Articles for the ‘BS8878’ 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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BBC case study: proving Return on Investment (ROI) from accessibility

The BBC is the world’s leading public service broadcaster. They have always had a value to place audiences at the heart of what they do and celebrate diversity. Our founder, Jonathan Hassell, when he was BBC Head of Usability & Accessibility, was tasked with proving the value of digital accessibility to the BBC, and to sustain and grow the corporation’s commitment to inclusion over time. Find out how he did this by: maximising the audience for services, minimising reputational risk and customer complaints, and creating positive reputational value by ensuring people with disabilities knew about accessibility improvements, winning accessibility awards, and sharing best practice publicly…

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What success in embedding accessibility looks like – video interview with GAAD’s Jennison Asuncion

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) has arrived again. To celebrate, we’re publishing a video interview with Jennison Asuncion – one half of the team who created the idea, and a good friend of Hassell Inclusion. Jennison’s a well-known advocate for accessibility, who now heads up accessibility at LinkedIn. Watch the video to find out: why Jennison is so passionate about accessibility; how he and Joe Devon came up with the idea behind GAAD; how he embedded accessibility into the ways of working at his old employer – a bank in Canada; and how BS 8878 can help other organisations to do the same. Check it out here…

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What’s new in Accessibility in 2019 – standards, authoring tools, frameworks and design thinking

In my final blog on advances in the Accessibility Ecosystem in 2019 I complete the picture, discussing advances in: disabled people’s awareness of, access to, and training in using assistive technologies (ATs); standards for developing software (websites and apps) to work with those ATs; updates in the accessibility of Content Management Systems & JavaScript frameworks; updates in the embedding of accessibility into design patterns and design thinking; and how new standards for embedding accessibility into team processes bring it all together. Check it out…

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An international perspective on the business case behind accessibility – video interview with Axel Leblois

After many years, it feels like the business case for accessibility and inclusive design is becoming better understood and acted upon in businesses. This is a clip from an interview I captured with Axel Leblois from G3ict when he was in London a few years ago, where he speaks about the 3 key reasons organisations believe getting involved with accessibility is good business sense, from his perspective as the lead of the UN’s global initiative for accessible ICT. Check it 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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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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What I wish I’d known when I got into accessibility – Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast Episode 1

We often meet people who are desperate to gain knowledge in accessibility. In our team at Hassell Inclusion we’re lucky to have international experts who have over 70 years of accessibility experience between us. We’ve created accessibility standards and help a diverse range of clients to apply those standards to their work every day of the week. We wanted to start opening up some of that well of experience, so people who want to know more about accessibility can benefit. That’s why we’ve created the Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast. Here’s episode 1…

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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

Does web accessibility really “place ruinous obligations on websites”? – analysis of Internet Association brief

Last week a brief filed by the Internet Association, which represents Google, Amazon, Facebook, AOL and eBay, stated “Applying the ADA to all Web sites may place uncertain, conflicting, burdensome, and possibly ruinous obligations on (our) members.” As many of those member websites include accessibility statements that tell a very different story, Jonathan Hassell asks why such overblown statements are made, what scares website owners about the link between WCAG 2.0 and disability discrimination laws, and whether standards like BS 8878 that advocate an approach based on ‘reasonable accommodations’ may help lower anxiety and restore sense in the debate around accessibility cost-benefits…

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