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11/30/2023

Knowbility is proud to don the blue beanie in celebration of Blue Beanie Day! 🧒

Since 2007, this international event has been championing web standards, promoting progressive enhancement, and advocating for accessible semantic markup.

Join the celebration and support Digital Accessibility at giving.knowbility.org or check out knowbility.org/bluebeanieday to read about the importance and meaning of this international celebration! πŸ’™πŸŒ

Let's unite to combat Web Standards Apathy!



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11/28/2023

This Giving Tuesday, support Digital Equity for all. Log onto giving.knowbility.org and learn how you can improve access to digital opportunities for millions of people with disabilities!

Your support is crucial in our mission to advocate against digital discrimination. Join our Fundraise for Digital Equity Challenge and form a team with friends, family, or co-workers to fundraise and champion the cause in your community.

You can also participate in the spirit of Giving Tuesday by directly donating at giving.knowbility.org.

Your generosity today is pivotal in fostering a more inclusive and equitable digital landscape!



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09/25/2023

⏳ A look back in time...Check out these awesome AIR t-shirt designs from the early 2000s.

The year 2002 hosted the first SXSW-related happening, AIR for Austin Music, where volunteers built accessible, media-rich Web sites for seven Austin-area bands.

In 2005, Austin Air Interactive participated in conjunction with SXSW. Contestants from this year included:

β€’ First Night Austin & Go9Media – Encore
β€’ Austin Symphonic Band & Team Webmopac
β€’ Tapestry Dance Company & Dell Lunch Club
β€’ Rude Mechanicals
β€’ St. Edward's University
β€’ Network for Young Artists
β€’ City of Austin

And more!

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08/30/2023

The final countdown has begun! ⏰

Today's the day – the registration deadline for AIR 2023 ends at 11:59 p.m. CT. Don't miss out on your chance to participate in the 2023 Accessibility Internet Rally.

For details and registration, head to knowbility.org/air. Join us in creating an inclusive online world!

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Two women are cheering and smiling behind an AIR sign. The text on the right of the graphic reads," The Final Countdown, AIR 2023, registration ends today, August 30th at 11:59 p.m. CT. Learn More at Knowbility.org/air".

08/28/2023

If your organization has a commitment to , we want you for the Accessibility Internet Rally!

Join past sponsors such as Salesforce, Adobe, and Visa to demonstrate your commitment to today.

Your support is critical in equipping AIR participants with skills and experiences that resonate long after completing the website's finishing touches and clicking the 'submit' button. Additionally, your sponsorship ensures that individuals with disabilities have equal access to opportunity.

Join us as, together, we achieve digital equity by closing the digital divide. 🌐 Discover more at knowbility.org/air

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Two women are standing at a podium. In the background, a purple curtain and a screen display various sponsors' logos. The text at the bottom of the graphic reads, "Be a Leader in Digital Accessibility; your support ensures that people with disabilities have equal access to opportunity. Join us as, together, we achieve digital equity by closing the digital divide".

08/21/2023

Did you know that most top websites are not accessible to people with disabilities? Yours could be inaccessible too -- and you might not even know it! Making accommodations on a website increases the availability and usefulness of those materials for a large number of users.

✨ Learn more at knowbility.org/air

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08/18/2023

Join Knowbility next Thursday, August 24th, at 5:00 pm CDT, as we discuss AIR (Accessibility Internet Rally) and its incredible 25-year journey. 🌐

Get ready for an engaging conversation with ED Sharron Rush and special guests who've not only participated in AIR but have thrived, learned, and built meaningful careers in the field of accessibility. Whether you're a developer, a mentor, or a judge, this episode will fuel your passion for digital inclusion.

Please bring your questions, get inspired, and let's rally together toward a more accessible digital future! πŸ’»

Register Today: knowbility.org/bada

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08/17/2023

Hey, it's National Nonprofit Day! 🌍

It's the perfect time to make a difference and recognize the organizations working tirelessly to create positive change in our communities. Embrace the spirit of giving back today. Reach out to your favorite nonprofits and discover how you can be a part of their impactful journey. Whether it's lending a helping hand, sharing your skills, or contributing to the mission, your support matters more than you know.

Curious about Knowbility's incredible initiatives? Head over to Knowbility.org/programs and see how we are making waves in the world of accessibility.

Let's be the change we wish to see. πŸ’«

08/15/2023

"πŸ“£ Exciting News from Knowbility!

Hey there, accessibility advocates and digital enthusiasts! Get ready to mark your calendars because we have some fantastic updates regarding AIR registration dates! πŸŽ‰

We are moving the registration date for AIR to August 30th! πŸ—“οΈ

Stay tuned for more updates, resources, and inspiration as we countdown to registration day. We can't wait to see the incredible projects you'll bring to life in this year's AIR! 🌐

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07/26/2023

The landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 33 years ago today, improving the lives of millions of disabled Americans for years to come. We'll always advocate for equity, both on and offline. Onward!

Sen. Markey, Rep. Eshoo Reintroduce CVTA to Make Communication Technologies Accessible for Americans with Disabilities | U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts 07/25/2023

Legislation that empowers and improves the lives of people with disabilities is needed now! With the quickly upcoming anniversary of the ADA, we're excited to see the CVTA Act's reintroduction in Massachusetts.

Sen. Markey's legislation seeks to ensure that "accessibility will never be an afterthought." Creating technologies benefits everyone, and we hope to see nation-wide change in the United States. https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/sen-markey-rep-eshoo-reintroduce-cvta-to-make-communication-technologies-accessible-for-americans-with-disabilities

Sen. Markey, Rep. Eshoo Reintroduce CVTA to Make Communication Technologies Accessible for Americans with Disabilities | U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts On eve of ADA anniversary, lawmakers propose legislation to update technology accessibility...

07/22/2023

It's the 25th anniversary of AIR, and that means we've seen hundreds of nonprofit and community organizations have their sites transformed into a fully version for a minimal cost. Is your organization's website next?

Register today and become a part of the impact πŸ’ͺ

07/21/2023

We'd like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that contributed to and shared our mid-year fundraiser - we couldn't have done it without you! Although we didn't reach our goal, we made it over halfway! We're grateful for the continued support from the Knowbility & community.

Donations can be made year-round by visiting knowbility.org/donate.

Onward!

Donate to Knowbility β€” Knowbility 07/20/2023

Folks, we're in the last hours of our mid-year fundraiser! We're near the $50,000 mark and could use your support to reach this final milestone. Please consider supporting digital equity by visiting knowbility.org/donate today!

Donate to Knowbility β€” Knowbility Donate to Knowbility and support programs that help millions every day.

07/20/2023

Are you ready for ? Our July edition will stream live on Zoom today at 2PM CST. Join us as pro Kevin White of the W3C talks about the ins and outs of digital accessibility policy.

Register on Humanitix: https://events.humanitix.com/be-a-digital-ally-accessibility-policy-what-how-why

Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) β€” Knowbility 07/19/2023

It's time to rally your team for AIR! Join your colleagues in a team, receive expert-level training from accessibility pros and make a positive impact by creating a fully website for a nonprofit organization. Sign up with a group of six today and become a part of the AIR impact for our 25th anniversary! knowbility.org/AIR

Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) β€” Knowbility The Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) is a pioneering web accessibility awareness program. Started by Knowbility in 1998 as a local event in Austin, Texas, the rally has evolved into an innovative, unique teaching and learning experience that puts accessibility and digital inclusion front and cente...

Be A Digital Ally: Accessibility Policy - What, How, Why? | Humanitix 07/18/2023

This Thursday at 2 PM CST, we'll hold our July edition of Be A Digital Ally ! We're excited to hear from Kevin White of the W3C as he talks about the whos, whats, and whys of accessibility policy.

Be A Digital Ally is our free webinar series that teaches you web tips and tricks. Register on Humanitix today: https://events.humanitix.com/be-a-digital-ally-accessibility-policy-what-how-why

Be A Digital Ally: Accessibility Policy - What, How, Why? | Humanitix Be A Digital Ally: Accessibility Policy - What, How, Why?, Hosted online, Thu Jul 20th 2023, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT. Tickets are between FREE-$5. Only on Humanitix

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: WordPress Accessibility Meetup: Panel Discussion on Knowbility’s Accessibility Internet Rally. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 07/17/2023

Join us this evening for the WordPress Accessibility Meetup -- AIR edition! Knowbility ED Sharron Rush, alongside past AIR participants Mary Ann Jawili and Adrienne Grace, will answer your questions and chat about .

Don't miss this meetup! Takes place today, July 17th at 7PM CST. Register on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2516873681245/WN_9NfB2bpCTuK15Bu5Ax4XfA #/registration

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: WordPress Accessibility Meetup: Panel Discussion on Knowbility’s Accessibility Internet Rally. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. The Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) teaches web pros how to design accessible websites and apps in a practical, hands-on setting. Company or Indie teams are trained and mentored while building a basic website for Nonprofits, Artists, or Community Organizations. Sharron Rush, Adrienne Grace, and M...

How people read online 07/16/2023

This post by Elisa Viglianese shares valuable tips on making text more accessible and enjoyable to read online. Understanding how people read is crucial for creating an inclusive digital experience.

She provides insights into optimizing text elements (such as font choices, line spacing and formatting) to ensure everyone can effortlessly consume content. It’s all about creating an inclusive reading environment!

We'll always call for improved readability and strive for content that is accessible to all. We believe in promoting a more inclusive digital world where everyone can engage with information comfortably!

Read more: https://uxdesign.cc/how-people-read-online-good-tips-for-an-accessible-text-nice-to-read-897a57255fd8

How people read online Tips for accessible text.

07/15/2023

July is Disability Pride Month! began in 1990 with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and has been celebrated ever since. As the world becomes more digital, inclusion in tech spaces is more critical than ever. Support and advocate for accessible digital design this Disability Pride Month!

Donate to Knowbility β€” Knowbility 07/14/2023

Just ONE DAY left in our mid-year fundraiser! Please consider making a gift today; we need your support now more than ever. Can you help us reach our goal so we can continue to provide impactful programming such as John Slatin AccessU, the Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) and Be A Digital Ally? Please help!

Donate to Knowbility β€” Knowbility Donate to Knowbility and support programs that help millions every day.

Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) β€” Knowbility 07/13/2023

We have lots of great sponsorship opportunities for ! Join AIR sponsor alums such as Salesforce, VISA, and Adobe and become part of the AIR impact!

AIR has trained hundreds of web and tech professionals on digital design, and many AIR participants have become top accessibility pros in their companies.

Ready to find out more? Visit knowbility.org/AIR and become a sponsor today!

Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) β€” Knowbility The Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) is a pioneering web accessibility awareness program. Started by Knowbility in 1998 as a local event in Austin, Texas, the rally has evolved into an innovative, unique teaching and learning experience that puts accessibility and digital inclusion front and cente...

07/12/2023

Knowbility's Executive Director Sharron Rush was featured on Assembling Inclusion, hosted by Katie Nieves Licwinko, Ed.D.

Listen to the episode to hear Sharron's interview about all things digital inclusion. Get a deeper look into Knowbility's programs!

You can find Assembling Inclusion anywhere you get your podcasts -- listen on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and visit assemblinginclusion.katienieves.com for more.

Volunteer with Knowbility β€” Knowbility 07/11/2023

Calling all volunteers -- we need your help! We're looking for volunteers to help us clean up and correct captioning on session recordings from .

Interested? Fill out the form at knowbility.org/about/volunteer. Tell your friends and colleagues!

Volunteer with Knowbility β€” Knowbility Knowbility has welcomed volunteers in key roles in our work for more than 20 years.

07/10/2023

Five days left in our mid-year fundraiser, and we're already 55% of the way to our goal!

We're so excited about all of the support we've already received - thank you to everyone who donated! Even a small gift provides funding for our longstanding, life-changing programming.

Visit knowbility.org/donate and spread the word to your family, friends, and colleagues!

Threads launch fails to prioritize accessibility 07/09/2023

Brand-new Twitter competitor Threads is already facing backlash for its blatant lack of features. Accessibility should be a priority in the development of any product. So why do big tech companies keep treating it like an afterthought? Read about the lack of features in this article from Mashable

Threads launch fails to prioritize accessibility Users question Threads' lack of basic accessibility features.

Donate to Knowbility β€” Knowbility 07/08/2023

Did you know? Less than 4% of top websites are to people with disabilities.

Our work directly impacts the lives of people with disabilities and empowers champs to close the digital divide. Donate today for a more inclusive digital world. The future IS accessible!

knowbility.org/donate

Donate to Knowbility β€” Knowbility Donate to Knowbility and support programs that help millions every day.

07/07/2023

You and your colleagues will love competing in the Accessibility Internet Rally! Teams of up to six may register and work together to create a fully accessible website for a nonprofit organization together.

Rally your coworkers, grow your skills, and make a positive change by registering today. knowbility.org/AIR

United Airlines class action alleges airline's website not accessible to legally blind customers 07/06/2023

It feels like every day, there's a new story about the mistreatment of a disabled person by an airline. Now, United is being sued for its website's inaccessibility to people with blindness.

We're nearing 33 years since the ADA's passage -- enough is enough! We need accessibility in all areas, especially widely used and often necessary services like travel.

Read some of the details here: https://topclassactions.com/disability-class-action-lawsuit/united-airlines-class-action-alleges-airlines-website-not-accessible-to-legally-blind-customers/

United Airlines class action alleges airline's website not accessible to legally blind customers The United Airlines website is not accessible to blind and visually impaired people using a screen reader, in violation of federal law, a new class action lawsuit alleges.

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