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Leashes of Valor & User1st to Provide Digital Accessibility to Veterans

Apr 21, 2020 2:15:00 PM

[ April 21, 2020] – Leashes of Valor (LOV), a national nonprofit dedicated to providing every post 9/11 veteran with PTSD or TBI with a highly-trained service dog, announces its partnership with User1st to reach more veterans through digital accessibility services.

LOV is committed to reaching every post 9/11 veteran possible. By working with User1st to improve the accessibility of the website, LOV can ensure veterans who also experience visual and mobility impairments have access to the LOV program. User1st donated digital accessibility services in support of LOV’s mission of saving more veterans’ lives. Since the launch of the software, nearly 2,500 people have used services such as a screen reader, keyboard navigation, color contrast, and more.

“The Internet is intended to work for all people. Acts like the ADA are trying to make this dream come true for all of us. When technology fails to meet the needs of not just the masses but all, we are failing in our ability to provide invaluable services to our community which is comprised of more than 158,000 blind or visually impaired veterans,” said Danique Masingill, Co-Founder and President of Leashes of Valor. “Thus, the impact of disability is radically changed through companies like User1st because their Website programming removes barriers to communication and interaction that many people face in the physical world.This gift is beyond measure in returning freedom and independence.”

Digital accessibility is the ability of a website, mobile application or electronic document to be easily navigated and understood by all users of varied abilities, including those who have visual, auditory, motor or cognitive disabilities.

“As a veteran myself, I understand the importance of supporting all veterans and the sacrifices they make for their country. User1st was founded with the purpose of helping those with disabilities gain access to the services they need. If our technology helps Leashes of Valor save even just one veterans’ life, we have helped fulfill both missions,” said Amihai Miron, CEO of User1st.

Social distancing requirements as a result of COVID-19 have caused LOV to temporarily suspend its in-person program. Isolation for people living with PTSD can be detrimental. Enhancing LOV’s ability to reach more veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic allows LOV to amplify its reach.

Anyone can help amplify the LOV mission. Visit leashesofvalor.org, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.

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About LOV
Leashes of Valor is a non-profit organization founded in May 2017.  The three founders are: Danique Masingill, Jason Haag and Matt Masingill and all United States Military Veterans with over 40 years combined service. All bring a unique and different perspective to Leashes of Valor, of which has led the organization to become a highly successful qualified Veterans service provider. Leashes of Valor provides task trained service dogs that are public access ready to veterans dealing with PTSD, TBI or MST at no cost to the veteran. We also provide an Emergency care grant called Dust Off for working dogs. For more information please visit www.leashesofvalor.org

For Media Inquiries Please Contact:
Sarah Figueroa, Media Relations Director
Phone (619) 818-9190
Email: pr@leashesofvalor.org

For Sponsorship Opportunities Please Contact:
Jason Haag, (Ret.) Marine Capt., CEO Leashes of Valor
Email: events@leashesofvalor.org

About User1st
Founded with the purpose of making the power of the internet accessible for persons with varied and changing abilities, User1st provides the most advanced web accessibility solutions on the market for testing, remediation, monitoring, and compliance. User1st’s solutions are deployed in a variety of industries worldwide, including financial services, retail, government, education, and healthcare. For more information about User1st contact Raegan Bartlo, VP Communications, 202-919-6216 or Raegan.bartlo@user1st.com. Also visit  http://www.user1st.com/ and follow us on LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter.

Written by Raegan Bartlo