Tag: accessibility

  • 3 ways Intuit helped me make my word accessible

    I am Pooja Shah, a software engineer at Intuit®, where I code and implement new features or improve existing features to solve the customer pain points in QuickBooks® Payroll. I enjoy developing software and helping peers in and across the teams with technical design and coding best practices. Since birth, I have been hearing impaired […]

  • Accessibility in logos: Design with accessibility in mind

    If you were to guess how many people around the world have some form of vision impairment, what would you say? Two billion puts you close … but not quite there. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 2.2 billion people have a near or distance vision impairment. Knowing that billions of people […]

  • Is your company prioritizing accessibility in its product releases?

    To what degree does your company emphasize accessibility in its product releases? That’s the question we asked the Intuit® Developer community in our Twitter poll for May, and we were excited to see that 32.2% of our 1,183 respondents put accessible web design first. Interestingly, “We don’t emphasize it” came in second with 25.9% and […]

  • Proving accessibility is worth it with analytics

    You’ve probably noticed by now that Intuit® considers accessibility a priority. We’ve tackled the subject on many fronts, from why accessibility matters to setting priorities for accessibility issues. We’ve also looked at how to help developers write accessible code, including the creation of an open-source vs-code plugin: accessibility-snippets by Intuit software engineer Kendall Gassner. She […]

  • Helping developers write accessible code

    Why does accessibility (and, therefore, accessible code) matter? As a software engineer at Intuit®, I think this is a very important question, and Intuit’s Global Accessibility Leader Ted Drake has a great answer in Building an inclusive experience: Why accessibility matters. “Our goal, as developers, is to build products that reach the largest possible audience,” […]

  • Solve for One – Extend to Many

    Recently, we shared the story of how and why Intuit® co-founder Scott Cook started Intuit’s ongoing “Follow Me Home” (FMH) program, the practice of watching customers use our products in their home (with their permission, of course) and asking questions about their experience. This peek into real-life use of our products provides firsthand knowledge of […]

  • Why the Accessibility Tree is key to understanding accessible applications

    The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATiA) defines assistive technology as “any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.” It’s been around since before the 1900s, maturing from “no tech” (for example, Benjamin Franklin’s bifocal glasses and Braille for […]

  • Empowering global teams to deliver accessibility at Intuit

    I believe accessibility in software is an important topic. Why? Because you would be hard pressed to find a person who doesn’t use electronic devices and the software that runs them every day. Accessibility means these software users can obtain, utilize, or understand this software easily, but it’s a fact that accessibility is not always […]

  • ADA Anniversary: 30 years of preparation for COVID-19

    Thirty years ago on July 26, 1990, members of Congress and President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which aimed to make workplaces more accessible. While the legislation led to tangible benefits such as sidewalk ramps, it also triggered a shift from adaptation to accessibility-first design. Sidewalk ramps — […]

  • Setting priorities for accessibility issues

    I’ve had the privilege of working as a contractor on the Intuit Accessibility Team for several months now. Before my time at Intuit, I worked at eBay, where I put together a strategy for prioritizing accessibility issues. Today, I’ll share that strategy, making setting priorities easier and more consistent for you and your team. Distinguishing […]