With Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) right around the corner (May 18th), I wanted to take a moment to reflect on Mediasite’s commitment to accessibility and the initiatives that our team is supporting to make that commitment real.
Being accessible is about being aware of different users’ needs and working to bring equity to the digital world. This awareness and commitment to inclusion is the goal of GAAD, a global event that shines a light on digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities. Over a billion people worldwide have disabilities or impairments, including visual, hearing, motor, and cognitive impairments. At Mediasite, we embrace the need to ensure that all users – including those with disabilities or impairments – can access the full spectrum of capabilities that our products offer.
One way that the Mediasite team demonstrates our commitment to accessibility is by publishing Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) documents for all of our products. VPATs show exactly how we measure up against industry standards including the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and 2.1 metrics and Section 508 regulatory mandates. VPATs help our customers ensure compliance with legal accessibility requirements, but they also reflect our commitment to transparency as we work to enhance the accessibility of our products. The most current versions of our VPATs can be found here.
Most importantly, we believe that when it comes to accessibility, the work is never finished. We will continue to proactively seek opportunities to enhance the accessibility of our products, and we are always eager for feedback that can enhance our efforts in this area. That is our pledge to you, and our small contribution to the spirit of GAAD.
If you’re interested to learn more about how Mediasite is supporting accessibility, take a moment to review this brand-new case study, which explores how our longtime customer Kinetic Future Solutions is supporting accessibility initiatives in Africa.
I’d also like to invite you to attend the Mediasite Community Meetup that I will be hosting on the 18th, in honor of GAAD. This meetup will provide a forum for Mediasite customers to discuss accessibility best practices, share ideas, and ask questions about our current and future capabilities as they relate to accessibility. Hope to see you there!