Want to smile more this year? Try your luck at winning a ONE YEAR SUPPLY of Sugar-Free Glee Gum and RADIUS floss sachets from this fun Facebook contest!
We were first introduced to RADIUS floss sachets back in April, and we’ve loved them ever since. Their Vegan Cranberry Floss is made from super soft nylon, plus natural xylitol for dental health—the same sweetener we use in our Sugar-Free Glee! Their handy sachets are the perfect size to keep in your purse, pocket, or wallet, too.
And you know our Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon, Lemon-Lime, and Refresh-Mint Glee Gum is delicious. If you win this contest, you’ll enjoy two cases a month for an entire year! This just might be the biggest prize we’ve ever offered. And, there are only three days left to enter! That’s right. It all ends Friday, July 18, 2014. So, give it a go. As our friends at RADIUS say, your teeth will thank you!
What is UIMQROO? It stands for the Maya Intercultural University of Quintana Roo, an incredible Mexican school with which our company is now partnering. This public university was started in 2007 and, from the beginning, set out to be innovative. Its mission is to contribute to social and economic development in the region of Quintana Roo and the Yucatan. And it’s doing so by developing a cadre of professionals to bring their cultural heritage to bear and use their training to create positive changes there.
This past May, our company president Deborah Schimberg visited the campus of UIMQROO to guest-lecture a class on social entrepreneurship. She explained how her interest in the sustainable harvest of chicle, the tree sap used to make gum chewy, led to her development of Glee Gum. Many of the students in attendance had family members who harvested chicle. It was a rare and exciting opportunity to close the circle of production from tree to Glee!
UIMQROO is focused on multilingualism, so all students learn in Spanish, Maya, and English. The university is also focused on interculturalism. For example, each summer, students return to their homes to apply their studies to actual problems happening in their respective villages. Students can earn degrees in one of eight areas of study: Agro-ecology, Municipal Management, Language & Culture, Community Health, Alternative Tourism, Intercultural Education & Arts Management, Social Entrepreneurship, and Information and Communication Technology.
At the present time, there are about 550 students at UIMQROO— 97% of whom are on financial aid. Our company, Verve, is proud to contribute to the UIMQROO’s financial aid budget, helping to make it possible for students to attend and thrive in this truly unique school. We’ll keep you updated as we work to find more ways of supporting UIMQROO and its students!
“There are two issues with gum that possibly can cause kosher concerns,” notes Rabbi Schwarcz. “First, the flavors need to come from kosher sources. Also, according to many opinions, even though the gum base is not ingested, it needs to be certified too since it does go into the mouth.”
Rabbi Schwarcz received his Smicha (Rabbinic Ordination) from Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland, OH. A longtime pulpit Rabbi, he also worked for over 20 years in kosher certification before founding the International Kosher Council (IKC), an internationally recognized agency. Whenever his bustling schedule affords him the opportunity to chew gum, Rabbi Schwarcz favors Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon and Classic Triple Berry Glee. He’s a real mensch!
Jordan C. attends 3rd grade in Wrentham, MA. She usually gets her Glee Gum from Whole Foods or Healthy Appetites. And she can’t decide which flavor she likes best because, as she says, “I like them all!”
Fun fact about Jordan: she just might have a doppelgänger. Ever seen the 2005 film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”? While Jordan’s love of gum could remind you of Violet Beauregard, the character she most closely resembles is, in fact, Veruca Salt. (In appearance only, of course). Another fun fact about Jordan: “When I’m not chewing gum, I’m a chatterbox!”
“We were very frustrated that almost all gum on the market has aspartame,” Jordan’s mom Bonnie explains. “Glee Gum has made it possible for her to chew gum.”
During assessment testing at school this year, Jordan’s teacher allowed the students to chew mint gum to aid their focus and concentration. Bonnie recalls, “Jordan was all but bouncing off the walls to be able to chew Spearmint Glee in class.”
Jordan and Bonnie, we’re oh so glad you found us! And hey, maybe we should try to make a three-course gum like that one in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”—minus the whole turning-the-chewer-into-a-blueberry part.
If you would like to be considered as our next “Featured Fan”—and win a case of Glee Gum for the honor— just send an email introducing yourself to our mascot, email@example.com.
Our company president Deborah Schimberg and our newest hire in the sales department, Natalie Brown, spoke on a panel at the Governor’s Workforce Board Annual Meeting earlier this month. They did a great job!
The Governor’s Workforce Board focuses on raising the skill level of the existing and future workforce in Rhode Island, where Glee Gum is based. Through training, adult education, immersion programs, and more, the GWB is working hard to keep RI on the rise. Check ’em out online and on Facebook if you’re interested in getting involved. We’re so glad that we did, and that we got Natalie as a result!
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October 16, 2021
Glee Gum strives to ensure that its services are accessible to people with disabilities.
We firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.
To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level.
These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
Accessibility on this Website
Glee Gum uses a Website Accessibility Widget that has a dedicated accessibility functionality. Our website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, we utilize an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
The software allows Glee Gum to improve its compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1).
If you’ve found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, we’ll be happy to hear from you. You can reach out to the website’s operators by using the following email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enabling the Accessibility Widget
The accessibility widget can be enabled by clicking the accessibility widget link that appears at the bottom of all pages of our website. After triggering the accessibility widget link, the accessibility widget will load and display in a moment.
Screen-reader and keyboard navigation
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website.
In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels;
descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology.
To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Disability profiles supported in our website
Epilepsy Safe Mode: this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
Visually Impaired Mode: this mode adjusts the website for the convenience of users with visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
Cognitive Disability Mode: this mode provides different assistive options to help users with cognitive impairments such as Dyslexia, Autism, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements of the website more easily.
ADHD Friendly Mode: this mode helps users with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders to read, browse, and focus on the main website elements more easily while significantly reducing distractions.
Blindness Mode: this mode configures the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is software for blind users that is installed on a computer and smartphone, and websites must be compatible with it.
Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired): this profile enables motor-impaired persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Additional UI, design, and readability adjustments
Font adjustments – users, can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
Color adjustments – users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different coloring options.
Animations – epileptic users can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
Content highlighting – users can choose to emphasize important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
Cognitive disorders – we utilize a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
Additional functions – we provide users the option to change cursor color and size, use a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions.
Browser and assistive technology compatibility
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
We continue our efforts to constantly improve the accessibility of our site and services in the belief that it is our collective moral obligation to use reasonable efforts toward improving seamless, accessible and unhindered use also for those of us with disabilities to the extent this can be done in a reasonable manner.
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them fully accessible. We are continually working on improving the accessibility of our website by adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. We do all this because we constantly strive to achieve the optimal level of accessibility possible.
Notes, comments, and feedback
Despite our efforts to make all pages and content on this website as reasonably accessible as it can be consistent with normal business practices for a company of our size and resources, some content could still be improved, so we welcome your suggestions.
If you are experiencing any difficulties in accessing or navigating, any content or part of our website, if you are blind or if you have visual impairments, or if you require any kind of assistance, please contact us and let us know. We will be happy to assist.
For any assistance, please either call or email.