, WIPO launched the Accessible Books Consortium , to help increase global capacity to deliver books to people with print disabilities.

Benetech’s New Image Description Tool Improves Accessibility of Graphical Content for Students with Print Disabilities

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The DIAGRAM Center team has also created an image data content model which will provide standards to define and enhance the efficacy and interoperability of accessible images as the project evolves. DIAGRAM stands for Digital Image and Graphics Resources for Accessible Materials. Our DIAGRAM Center is dramatically changing the way image and graphical content for accessible educational materials is produced and accessed.

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The Art of the Steal: Access & Controversy at the Barnes Foundation

Museum 2.0

The documentary raises basic questions about donor intent, legal execution of eccentric peoples' wills, and, most interesting to me, the definition of access to a collection. However, over the past thirty years, Philadelphia leaders clamored for the art to move to the city and be made more accessible to visitors (projections suggest the new facility will welcome 250,000 per year). The Barnes collection is an incredible cultural artifact that more people should be able to access.

Nonprofits Live Recap: Accessible and Assistive Technologies

Tech Soup Blog

Many organizations, however, overlook ensuring that their web presence is accessible to individuals who may have visual or auditory impairments. Accessibility in Developing Countries. Make It Accessible Early.

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A Worthy Read: National Education Technology Plan

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Of course, one thing might be that accessibility is put right up top, front and center! Universal design gets a lot of well-deserved attention, and I was positively delighted by the plug for born accessible: Education stakeholders should develop a born accessible standard of learning resource design to help educators select and evaluate learning resources for accessibility and equity of learning experience. born accessible edtech NETP UD UDL

Voices from the Community: Accessibility

Tech Soup Blog

As our community discusses the topic of building a culture of accessibility, an important distinction arises. " Jayne Cravens, host of the TechSoup Volunteers and Technology forum, echoes Rush and laments that too few IT managers and web developers make accessibility a priority.

Expand Access to Healthcare Services with Text Messaging

Mobile Commons

In particular, underserved populations who may not have reliable access to the Internet can find out where they can access the services they need the most. Connecting people to local health resources is an important service that healthcare organizations provide for their communities.

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New to TechSoup: 4G Broadband Access from Mobile Beacon

Tech Soup Blog

Get mobile broadband access for your organization with a donated fourth-generation (4G) modem or wireless hotspot from the Mobile Beacon Donation Program. This USB modem is handy for someone who often travels with their laptop, and needs broadband access as they go.

Upcoming Nonprofits Live on September 14: Accessible and Assistive Technologies

Tech Soup Blog

Technology has greatly increased the ease with which we can access news and services and serve others. However, if we are truly intent on using technology to serve and help others we cannot forget to make sure tools we use, whether they are websites or apps, are accessible to all.

Our WIPO Statement on the Treaty for Access for People with Disabilities

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

For example, all residents with the qualifying disabilities in Australia, Denmark and Qatar, to pick just three examples, now have free access to Bookshare thanks to our joint efforts with local and national disability groups in these countries. Wonderful as our licensing partnerships with publishers are, they are not enough to make accessible most of the books that people with disabilities need to have equal access to education, employment and social inclusion. •

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Building an Accessibility Culture

Tech Soup Blog

Just recently NetSquared , part of the TechSoup network, has opened a discussion on Internet accessibility as their think tank theme this month. What we want to know is: How do you increase, promote, and advance Internet accessibility on your site? If you have any ideas on how you increase accessibility, please comment below, post something on the Net2 Community Blog , or share ideas via Linkedin or Facebook.

Social DRM: It’s About Equal Access for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our commitment is to provide access to books for those who are unable to read a traditional print format and to do so without harming the economic interests of authors and publishers. The Problem with Traditional DRM Traditional “strong” Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions have traditionally been the most common way to control access to online books. However, strong DRM turns out to be an impediment to the commercial distribution of accessible ebooks.

Metro4All — Making All Metro Systems Accessible

Tech Soup Blog

Ever since the Independent Living Movement began to emerge in the 1960s to empower people with disabilities, more and more of the world has become accessible. Metro4All is actually a collaboration of people in different countries interested in addressing mass transit accessibility.

Thank You, Gerardo!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Gerardo’s contributions related to the Benetech Global Literacy Program include: Overseeing the building of the tech infrastructure that has taken Bookshare from serving tens of thousands of members to over 300,000 members, with a rapidly growing collection of 280,000+ accessible ebooks.

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Commercial Availability: The Poison Pill for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Libraries for people who are blind or dyslexic are the primary source of accessible books in audio, large print or braille. Wouldn’t it make more sense to make it easier for people with disabilities to get access to the books they need for education and employment? I hope they follow the lead of the great majority of these countries and allow libraries serving that community to be fully stocked with the needed accessible books! If you can buy a book, you can’t borrow it.

Lawsuit over denying access to a student with learning disabilities

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We're up to more than 125,000 users, with over 95,000 books available, and our users are now accessing content at a rate of more than million downloads per year! That's why it's painful to hear about disputes over denying students with very real print disabilities access to these resources. I've recently been corresponding with a mother whose son's school district seems to be suing them to deny access to accessible material.

How To Access Your Organization's Risks

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Within the first 100 days as a new leader in an organization, you'll want to assess your organization's risk. Authors George Bradt, Jayme A.

Is Website Accessibility a Social Responsibility?

NTEN

Cindy Leonard, our presenter at " Access for All: Basics of Website Accessibility ", believes we as nonprofits have a social responsibility to make our websites more accessible : By their very nature, nonprofits exist to make the world a better place and to create positive social change. They should, therefore, be concerned with creating equal access to their programs, opportunities, and services.

Enhanced Accessibility

VisionLink

With a click, make client data entry easier for those with accessibility needs. Form Builder provides many options--and now among the navigation button options is an accessibility button which you can deploy or not with a click. So, deploy the accessibility button in the Form Builder and give your staff with certain needs a powerful view.

The FCC and Accessibility

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The FCC just did a series of four blog posts asking for feedback on their new accessibility plans. Comments on the FCC's Accessibility Plans (June 2010) My main recommendation to the FCC is to be more ambitious about accessibility. Although the Clearinghouse and Awards programs could be helpful to the cause of greater access for people with disabilities, I don’t think they truly take on the biggest opportunity for change.

Alpine Access: Insights from 12 Years of Managing Remote Workers

Frogloop

In 1998, virtual call center staffing company Alpine Access opened its doors. All of the staff taking calls with Alpine Access — now totaling about 3,000 customer service representatives — work from their homes. Alpine Access started as a pure home-agent company.

Is Web Accessibility a Social Responsibility?

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Web accessibility” means creating websites that can be fully used by people with disabilities. Wikipedia provides a good formal definition : “Web accessibility refers to the practice of making websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities. Why should a nonprofit care about having an accessible website? For a nonprofit organization, perhaps the most important reason for implementing Web accessibility is social responsibility.