Town Hall with Shawn Lauriat from Google Our next #a11ychat will take place on May 20th from 4-5pm EDT (note the time change!), and will feature a very special guest: Shawn Lauriat, a software engineer at Google since 2011, focusing on accessibility of Google Docs. Shawn will be answering questions during the #a11ychat and talking about accessibility and Google Docs. The Deque team, including Glenda Sims,… Continue Reading May #a11ychat
Attorney Sues Department of Homeland Security Citing Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Michael Leiterman, a lawyer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has filed a suit against his employer. Section 508 is an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act, passed by Congress in 1986. This amendment specifies that government agencies must make their electronic and information technology available to people with disabilities. Since its adoption… Continue Reading Section 508 Lawsuit
While this post is not meant as tutorial on creating accessible content with Microsoft Word or OpenOffice, keeping the following pointers in mind will help build accessibility right in the source documents - this list covers a few of the most important things to keep in mind. And as we saw in the previous posts, building accessibility in our source document is usually better than… Continue Reading Requirements for Accessible PDF part 3 – Authoring Best Practices
Our webinar on Section 508 Tools is just two days away, and we only have a few seats left! If you work for the government, and have anything to do with Section 508 compliance for your agency, you won't want to miss this opportunity. Join Deque CEO Preety Kumar, Don Evans, and Ian Kelly as they provide an introduction to the tools we used with the Department… Continue Reading Section 508 Webinar – Last Chance!
How did we do it? We have been sharing our infographic about digital accessibility on our social channels for a while, and some people have asked us how we created our infographic, and made it accessible. The infographic we designed was constructed in an Adobe software program called InDesign. InDesign allows us to work seamlessly with Adobe Acrobat to export an accessible file. InDesign allows… Continue Reading Accessible Infographics
The Arm of Technology Embraces Art Harvard University students are developing technology that will use 3D printing technology to create a relief of artwork. When it is touched, pressure-activated sensors relay audio feedback about the painting. The audio ranges from a description of the piece's history and meaning, as well as the object's physical qualities. The students see this as something that can be used… Continue Reading Midas Touch Allows People with Blindness to Experience Visual Art