Amaze Grant Winner: Fix the Web

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Deque Systems is very pleased to announce that the first Amaze Grant has been awarded to Fix the Web. The UK-based initiative was originally launched in 2010 to find and fix digital accessibility issues through the power of crowdsourcing. Fix the Web will not only help to remove barriers to the web for users with disabilities but also provides users with disabilities a way to make their voices heard by website and application owners.

Fixing Web Accessibility Issues - One Site at a Time

The Fix the Web team consists of over 1,000 volunteers and people with disabilities, who find accessibility errors across the web alert website owners. So far the project has project has seen over 2,500 websites reported with potential accessibility issues that can be addressed. Fix the Web is an initiative of Citizens Online, a national charity that campaigns for internet access for all and has the backing of Stephen Fry, who has commented:

"We all expect a few glitches when we go online, but when it comes to accessibility for disabled and older people, the problem is colossal. Fix the Web is doing something about it in a positive and practical way - I urge you to get involved and help get this problem fixed.  Fix the Web gets to the very heart of the problem - it's pure genius!"

Reporting Inaccessible Websites

According to Dr. Gail Bradbrook of Citizens Online and leader of Fix the Web, "The reporting process for a disabled person take less than a minute and is easily done through a form on the site: http://www.fixtheweb.net, via twitter (#fixtheweb #fail, url and the problem) or by emailing post@fixtheweb.net. There is also a toolbar available on the site for browsers, developed by Southampton University, which includes a reporting button."

Deque Amaze Grant Award-Winner

We are very pleased to be awarding the Amaze Grant to Fix the Web, which represents an innovative new approach to accessibility remediation, empowers users to participate in accessibility, and brings accessibility issues to the attention of the website owners, developers, content creators, and designers. The grant will go towards the continued development of Fix the Web.

Stay tuned to Deque.com for more news about Fix the Web, and to receive updates on their participation at CSUN this year.

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About 

For over fifteen years, Deque has been helping major corporations, government agencies, and other organizations ensure that their websites and mobile apps are accessible to everyone. We have more than fifteen years of history of serving the federal government, including undertaking the biggest accessibility program that's occurred in the United States government or anywhere. 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. The company invented the first accessibility plug-in 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.

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  • James Coltham Permalink

    This is such good news that will provide a significant boost to the initiative and ensure that we’re reaching more people and fixing more sites.

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