There will be nearly 80 vendors showing off their products and services at ABA TECHSHOW 2016,1 but only a handful are accessible to people with disabilities.
Over the month of January, in partnership with ABA TECHSHOW, we asked all 79 of the 2016 vendors to tell us whether their products and services are accessible to people with disabilities. Just 8—about 10%—said yes, although one responded twice and also said no. (I’m not sure what to do with that.) Hey, it’s a start.
Here are the companies that claim their products and services are accessible to those with disabilities:
- Accellis Technology Group
- BQE Software
- Corel Office (WordPerfect)
- National Court Reporters Association
- Social Media Information (SMI)
- Walz Group
The rest have got work to do.
Fortunately, there is plenty of guidance. We linked to the BBC Mobile Accessibility Standards and the US Section 508 standards in our survey. Both Apple and Microsoft have extensive accessible design guidelines for software developers. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) publishes accessibility standards for the Web. IBM’s accessibility guidelines include information about designing accessible hardware. There are many resources on designing products and services to be accessible by those with disabilities.
Unfortunately, it looks like accessibility has been largely ignored by legal tech companies up to now. But this March, ABA TECHSHOW will shine a spotlight on accessibility by showcasing some of the products and services that make accessibility a priority. Hopefully that will light a fire under the rest.
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