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ACCESSIBILITY BUZZ – June 2024

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EEOC Sues PepsiCo for Failing to Accommodate and Firing a Blind Employee

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

PepsiCo Beverage Sales, LLC violated federal law when it failed to provide a reasonable accommodation to and fired a blind employee in its North Carolina call center, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. The employee notified PepsiCo that he was blind and requested a reasonable accommodation for his visual impairment that would allow him to access information in the call center computers to perform his job.


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screenshot of accessible stock ticker by Barrierbreak

Accessible Stock Ticker Released by BarrierBreak

When you are trading in stocks the most important piece of information is the stock price. Based on the price, you’ll decide to either sell it, hold on or even buy more stocks. Most financial sites use dynamically updating tickers these days to display stock prices.

Question is, are these stock tickers accessible? Sadly, the answer is No! 

The solution is that an Accessible Stock Ticker is needed to overcome the hurdle of dynamically updating stock prices. It is now made available on GitHub for anyone and everyone to use! 

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With Growing Demand, Yelp Adds Accessibility Details To Business Listings

By DisabilityScoop

Yelp says it is dramatically increasing information about accessibility in listings on its site for restaurants and other locations, while also pushing businesses to become more inclusive. The online business directory and review site said this week that it is adding eight new phrases that users can search for, all aimed at helping people with disabilities find places that meet their needs..


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Justice Department Secures Agreements with Texas Counties to Ensure Election Website Accessibility for People with Disabilities

By U.S Department of Justice

The Justice Department announced today that the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas secured settlement agreements with Colorado CountyRunnels CountySmith County and Upton County to resolve the department’s findings that the counties violated Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by maintaining election websites that discriminate against individuals with vision or manual disabilities.

 

Amazon Accessibility Boss Peter Korn Talks New AI Search For Fire TV, AI And Accessibility, More In Recent New Interview

By Forbes

In a press release issued on Thursday, Amazon announced a significant upgrade to its Fire TV software: AI-powered search. Applying AI to Fire TV is “another small piece” Amazon can contribute to the overall accessibility of the platform. “It [AI search] really captures the things we do for everyone that may be especially valuable for people with disabilities and things we do for people with disabilities may also valuable for everyone else,” Korn said of accessibility’s potential to help everyone.

Achieve Digital Accessibility at Scale: Audit – Maintain – Comply

BarrierBreak is the Leader in Offshore Digital Accessibility Testing & Consulting. Your trusted adviser and reliable source for accessibility testing solutions. Get in touch with us to ensure your digital solutions conform to WCAG 2.1 & 2.2,  Section 508 Testing, and to create a VPAT for your product.

 

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