Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is almost here! If you’re unfamiliar with the occasion, GAAD was created in 2012 to get more people talking and learning about creating accessible digital experiences for people with disabilities. The conversation spans across digital (websites, mobile applications, and software) with the goal of creating a more inclusive web for everyone. To get you thinking more about accessibility, we compiled a list of some of the best accessibility resources and articles below.
We’re also excited to announce a special episode of “The Dirt” podcast launching on GAAD, this Thursday, with Marla Runyan, Director of Digital Accessibility at Perkins School for the Blind. In addition to her great work at Perkins, Marla is known for being an accomplished track and field athlete, road runner, and marathoner. She’s a 5-time Paralympic gold medalist and is the only American athlete to qualify for and compete in both the Paralympic and Olympic games.
Finally, Perkins School is running a fantastic workshop called Achieving Web Accessibility on June 14th from 9am-4pm at their Watertown campus. They’ll help you create a plan to get your digital properties compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which requires implementation of WCAG 2.0 best practices by 2018. Are your digital properties compliant? Do you want to ensure they are accessible by all visitors and users? Get in touch with us for a conversation about how to get started.
- An interview with Joe Devon, one of the founders of Global Accessibility Awareness day, about community and accessibility
- Repercussions for not being compliant with accessibility standards
- Anne Gibson’s article in A List Apart that reframes how we talk about accessibility for the web
- Embracing universal design in Margit Link-Rodrigue’s piece “The Inclusion Principle”
- Adrian Rapp’s article on designing with accessible color contrast ratios
- Color contrast checker and color blindness simulator
- Aaron Tenbuuren’s experience designing for (and with) color blindness
- Teach Access’s tutorial on best practices for designers and developers to make accessible mobile and web apps
- Tips and tools for determining accessibility issues and how to fix them from Eric Karkovack
- ARIA examples to enhance your application accessibility
- This awesome pattern library of accessibility compliant components
- Egghead’s video lesson on How Visible vs. Hidden Elements Affect Keyboard/Screen Reader Users