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ADA & WCAG Web Accessibility Resources

WEB ACCESSIBILITY BLOGS & NEWS

WebAxe - blog and podcast on web accessibility

WebAIM Blog - WebAIM, makers of WAVE tester

Seyfeth & Shaw - ADA Title III legal blog

Hunt Huey - AccessDefense legal blog

Understanding the ADA - William Goren, legal consultant blog

Chris Hofstader - Vocal accessibility activist & software engineer @ Freedom Scientific (lead dev of JAWS screen reader) - his blog is very entertaining

A11y Slack Channel - Great source for news, resources and community

 

ADA WCAG 2.0 BACKGROUND & GUIDELINES

ADA.gov

W3C WCAG 2.1

W3C WCAG 2.2
This next update has long been dragging out. It was expected in 2021 but still no final release.

WebAIM : very complete WCAG checklist

 

WEB ACCESSIBILITY AUDITING & TESTING TOOLS FOR DESIGNERS & DEVELOPERS

Full website auditing tools - indexing the entire site

Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) by Level Access 

  • Enterprise level
  • Very thorough and used by remediation experts
  • Very expensive

Tenon.io : Accessibility Compliance Auditor 

  • Multi-page audits and reporting 
  • Great for developers
  • API
  • Monthly rates as low as $19/mo

 

SortSite Accessibility Validator by Power Mapper

  • They offer two versions: Desktop ($149-$849/user) and Cloud ($49/mo/user)
  • Checks an entire site and provides Excel and Word reports
  • WCAG 2.0 117 tests at A, AA, and AAA levels

 

Individual Page WCAG Web Accessibility Testing Tools & Plugins

axe DevTools by Deque (pronounced D-Q)

  • From free to Enterprise level toolsets

ARC Toolkit by TPGi

  • New and free individual page Tester

Wave : Accessibility Compliance Validator - Free

  • Page by page - not an "auditing tool".
  • Issues are overlaid on page
  • Good for non technical people (good for showing the boss for buy-in)

 

Color and Contrast Testing Tools for Designers

Colour Contrast Analyser (yes, its spelled that way) by The Paciello Group 
PC and Mac versions allow designers to test for proper contrast and color blindness.

"No Coffee" Vision Simulator Chrome Plugin simulates how pages appear for people with various vision issues.

 

LEARNING ABOUT DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY

Giving A Damn About Accessibilty by Sheri Byrne-Haber

The A11Y Project

Accessible Social Guidebook - guide for content developers

University of Minnesota Duluth - exhustive resource for web accessibility design and development

W3C Tutorials - excellent accessibility tutorials for designers and developers