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Accessibility Resources

This page compiles links to accessibility-focused websites, web content guidelines, podcasts, and links to accessibility professional sites.

As I have a visual impairment this page will be biased toward low-vision and blind resources due to my own interest. As an artist I am also interested in how low vision and blind users experience graphics through the web and tactile graphics.

Web Accessibility Guidelines

W3C - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Actionable and technical guidelines for how to make your website or web app more accessible with code examples and many practical examples. A great starting point.

Section 508 Laws and policies around accessibility that information technology and service providers should follow. Has guidelines on universal design, testing for 508 conformance, how to make PDFs, documents, presentations, and meetings accessible, and how to test websites and software for accessibility.

WebAIM Resources Web accessibility guidelines, training, and resource links. Tips for testing accessibility, a Section 508 checklist, a WCAG 2 checklist, quick reference guides, and evaluation tools.

WebAIM Articles HTML, ARIA, and CSS accessibility guidelines. Information on semantic structure of a page, links and navigation, accessible forms, frames, javascript, keyboard navigation.

Tactile Graphics

Braille Authority of North America - Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics An extremely detailed guideline for how to create tactile graphics for blind users, what number and type of textures are appropriate, and how to simplify a detailed image to a simplified one. Also has information on how to present braille alongside images.

National Federation for the Blind - 3D Printing Tactile Graphics 101 How to get started with 3D printing for tactile graphics. Includes information on file formats, recommended software, which plastics are bio-based, and more.

Image Description

WebAIM - Alternative Text Context based examples and guidelines for how to write alt text depending on what text surrounds it. Also gives advice on how to make decorations, form image buttons, image maps, css images, and logos accessible.

Diagram Center - Making Images Accessible Free and open source training tools for writing image captions and image description text.

SVG and Icon Fonts Best Practices As SVG is a new file format some extra code in addition to alt text is required to make them accessible, the same goes for icon fonts. This site gives concrete examples on how to do that.

Be My Eyes - Emilie Gossiaux's three-step process for describing art to a blind person [YouTube] A snippet from the Be My Eyes podcast interview with Emilie Gossiaux, a blind artist (link to full episode under Podcasts).

Checkers and Tools

WebAIM Contrast Checker A site to check if your website text meets contrast accessibility requirements (small text, large text, GUI elements, for AA and AAA criterion).

Web Accessibility Advice and Blogs

Adrian Roselli Adrian Roselli is an accessibility professional who works with companies big and small to improve their accessibility.

WebbIE Information about website accessibility from the creator of the WebbIE browser.

Podcasts

Be My Eyes Be My Eyes started as a web mobile app for sighted volunteers to connect and assist low-vision and blind users. In the podcast, the hosts interview people from the blind and low-vision community. I will list some of my favorite episodes below (Spotify links, but the podcasts has other links on their website).

  1. Be My Eyes - Can Blind Artists Compete with Those Who Can See? [Spotify] An insightful interview with the artist Emilie Gossiaux. She gives helpful advice on how to describe art to a blind person which is in the Image Description section above.

  2. Be My Eyes - White Canes and Guide Dogs: What's Actually the Difference? [Spotify] An informative episode where Bryan Bashin (LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, San Fransisco) and Theresa Stern (Guide Dogs for The Blind) discuss the pros and cons of both.

13 Letters Be My Eyes host another podcast called 13 Letters which focuses on accessible tech. I will list some of my favorite episodes below (Spotify links, but the podcasts has other links on their website).

  1. 13 Letters - Adrian and the Overlays (Spotify link) The hosts interview accessibility expert Adrian Roselli about the problems with accessibility overlays and how they take advantage of small business looking to improve the accessibility of their site.

Braille

Australian Braille Authority - Physical specifications for brailleAustralian measurements for braille that is easiest to read for the vision impaired. Includes a calculation for dot radius, and ideal ranges for dot diameter, within and between dot cell spacing.

Australian Braille Authority - Directory of braille services and products in AustraliaA directory for braille teachers, braille books, braille signage experts, or graphic designers who specialise in embossed braille.

Additional Resources

Accessible Publishing - Resources for Publishers Accessibility guidelines for publishers - includes guidelines for those who use InDesign, publish ePUBs.

XR Access A community of researchers and industry professionals who are looking to improve virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (XR) to be more inclusive.

Medium - How to access alt text on Twitter Twitter makes it hard to make alt text viewable, which is bad. There are work arounds and some useful browser extensions to see alt text and identify missing alt text as described in this article.

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