Is your credit union website providing the same user experience for all?

first_imgYour branch locations are outfitted in many ways to accommodate any credit union members that are living with a disability, so that they can perform their banking needs with ease.  But with over 50% of Americans using online or mobile banking services, are you doing enough to ensure that these same members can easily and safely complete a simple banking transaction on your website or app?This is an issue that has recently captured our team’s attention and we’re in the early steps of learning about what can be done to make our website more accessible for members of our community that are living with disability. We’d like to share what we’re learning with other credit unions.The Problem of Website AccessibilityCurrently there are over 57 million Americans living with a disability.  That includes:2 million Americans with a visual disability9 Americans with a hearing disability9 million Americans with a cognitive mental disability8 million Americans with a ambulatory disabilityOver one million of these Americans report that their disability makes it difficult for them to navigate the Internet. This is where website accessibility comes into play, and this is a phrase that you need to become familiar with. Website accessibility means designing and developing a website that provides every user with the same experience, whether an individual uses a screen reader to understand the content on your website, a user needs to navigate the web without the use of a mouse, or someone relies on closed captioning or transcripts of videos.Regulations Addressing AccessibilitySection 508 was added to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 within the last twenty years to outline how Federal agencies need to make electronic technology accessible to individuals living with disabilities. Sites that are required to meet accessibility standards under Section 508 are websites for any agency of the U.S. government or state government using Assistive Technology funding, websites for any organization receiving Federal financial assistance, or websites used in formal education settings.Currently, addressing the accessibility of your credit union website would be an exercise in inclusion. It’s anticipated, however, that by 2018, the Department of Justice will expand these accessibility requirements to include all websites for public consumption.  That 2018 deadline doesn’t necessarily mean you should delay. Many high profile companies, including Home Depot, J.C. Penney, the NBA, and Sprint have had lawsuits filed against them for violating users’ rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.Guidelines for AccessibilityUndergoing a complete website overhaul to address issues with user accessibility can seem overwhelming at first. If your current website was built by a team of quality web developers, several of the required elements may be present already, as a matter of best practices. But, where can you learn more about the comprehensive list of accessibility requirements?The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) are a standards guide created by the Website Accessibility Initiative at W3C.  A team of experts from disability organizations and government agencies worked with web developers to develop the guidelines that address usability for individuals with auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech, and visual disabilities.The Website Accessibility Initiative website is a great resource for understanding the the challenges with website accessibility and process of improving your site to create an equal user experience.Has your credit union website undergone an accessibility update?  Share your experience with us! 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Matt Steffy Matt is the IT & Security Office at Lancaster Red Rose Credit Union. He is a malware analyst and reverse engineering enthusiast who also enjoys attending music festivals and concerts … Web: https://www.lrrcu.org Detailslast_img read more

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Ellsworth Wins Eastern Maine Title

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Posts The Ellsworth Eagles Boys Soccer team beat Presque Isle 2 to 1 to claim the Eastern Maine Class B title. Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015last_img

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U-23 AFCON: Kwabena Owusu double sinks Mali, sends Ghana to semis

first_imgMan of the Match: Kwabena Owusu Two goals from forward, Kwabena Owusu, beat Mali 2-0 and sent Ghana’s Black Meteors to the semi-finals of the U-23 AFCON tournament in Egypt.The team needed to find a victory while hoping that Egypt would defeat Cameroon to enable them go to the last four but the needed intensity was absent in the first half.It was 45 minutes of misplacing passes and a lack of creativity and the Meteors struggled to get going.However, as has been their trait all through the journey to the tournament, they improved in the second half and started asking questions and it was one of Ibrahim Tanko’s second half changes that had the greatest impact on the game.Kwabena Owusu rose to meet a cross from Kingsley Fobi and headed the ball across Malian goalie, Samuel Diarra to open the scoring in the 74th minute.Ghana then added the second in the 85th minute and it was Owusu again who found the net. He latched onto a flick on by Michael Agbekpornu and managed to finish past Diarra.While Ghana needed to win, they needed a favour from Egypt and they got it via a 2-1 victory for the Young Pharoahs. Mostafa Mohammed scored twice with Mbuh Ayuk Eric scoring for the Cameroonians.In the end, Ghana finished second in Group A on 4 points ahead of Cameroon (also on 4 points) by virtue of having scored 5 goals in three group matches. Egypt topped the group on 9 points with Mali on zero points.Should the Meteors win their semi-final clash, they will get an automatic place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic football tournament. Failure to do so and they will have to win the 3rd place match to get the ticket.How Ghana  and Mali lined up📜 TEAM NEWS: vs. The Black Meteors need to win to stand a chance at qualifying, will they get the 3⃣ points? 🤔#TotalAFCONU23 pic.twitter.com/p15L7ZD1bm— CAF (@CAF_Online) November 14, 2019Massive celebrations last_img read more

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