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AccessGA: Newsletter October 2014
AccessGA Georgia's Accessible ICT Initiative

Accessibility Snapshots

This month we launch a series of Accessibility Snapshots with the goal of offering tips, advice, or personal experience from Assistive Technology (AT) users and experts in the accessibility field. Our first short video is from John Rempel on the importance of accessible websites. John is an AT Specialist with the Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta. Having a vision impairment himself, he understands firsthand the nuances and complexities of usability and accessibility. He is also certified as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, and has written extensively for AFB's AccessWorld.  Check out John's video as he discusses the barriers that inaccessible websites pose and demonstrates several tools that he finds useful.
 
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John Rempel on the Importance of Accessible Websites

An Accessibility Statement Shows Your Commitment

Does your agency have an up-to-date accessibility statement? An accessibility statement on your website demonstrates your organization’s commitment to providing accessible information to all users and provides users with the means to contact you if they do encounter barriers on your website. Many organizations include a statement identifying compliance with Section 508 Standards and conformance with WCAG 2.0 Guidelines and include examples of the types of accessibility testing conducted. Some organizations go even farther to include a comprehensive accessibility policy.
 
If you are undergoing the process of making your website more accessible, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recommends including a statement of your commitment to fix the accessibility barriers on your website.
 
Check out the following accessibility statements and resources:
 
Georgia.gov Accessibility
University System of Georgia Accessibility
Section 508.gov Accessibility Policy
Disability.gov Accessibility Statement
W3C Improving the Accessibility of Your Website

WebAIM Releases Results of Web Accessibility Practitioners Survey

In July, WebAIM conducted a survey of web accessibility practitioners and received 900 valid responses from practitioners worldwide. Two findings that stand out:  respondents are optimistic that web content has become more accessible from the previous year and a large percentage of respondents agree that more accessible websites have a bigger impact on improved accessibility than does better assistive technology. WebAIM’s survey of screen reader users produced very similar responses. A key take-away: more accessible websites greatly impact the experience of AT users.  
 
For the results of both surveys, see Web Accessibility Practitioners Survey Results and Screen Reader User Survey Results.
 
WebAIM is an organization within the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) at Utah State University.

 
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ADA Anniversary

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by designing and building accessibility into all of your information and communication technology (ICT) and digital media projects. For more ways to celebrate, and for information on ADA and Section 508 visit the digitalgov accessibility blog.
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Resources

Visit the AccessGA website and wiki for information on upcoming webinars and trainings and detailed information on ICT accessibility. Registration now open for Nov. 13 webinar: Tools and Strategies for Website Accessibility Testing.
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AccessGA Initiative

AccessGA, Georgia’s Accessible ICT Initiative, is a program of the State of Georgia ADA Coordinator's Office, AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Georgia Technology Authority's GeorgiaGov Interactive.
Links and Resources
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AMAC provides practical solutions for real challenges faced daily by individuals with disabilities. AMAC offers corporate, governmental and nonprofit memberships for services, including disability compliance consultation, braille, captioning, accessible digital content and assistive technology. amacusg.org