Jul 02, 2021
14 mins read
Charity to people with disabilities dates back millennia, but meaningful input from those served is a recent phenomenon. Here are some ideas for “doing good” better.
Digital accessibility should be integral to your organization. Read our blog for the 5 R's that explain why this is so important.
The Coca-Cola Freestyle machine uses a touchscreen that allows users to select from over 100 different types of soda, but does it need larger text or buttons?
Banco Santander has integrated a Voice Guidance system into 3,000 ATMs, making them user-friendly for people with vision disabilities.
The landmark Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requires restaurants to ensure that their premises are accessible for people with disabilities. While the law marks one of the most important victories for the rights of those with disabilities, much more can be done to accommodate this community with its ever-evolving needs, including utilizing advanced technology.
Not all problems require big ideas to solve. Here are five innovations imagined by people with a disability that would reduce barriers to travel. Some build upon new technology whilst others take existing ideas and add an inclusive twist.
Living independently has many components, one of the ones most taken for granted is freedom of movement, access to independent mobility is a great enabler for people with a disability in seeking access to education, employment and in daily life. Accessible and Inclusive public transport, along with usable vehicles for personal use have been a considerable barrier for many for decades.
Smart Mobility generally refers to real-time traffic information or reducing traffic congestion. No wonder Google acquired Waze, an Israeli startup that crowdsources traffic data, for US$1.3 billion in 2013. However, to improve road safety is actually equally important to our daily lives.
Many people with disabilities have an unique set of needs and challenges in regards to travelling and enjoying tourist destinations.
Platform lifts. Swedish manufacturer ARITCO shows how architects can integrate them into residential properties without them looking like an...
"Accessibility must be universally applicable."
This article was published on KQED by Caroline Smith on June 9, 2021. During in-person instruction, Vikram Nahal would correct console grips in his role as a Resource Specialist Program (RSP) teacher in Northern California. Learning console grips helps students develop the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills necessary to correctly form shapes on a page. He […]
TikTok, the mega-popular short-form social network, recently launched a dedicated page on its website detailing its commitment to the disability community and accessibility.
Apple has launched a number of new features that improve accessibility during its 2021 WWDC conference and here's everything you need to know.
Discover how Apple creates products that work well for everyone. Learn from a few of the engineers and designers who helped build Apple Watch as they share stories that highlight our approach to accessible design, constant iteration, and community engagement.
Apple announced a batch of accessibility features at WWDC 2021 that cover a wide variety of needs, among them a few for people who can’t touch or speak to their devices in the ordinary way. With Assistive Touch, Sound Control and other improvements, these folks have new options for interacting with an iPhone or Apple Watch.
Following last month’s unveiling of new discrete accessibility features, Apple on Monday showed off a slew of mainstream, marquee features spanning Apple’s five operating systems—iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS—that are eminently useful as de-facto accessibility features, whether you’re dis...
Lessons from Microsoft, Airbnb, and Oracle.
The lack of machine learning datasets that include people with disabilities has proved to be a major roadblock for developing technological solutions customised to their needs. This is often referred to as ‘data desert’. It is a common practice for organisations building technology products and services to use data at an aggregate level, which leads to stereotyping and being exclusionary in the process.
We first came to know Microsoft engineer Dona Sarkar when she took over the role of head of the Windows Insider program back in June of 2016, taking over from Gabe Aul. Since then, she moved on to work on the Azure team as an advocate for the Power Platform, Microsoft's foray into low-code / no-code programming.
Microsoft is trying to get everything right woth the Xbox Series X and Series S to remain the better of the two competitors.
Inclusive design and accessible packaging create a better user experience for everyone. So why aren't more companies doing it?
Learning to become independent is a crucial developmental milestone for all children, but for children with an intellectual disability, mastering everyday activities can be an uphill battle.
Learn how to use the built in accessibility features in G Suite and Chromebooks.
Earlier this year, I lost the ability to use a keyboard and mouse for extended periods. Fortunately, this wasn't as catastrophic as it sounds! This article chronicles my experience using adaptive tools like dictation and eye-tracking as my primary mechanisms for writing code.
Cochlear implants are more likely to be successful if fitted in early childhood, but many Deaf people view the devices as perpetuating audism.
Larry Hicks was diagnosed with severe deafness about 6 months ago. He’s a little embarrassed to say it’s because he exploded crazy high-pitched music in the car.
In our daily lives, we may encounter phrases like "I am disabled" or "My child has special needs." And to someone who is not part of the community, this wording may seem synonymous. But it's not.
Many experts and advocates vehemently oppose the term \
I read a post called The Bizarre Prevalence of Invisible Illness Imposter Syndrome and the author uses different terms and language to describe what I have felt as well.
In her refusal to bend to the tournament’s outdated rules, Osaka demonstrated her understanding of a lesson that more of us could stand to learn: Work won’t love you back.
"Often, finding out what works means falling down and getting back up yet again."
The abortion question challenges the general public, but discussion in the disability community presents even more tangled ethical questions.
Lauren Gerken discusses growing up lonely and struggling with accepting her sexual orientation as a woman with cerebral palsy.
"As a disability advocate, I want Black people with disabilities to be seen, heard and respected as human beings."
"Those who really care about you and value their relationship with you will believe in you and your dreams."
The first visibly disabled Black woman to attend the Oscars on what comes next.
Extreme baddie Vilissa Thompson, joins us to talk all about the sexual liberation journey of a Black disabled woman, Kink and navigating the lifestyle as both an LG and a Domme, the journey transitioning from a social worker to sex therapist and so much more.
Rebecca Cokley is one of the country’s leading voices on disability rights, and centers race in her analysis and advocacy. She is the founding director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress, and served in the Obama administration from 2009-2013. Dr. Kendi sat down with the California native for a frank conversation on the intersections of ableism and racism in America, the historic civil rights legislation governing both, and what we can all do to advocate for a better future for people with disabilities.
What can the longest sit-in ever to take place in a federal building teach us about the intersection of racism and ableism?
The culture of academia can make disabled scientists wary of disclosing their conditions or needs. Molecular biologist Justin Yerbury suggests how the system might become more inclusive.
"Flying is always scary for us...because we have heard [or] experienced the horror of getting off a plane and seeing our metaphorical legs broken."
If the last time you rode the bus or subway was before the pandemic, you might not recognize the transit system as it exists now more than a year later. There have been visible improvements, like our unprecedented disinfecting program, but not all the changes are so obvious.
You’d think that more than thirty years after the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there’d be no more closed doors for disabled folks. That isn’t the case.
Since Clubhouse took off last year, a number of platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Discord, and Reddit, have announced similar social audio features. Some are more accessible for disabled people than others.
Honda Motor announced a new firm called Ashirase, Inc. It’s the first startup that came from Ignition, Honda’s new business creation program.
For wheelchair users with limited hand mobility, using a smartphone can be challenging.
Stevie Wonder's an incredible artist, and an equally amazing advocate for accessibility. In this comprehensive guide, we look at the tools, tips and techniques you can use for more accessible design and development practice.
Developers with disabilities are in the best position to build accessible technology, but they face a Catch-22 – most technology design tools themselves are not particularly accessible.
It’s not enough to observe how people with disabilities use tech. They need to be in the design process.
"Am I really sharing my true self?"
Humphrey 'NoHandsNZ' Hanley has carved his own path on Twitch; Platforming a need for greater accessibility in the video game industry.
Disabled streamers and gamers like RattleHead and charities work with big game companies fix accessibility barriers in playing video games.
When composer Daniel Pemberton was tasked with putting together the soundtrack for Netflix's film about the Paralympics he enlisted rappers Georgetragic, Toni Hickman, and Keith Jones to create the perfect theme song.
Haben Girma speaks on disability access and advocacy, and the importance of interdependence. The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Girma is a human rights lawyer advancing disability justice. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided.
At Contento, a new bar opening in New York City's East Harlem, beverage director Yannick Benjamin has created a space that welcomes people with disabilities.
Ann Cupolo Freeman and Sam Freeman recount their love story. Jim LeBrecht (Co-Director of Crip Camp) speaks with them both about identity, acceptance and finding love as a person with a disability.
Georgina Moore tells us about her experiences employing PAs. She offers helpful advice to disabled care receivers on how to manage PAs.
"We need to shine more light on these issues to make the world a fairer and more welcoming place."
In this young readers’ edition of her acclaimed memoir, Being Heumann, Judy shares her journey of battling for equal access in an unequal world—from fighting to attend grade school after being described as a “fire hazard” because of her wheelchair, to suing the New York City school system for denying her a teacher’s license because of her disability. Judy went on to lead 150 disabled people in the longest sit-in protest in US history at the San Francisco Federal Building. Cut off from the outside world, the group slept on office floors, faced down bomb threats, and risked their lives to win the world’s attention and the first civil rights legislation for disabled people.
This group is experiencing huge inequalities and often dying from avoidable causes, a report says.
People who had COVID-19 may need long-term care — the US healthcare system isn't ready.
Future preparedness plans should account for socioeconomic and cultural differences, say researchers.
Sarah Jane Ellis explains how the pandemic gave her a chance to work from home after not having employment options as a person with cerebral palsy.
"Hope combined with action is the key."
“'Normal' was ableist and inaccessible."
The adoption of flexible work arrangements during the pandemic has helped some employees for whom working from home is ideal. Will this trend continue for the post-pandemic work force?
Many students hate virtual learning. But for the author, who uses a wheelchair, it's been a godsend.
Christina Irene discusses pandemic changes that have benefited the disability community and why society should keep them.
We are trying to create a snapshot in time, where people in the future can look back and see how we coped and how we managed, whether that's good or bad.