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Americans with Disabilities Act - 23rd Anniversary

Celebrating Americans with Disabilities Act 23rd anniversary 1990 - 2013 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Signed into law on July 26, 1990, this act is a civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability. It was intended to be a flexible set of laws that could only be strengthened, not weakened, by future case law. We are are excited to continue honoring the Americans with Disabilities Act, now celebrating its 23rd anniversary! As public perception evolves and technology advances, more attempts are being made to address inequality through accessibility legislation and standards. This updated infographic addresses recent legislation enacted to improve digital equality in the US and Canada. new! * How the ADA defines disability: A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. 50 Million Americans are living with a disability Distribution of age groups with a disability 5% 10% 38% 16% age 5-17 age 18-64 age 65+ Types of disability: Self-care Independent Living Ambulatory Visual Hearing Cognitive Mental 3.2 million 3.4 million 3.9 million 6.6 million 7.9 million 9.8 million American population living with a disability Education: Of people over the age of 25: have a bachelor's degree or higher with a disability without a disability 13% 31% have less than a high school education 28% with a disability without a disability 12% Employment: The unemployment rate for people with a disability is typically twice as high as the rate of people without a disability. 10% 20% I without with Home: There are ADA standards for accessible design, which have specific building code requirements Light switches no more than 48" from the floor Clear width for a single Bedroom and bathroom on the first floor Outlets 15" wheelchair above floor is 36" Ramp for the entranceway Web Accessibility: When websites are poorly designed or built, they create barriers to people with disabilities. Tips for making websites more accessible Making a website navigable using the keyboard improves accessibility for people with motor limitations Adding alternative text to an image makes that image accessible to the blind Providing the text format for audio files makes them accessible to those with a hearing disability see more below! Studies show accessible websites have: better search results accessible websites an estimated reduced maintenance costs 90% of websites are not accessible inaccessible websites & increased audience reach Assistive Technology: Screen readers Speech recognition Screen magnifiers Braille translator Identify what is on the screen Translates spoken Present enlarged Translates script words into text screen content into braille cells Disability Milestones: The National Association for the Deaf is founded 1880 Disabled Veterans of America & National Mental Health Association 1920 is founded National Federation of the Blind is 1940 founded President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped is created 1947 Social Security Act is amended so that working age people with disabilities receive income benefits 1956 American Council for the Blind 1961 is founded Architectural Barriers Act passed which required that all buildings constructed, renovated, or financed by the federal government to be physically accessible 1968 Rehabilitation Act is passed 1973 Education for all Handicapped Children Act is Passed 1975 President Reagan appoints heads of National Council on Disabilities 1982 Senator Lowell Weicker and Congressman Tony Coelho support NCD by sponsoring the ADA 1988 ADA is passed and becomes law 1990 Significant Sections of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: Federal agencies are to develop affirmative action programs #501 for hiring, placement and advancement for persons with disabilities w Establishes the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board to ensure #502 compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 and to eliminate transportation barriers and seek ways to making housing accessible wwww Parties contracting with the US government are required to use affirmative action to #503] employ qualified persons with disabilities States that ".no otherwise qualified handicapped individuals in the U.S. .shall solely #504 by reason of his handicap be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance Section 504 became known as "The Civil Rights Law for the Handicapped." ***** The law applies to all Federal agencies, and requires that electronic and #508 information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. refresh 2013: Section #508 Refresh A "refresh" to Section 508 is planned for late 2013 or early 201. This update will require government agencies to comply with WCAG 2.0 level AA standards. Technology has changed at a rapid rate over the past several years, leaving holes in accessibility standards. The refresh aims to fill in these holes with mandatory testing procedures and development tools. new! * Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilites Act (AODA) Ontario was the first Canadian province to develop enforceable accessibility standards. Membership on the AODA Standards Development Committee is equally divided between people with disabilities and representatives from business, government, and the public sector. Canadians standards under the AODA There are 5 sets • Customer Service • Information and Communication • Employment for accessibility! • Transportation • Design of Public Spaces new! * Post ADA: The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) of 2010 requires telecommunications services and video content to be accessible to users with a disability. How to make audio or video compliant with CVAA Audio Hearing impaired: in depth captions should be visible and in sync with the multimedia Vision impaired: a full text transcript which describes the media should be available Video Hearing impaired: make content accessible to the hearing impaired through captioning Vision impaired: include audio narration which contains descriptions of key elements designed by: The topic of accessibility is a very broad one, and we couldn't possibly cover everything we wanted to in this infographic. So we're throwing it back to you! Did we miss something that absolutely should be included on an infographic about accessibility? Did we get anything wrong? We'd love to get your feedback in the comments! 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Americans with Disabilities Act - 23rd Anniversary

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To honor the 23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to continue our Accessible Marketing content series, we have created the ADA 23rd Anniversary Infographic to highlight: - K...


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