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CommonLook Accessibility Newsletter: Feb 1, 2016

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Welcome to the February issue of the CommonLook Accessibility Newsletter!

Now that January is officially in 2016’s rearview mirror, it may be time to check in on those New Year’s Resolutions. And if your organization hasn’t already resolved to implement an accessibility plan for your website and electronic documents, the time to do so is now. Read on to find out why waiting could have costly consequences.

Plus, two major events in the world of accessibility are occurring in the coming weeks: the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition taking place February 29 – March 4 in Las Vegas and the 2016 CSUN Conference in San Diego from March 21 – March 26. CommonLook will be in attendance; read on to learn more and schedule a free accessibility consultation at either event.

And if you have yet to download your free copy of the CommonLook PDF Validator tool for testing document accessibility, what are you waiting for? Request your free download!

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The High Cost of Non-Compliance

As we enter February of 2016, it’s a good time to check in with those New Year’s Resolutions made last month and recommit to any pledges that may have since fallen to the wayside. Already foregone your new gym membership? Now’s a good time to re-lace those trainers. A few too many cheat days on the new diet? No time like the present to recommit to healthy eating. And for business and educational entities that maintain public websites disseminating electronic documents, it’s undoubtedly a wise time to make certain that a plan for ensuring accessibility tops your list of resolutions this year – if not, potential repercussions could be severe.

Although the Department of Justice (DOJ) has again delayed the release of its anticipated rulemaking regarding the criteria necessary for websites to comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), it would be prudent of entities to implement a plan for accessibility before the newly anticipated release date, now slated for some time in 2018. While entities would ideally strive to make their websites and electronic documents accessible for all from a purely human-rights perspective, consequences in the form of costly lawsuits can be strong motivating factors.

In recent years, the DOJ has filed or threatened to file legal action against a variety of types of organizations that have failed to provide accessible digital entities. In the settlements that have been reached, requirements are typically imposed that, en route to ultimately achieving accessibility, oblige organizations to perform ongoing accessibility testing and reporting to the DOJ, retain an independent accessibility consultant to assist in making digital entities accessible, and implement annual training of website content personnel.  Failure to comply with any one of these requirements could have damaging ramifications.

The bottom line is that, while the DOJ has postponed its release of official accessibility guidelines, entities wishing to avoid costly lawsuits should not postpone implementation of effective accessibility plans. CommonLook offers the tools, training, and services to meet your organization’s accessibility needs and ensure accessibility and compliance of your entity’s electronic documents. 2016 is the year for your organization to achieve accessibility and CommonLook can help! Email info@commonlook.com to schedule a free consultation.

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CommonLook Attending HIMSS 2016

HIMSS 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition to be Held February 29 – March 4 in Las Vegas

Later this month, the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition will take place February 29 – March 4 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, bringing together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference. More than 300 education programs feature keynotes, thought leader sessions, roundtable discussions and e-sessions, plus preconference symposia and workshops. CommonLook is proud and excited to be a sponsor for and exhibitor during this momentous event in the world of healthcare and accessibility! CommonLook will be exhibiting at Booth 11534 – stop by and see us and schedule your free consultation ahead of time by emailing info@commonlook.com. You can learn more about the conference here.

 

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Join CommonLook At The 31st Annual CSUN Conference, San Diego

Next month, the 2016 CSUN Conference will be held in San Diego, CA from March 21 to March 26 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. For 30 years, the Center on Disabilities, through the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, has provided an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and other participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology. In 2015, the conference drew more than 4,800 people to San Diego. Known as a forum that showcases cutting edge technology and practical solutions that can be utilized to remove the barriers that prevent the full participation of persons with disabilities in educational, workplace and social settings, the conference is the largest of its kind in the world. CommonLook is proud to be attending as an exhibitor in 2016! Learn more about the Conference here and email info@commonlook.com to schedule a free consultation with CommonLook at CSUN 2016!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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