Articles for the ‘Accessibility Case Studies’ Category

Going from good to great in digital accessibility – Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast 7

This month on the Digital Accessibility Experts podcast we have Rob Wemyss, one of our Hassell Inclusion Accessibility Managers who helps organisations mature in accessibility, talking about going from “good to great” in accessibility – what do you do when you’re good at this stuff but you want to push it to that next level? We’ve some great insights on: making your accessibility testing efficient by getting all your team to do it early, rather than waiting for an audit just before launch; the value of moving from looking at accessibility as compliance to looking at accessibility as customer experience, how to motivate people to make that change in mindset, and some examples of what organisations have to win by doing that; the importance of getting accessibility right in procurement as well as product development; and the importance of consistency in the accessibility of all your digital products. Check it out here…

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Measuring your return on investment from improving accessibility – Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast 6

The business case for accessibility is really important for motivating organisations to invest in improving the accessibility of their digital products. But the identification and measurement of the return on that investment is the thing that will keep them making accessibility a priority over time. So in this month’s podcast we’re talking about all the different ways you can capture whether the time and money that you’ve spent on accessibility has been worth it.  We’ve some great insights on: how accessibility can turn reputational challenges to PR wins; how accessibility can help maximise your number of customers, and minimise the costs of customer service; does accessibility really improve your SEO; and can accessibility help you recruit and retain a diverse workforce. Check it out here…

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Which of Drupal and WordPress is the most accessible content management system? – Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast 5

Most websites these days are created via some form of Content Management System (CMSes). There are lots of CMSes out there. So how do you choose the right one for you? One thing you could think about is how well the CMS allows you to create websites that are accessible. Graham Armfield in our team has been working to make WordPress accessible for years. And Mike Gifford, who has been leading accessibility work on Drupal, is another good friend of ours at Hassell Inclusion. So in this month’s podcast we’ve put them together to discuss their work. Check it out here…

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The one small thing people in each digital job role could do in 2019 to improve accessibility – Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast 4

At Hassell Inclusion we believe that each member of a digital development team has a role to play in ensuring that the products they create are accessible. However, often people don’t understand the accessibility requirements that they need to deliver in their role. While it’s not that difficult for designers, developers, content authors and testers to find specific accessibility requirements for their work in WCAG, it’s much harder for a governance manager, test strategy manager or social media manager to find out how accessibility plays into what they do. We may be a couple of months into 2019 now, but New Years’ Resolutions are still on our minds. So for this podcast, we sat down as a team to discuss one small thing people in each role could change or add into their work to really make a difference to the accessibility of the products that they work on. Small changes in what you do can make big changes to the accessibility of your products. Check it out here…

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Boomers are the largest generation in history – so how do you make sure they can use your website?

Our population is ageing. Boomers are the largest generation in history. They also have significant buying power. So how should you ensure that they can use your websites and mobile apps? Digital technologies, and the accessibility opportunities they offer, have a huge amount to offer to people who are ageing. So here are some insights from my interview with Andrew Arch, who led the WAI-AGE work at W3C on the link between accessibility standards and ageing. Are the needs of people with disabilities and people who are ageing the same? Do older people use screen readers? Do the colours you use on a site matter? If older people prefer tablets and smartphones to computers, what is the main thing they dislike about browsing sites on touchscreens? How do you get people to relate to disability as a personal thing, rather than a technical solution? Find out here…

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The wider picture of accessibility

Over Christmas I’ve been reflecting on this quote from Yacoob Woozeer in this month’s podcast: “Even where people are being taught accessibility, it’s at a component level. They need to see the wider picture. So you need to be more aware of that user journey throughout the system, not just looking at individual aspects of it.” This ‘wider picture’ of accessibility is key to individuals’ growing maturity in accessibility, as it is for organisations’ maturity. So my Christmas blog shares how my book on BS 8878, and the forthcoming ISO 30071-1, can help provide it. Enjoy…

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The future of accessibility – Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast Episode 2

Welcome to episode 2 of our Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast, on the future of accessibility. Could we get browser creators to create better native controls so people don’t have to roll their own? Are accessible component libraries going to change everything? Could personalisation give everyone interfaces that are fully designed for them? Is accessibility now cool? And do Hassell Inclusion’s team really want to be out of jobs because they’ve helped accessibility become “just the way people work”? Find out here…

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Get our book on Kindle now

I’m delighted to announce that our 5 star-reviewed book on embedding accessibility into your business-as-usual processes is now available on Kindle. Those who have read it, love it. So if you want more Hassell Inclusion insights, and case-studies from 20 more top accessibility experts from all over the planet, it’s a must have. Find out more…

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Accessibility in developing countries – Insights from Ethiopia

As part of our company’s 10% giving, we have recently been to Ethiopia to raise money for Ethiopiaid. While we were there, we visited the local projects they support to find out what life for people with disabilities in Ethiopia is like, what accessibility looks like there, and what we could learn from to help this growing nation support the lives and ambitions of its disabled population. Here’s what we found out…

The importance of process: why you may be wasting some of your spend on accessibility

Is accessibility becoming an important part of your digital product development? Something that you’re spending increasing time and effort on? In this blog, Hassell Inclusion’s CEO Jonathan Hassell interviews Debra Ruh from Ruh Global Communications on how embedding accessibility in your processes may be more effective than just chasing compliance – anything else is just not sustainable