International accessibility news roundup
At ALHAUS, we know how much hard work you put into your content. So it is important that everyone has the ability to enjoy it. That is why we champion inclusivity and a universal-design approach to content creation.
"Every month we collect the latest developments and new stories from across the globe to keep our readers up-to-date on the latest advancements, so they can implement effective accessibility strategies."
Here is this month’s international accessibility news roundup:
Blind woman sues 30 websites over handicap accessibility (New York Post)
Priscilla DeGregory and Emily Saul
A Manhattan woman has filed 24 lawsuits against a variety of retail organisations for not having accessibility websites. The claim is that content of these websites cannot be accessed with a screen reader. This lawsuit highlights the importance of websites accessibility.
Susan Ryan and Mihn N Vu
2017 saw an unprecedented number of website accessibility lawsuits in the United States. These lawsuits have had mixed results and the DOJ under the current administration is unlikely to push broad accessibility standards. However, with the rise of lawsuits, it is important that business still make their websites accessible to avoid the risk.
Council slip in website accessibility test (UK Authority)
The Better Connected program tested 270 UK council websites and found that the results were worse than the last round of tests. These websites may be in violation of the 2010 Equality Act. This slip in accessibility highlights the importance of content managers really ensuring that everything they publish is accessible.
A recent report commissioned by The Accessibility Centre found that the majority of Australia’s government websites fail to meet basic accessibility standards. These websites provide critical services to the population, so it is crucial they can be accessed by everyone. Australian citizens are becoming frustrated that they are unable to access the government services they have paid for with their taxes.
These stories highlight the importance of making your content accessible. If you would like to learn more about how to implement an accessibility strategy, speak to the experts at ALHAUS. We can review your content to make sure everyone has equal access.