Aug 17, 2022
82 mins read
F.D.A. Clears Path for Hearing Aids to Be Sold Over the Counter
The agency’s action opens the door to cheaper, more accessible devices without a prescription or medical exam.
More than half of diseases are being made worse by climate change
A team of researchers has found that extreme weather events caused by climate change favour the spread of pathogens and make most viruses and bacteria stronger.
Experts debunk monkeypox myths as misinformation spreads
Can monkeypox spread on the subway? Can it kill like COVID-19? Experts respond to monkeypox myths and misconceptions.
Why Money and Financial Security Are the 'Cure' to My Depression
"Money isn’t everything, except for when it is."
Open Up - a discussion with Pinar Guvenc of SOUR Studios
Pinar Guvenc talks to Juliette Burton from Open Inclusion on this episode of Open Up, a podcast series on disability inclusion, design and innovation.
Whose Academic Freedom? (Feminist) Bioethics, MAiD, and the Professionalization of Ableist Exceptio…
Since the last months of 2020, I have written numerous posts about MAiD and Bill C-7 at BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY in order to inform its international readership about these events in Canada and to explain the links between the events, the disproportionate influence of bioethics in Canadian philosophy, and the eugenic culture in Canadian philosophy that this sway has produced. Early in 2021, furthermore, I conjoined this public philosophy with the resistance of other disabled academics, activists, and policy researchers across Canada. We have been loud and persistent, determined to demonstrate how neoliberal arguments about informed consent, personal autonomy, and quality of life with respect to medically assisted suicide for disabled people, and only disabled people, obscure and reinforce the apparatuses of disability, ableism, racism, colonialism, and classism that produced these arguments in the first place.
Celebrating the best in inclusive recruitment in 2022
AbilityNet's Head of Digital Inclusion, Robin Christoperson, introduces the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative Awards (RIDI) and its categories.
Why Local Live Music Events and Venues Can Be So Challenging for Wheelchair Users
Let's just say that dive bars and many local live music venues across the country aren't exactly known for their wheelchair accessibility. Here's what my experience has been like as a live band aficionado in the Orlando area.
Researcher wins award for film raising awareness of deaf people affected by dementia
A gallery of “breath-taking” images and videos which shine a light on crucial dementia research have been released by Alzheimer’s Society’s first ever research image competition which was won by a University of Manchester researcher.
Accessible parking in real time with Park'nPay app
Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said the technology – the first roll-out of what will ultimately be over 3600 sensors across the State – means people with a disability can now better plan their journeys.
Image Descriptions: Managing the Process
We often encounter the question: “Who should be responsible for producing alt text?” The truth is that there is no one definitive answer. Ultimately, we all need to take responsibility for the accessibility of our publications and image description is a prime example of this much-needed collective approach.
Rose Ayling-Ellis on new Deaf Barbie doll: ‘We’re getting rid of that narrative of what is beau…
Eastenders star and Strictly Come Dancing winner Rose Ayling-Ellis has celebrated the launch of the first Barbie doll with a hearing aid, a “really exciting” version of the classic children’s toy which goes on sale to the public today.
In Defense of Just Ordering the Damn Tests
"Horses, not zebras doesn’t mean you don’t check."
Disabled academics: a case study in Canadian universities
Though Canadian universities are legally required to accommodate disabled employees, disabled faculty still experience difficulties navigating neoliberal performance standards and medicalized conceptualizations of disability. Drawing on data from a qualitative study with Canadian university faculty, this paper explores the experiences of five disabled academics. Our analysis draws on post-structural understandings of neoliberalism, discourse, disciplinary power, and governmentality, as well as Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s concepts of the fit and misfit. Though the sample is small, this analysis suggests universities pose disabling contexts for academics. Disability is cast as individual responsibility, leaving disabled academics navigating accommodations without institutional support. The normative academic constructed through a discourse of efficiency and productivity is the measure against which disabled academics are evaluated, requiring self-governance to produce themselves as ‘good enough’ academics. Although higher education environments are increasingly diverse, disabled academics are still having to prove their right to exist in academia, hindering their abilities to participate fully.
Rethinking Guardianship To Protect Disabled People’s Reproductive Rights
Restrictive guardianships deserve increased scrutiny from policymakers in order to ensure that disabled people are not denied their reproductive rights.
Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opens 27 Session
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today opened its twenty-seventh session, during which it will consider the reports of Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, Macau Special Administrative Region of China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and Singapore.
How can an inclusive workplace culture benefit businesses?
An inclusive workplace is one that champions equality and hires people regardless of their social, economic or cultural background, and focuses solely on skills and creating diversity. In this blog, we will reveal how inclusive workplace culture can benefit businesses.
Megan Thee Stallion's New Album is a Love Letter to Traumatized Black Women
"'Traumazine' is a love letter to the Black women who are trauma survivors, warriors, and victims alike. She did this for us, y’all, but most importantly, she did this for her."
Bundanon Trust Supports Five Residencies for Artists with Disability
Originally scheduled for September 2021 and postponed twice due to lockdown and floods, the Accessible Arts and Bundanon Trust Artist-In-Residence Program is taking place 12 – 18 September.
Dancers hope this adapted ballroom competition is the first of many in the U.S.
Dancers who use a wheelchair or prosthetic limbs came together from across the country to Bloomfield Hills, Mich., earlier this month to compete in the first competition of its kind in the U.S.
Rebecca A Withey: What having a deaf contestant on Love Island this year taught me
Just before the summer my phone was buzzing with excitement when a few girlfriends caught wind of a press release from ITV 2’s reality show Love Island. Apparently there was going to be a deaf contestant appearing in their 2022 series!
The short supply of special education teachers
Experts say the rising demand for special education teachers is not being met with enough supply. Several factors are driving the shortage.
Designing for age, agency and joy
The UK’s national strategic unit for design and the healthy ageing economy. Addressing the challenges and opportunities of an ageing society through design.
The Future of Ageing - Design Museum
Curated by Design Age Institute in collaboration with the Design Museum, The Future of Ageing explores how design is transforming the way society can support everyone to age with greater agency and joy.
Let's reflect on Disability Pride Month
July is Disability Pride Month. I'm a little late to the celebrations but let's reflect on what disability pride means to me.
New passport offers workplace mobility for team members with disabilities
Australia Post has launched a new tool that allows team members working with disabilities to capture and share their details and adjustment requirements in their own words, removing the need for them to explain their circumstances every time they change roles or managers within the organisation.
Doctors Failed to Check for Lithium Toxicity and I Nearly Died
"Looking back, I knew I was getting worse each time I saw him."
The Mountains We Climb in Life With Chronic Illness
"Whatever climb you're on — pretty, painful, or somewhere in between — just know that your truth deserves to be heard."
How I Feel When My Health Condition Becomes Visible
"Diseases, visible or not, aren't flaws or something we should feel insecure about, but I do and it takes a lot for me to restructure these thoughts in my mind."
Everyone should be included no matter the age!
When you think of the word Inclusion what does it mean to you?
Canadian Philosophers: Your Ableism is Killing Us (CW: Suicide)
If you pay some attention to Canadian philosophy Twitter, you might have gotten the impression over the last week that the most pressing issue for Canadian philosophers was the closure due to the Emancipation Day holiday on Monday of stores that sell high-quality coffee beans.
Krip-Hop Nation Turns 15 Years Old 2022
2022 marks 15 years of Krip-Hop Nation! Although we mark our beginnings when we put out our first mixtape in 2007, each co-founders, Keith Jones, the late Rob ‘Da Noize Temple and myself roots in Hip-Hop goes back to the late 70’s with all of us being in New York in those early days but not knowing each other back then. Thinking back on it we were three Black disabled youth excited about this new music called Hip-Hop trying to make our Black disabled bodies fit into this early youth rebellion culture. To know that we found each other’s decades after the birth of Hip-Hop in the early days of social networks aka MySpace and bulletin boards.
A Time For Georgia
This award-winning documentary focuses on Georgia, a four-year-old with Autism in her special education class. Observed are her struggles and triumphs in her classroom world as well as her progress within a six-month period.
Climbing has helped Georgia, a young woman on the autism spectrum, to confront her issues and realize that, for her, ‘normal’ just isn’t.
3:15 to Brunswick
This whimsical short film captures a romantic moment of connection between two people waiting for a train that never arrives. statement.
Daniel is different. He’s missing something. He only has 46 chromosomes where 47 should be.
A Different Kind of Day
A random encounter between 2 young adults with Down Syndrome and a group of youths, has unexpected consequences which change the day for everyone.
A Good Life, Too
When he was a toddler, Alonzo Clemons suffered a brain injury. It forever changed the way he learns and communicates but also the way he interprets the world around him. Very early it became clear to Alonzo that he had to sculpt. He was institutionalized for ten years in a state hospital which wasn’t a pleasant experience, but he continued to find ways to make delicate figures with his hands. When they wouldn’t give him clay, he would scrape warm tar from the parking lot.
A Still Jacket
Roman doesn’t speak – not a word in twenty-six years. But the joy he takes in filming and being filmed is one expression of his life with autism.
This film documents the inhumane conditions faced by individuals with mental disabilities situated in grossly understaffed, inadequate and neglectful psychiatric facilities around the world.
Canada invests in youth-driven projects to improve accessibility and disability inclusion
The imagination, determination, and innovation of Canada’s youth are essential to building the Canada we all want: a country that is inclusive and barrier-free for persons with disabilities. By continuing to invest in youth and working with local and community-based organizations to increase accessibility and inclusion in communities and workplaces, the Government of Canada is reinforcing its commitment to prioritize disability inclusion across the country.
Researcher studies the playground experiences of children with disabilities
How do Canadian children with disabilities and their families experience playgrounds? What about adjacent areas such as parking lots and pathways? How can educators and rehabilitation specialists use playground spaces?
Newcastle’s housing crisis in spotlight amid row over emergency accommodation
Advocacy groups attack NSW authorities’ rejection of proposal to use former disability centres.
Emet Tauber: Disabled Oracle
There was always a journalist, Joshua Bright, in the room with us in those dying days, in that season of our grief & mourning. Emet had found him on Instagram, I believe. This journalist was working on a long term documentary project about grief, death, dying, and palliative care. Emet wanted to have his story documented. Even in dying, he knew how connected he was to others, and he wanted to help others learn through his journey. His commitment to his convictions gives me chills and takes my breath away sometimes. The sheer courage of his vulnerability. He knew about the power of disabled witness, of personal storytelling as a building block of organizing. In every moment he lived and embodied his values. His name, Emet, means truth in Hebrew. He embodied what it means to live authentically.
As a wheelchair user at the theatre, kind staff make all the difference
Letter: Communication and human kindness can create a trouble-free and memorable experience, says Prof Laurie Maguire of her recent visit to the Apollo theatre in London.
Diagnosing Mental Health Disorders Through AI Facial Expression Evaluation
Researchers from Germany have developed a method for identifying mental disorders based on facial expressions interpreted by computer vision.
Economic Justice & Disability, featuring Dessa Cosma, Detroit Disability Power
Why does economic justice need disability inclusion? Ford grantee Dessa Cosma explains.
If 'Spoon Theory' Doesn't Work for You, Try the Alternative 'Arcade Theory'
"I brace myself for those times I barely get started before 'GAME OVER' flashes on my screen."
Tracey Baillie: The lack of access for deaf couples dealing with infertility, adoption and surrogac…
In this blog I would like to raise awareness of the current barriers in place that prevent deaf people from having an informed and positive experience when dealing with infertility, adoption and surrogacy.
What it's like publishing Australia's first disability specific travel magazine
Travel Without Limits is Australia's first disability-specific travel magazine. Here's what it's like publishing it - plus a special offer.
You Are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread
Actress, presenter and disability activist Samantha Renke – who is a wheelchair user and lives with brittle bones disease – has published her autobiography You Are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, in which she shares the highs and lows of living with a disability.
The Problem With Assuming That Abortion Ban Exceptions Will Actually Work
"This sounds on the surface noble, but in no way guarantees an abortion because of rape or incest."
5 ADHD YouTube Channels You Should Check Out Today
Here are some YouTube accounts if you’re looking for some extra ADHD insight from people who just get it.
Passenger kept from boarding after Jetstar’s refusal to assist with wheelchair makes discriminati…
Exclusive: Complaint lodged with human rights commission after man turned away at gate of Sydney airport flight.
An Interview With Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Expert Dr. Eric Singman
"Let me tell you, friends, Dr. Singman is definitely someone I’m so thankful to have working on behalf of the HDCT community."
Live With The 19th: Securing Disability Rights
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is just over 30 years old and was last updated in
2010. Since then, the ways we live and work have changed significantly. For Disability Pride Month, The 19th is bringing together U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Maria Town, president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities, in conversation with Reporter Sara Luterman, to discuss improving accessibility and delivering on the promise of the ADA.
Texas A&M team translates thousands of pages of math into Braille
When Texas A&M University Mathematics Lecturer Vanessa Coffelt wanted to further accommodate coursework for students who are blind or visually impaired, the staff at Texas A&M’s Department of Disability Resources accepted the challenge. They worked closely with the Department of Mathematics to create a Braille translation — more than 2,300 pages worth.
50% of persons with disabilities in Virginia are living in financial hardship
The number of people with disabilities in Virginia who struggle to afford the basics is far higher than federal poverty data indicates - 15% compared to 50% - according to a new report from Rappahannock United Way and its research partner United For ALICE.
All of Us review – Francesca Martinez’s urgent call for radical empathy
Personal, political and polemical, this intensely moving play about disability and austerity challenges preconceptions.
Disability news and talk, Locked away in Ukraine’s orphanages
Thousands of disabled people live in Ukraine's orphanages - but many aren't even orphans.
Stranger Things’ Captions: A Lesson in Language and Detail
Viewers are reacting strongly to the unusually descriptive captions that accompany the latest and most disturbing season of Stranger Things.
Women’s Euro 2022: How To Make Football Fully Inclusive?
On 31st July 2022, history was made when England won the Women’s European Championship at Wembley Stadium. The Euro 2022 win is the first major trophy won by the Lionesses and the first tournament win since the men’s England team won the World Cup in 1966.
75 years of Independence: Disability should no longer be an afterthought
The journey of 75 years of India’s independence is one filled with struggles, achievements, learnings and realisations. On this momentous occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, it is worth revisiting the advances in legislation on disability rights over the years and determining new ideas and strategies to achieve an inclusive nation when India celebrates its 100th year of independence.
Florida weighs restricting care for trans adults and banning care for minors
Gender-affirming care remains unchanged in Florida, but the board’s action is just the latest move by state officials targeting trans people.
Monkeypox may be here to stay
The disease has gained a foothold among men who have sex with men, and experts warn that time is running out to stop the virus from spreading in the U.S. population more broadly.
Talking to Strangers Helps My Mental Health, Even Though I'm Shy
"You never know where a friendship or relationship could bloom."
I'm Fine: A Lie Illness Makes Me Tell
‘I’m fine.’ Two small, simple words I speak no matter what when asked how I am. But it’s also an extremely misleading answer, if not an outright lie. Because in reality, I am never fine. I never feel fine; my chronic illness’s symptoms ensure that. Therefore, I’m fine is a lie that chronic illness makes me tell daily.
Writing Old Age and Impairments in Late Medieval England
In an intriguing moment in his Art of English Poesy (1589), George Puttenham wonders why a stanza of poetry is called a “staff.” A poetic staff is called as such, Puttenham speculates, because it serves as a “bearer or supporter of a song or ballad” much like a “weak body that is stayed up by his staff” that would “not otherwise able to walk or stand up right.” For Puttenham, poetic staffs, like walking sticks, provide “poesy” with material support. In his compelling new book, Writing Old Age, Will Rogers echoes Puttenham’s metaphor to illustrate the ways in which medieval and early modern authors put narratives of old age and impairment to rhetorical use. In medieval and early modern narratives of old age, Rogers argues, an aging speaker’s description of impairment can function like a staff, becoming a source of strength, authority, and even power. Such narratives of aging, he contends, are “prosthetic” (that is, additive and corrective) insofar as they help medieval writers and speakers in describing their own disabilities and impairments to establish their own power and authority. In doing so, they provide an important counter narrative to the pathologizing understandings of old age that are so often the norm today.
Shakespeare and Disability Studies
Literature and Medicine: The Nineteenth Century, edited by Clark Lawlor and Andrew Mangham, is the second of two volumes released this summer by Cambridge University Press exploring the dialogue between literature and medicine in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is also a surprisingly relevant pandemic read. While COVID-19 is never mentioned, the parallels are striking: 21st-century readers live in a moment marked by urgent controversies over the validity of scientific authority, while Victorians similarly struggled to come to terms with an increasingly institutionalized and professionalized field of medical science. For the Victorians, literature became a way to play out anxieties over medical science’s new authority. In his chapter “Physics and Metaphysics: Poetry and the Unsteady Ascent of Professional Medicine,” for example, contributor Daniel Brown points out that early nineteenth-century scientists were able to prove the efficacy of a smallpox vaccine that produced a mild case of cowpox in the recipient. A suspicious poet responded with “Verses Composed Upon That Sublime Subject the Cowpock Preached by Mr. Lyons,” in which he worries that scientists are impinging on a higher law: “Let God alone the first infection give / Then should they die resigned to him you live” (97). This sentiment would be familiar to anyone who has encountered the common anti-vaxxer argument that lives during a pandemic are in God’s hands regardless of the medical science.
Unfixable Forms: Disability, Performance, and the Early Modern Theater
In the history of disability, the early modern era is largely seen as transitional. The period follows the Middle Ages, marked by the dominance of the “religious model” where disability is associated with sin, shame, and humility. Yet, the early modern era emerges prior to the development of the “medical model” with its emphasis on diagnosis, institutionalization, and cure. Early modern English theater, and Shakespeare in particular, remain the subject of much critical and popular attention. However, these critiques tend to assume one or the other of these historical models are applicable. Katherine Schaap Williams suggests, “The historical conditions of the early modern theater return us to a moment when the typical has not yet settled into the normative” (227). The theme of indeterminacy and its potential for complex (and even contradictory) meanings runs throughout Williams’ work, Unfixable Forms: Disability, Performance, and the Early Modern English Theater. By combining close readings of plays and other period texts with insights from Disability Studies and performance theory, Williams argues that England’s early modern theater demonstrates that “the capacity to represent is also always a making, and disability is not a static attribute of a body but a dynamic interaction that happens in space and time”.
Physical Disability in British Romantic Literature
Physical Disability in British Romantic Literature is Essaka Joshua’s third book. Earlier versions of its chapters appeared in Michael Bradshaw’s 2016 Disabling Romanticism and Clare Barker’s and Stuart Murray’s 2018 Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability. As its title indicates, Joshua confines her interrogations to cultural analysis of physical impairments in Romantic literature and steers clear of mental health issues (“madness”).
Performing Disability in Early Modern English Drama
Joining the growing community of premodern Disability Studies, Performing Disability in Early Modern English Drama, edited by Leslie Dunn, examines the broad intersections of early modern performativity, disability discourse, contemporary disability theater, and advocacy. Bringing together a variety of critical approaches, this excellent collection focuses on early modern drama, both canonical and obscure, and provides an exciting new resource for scholars and students.
Those They Called Idiots: The Idea of the Disabled Mind from 1700 to the Present Day
A rich resource for Disability Studies, Those They Called Idiots is an engaging, multidisciplinary history of ideas. Peppered with anecdotes, fascinating vignettes, quotes, and illustrative materials the reader vividly sees how the development of beliefs about intellectual disabilities have been used to justify care and containment across 300 years. Few histories document the growth and decline of asylums for individuals whose intellectual behaviors/qualities, and capacities are different from majority norms (in contrast to the many studies of madness). And relatively few histories document life before the growth of these enclosed institutions in the 19th century. Written in an engaging style, this book has wide appeal; it is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate humanities and social science courses, especially in history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, education, and public policy. It should have a special place in curricula for prospective teachers, particularly for those interested in special education.
Disability news and talk, The integrated games
Should the Paralympics and Olympics be combined?
Applications open for Diverse Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants
Applications are now open for round two of the Diverse Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Grants, which are available for organisations that support and promote the mental health and wellbeing of Victoria’s diverse communities.
"What Happened To You?": Puppet Show With Disabled Puppet Characters Comes To Toronto
If you live in or near Toronto, get ready to watch a puppet show like no other! What Happened to You? is a new, heart-warming piece of puppet theatre for children and their families. Created semi-autobiographically, puppet designer Nikki Charlesworth challenges the fundamental laws of traditional puppetry by making puppets that reflect her own disability, and moves as she moves. What Happened to You? also features creative use of audio description, embedded into the original score, and integrated American Sign Language by a Deaf actor, which introduces children to enhanced access. What Happened to You? will be presented as a relaxed performance; house lights will remain on at a low level and audience members will be able to enter and exit the theatre as they wish.
Ugandan woman launches online TV for people with hearing disabilities
When Susan Mujawa Ananda heard a man with a hearing disability had been shot and wounded in Uganda for breaking a curfew during the pandemic, his family said he knew nothing about it. She resolved to set up an online television channel for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, reports Reuters.
When ‘having it good’ leaves you with nothing: life as a renter on the poverty line
For those of us who rely on the whim of a landlord for safe shelter, there’s no relief in sight until politicians decide to act.
A Chart That Tracks All of Your Mental and Chronic Illness Symptoms
Would this wheel help you track your symptoms?
Living Your Best Life With an Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis
"My 'best' is a little different than it was four years ago, but I'm still enjoying life."
More PS5, PS4 Players Can Enjoy Resident Evil Village with Free Accessibility Update
Accessibility is a big deal, and it’s great to see more publishers take it seriously. Capcom should be commended for plotting a free accessibility update for Resident Evil Village, then, which will launch alongside the upcoming Winters’ Expansion and Gold Edition re-release. To be clear, even if you don’t buy the add-on or new version, you’ll be eligible to download this update for your existing game with a patch.
How-to: Use Firefox for accessibility testing
Firefox has become one of the best tools for accessibility audits. Let’s go over Firefox’s accessibility features that you can use today.
How to enable your Mac’s VoiceOver screen reader
The feature is designed to help users with visual impairments.
Man With ALS Tweets Using Brain Implant That Translates Thoughts Into Text
"The system is astonishing, it's like learning to ride a bike — it takes practice, but once you're rolling, it becomes natural."
What’s Next? A Practical Introduction to Accessibility on Android
The past two years have seen a lot more interest for inclusive design in the Android community. There’s been a lot of content (blogs and talks) introducing waves of designers and developers to accessibility.
Time for Shortcuts: How to Increase Efficiency and Accessibility
Word shortcuts are a user-friendly, free, and accessible way to increase efficiency within your business. Download my free cheat sheet of Word shortcuts today!
A new resource about Accessibility Resources and Know-How
Welcome to ARK, AHEAD's home for digital accessibility resources and know-how in tertiary education. Digital accessibility is key to inclusion, as it provides more equal access for students and staff to engage with institutions, their services and related educational materials in multiple ways.
Microsoft OneNote's new Dictate feature supports AI-powered voice commands
A new Dictate feature is available for OneNote for the web and OneNote for Windows.
Has Transit Innovation Hit a Roadblock?
With technological advances giving rise to autonomous vehicles and hyperloops, some predict that commutes may soon start resembling sci-fi movies.
Alt text helps the visually impaired experience the James Webb Telescope images
Visually impaired people can enjoy the celestial images captured by the James Webb Telescope and shared by NASA. A team provided descriptive labels using the alt text feature on social media apps.
Philip Gerrard: The first Edinburgh Deaf Festival
This year sees the very first Edinburgh Deaf Festival, part of the family of festivals that take over the city of Edinburgh every August.
Paralympian Ellie Simmonds On Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds – who has a form of dwarfism – is set to take part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing. She is the sixth celebrity to be announced and the seventh consecutive disabled person to compete on the dancing show.
Easy Read versions of free disability and technology factsheets now available
Download Easy Read formats of Dyslexia and technology, Sight loss and Computing and more free disability and technology factsheets from the AbilityNet website.
Digital Accessibility Is the Next Trend in Tech
Tech is entering a new era: Gen Z, with an average attention span of 8 seconds, is entering the workforce; DEI is critical to company culture; ESG is key for investors; and a post-pandemic society is consuming more digital content than ever. Future-minded tech will embrace what’s at the intersection of these trends: digital accessibility. Most people think of digital access as a legal requirement. In reality, it’s the lens through which we improve products, experiences, and brand affinity. Like physical access (curb cuts), many digital access tools (captions) began as accommodations but are now universal. Bringing together GC and accessibility leaders from IBM, LinkedIn, and Salesforce, this session will look at the shift from compliance to leveraging digital access at every tech company.
What Are the Top 6 Problem Spots for Blind Testers in Accessibility Testing?
In digital accessibility, the team of accessibility specialists includes blind team members who exemplify the spirit of digital accessibility. These accessibility specialists also function as the internal simulator for groups doing accessibility testing and remediation.
Windows 11 Better Accessibility For All
Microsoft’s accessibility features are good for all users at home and at work.
Inconsistencies stop disabled customers from enjoying the arts
There are many inconsistencies preventing those with disabilities from enjoying the arts, from ticketing through to accessible venues.
Accessibility and QR codes
Accessibility consultancy with a focus on inclusion. We can help you with knowledge, experience, strategy, assessments, and development.
How to Change Closed Captions Font, Size, and Color in YouTube?
I watch a lot of sewing videos on YouTube and have closed captions enabled on my PC to help me understand what they’re saying. The captions, however, are too small for me to read. Is there a way to enlarge the subtitle font or typeface size?
IBM accessibility requirements
Empower your diverse user base by creating accessible products.
Microsoft Customer Story-Twitter makes public conversations more accessible with Microsoft AI
Twitter is a social media platform that connects diverse people, perspectives, ideas, and information. With Twitter Spaces, the platform seeks to go beyond the character limit of Tweets and host live audio conversations. As part of its commitment to inclusivity, Twitter wanted to ensure that Spaces is accessible to users who are deaf or hard of hearing. Speech-to-Text from Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services overcomes the accessibility barriers of an audio-only platform with real-time transcription of spoken audio into text. Deployed on Microsoft Azure and supporting over 100 languages and variants, Azure Speech-to-Text makes Spaces more accessible by providing quick and accurate auto-captions to Twitter users.
Nintendo Switch Gaming
Flex Controller is a disabled gaming allowing gamers to use switches and joysticks to play video games on Nintendo Switch.
The metaverse will create an accessible society but first, we need an accessible metaverse
The metaverse has exploded in popularity over the last few years and funding has been pouring in from tech-focused and non-tech-focused industries, all wanting a piece of the exciting, new pie.
AI-Generated Images from AI-Generated Alt Text
Dear sighted reader, I want you to read this post without looking at the images. Each has been hidden in a disclosure. Instead, read the alternative text I provide and visualize how it may look. Then read the automatically generated alternative text, and try to visualize it then.
Accessible Social Media
Accessibility is a common priority when building websites and webpages. But have you considered how individuals with disabilities are engaging with your brand on social media? Are they experiencing accessibility barriers in your content? Are there things you could be doing to make your social media more inclusive? This session will outline the easy practices you can implement to ensure the content you produce and the way you deliver it on social media is accessible for everyone, including disabled users.
8 Adaptable And Inclusive Travel Accessories
Do you love travelling and in need of adaptable aids for your next trip away? Well, look no further as we have a whole range of travel accessories that will make your journeys easy and stress-free if you have a disability or health condition.
Is self diagnosis valid when it comes to mental illness?
Self-diagnosis is valid. It can help people accept their mental illness. But self-diagnosis is not without risks.
Worried about bills this winter? In Truss’s Titanic economics, only the rich will get a life raft
With a national catastrophe looming, the Tory leadership candidates have adopted a muscular ‘anti-welfare’ stance.
Teaching Money Skills in Special Education
Functional teaching ideas for multi-needs special education, with a transition / life skills focus.
John Oliver Takes on Insurance Companies and the U.S. Mental Health Crisis
"With his trademark sardonic humor, exasperated outrage, and comic zingers, Oliver deftly skewered these targets.
Including Student Athletes With and Without Disabilities in High School Sports
"What are we teaching student athletes when we create separate spaces for athletes with disabilities?"
Changing Health Perspectives With Cerebral Palsy and Metastatic Breast Cancer
"I'm now in a world that contradicts the lessons of my life with cerebral palsy."
The latest video game controller isn’t plastic. It’s your face
“Enabled Play is a device that learns to work with you — not a device you have to learn to work with,” Dunn, who lives in Boston, said via Zoom.
Interview With 13-Year-Old Actor Hartley Bernier From 'Team Zenko Go' on Netflix
"It’s really important to see representation of people with medical complexities on television because I never had that."
One of Two review – testimony of twins living with cerebral palsy | Edinburgh festival 2022
Compelling one-man play looks at the lack of understanding faced by children with a disability and makes a persuasive plea for change.
Jobseeker’s experience with job agencies left his mental health so poor he could not work
Nathan, now on disability support, says job providers did little to help his search while they claimed thousands of dollars each time he found work on his own.
Why the Phrase 'If They Wanted to They Would' Can Be Ableist
"...depending on the situation, this statement lacks a lot of nuance that in some ways can lead to ableism."
When Your Therapist Tells You They Can't Treat You Anymore
"Feeling rejected can be so painful, but you deserve the best treatment."
Charlotte Drag Queens and Kings Taking the Scene by Storm
As the city gears up for Charlotte Pride, we reached out to five drag performers to learn their stories and what drag means to them.
Paraeducators: Fact or Fiction?
As policy and procedures have evolved over the years within education, the role of teachers and paraprofessionals has also changed. Managing the work of paraprofessionals has become a more common component of effectively run classrooms. Paraeducators who were once responsible for clerical duties to support teachers.
Key Takeaways from UsableNet's ADA Web and App Report
UsableNet's 2022 mid-year ADA web and app report includes data from thousands of lawsuits. This blog provides several key takeaways.
Here's What You Need to Know About Monkeypox
We talked with a public health official about Monkeypox. Heres what they had to say.
Capturing Unique Moments: Perspective from a Blind Photographer
Prabath Wickramanayake has always been captivated by the beauty of nature. As he lost his sight, he felt like he'd lose his connection to nature, too. But with advances in technology, he's able to recapture that joy in photos.
Looking After A Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV)
The excitement and anticipation of delivery day? Having a car that is adapted for your needs? Having the latest make and model? The way your new car drives or that brand new car smell?
Changing Lives in an Electric World
Industry leaders call for greater collaboration to enhance the accessibility of specialist Electric Vehicles for disabled people.
Camping with the kids
Discover the fun of the Great Outdoors with a family camping experience, whether it be in your own back garden or further afield.
Feminist Reflections on MAiD and Compassion
The charge of fallacious slippery-slope reasoning that Jocelyn Downie, Udo Schüklenk, and other proponents of medically assisted suicide (MAiD) routinely direct at critics of the practice relies on an outdated juridical conception of power that has conditioned Western philosophy and on outmoded ideas about the self-originating character of the neoliberal subject’s freedom and autonomy that are integral to this conception. As Foucault pointed out, juridical c