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Why Manual Accessibility Audits Are Crucial to Avoiding Lawsuits!

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IT leaders view automated testing as crucial in accelerating software innovation, including automated accessibility testing for making websites usable for individuals with disabilities. These tools can detect about 83% of accessibility issues.

However, automation doesn’t negate the necessity for manual testing. This ensures all users can access website information without issues. Comprehensive coverage needs manual accessibility testing on multiple browsers and interfaces, despite the challenges it presents.

The biggest challenges faced when testing for accessibility are:  

1. The numerous success criteria under the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which require extensive expertise for effective accessibility testing.

2. The time and expertise required to use a screen reader, an essential assistive technology tool. Thus making it more efficient and practical to utilize users who are already familiar with the technology.

3. Some WCAG success criteria are open to interpretation, which can lead to confusion and delays. Clear and detailed documentation of requirements and testing processes can resolve this issue by ensuring consistent results and saving time in communication between testers and developers.

Automated processes, while instrumental in accelerating software development and accessibility, should be checked to ensure they’re performing adequately. 

Over-reliance on automation hype can lead to disappointment when expected outcomes don’t materialize.  Automated testing is useful for addressing basic issues, but manual testing remains essential. 

While many organizations aspire to fully automate digital accessibility, we’re far from realizing this goal. Some companies perceive a clean automated test result as a sign that all accessibility barriers have been removed, but this isn’t usually the case. Incomplete automated solutions can create a false sense of security.

Although automated solutions can check for elements like alt-text descriptions, they often struggle with contextual understanding and the meaningful interpretation of content. Furthermore, a technically operable interface for users with disabilities doesn’t guarantee an easy or successful user experience.

In usability testing, no technology can fully replace manual testing, especially testing conducted by individuals with disabilities. This slower, often more expensive part of the process can yield critical feedback, boosting conversions, reducing abandonment, and increasing customer loyalty.

Unfortunately, no solution can fully automate accessibility testing and remediation or guarantee WCAG and ADA compliance. Companies that rely solely on such solutions often face legal claims and are judged as insufficient in their efforts.

The advice above is not to adopt an “all or nothing approach but to utilize a mix of available automation tools and manual testing by disabled users for a more holistic approach to web accessibility.

Blind Travel Tips ✈️

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It’s a question I get a lot, from blind and sighted people alike.

How do I travel around so easily while blind?

And where does the confidence to do so come from?

Well, I can sum it up in only two words: Kindness & Tips.

​Watch this weeks video to find out how you can safely get out there and see the world too.

Exciting iPad Announcement!

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I have finally found a reason to purchase an iPad…

Apple recently announced that starting Tuesday, May 23, 2023 — Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are coming to the iPad!

As a blind video editor, this is a HUGE deal to me and I’ll be running out to grab my iPad this weekend!

To hear more about what this launch means and why it’s a game changer …

Watch my reaction and subscribe to our channel to keep updated and catch a glimpse of the official unboxing.

The Power of Music & The Spoken Word

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Have you ever shared your story with someone in the hopes of getting through to them or even helping them? If so, then you know the power we as humans have through the use of spoken word.

It is often said that “Music soothes the soul” and I fully believe that, couple it with great food, uplifting stories and your support and you get this amazing event coming up on April 22nd: “Testimony – A Gospel Jazz Brunch”.

We are asking for your contributions to help us pull this event off in grand fashion!

Even If you can’t purchase a ticket and come in person, we are accepting your donation of any amount.

We thank you in advance for whatever you can give!

Visit the GoFundMe page or if you would like to purchase tickets, you can do so over on the Eventbrite page.

🚨 Help Me Find: La Nuit L’Homme Bleu Electrique by Yves Saint Laurent 🚨

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Alright guys, I’ve been searching for this one for almost two years… and it’s always just somehow out of reach!

So, I’m officially asking for your help…

Do you know any way I can get my hands on Yves Saint Laurent ‘s LA NUIT DE L’HOMME BLEU ELECTRIQUE.

Whether it be from a fellow reviewer, a reputable international site or even YOU!

I want to hear about it — please comment below with any tips you might have.