Welcome to the UB a11y Blog

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has created this blog to share accessibility related news and announcements for the UB community. We will be sharing news related to both our accessibility efforts here at UB, news about work being done at SUNY administration, and national news. If there are specific topics you would like to see included, please let us know.

For those of you interested, a11y is short for accessibility. It follows an ICT convention of shortening long words by using a format AnnB where A is the first letter of the word, B is the last letter of the word, and nn is the number of letters between the first and last letter. A11y includes the first and last letters of “accessibility”, and 11 is remaining number of letters in between. A11y was first created as a hashtag on social media when Twitter had a limit of 140 characters. Replacing #accessibility with #a11y freed up 9 extra characters.

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