Useful websites for accessibility of internet and technology
- 456 Berea Street: www.456bereastreet.com. Web development tips and tutorials with a strong focus on accessibility.
- Abledbody: http://abledbody.com. News on developments in assistive devices, run by Connecticut-based journalist and author Suzanne Robitaille.
- Accessible Tech: http://www.accessibletech.org. A fantastic resource on the ADA, this organization promotes the participation of disabled people in business and society through universally accessible technologies.
- Accessible Web Design: http://www.joedolson.com. Site by Joe Dolson, a web accessibility consultant.
- BBC In Touch podcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qxww. Podcast focused on developments for blind and partially sighted people.
- Blind Access Journal: http://blindaccessjournal.com. Blog by a blind couple on a quest for access to information.
- Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology: http://www.coataccess.org. A group of concerned disability organizations fighting to ensure that laws and regulations are in place so that disabled people have access to developments in technology.
- National Center for Technology Innovation: www.nationaltechcenter.org. Focused on creating learning tools for students, especially those with disabilities.
- Universal Usability: http://www.universalusability.com. A fantastic resource for web designers wishing to make their sites accessible (and usable) to all. Houses the complete text of Sarah Horton’s Access by Design.
- Web Accessibility Initiative: http://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility. The definitive source of guidelines and techniques for accessible web design. Part of the W3C World Wide Web Consortium.
- WebAIM: http://webaim.org. Excellent resource for accessible web development.
- Web Axe: http://webaxe.blogspot.com. Tips and a podcast on accessible web design.
- Wireless RERC: www.wirelessrerc.org. Wireless and mobile technologies for people with disabilities and an advocate for universal design in future technology development.
Useful web development tools
- http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer. An excellent plug-in for Mozilla Firefox which allows web developers to test the accessibility of various parts of their websites, including turning off images and checking CSS.
- http://wave.webaim.org. Evaluate your website with this easy-to-use accessibility evaluation tool. There are many tools on the net, but this one doesn’t frighten you with complicated reports and unintelligible advice.
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Produced by the Web Accessibility Initiative – these set the standard.