Digital Inclusion Articles

Improving Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for Mental Health Disabilities

All digital products and services must strive to be inclusive and accessible per the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). However, the mental health disability community requires more specialized protocols above and beyond those outlined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

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The Benefits of Remote Work for People With Disabilities

Remote work options clearly benefit everyone, but particularly so for people living with disabilities, since these remove transportation barriers, accommodate disability-friendly work environments, minimizes sensory overload, and provide greater accessibility.

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How to Create Accessible & Inclusive Digital Platforms for Those With Mental Health Disabilities

When crafting accessible and inclusive digital platforms for those living with mental health disabilities, avoid triggering images, words, and phrases, such as jumbled text, disorganized layouts, timed forms, illustrations depicting those in distress or despair, and others.

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Inclusion Accessibility Disability Advocacy

How To Implement Inclusive Web Practices For People With Speech & Language Disorders

Following the WCAG guidelines can make your digital assets more accessible, especially for people with speech and language disorders.

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Inclusion Accessibility Disability Advocacy

Digital Platforms Provide Community for People with Physical Disabilities, If Websites Are Accessible

When designed with accessibility and inclusion in mind, websites and digital platforms play an essential role in removing barriers, helping people with physical disabilities establish community and support.

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Accessibility Disability Advocacy

Improving The User Experience for People With Speech Difficulties

People with speech and language disorders can often feel excluded in situations where verbal communication is required, but implementing a few simple design elements can make your site more inclusive and accessible.

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Accessibility Disability Advocacy

Obstacles & Opportunities: Challenges to Inclusion for the Learning Disability Community

Individuals with learning disabilities face widespread barriers to inclusion. Understanding these obstacles can help improve accessibility and change lives.

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Disability Advocacy Guide Mental Health

How to Create Awareness & Inclusivity for Those Living With Mental Health Disabilities

With stigma and shame often attached to hidden or invisible mental health disabilities, this explainer outlines types of disabilities, associated stigmas and stereotypes, and why mental health-driven addictions have led to increased drug overdoses and mortality rates.

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Accessibility Disability Advocacy

Understanding the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for Learning Disabilities

Following the WCAG for learning disabilities can make your content more accessible to the millions of individuals with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and other conditions

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Accessibility Disability Advocacy

Obstacles & Challenges People With Physical Disabilities Face in Digital Spaces

By designing digital platforms and websites with all users in mind, the internet can become an even more powerful tool for helping people with physical disabilities overcome obstacles and challenges.

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Inclusion Disability Advocacy DEAM Salesforce

Oriana Di Stefano: Respecting a Coworker’s Disability & Going Beyond Compliance

To truly embrace inclusivity and accessibility, organizations need to foster team cultures that go beyond compliance—by respecting the disability status of coworkers and treating them as individuals and equals.

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Founding Partner Disability Advocacy DEAM Salesforce

Leveraging Understanding to Build a More Inclusive Workplace

Thomas Frantz, Senior Manager of Accessibility Partnerships and PR at Salesforce, and Sebastiaan de Man, Principal SE Service Cloud EMEA at Salesforce, discuss their experiences working with ADHD.

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Founding Partner Disability Advocacy DEAM Be My Eyes

Awareness Is A Building Block Of Actual Change

Blindness Awareness Month is an opportunity for companies to transform their culture and serve the needs of customers and employees with disabilities.

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Founding Partner Disability Advocacy DEAM Salesforce

How Disability Awareness & Acceptance Helped this Event Supervisor Be His Authentic Self in the Workplace

Justin Lacap, an event supervisor at Salesforce, discusses how he finally felt comfortable living with a speech and language disorder in the workplace for the first time in his career.

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Founding Partner Disability Advocacy News DEAM Salesforce

Celebrating Disability Employment Awareness Month & Making It a Global Cause

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is observed annually to celebrate the vast contributions to America’s economy made by people with disabilities and to raise awareness about the employment issues they continue to face.

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Inclusion Accessibility Disability Advocacy

How the Americans With Disabilities Act Has Changed Communication for the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

The Americans with Disabilities Act provides individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing with auxiliary services that enable effective communication with the hearing population and provide equal opportunities to participate in and benefit from services.

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Accessibility Disability Advocacy Guide

Improving Digital Inclusion & Accessibility for Those With Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities must be taken into account during the digital design process to ensure digital inclusion and accessibility for the community. This comprehensive guide outlines common learning disabilities, associated difficulties, accessibility barriers and best practices, and more.

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Disability Advocacy Guide

Day in the Life: Understanding the Experiences of People With Speech & Language Disorders

This guide outlines some of the daily challenges and experiences of people with speech and language disorders and how they overcome them.

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Accessibility Disability Advocacy Guide

Living With a Learning Disability: Challenges, Helpful Advice & Improvements

Living with a learning disability presents daily challenges, from understanding text or nonverbal social cues to accessing and utilizing websites for products and services. Understanding and addressing potential barriers to this community—in education, web design, and many other areas—is critical to helping improve inclusion and acceptance, for all.

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Inclusion Accessibility Disability Advocacy

Making Your Website More Accessible for People With Physical Disabilities

Adhering to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and recommendations from reputable design improvement resources can help ensure your website is accessible to people with physical disabilities.

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Accessibility Disability Advocacy Mental Health

How to Improve Web Accessibility & Digital Inclusion for Those With Mental Health Disabilities

To improve accessibility and digital inclusion for those with mental health disabilities, developers and businesses should incorporate Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), heightened sensitivity and awareness, and gentler tones into website designs and messaging. This comprehensive guide provides an overview of this significant community, along with common conditions, barriers, improvements, and much more.