Jun 02, 2022
25 mins read
For those with disabilities, the trauma of war is magnified; “usual life has been destroyed.”
How new surveillance technologies in education, policing, health care, and the workplace disproportionately harm disabled people.
Before you say no, take a moment to really ask yourself whether it’s the system that’s best suited to build our future society.
Companies are digging into accessibility strategies for meetings; travel logistics are a trickier matter and harder to scale in a fragmented environment.
Recently, a friend of mine tagged me in a Facebook post from a perturbed parent and supporter of inclusion who shared a Psychology Today article titled “Mainstreaming Doesn’t Work for Everybody.” Amy S.F. Lutz, the author, critiques a 2015 blog post I wrote for Noodle called “Let’s Get Rid of Special Education” while I was still a classroom teacher.
Reasons, I’ve got a few. But this still-current guidance from the CDC for high-risk people is the one that matters for any organization claiming inclusion as a core value.
"One requires an official diagnosis for medical support; however, one should not need an official diagnosis for support from their Jewish community."
On this episode of The Weeklyish, Carol Quirk drops by to talk about what it takes to change mindsets toward inclusive education.
Application for the Heumann-Armstrong Award.
The National Center on Disability and Journalism is now accepting entries for the 2022 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability, the only national journalism contest devoted exclusively to disability coverage.
A waiver named for her daughter, Katie, has allowed hundreds of thousands of children to receive medical care without having to live in a hospital.
I went into one of those cripple accessible “ family” bathrooms. And because it was coed there was a tampon dispenser mounted on the wall across from the toilet.
This is the second article in a series on college applicants and the circumstances that shaped their choices this spring.
Including kids with disabilities leads to the best outcomes.
A mixed-media collection of prose and other work by Asian American disability activist Wong.
We share 10 disabled scientists you should explore and discover, including physicists Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.
Womanhood & Disability: creating, uplifting, and representing narratives and experiences of women with disabilities and differences.
"When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the radio."
In honour of May being the speech and hearing awareness month, Accessibility Collective member, Nicole interviews Vernon’s own pediatric audiologist, Jessica Niemela. How is Jessica bringing a much needed awareness with her public education idea? Please listen or download the episode.
South Africa has approved the Constitutional Eighteenth Amendment Bill for public comment, which will finally be making South African Sign Language (SASL) the country’s 12th official language.
Dancer Natasha Ghouri has been confirmed as the first deaf contestant to appear on the next series of the popular ITV2 dating show, Love Island.
'Color My World with Love' tackles a real-life issue and presents it as a romantic drama with a nice end.
The Disney+ television sequel to the 1988 cult classic movie has been in the works for over two years.
As the first disabled person in Canada to produce a broadcast docu-series, Michelle Asgarali is making history with her new show “Breaking Character.” In fact, that was the whole point.
The developer of Gotham Knights has revised the backstory for Batgirl after fans criticized the game for using harmful disability tropes. In the comics, Batgirl is shot in the spine by Joker and is then largely seen in a wheelchair. Depending on the version of the character, she becomes Oracle, Batman's eyes and ears while he's in the field. She is able to use her technical wiz to be a major asset to Batman without getting into combat. Batgirl's biography in Gotham Knights indicates she was critically injured in some sort of fight, though it's unclear with who. The biography noted she was able to return to active duty as Batgirl after training, something some fans took issue with as it's not as easy as doing some training to recover from a critical injury that places someone into a wheelchair. This has been seen as a harmful trope throughout media and it seems Warner Bros. is aware of this.
Character biography revised, thanks to consultation with specialists at AbleGamers.
Portraying a specific mental illness can be a difficult thing to get right. Here are some of the most medically inaccurate portrayals in film history.
From the best TV & film portrayals of actors with disabilities, discover the 8 most powerful ones.
Report based on a survey of 876 respondents and results from two focus groups, thirteen percent of survey respondents identified as disabled.
"There have been so many storylines that have hit me, but this one was different."
For This Is Us fans, the finale ended an era. For Karl Seitz, the visually impaired actor who played young Jack, the show started a promising career.
In a blog post published on Thursday, Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Dowdy shares her personal connection with disability—like me, she’s a lifelong CODA—before announcing Netflix’s latest plans to make its content more accessible and inclusive.
A couple of weeks ago I attended a new book fair at my neighborhood and, unbeknownst to me, my colleague and friend Siobhan Guerrero-MacManus was scheduled to talk on a roundtable by people from the sexual-generic diversity. She was giving a very short time to talk, so she had to cover a lot of ground and make a lot of points very quickly. One of them stuck out to me specially. She stressed the importance of institutions like academia to attend to diversity, but not merely as subjects of study. She did not say as what instead, but it is not hard to see what she meant. Consider disability. Attending to disability not merely as subject of study requires, not organizing conferences and seminars on the ontology and epistemology of disability, but proper action to improve accessibility right now and a commitment to continue until it becomes effectively universal. Ramps, cushioned seats and doors with larger grips show more genuine commitment to diversity than another paper, book or Op Ed. Similar considerations apply to other marginalized groups.
The Crip Lit for Spoonies workshop series is a series of reading group-style writing workshops called “CripLit4Spoonies” that centers literatures of chronic illness and disability. The first CripLit looked at the relationship between trauma and disability. CripLit4Spoonies II focuses on the genre and poetics of writing about one’s own experience of illness and disability as a way of healing and asserting the truth of one’s own experience in the face of isolation, silencing, pathologization, and gas-lighting. Over the course of six weeks, we will read excerpts from works on cancer, chronic pain, gynecological disorders, nervous system disorders, and mental illness. Each week, we will share body scans, no less than 30 minutes of collaborative writing in response to prompts generated by the readings, and our responses and impressions of the readings. The workshop envisions itself as a space to share vulnerability, resources, and care through the shared experience of living as a “spoonie,” or a chronically ill individual.
"Music provides an opportunity to feel included, to feel represented, and to feel like you're a part of something much greater than yourself. "
What is Opera Mariposa and how is it accessible as well as disability represented? CiTR’s Accessibility Collective chats with two co-founders, Jacqueline Ko and Stephanie Ko from Opera Mariposa.
"Some things are laughable, some things are not, and Billie Eilish’s Tourette's syndrome is definitely not."
This volume analyzes representations of disability in art from antiquity to the twenty-first century, incorporating disability studies scholarship and art historical research and methodology.
The Routledge Companion to Art and Disability explores disability in visual culture to uncover the ways in which bodily and cognitive differences are articulated physically and theoretically, and to demonstrate the ways in which disability is culturally constructed.
Providing a personal and dedicated service to clients in the comedy and entertainment industries.
Winner of the inaugural Amal Clooney Women’s Empowerment award says she saw mainstream culture did not represent her, so she created her own space.
The Toronto collective's events embody the notion that a few changes can make the difference between disabled ravers staying home out of caution, or going out for a potentially transformative night.
Fear after high rise fire evacuation plans are rejected by the government.
The new technology will feed audio instructions to users through their phones as they get around Metro's train platforms and bus stops.
AMV BBDO has become the latest agency to shift its focus to the importance of accessibility by launching AMVxOpen – a new partnership that will work with brands to find accessibility- and disability-inclusive experience gaps in order to develop solutions to better attract and serve customers.
Influencer agency Whalar acquires C Talent, a disabled-led talent management and consultancy company that represents high-profile deaf and disabled talent.
Getty Images in collaboration with Verizon, has announced its latest global Creative Grant program focused on disability communities.
Join us at the "Are you being served? Welcoming disabled consumers" conference (sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group)
Tommy Hilfiger's Adaptive Clothing Line Offers Ease, Fashion to Clothes for People With Disabilities
'We were able to use the same design as our mainstream collection but add innovative modifications and make dress easier.'
Lessons learned from using the online DAS registration system and app bookings.
How our Office of Accessibility is ensuring inclusion for all. Plus, a heartwarming military homecoming.
For years, people with disabilities have been promised that autonomous vehicles are right around the corner. Self-driving cars enabled with artificial intelligence and machine learning will open up new possibilities for people with vision, hearing, and mobility impairments.
With electric vehicles becoming more popular around the world and in the UK specifically, how suitable are electric vehicles and charging points for drivers with accessibility needs?
"Just 6 percent of (people with disabilities) use a wheelchair. We help people think about what they are doing for the other 94 percent."
The company offers accessible accommodation and activities via its platform.
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One of the most important components of navigation software out there is the support for audio guidance, as this feature allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road without having to look at the screen to figure out which way to go.
In this Startup Canada Podcast epsiode, Maayan Ziv shares why removing barriers is step one to investing in accessibility.
If someone had told me when I first picked out my career path that I would be an organisation’s first DeafBlind scientist, I would have laughed.
Born missing one of her lower arms below the elbow, on the climbing wall Anoushé forgot her illness and her chronic pain.
I turned the disability discrimination, or ableism, I experienced in college into creative inspiration to start my own personal brand.
What's the currency of inclusion in a space defined by marketability?
Accessibility Virtual Reality (A11yVR) Meetup has held many of its meetups in Mozilla Hubs. We’ve had one in AltspaceVR. And now we’ve tried our third virtual reality environment and that’s in Spatial . Each VR environment is unique and delivers different experiences.
Lots of people use delivery apps, but they don't always deliver on accessibility. Read 5 common problems on delivery apps and how to solve them.
Scott Hollier and Justin Brown* ask why little attention is being given to making websites accessible.
The world is full of questionable design outcomes due to unconscious biases, political agendas or a lack of empathy, and working as a manager in accessibility you have to be mindful of all of these in your research and decision-making processes. These are not just things you have to deal with but you also have to be mindful of not letting them creep into your own practice.
Applause has published the 2022 results of its third consecutive, annual global survey on digital accessibility to coincide with Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2022 (19.05.22).
Most of our time online is typically spent reading text, yet we don’t often consider how accessible that text is. The typefaces, fonts, and text styling used can have a significant impact on the user experience — and there are few accessibility guidelines that relate to text accessibility. In this presentation, guest speaker Jared Smith provides an overview of how reading is processed in the human mind, and how to minimize the cognitive effort and maximize the visual accessibility of online text.
Stéphanie is a User Researcher and Designer who focuses on building user-centered, inclusive and accessible products and services. She spent the last 12+ years helping her clients deliver successful projects in different industries (banking, financial, automotive, healthcare, press, travel, etc.)
For more recent guidance on this category of vendors please see my blog post Get Help With Digital Accessibility: Tips For Selecting An Accessibility Partner.
"We are all going to be disabled someday. It's just that some of us beat you to it. So even though we're designing for that group today, we're designing for everyone else afterward," says Microsoft's Director of Accessibility, Dave Dame.
When people hear the term “accessibility” in the context of disability, most will see images of ramps, automatic doors, elevators, or tactile paving (textured ground which helps vision impaired people navigate public spaces). These are physical examples of inclusive practice that most people understand.
Many Braille literate blind and deafblind users use refreshable braille displays with their Android devices to touch-read and type out braille dots that represent text. Usually, people connect their Android devices using the BrailleBack app which is a separate download or use a virtual keyboard within Talkback instead of a physical device. In the upcoming Android 13 Beta, which should be available to users in the next few weeks, Google is providing out of the box support for Braille displays within Talkback, Android’s screen reader. With this new update, there will be no need for additional downloads to use most Braille displays. For example, users will be able to use display buttons to navigate their screen, compose emails, make phone calls, send text messages or read books There will be shortcuts for scrolling/moving to the next character, word or line as well as for editing documents – like jumping to the end of documents or selecting, copying, and pasting. Watch the video below to learn more about this upcoming out of the box support for Braille displays and other accessibility features and services in Android 13. Sign up for the Android beta program to try Talkback 13 when it is [...]
Smartphones and tablets are getting better at helping people with disabilities understand and interact with the world around them. Here's our guide to the accessibility features that are coming to your phone -- or the next one you buy.
As the world evolves, websites and mobile applications needs to be built with accessibility in mind from the beginning. AI can help.
On May 12, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice issued guidance to caution employers about using artificial intelligence (AI) and software tools to make employment decisions.
Today, we are continuing our accessibility initiative with our expansive updates from image descriptions to auto generated video captions.
These are the five most annoying inaccessible web elements I face as a blind screen reader user every day, and how to fix them.
A significant percentage of your audience has trouble accessing your data visualizations. Learn about some of the key challenges to be aware of and some initial techniques to address them.
Hiram Kuykendall, Microassist Chief Technology Officer, provides guidance for accessibility reviewers during the purchasing cycle.
Relatively, there isn’t a lot of great information about accessibility out there. You really have to seek it out. How many of you know what JAWS is? After popping up IE6/IE7/IE8 et. al. to ensure website compatibility, do you also check your content in a screen reader?
Digital Accessibility is the process of making digital products, such as websites, apps, online learning content, and any other online tools, accessible to all people regardless of ability or disability.
Accommodations that students once had weren't always being honored with virtual learning, according to the report.
With technology rapidly advancing, low vision users have options when it comes to assistive technology. Learn more about AT alternatives!
ASR, or automatic speech recognition, refers to the process of computer technology transcribing audio into text.
The hospitality industry has made great strides in making physical hotel properties accessible for people with disabilities. However, online bookings are another story. And according to the CDC, 26 percent of adults in the United States live with a disability. That’s one-fourth of the population that hospitality businesses are potentially barring from digital customer experiences.
Ellis Parry created the Alfred app to help the rehabilitation process after his twin brother suffered a devastating accident.
Electronic Arts fails to design and maintain its website so that it can be fully accessible for blind and visually impaired individuals, a new class action lawsuit alleges.
Etsy faces a class action that alleges the company’s website is inaccessible to visually-impaired, violating the ADA.
Today, 19th May, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day set aside to raise awareness about digital access and inclusion. The day, which is celebrated every year on the third Thursday of May, was first observed in 2012, with the objective of ensuring accessibility is built into the product development lifecycle for technology and digital products.
Teams from Singapore, Thailand, and Philippines are winners of the Microsoft AI for Accessibility (AI4A) Hackathon in APAC. In its third year, the AI4A Hackathon features teams who are deeply committed to solving real-world challenges faced by people with disabilities (PwD). The hackathon acts as a springboard for creators and developers to launch their applications, with cash prizes, access to Microsoft Technical experts to co-build their solutions on Microsoft Azure and continued mentoring support to build out their solution.
The BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines set out best practices for mobile web content, hybrid and native apps.
User experience designers guide - How to document the screen reader user experience for web content. Using your visual as a starting point, we’ll take you step by step through how to document the screen reader UX introducing concepts along the way.
Team guide - How to write accessibility acceptance criteria. We’ll take you step by step through how to write accessibility acceptance criteria for a component or feature.
User experience designers guide - Accessibility design review. We’ll take you step by step through how to carry out an accessibility design review for a component.
Team guide - Assistive technology testing in a foreign language.
Team guide - Accessibility Swarms. We’ll take you step by step through how to carry out an accessibility swarm for a component.
Assistive tech and accessibility updates from Clive Gilbert, freelance research consultant and specialist writer in public policy, social affairs and technology.
Find out how Skiggle's 24-hour FREE SOS service and marketplace for special needs care products can help you if you have a disabled child.
No Body Left Behind is an online campaign centred around the disabled community’s concerns regarding the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, including mask and vaccine mandates. We hope that this campaign will raise awareness around those who are being left behind as the world returns to “normal”.
WHO accuses industry of causing widespread deforestation, pollution and emitting millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Anna Pannell doesn’t have time for unexpected obstacles like doors she can’t open.
Clive Gilbert, freelance research consultant and specialist writer in public policy, social affairs and technology discusses how independent living technology must become more aspirational to give disabled and older people genuine choice and control.
The pandemic has given a new urgency to the development of robots and ‘virtual assisted living’ that can help care for aging adults, physically and emotionally.
In a room full of health technology executives and others in the field at #STATHealthTech, @BerkeleyBlink described his difficulty in accessing basic tools, including a Covid test.
"Claiming the word 'disabled' empowers me."
Budget 2022 has pluses and minuses for the disabled community, says Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero.
Economic and structural factors create more hurdles to hygiene management, good health, health-seeking behaviours.
As we confront the challenges of emerging diseases, environmental health threats, and gaps in health equity, medical professionals need versatile communication tools that help people make informed decisions and engage them in constructive conversations about the health of their communities. This book illuminates the power of comics to meet that need.
Read how the new £15 billion package, announced by the government, will support blind and partially sighted people with the rising cost of living,
As the cost of living continues to skyrocket across the province and country, people living on income and disability assistance are forced to make difficult decisions, like choosing between groceries and medication.
Samar Bain faces being forced into shared accommodation as agency says support package is not ‘value for money’.
The woman has maple syrup urine disease, which requires her to consume formula to prevent her brain from swelling.
A lawsuit from a Maryland woman is part of a larger push for trans rights to be considered under the Americans With Disabilities Act and for trans women in prison to be housed with other women.
Do I have Long COVID? As many as 23 million Americans want to know, as more than 200 symptoms emerge
A vast array of symptoms, from fatigue and cough to “brain on fire,” hallucinations, and peeling skin have experts increasingly agreeing, “Long COVID is not one thing.”
Will the danger mount each time, or will it fade away?
People with disabilities and chronic illnesses are asking themselves — not for the first time in the last few years — “What do we do now?”
There could be clues in other debilitating, poorly understood syndromes that share "remarkable similarities" to long COVID.
Researchers analyzed the largest database of private insurance claims in the United States in the first four months after a diagnostic code for long Covid was created.
Here's what the United States government says.
Long COVID is poorly understood in adults, and even more mysterious in kids. One expert says only a small percent likely have “true Long COVID, whatever that means. We’re still figuring it out.”
Experts say it will take longer for Black communities to recover from the pandemic’s public health and economic impact.
Leading expert on the international and regional legal standards on the human rights of children, Professor Benyam Dawit Mezmur, will deliver a lecture at this.
French President Emmanuel Macron's newly appointed disabilities minister rejected accusations of rape against him Monday and said he would not be resigning.
Japan will undergo a policy review by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in late August following a two-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sources close to the matter said Monday, reported the Kyodo News.