Campaign: Planning & Design

Universal Design as guidepost

Welcome! Please feel free to share your ideas, solutions and thoughts about universal design. Things are evolving so fast. Any guidelines on accessibility in social media are sure to become outmoded as things change. It may make more sense to see UD as a goal and ideal vs actual standards and requirements. What's challenging about universal design as a philosophy/guidepost is that everyone has very interpretations ...more »

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Campaign: Planning & Design

County services websites

There needs to be a way to systematically look at web portals for county services, and correct them; and then connect one on one providers with customers.

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Open-sourcing to increase accessibility

Just came across this post from Facebook Accessibility. They have a new series called Making Facebook Accessible and they're open-sourcing their approach to accessibility: https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-accessibility/making-facebook-accessible-component-libraries/729955277048200 Is open-sourcing a solution to expanding accessibility to all forms of social media by sharing this information in the public? ...more »

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Individualized accessibility vs universal design?

Many people, both disabled and non-disabled, have specific needs and requirements when it comes to accessing the Internet. Some apps are created to serve very specific purposes for example. Rather than focusing on an 'universal design' ideal, is the idea of individual customizable accessibility more beneficial for users w/ disabilities?

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Campaign: Maintenance & Support

Maintenence

If you are going provide this type of service why not employ some the people with disabilities to run a site. If you need an IT to run hire people with Asperger Syndrome to maintain it. To show the labor force that the Department of Labor is willing to run a site and have IT personal who are disabled for the disabled. Start training people in tech fields since it is growing.

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Clearly-labeled menu functions

Social media and web-based email interfaces should use clearly-labeled menu functions, instead of cryptic pictorial icons. I shouldn't have to guess which function is represented by a gear wheel, wrench or other image.

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Campaign: Planning & Design

Human oversight for video closed-captioning

I recently attempted to follow an online video via automatically generated "Closed Captioning." It was utter gibberish. Auto-caption is so vastly a joke that "youtube auto caption fail" is a drop-down search suggestion. I recommend that any site (like YouTube) that imposes "auto-captioning" make it easy for content producers to edit/correct the transcript. The site should alert the content producer to the importance ...more »

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Campaign: Development & Testing

Web accessibility is the new usability

This is an excerpt of a recent article featuring an interview w/ web accessibility evangelist Lucy Greco and Ted Gies of Elsevier publishing. "Enhancing accessibility is just good usability...Most of the things that make your site accessible are quick and easy additions that don't require a lot of programming, and you get a lot of bang for your buck — a big ROI." http://www.elsevier.com/connect/why-web-accessibility-is-the-new-usability ...more »

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Campaign: Deployment

Universal Guidelines for all the States

My main problem is not all states have the same standards for access to technologies and services. This affects getting to and from places such as work and school. If you want doctors appointments. In Autism there are discussions of expanding Medicaid role in services provided. EXCEPT in some states like Texas they decided not to expand Medicaid in direct protest to Obama Affordable Care Act. Which makes the waiting ...more »

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