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UsersWay's April 2019 Accessibility News Roundup

Happy Spring! At UserWay, we’ve been working hard to share our mission for a more accessible web with site owners and developers around the globe. Other organizations are also striving to make accessibility the norm in a wide range of industries. Here are a few stories about accessibility we found interesting this month.

Global News

Microsoft Teams Up with the VA

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We’ve talked before about Microsoft’s adaptive controllers and their commitment to making gaming accessible for everyone. The company has gone a step further by partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans use gaming to improve everything from fine motor skills to gross motor skills to decision making and even just socializing in a virtual environment. Command Sergeant Major Steven R. Laick explains the significance of gaming for veterans, “It’s that social aspect of being able to connect with folks in the virtual world, that kind of brings you back to reality.”

Watch the video here.

Harvard Announces Digital Accessibility Policy

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We are always happy to see universities and educational institutions that publicly adopt digital accessibility policies. It’s vital for students to access the materials they need to study in whatever way works best for them. Harvard’s digital accessibility policy means they will be working to adhere to WCAG 2.1 AA and will be creating an internal team to help train their staff on the technical requirements.

Read the official announcement here.

UserWay’s ADA Widget Hits 100,000 Installations

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In case you missed it, we announced this month that the UserWay widget has now been installed on over 100,000 websites worldwide! Thanks to everyone who has installed UserWay and helped us on our mission to create a more accessible internet. You can read the full announcement here.