Rivertown Communications specializes in developing e-Learning and training videos that are accessible to everyone, including users with visual or hearing disabilities. For many projects developing accessible applications is a requirement under federal and state law. We believe that developing accessible applications is always a good idea and will improve usability for everyone.
Rivertown Communications is active in promoting accessible communications on a state and federal level. We have a Minnesota Access-IT Master Contract which makes contracting with us easy for public agencies in Minnesota.
Users with disabilities (vision, hearing, mobility, learning) frequently rely on hardware and software to access web content. These tools, known as assistive technologies, range from screen readers to touch screens and head wands.
In order for a user with a disability to access web-based information, the website or e-Learning course must include some special coding. This coding is best planned for during the design phase of program development. For a document describing the specific issues involved with creating accessible applications, contact Rivertown Communications.
Today, many websites and e-Learning applications are required by law to meet minimum accessibility requirements. For example, all Federal, State and other governmental websites must meet accessibility requirements. Additionally, groups advocating for the disabled are beginning to bring pressure on private companies to offer accessible sites as well. In July of 2010 the Justice Department announced plans to begin forcing state and private organizations to increase the accessibility of their websites.
In Minnesota, the legal basis of requiring accessibility can be found in:
The Federal government and most other states have additional accessibility standards. Rivertown Communications can help you identify these requirements.
Rivertown Communications is an advocate for developing accessible e-Learning, websites and video. Besides the legal, there are numerous other reasons to develop accessible materials, including:
Rivertown Communications, Inc. is committed to developing websites and e-Learning that everyone can use, including the disabled. For more information or to schedule a presentation on accessible development, contact Robb Jacobs at Rivertown Communications.
Request a free brochure on web accessibility.