WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

April 2020 Newsletter

WebAIM is celebrating 20 years of improving online accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

#WebAIM20th Fun Fact: The WAVE evaluation tool was first created in 2001 at Temple University by the late Dr. Leonard Kasday. Since then WebAIM has expanded his vision to create the suite of WAVE tools available today that are used to evaluate and improve the accessibility of millions of web pages each year.


WAVE Webinar and Intro Video

This free webinar will be hosted May 6, 2020 at 2:30pm US Eastern Time. We will provide a quick overview of using WAVE, and share recent updates and future plans. A new Introduction to WAVE video is also available.

Creating Accessible Forms

WebAIM has significantly updated is forms article to provide additional details on using ARIA, autocomplete, placeholder, and more.


NEW: WebAIM Virtual Training

WebAIM is now offering virtual web accessibility training. The first session will be held June 24-25. This is in addition to our next in-person training to be held in Utah August 12-13.

Teach Access faculty grants

Teach Access will be providing $5,000 awards to US-based higher education faculty and staff to develop modules, presentations, exercises, or curriculum that introduce accessible design and development to students.

On the hook: Website Developers may have ADA liability for inaccessible websites

A recent California court decision suggests liability for developers that delivered a website that did not meet accessibility requirements.


Blind Users Struggle with State Coronavirus Websites

A Markup survey finds that many state webpages have serious accessibility issues

Accessibility must be part of your COVID-19 response

Hundreds of millions of people have transitioned to conducting their lives through remote digital systems. The need for accessibility has never been greater and our responsibility to provide equal access has never been more clear.

Review of CommonLook PDF Plug-in

A recently updated review of the CommonLook PDF accessibility remediation tool.

What's in a name?

Often when we talk about accessibility problems, we end up talking about a number of different errors that all boil down to a missing accessible name.

Designing for cognitive accessibility: Where to begin

Accessible design often focuses on people with vision or hearing disabilities. Designing for cognitive accessibility (COGA) rarely receives as much attention, but is equally important.

Writing my accessibility statement

Ethan Marcotte shares the process for creating a site accessibility statement.

Quick Tip: Design for different viewport sizes

When designing, keep in mind how page information is presented in different sized viewports, such as zoomed browsers or mobile devices. If you expect your website to often be accessed by mobile device, a helpful tool for developers is the Device Toolbar located in the developer tools. The device toolbar allows you to simulate your website on different mobile devices.

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