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Ensuring Digital Accessibility through Process and Policy provides readers with a must-have resource to digital accessibility from both a technical and policy perspective. Inaccessible digital interfaces and content often lead to forms of societal discrimination that may be illegal under various laws. This book is unique in that it provides a multi-disciplinary understanding of digital accessibility. The book discusses the history of accessible computing, an understanding of why digital accessibility is socially and legally important, and provides both technical details (interface standards, evaluation methods) and legal details (laws, lawsuits, and regulations). The book provides real-world examples throughout, highlighting organizations that are doing an effective job with providing equal access to digital information for people with disabilities. This isn’t a book strictly about interface design, nor is it a book strictly about law. For people who are charged with implementing accessible technology and content, this book will serve as a one-stop guide to understanding digital accessibility, offering an overview of current laws, regulations, technical standards, evaluation techniques, as well as best practices and suggestions for implementing solutions and monitoring for compliance. 

This combination of skills from the three authors-law, technical, and research, with experience in both corporate, government, and educational settings, is unique to this book, and does not exist in any other book about any aspect of IT accessibility. The authors’ combination of skills marks a unique and valuable perspective, and provides insider knowledge on current best practices, corporate policies, and technical instructions. Together, we can ensure that the world of digital information is open to all users.

  • Learn about the societal and organizational benefits of making information technology accessible for people with disabilities
  • Understand the interface guidelines, accessibility evaluation methods, and compliance monitoring techniques, needed to ensure accessible content and technology. 
  • Understand the various laws and regulations that require accessible technology
  • Learn from case studies of organizations that are successfully implementing accessibility in their technologies and digital content

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Ensuring Accessibility through Process and Policy provides readers with a must-have resource to accessibility, from a technical and policy perspective. Rather than being a step-by-step guide, this book highlights the daily world of a person with disabilities: showing that the technology most of us take for granted is not always accessible in the same ways for the disabled. Like architects in the physical environment, as a user experience professional, you're quickly becoming accountable for providing quality user experiences that are also accessible. Just as with user research and coding to standards, accessibility will soon be simply part of the profession.

This book provides you with the tools you'll need. You'll learn about the policies and approaches for improving and managing accessibility for people with disabilities in different settings, as well as ways that various institutions (e.g., hardware manufacturers, software developers, universities, government, and libraries) can rectify technology to avoid such unintentional discrimination.

The authors' combination of skills marks a unique and valuable perspective, and provides insider knowledge on current best practices, corporate policies, and technical instructions. Throughout the book, you'll find real-world examples, case studies, and forward-thinking perspective on this important and complex topic, enabling you to be part of the solution to this significant form of discrimination.

  • Learn about the importance of making information technology accessible for people with disabilities
  • Discover the different policies, solutions, and approaches for improving and managing accessibility
  • Gain a unique perspective of this issue from experts in the field, with case studies to apply to your projects

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Dr. Jonathan Lazar is a Professor of Computer and Information Sciences, Director of the Undergraduate Program in Information Systems and Director of the Universal Usability Laboratory, all at Towson University. Dr. Lazar is involved in teaching and research in the area of human-computer interaction, specifically, Web usability, Web accessibility for people with disabilities, user-centered design methods, assistive technology, and public policy in the area of human-computer interaction. He has previously published 6 books, including "Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction” (2010, John Wiley and Sons), "Universal Usability: Designing Computer Interfaces for Diverse User Populations” (2007, John Wiley and Sons), and "Web Usability: A User-Centered Design Approach” (2006, Addison-Wesley). He serves on the editorial boards of Interacting with Computers, Universal Access in the Information Society, and ACM Interactions Magazine, and serves on the executive board of the Friends of the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Dr. Lazar was named a winner of the 2011 University System of Maryland Regents Award for Public Service, a winner of the 2010 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind, and a winner of the 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award in the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics at Towson University. Dr. Lazar currently serves as the international chair of public policy for ACM SIGCHI (Computer-Human Interaction). During the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Lazar was selected as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Daniel F. Goldstein is a leading disability rights lawyer, who has been involved in most major legal cases about IT accessibility in the United States, including the landmark National Federation of the Blind vs. Target case, which established for the first time in case law, that the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to commercial web sites.

Anne Taylor is one of the world's preeminent experts on assistive technology for blind users, and she has personal experience working with a number of top companies on improving accessibility, including Microsoft, Google, and Apple.

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