Deque invents software that makes the web accessible.
That’s both our mission and our passion and something we have been doing for over 10 years with major corporations, government agencies, and other organizations. Every Deque team member – some of whom have been with the company since it was founded in 1999 – is passionate about the importance of accessibility in the digital world and in helping customers achieve the outcomes that accessibility provides. Our culture focuses heavily on these key pillars, in hiring, evaluation, and career paths.
When we talk about “making the digital world accessible,” that means ensuring that websites, mobile applications and digital content are usable by people with disabilities. People who are blind, who have limited mobility, or who are color blind, for example, enjoy and rely on using the web, just like everyone else. Many people with disabilities use what’s called “assistive technology” - software or hardware tools that help them use web sites or mobile applications - to navigate the web. According to US Census data, the population of people who use assistive technology to navigate the web is a market that is over $350 billion in size and growing.
Deque works with many leading Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies including many financial institutions. We have more than ten years of history of serving the federal government, including undertaking the biggest accessibility project that’s occurred in the government or anywhere. And finally, Deque also works with .edu’s and mission-focused nonprofits to ensure that their materials and systems are usable and barrier free for users with disabilities.
At its core, Deque is a company that is inventive. The company invented the first accessibility plugin software, the first web-based testing platform, and the first server-based accessibility solution. All of these have been created in the service of helping our customers become accessible, advance the goals of their organization, and remove barriers for all users on the web.
Are you new to web accessibility and don’t really know where to begin? Have you wondered what exactly makes a website accessible or how your business may be impacted by an inaccessible website? Our new Web Accessibility 101 webinar will answer these questions and more. We invite you to join accessibility expert Todd Liebsch on June 25 from 11 AM to 12 PM EDT for this introductory overview of website accessibility. The Web Accessibility 101 webinar will cover: Foundational knowledge of building accessibility into your website and where to begin What a screenreader is, what it does, and how it works The
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On Monday evening, Deque Systems attended the Computerworld Honors Laureate Ceremony and Awards Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. We were thrilled to be awarded the 21st Century Achievement Award in the category of Innovation for our ground-breaking Amaze technology. The Computerworld Honors program has been awarding ”organizations that use information technology to promote and advance the public welfare, benefit society and business, and change the world for the better” for 25 years. In order to be considered for the award, the organization must also fit the following criteria: Provides a significant benefit to society in one of
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We’ve got a busy couple of weeks coming up at Deque. Next week we are very pleased to be exhibiting and hosting a panel at M-Enabling in Arlington, VA, and on June 11th we’ll be presenting a Power Breakfast session at the American Bankers Association Regulatory Compliance Conference (ABA Regulatory Compliance Conference). M-Enabling The M-Enabling Global Summit is “the only program exclusively dedicated to promoting mobile accessible and assistive applications and services for senior citizens and users of all abilities, a market of more than one billion users worldwide, with considerable untapped potential.” Many organizations are seeking systematic ways to ensure
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Did you miss our riveting #a11ychat this past Monday? Never fear! We’ve got the whole #a11ychat transcription on Chirpstory. We were joined by special guest Shawn Lauriat. Shawn works as a software engineer focusing on accessibility of Google Docs. He joined Google in 2011 as an engineer on the Documents team. Shawn responded to all our Google Doc and Drive accessibility questions and shared some great tips for accessibility in Google Docs. You can check out the whole thing on Chirpstory. Stay tuned for information on the June #a11ychat, which will take place on June 17th from 4-5pm EDT.
The deadline to comply with the website accessibility portion of the AODA is January 1st, 2014, a little over 6 months away. Do you know what you need to do with your site to make it accessible? Do you know what your options are? We have found that many people still don’t know the answer to these questions. Let Us Help The first step toward compliance is education: learn about your options, then develop a plan, and implement. With that education in mind, we are hosting a webinar about AODA compliance on May 22nd, from 10-11 AM EDT, and still
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