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Trends on Tuesday: Global Efforts Underway to Update Mobile Accessibility Guidelines

Man with infantile cerebral palsy using a computer

Federal agencies do not get a free pass on accessibility for mobile—as we stated earlier this month, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act applies to ALL information and communication technology (ICT).

Luckily, there are a number of organizations working on guidelines and practices to help the private and public sectors create accessible mobile websites and applications. The M-Enabling Conference, an annual event dedicated to making mobile technology accessible, brought experts from around the world to talk about guidelines and practices for these efforts. You can watch a complete panel about mobile accessibility guidelines, but here are some of the most useful guidelines they mention for making mobile implementations accessible.

Other conference programming also touched on the reality that future mobile device capabilities will bring exciting innovations for accessibility. User interfaces are evolving rapidly, offering unprecedented accessibility and assistive alternatives for blindness and low vision, hearing loss, and cognitive and physical disabilities.

Watch this prototype of a “touchless” phone below for a taste of the future.

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