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Beyond ALT Text: Making the Web Easy to Use for Users with Disabilities  (Research based)

On this website, one can find a 2001 pdf document, with design guidelines for websites based on usability studies with people using assistive technology. The author qualifies (post 2001) that progress with assistive technology for blind readers has been slow, and "that some of the specific technical comments in this report may not apply to recent versions of the products discussed".

Nielsen Norman Group

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"July 26 marks the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.... the ADA's provisions include the right to seek, obtain, pursue and maintain employment without being hampered by physical or attitudinal barriers. I believe that having a job is a civil right. Those who are qualified for and want to work should not be denied that right because of an inaccessible building or an outdated set of assumptions about what they can or cannot do..."

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