Jul 27, 2022
41 mins read
An app for people with visual impairments could help dismantle one of the steepest barriers that many Americans face.
After the Supreme Court struck down abortion protections, people with disabilities consider pregnancy risks while taking medications that could harm a fetus.
Applications close Tuesday 13 September at 5.00 pm. This is a great opportunity for young disabled artists aged between 16 and 30 years old to be recognised for their impact on disability activism and culture through their artistic practice (in comedy, performing arts or screen culture).
Many of us who did what was once considered a valuable contribution to society are now just eking out an existence.
I get that. I respect that. However, it’s not easy. There are moments in many of my relationships where I quite literally want to scream, but I hold it in none-the-less. Everyone has bad days or bad weeks or bad months. But when you are NOT dependent another human being you can usually keep to yourself.
John Holland-Kaye says TikTok video has led to rise in people trying to get fast-tracked through airport.
"I got diagnosed at 33 and everything made so much sense."
Not too long ago I asked a famous comic book artist to draw me a picture of Oracle and what I got was not at all what I expected. Barbara Gordon was depicted in a hospital wheelchair with a blanket over her legs, certainly not the Oracle I know. “How could big name-so-and-so not know how to draw someone in a wheelchair?” I said to myself but then I thought, “Probably because they aren’t in one.” That’s just one possible scenario of course, there are plenty of artists out there (like Adam Hughes above) who get it right. But if there’s a problem we all suffer from at times it’s ignorance. Yes…all of us. Some more than others of course but even the most learned of us could do with a bit of education now and then and that’s my goal today.
Research published yesterday by Business Disability Forum demonstrates the folly of brands not routinely signposting how accessible their products are for disabled customers – along with the purchasing pain points this causes.
"We’re so thrilled about this episode! In celebration of Disability Pride Month, we had the honor of getting to interview Ann Magill, the creator of the Disability Pride flag. Tune to learn more about the story behind the flag. Click here for a transcript for this episode."
The Mighty asked its disability community, “What small things could restaurants do to better accommodate your disability?” Here are their answers.
The Mighty and Yelp teamed up to rank the best wheelchair accessible restaurants in the United States.
The Mighty asked its disability community about their experiences with restaurants and accessibility, then summed up their shared frustrations.
Organising and planning an accessible holiday can be stressful, challenging and complex at times. Thankfully, award-winning disability travel blogger Carrie-Ann Lightley shares her top tips for surviving accessible travel.
Educational equity should positively impact the experiences, outcomes and access to resources of students from previously excluded groups.
A team in Baltimore was responsible for the words that made NASA's James Webb Space Telescope images accessible to everyone.
There are a lot of social media platforms to choose from beside the Big Three (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). You are going to have to decide what is important to you and what kind of audience you want to reach.
For the first episode of our tenth season, we speak with Liz Weintraub and Kenneth Kelty, both fantastic content creators and disability advocates.
From the Radiolab podcast: Who gets to be an astronaut? A crew of disabled people are on a mission to prove that they have what it takes to go to space.
Funny thing on reddit.
Join us online to celebrate and learn from the first ever recipients of the Justin W. Chappell Memorial Award and the Steve Bartlett Award.
What makes a restaurant accessible to you?
What makes a small business accessible to you?
Thirty-two years ago today, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). This legislation was designed to protect against “discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.” Its passage marked a monumental milestone in the movement to empower disabled Americans. Yet despite the ADA, people with disabilities in the U.S. still face considerable discrimination.
"I am disappointed and confused about why disabled people are not being represented and celebrated by major companies this month."
On Monday, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) told the Bombay High Court that it included tactile features in currency notes so that people with vision disabilities can easily identify them.
On July 21st, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) amended its existing rules to protect travelers with disabilities from discrimination, standardise their travel and ensure they receive all necessary assistance in India.
Let's pause and consider what Autistic-centered functioning and support could really look like. Instead of fixing Autism, how can we foster Autism acceptance?
Katie works for a disability service organization and is the mom of a disabled child. Here she shares four ways for folks to examine ableism in parenting.
“Og has a such an amazing passion for life, positivity, and of course, skating. It’s an inspiration to me and what he does is a great example of how to overcome obstacles in life through your passion. I know music has saved my life on more than one occasion. It’s an honor for us that he wanted to be a part of this video and share some of his life together.”
Josh Sundquist explores many questions in a fun, casual, but informative style in his newest book, Semi-Famous: A True Story of Near Celebrity.
Before he worked with Chance the Rapper, Matthew Maxey just wanted to make underground rap music more accessible. A deaf metro Atlanta native with a deep love of music, Maxey said he didn’t really learn sign language until he attended college at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.
Video: A look at how a musical theater program is helping kids and teenagers with disabilities pref…
Video: A look at how a musical theater program is helping kids and teenagers with disabilities preform on stage.
100,000 annual deaths may be as good as it gets.
Manual 17 considers representations of the disabled and/or ill body in art and visual culture, foregrounding the ways that body-mind variance can inform technique, style, and form. These works range from moralizing and stereotypical historical images to prideful images made by modern and contemporary disabled and/or ill artists. This issue of Manual is a companion to the exhibition Variance: Making, Unmaking, and Remaking Disability, curated by Conor Moynihan, on view at the RISD Museum now through October 9, 2022.
The sad fact is there is nothing funny about the current caregiver shortage in America.
By Ruth Shagoury In these times of vast economic disparities and ecological crisis, children need examples of people throughout history who committed their lives to justice — to bringing more equality and fairness to the world. Helen Keller, whose birthday we celebrate this month — June 27th — could be one of those role models. Instead, textbooks and children’s literature distort her life’s work, and miss key opportunities to inspire young people to make a difference in the world.
Dozens of disabled Americans abandoned their mobility aids and climbed and crawled up the U.S. Capitol steps to raise awareness of threats to the proposed ADA. It worked.
Nexus 2022 is a free professional development program. It is for young Deaf and Disabled people who want to build a career in the arts. Who can take part Nexus 2022 is for Deaf and Disabled people aged 18-26.
Join 3Play media for a fireside chat with lifelong disability advocate, Judy Heumann.
From layering up to formula dressing, four people with different needs share their process for picking an outfit each morning.
ReBokeh is a startup dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with visual impairments with simple, comprehensive assistive technology solutions. Having vision problems herself, our founder understands how difficult it can be to find assistive technologies that are truly helpful. This is why our connection to visually impaired individuals powers everything we do. By engaging with our customers, we provide dynamic technologies that do what you actually need them to. So that you can do what you need to.
The BrailleDoodle is a device about a Laptop’s size made of hard dark blue plastic. There is a 2D array of hundreds of holes, placed tightly together, that covers the surface. Each hole contains a tiny metal element that can be pulled to the surface by a magnetic stylus and locked into place to create a touchable effect. The user erases a creation by pushing the elements back down with a satisfying “pop.” All pictures of the BrailleDoodle, contain a touchable drawing of a small house, a big letter H, and the word house in braille on the surface. The Braille sleeve can slide over the BrailleDoodle and now dozens of rectangular cutouts cover the surface. Each rectangle is now a braille cell. The 2 holes by 3 holes allow the learner to raise the metal bumps in different combinations to form words and sentences. In some images, the Braille Sleeve is slid over the cover. The sleeve has 7 rows of 13 braille cells across. Different stencil-like covers can be used so a person could independently learn and practice braille. The learner could also be guided to learn shapes, graphs, and simple pictures. Each braille cell will be approximately the size of Jumbo Braille developed by Perkins. Jumbo Braille was developed for beginner braille learners and persons with reduced sensitivity in their fingers. Each pin or dot will rise only enough to make a tactile effect. In Jumbo Braille that is less than 1mm in height and rounded 1.5mm thick. Dots are 2.5mm apart and 6.5mm between cells.
Clive Gilbert, freelance research consultant and specialist writer in public policy, social affairs and technology takes a deep dive into the World Health Organisation's new report.
This disarmingly sincere autobiopic tackles a northern lad’s struggles with disability with an unselfpitying eye, evoking the goodwill of vintage of British studio-era films.
A unique, creative and professional development course for talented and aspiring children’s illustrators.
Society maintains that I am broken because of my deafness. I consider myself fortunate to have been given this ability to turn off the sound.
Dating is hard. But pursuing love and relationships when you live with mental illness can be even more overwhelming.
Urgent questions arise about how care of pregnant women with cancer will change in states where women are unable to terminate pregnancies.
Disabled people have fought to make their own decisions about their bodies. But many laws still take that decision away. These include laws about sterilization. Sterilization is an operation that stops someone from ever having babies. In many states, laws say that doctors can sterilize disabled people against their will. This is called forced sterilization.
Ministers still negotiating with 11 countries, including France and Spain, over status of badges.
Do you develop authoring tools? Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) is something you need to understand. Let’s get you started.
November’s Charleston Library Conference brought together a panel of experts to discuss the challenges of accessibility in scholarly publishing.
Despite the amazing modules and features there is still more to do. Here is what you can do to make your website more Accessible.
This document, Accessibility Requirements for People with Low Vision, describes what people with low vision need for electronic content, tools, and technologies to be accessible. It includes an overview of low vision and describes specific user needs. Additional information is available from Accessibility for People with Low Vision.
I want to acknowledge some of the things I hear from designers every day about accessibility and help others build inclusive work now.
New features are available for select videos for now.
What is human-computer interaction? Human-computer interaction (HCI) came about in the 1980s and is a precursor to user experience (UX) design. Learn more.
Bristolian, Ben loves to surf. His main ambition? To help make the sport accessible for all. So he's created a surfing school specifically for children with disabilities complete with custom-made boards. Ben's surfing charity is funded by BBC Children in Need.
We’re honoured to welcome to the stage, Leroy F. Moore Jr. He is a poet, hip-hop artist, academic and co-founder of the Emmy-Award winning Krip-Hop Nation: the global association of disabled artists with the clear mission to connect, make great art and recognise the overlooked history of disability in music. Leroy takes us back to when Hip-Hop was diverse and inclusive in the 70s, when you would see people breakdancing with crutches, and why this changed. Growing up in these times with a disability was hard but he talks about how this made him the person he is today. We learn about how society is failing disabled artists - he is done with ridiculously good artists not being taken seriously by others with the “charity bullsh*t” mindset, and so are we. Leroy discusses the need to go deeper, and change the intrinsic structures that are keeping disabled artists from entering the mainstream arena. Krip-Hop Nation is actively dismantling them by continuously creating exceptional music and changing perceptions. One thing is for sure - our attention is squarely set on them and what they’re doing next. Tune in to hear what an artist from the disabled community REALLY thinks about Lizzo’s controversial lyrics and Leroy’s hot takes on the music industry today - we think you’re going to like this one.
Podcasts allow wheelchair users to share their perspectives and quash the stigmas around disability.
Channel 4 has announced a plan to strengthen the portrayal of disabled people on television.
The 25-year-old is searching for a new place close to his work and family, but may not be able to find anything nearby – and a little-known government rule could make it worse.
To celebrate Disability Pride Month, this special episode elevates the voices of our viewers. We asked "What does disability pride mean to you?" and received submissions from all over the world. Enjoy hearing some of them in this YouTube video and check out the rest in the podcast version.
Only 4% of businesses are focused on expanding their offerings to include disabled people. That has to change, this activist says as Disability Pride month gets underway.
Living with a disability can bring up many challenges — just getting around the city is one of them.
The Accessible Home modifies some of the brand’s most popular products so they’re better suited for people with disabilities.
The Apple TV+ series, based loosely on a memoir by Josh Sundquist, prioritized disability representation on both sides of the camera.
The CDC found a significant increase in opioid overdoses among Black and American Indian/Alaskan Native individuals across the country.
Cases are surging everywhere, and nursing home residents remain more likely to face severe illness and death.
Is Pixar's Loop the new standard we can expect for autistic representation going forward? What about other forms of media like the news?
At this month's Reimagine Candlelight Vigil, let's honor our loved ones, hold space for grief, and reflect on the possibilities of transformation with Judy Heumann, "the mother of disability rights" and a "badass" according to the Washington Post.
Super durable YKK zippers hidden in the inseams of our jeans make dressing, undressing and mid-day prosthetic adjustments a breeze.
The small sizes page is dedicated to providing a curated assortment of items that can work for adults looking for small sizes. It was curated with expert advice from Stephanie Thomas, who styles people with disabilities, including little people.
Fashion and Assistive Technology might seem like a bizarre intersection, but for most people with disabilities, it makes complete sense.
This document summarizes considerations of accessibility that arise in the conduct of remote and hybrid meetings. Such meetings are mediated, for some or all participants, by real-time communication software typically built upon Web technologies. Issues of software selection, and the roles of meeting hosts and participants in providing access are explained. Relevant W3C documents are referred to, where applicable, as sources of more detailed and in some instances normative guidance.
Here are just some of our incredible BIPOC writers!
The Disability Equality Index examined progress in disability inclusion at work.
People with disabilities have remained chronically underemployed in the US for decades, despite the proven advantages that these individuals bring to the workplace. Here is how advocates and businesses are trying to change that.
We invited the Hon. Steve Bartlett and Bobby Silverstein to share thoughts on the significance of the ADA to faith communities in 2022.
Adam’s stuck in his flat for 12 days and attitudes towards disabled people revealed
While pre-planning your course, ask yourself the following questions to help determine if your classroom material is accessible.
Rebellion's Cari Watterton offered Develop:Brighton attendees advice on getting started with accessibility and user testing.
After months of writing hardware companies and developers for help, Andreas Karlsson finally found a hero in retro controller maker 8BitDo.
This a11y guide will help you determine what's causing your accessibility bug. Need help deciding if it's a screen reader bug, a browser bug? I got you.
Adding closed captioning is one good step, but there's much more you can do to make virtual meetings better for everyone involved.
5 steps to improve your customer services accessibility in contact centre operations Rick Kirkham Customer Touch Point.
SEOs can influence important website elements that directly impact accessibility. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
When building a WordPress site, accessibility is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, people prioritize aesthetics, SEO, and even the plug-ins they wish to install while deferring UX and navigation to a later date.
You can adjust your iPhone’s settings to suit your needs.
One of the industries currently benefiting from AI's rapid development is the web accessibility sector. As a result, the AI market is expected to contribute a staggering $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030.
Diablo Immortal's Controller Support Guide Details Diablo 3 Inspiration, Accessibility, and Support…
The Diablo immortal team has a new devblog on controller support, how Diablo 3 influenced the choice, a list of supported devices, and more.
Ahead of Diablo Immortal’s PC and mobile launch on June 2nd, Blizzard Entertainment outlines a number of accessibility features in the game.
Yesterday we got a few bitesize leaks for Naughty Dog's recently announced The Last of Us Part 1 remake, which is coming to the PlayStation 5 and eventually PC. Now, however, the floodgates have well and truly opened.
All too often, individuals with disabilities are unable to use the internet in ways that those without disabilities typically take for granted.
New Rockstar Games job listings suggest that GTA 6 could have some highly-requested accessibility gameplay features and options.
Windows 11 brings with it important new functions such as a new Accessibility menu that features updated options.
Note: This blog post is part five, our final post in a series on change management for accessibility. Read part 1, part 2, part 3, or part 4 to get caught.
Voice Control is a powerful Accessibility feature built into macOS that lets you use your Mac without needing to touch it.
Neurodivgent people bring a lot to the workplace. Learn more in this toolkit.
Today, a majority of the job search happens online. The problem is mainstream job boards and recruitment sites take a one-size-fits-all approach. They’re not designed with accessibility and disability in mind.
Take online accessibility courses from top schools and institutions. Learn about accessibility to advance your education and career with edX today!
Tools to apply universal design across premises and programmes and promote access for all.
This document is for people who make web content (web pages) and web applications. It gives advice on how to make content usable for people with cognitive and learning disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to: cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities (LD), neurodiversity, intellectual disabilities, and specific learning disabilities.
On the anniversary of the ADA, we reflect on its impact on nearly every facet of our lives – including technology. How much of the world’s population do you think was online 1990, when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed? Explore just how far digital accessibility has come in 32 years.
As metaverse experiences become more mainstream over the next few years, we must be mindful to avoid building those experiences with an outdated view of who the “typical” user might be.
The Web Accessibility Directive has been transposed to Luxembourg’s legislation in the law of 28 May 2019. It obliges the public sector to improve the accessibility of its websites and mobile applications in order to respect the norms stipulated by the EU directive.
Why make accessibility part of your business process, and how to prioritize areas to review for DEIA strategic planning.
Alt text is essential for an accessible timeline.
Many companies are contributing to the vision of a web where everyone can experience, enjoy and transact online without barriers. But we still have work to do.
A memorial this week will honor the fortieth anniversary of the Gang of 19 protests, which broadened accessibility for the disabled in Denver and the U.S.
Fostering Inclusivity in the College Classroom: Looking Through a Universal Design for Learning Lens
Where can you start to ensure your course is practicing inclusivity and including Universal Design for Learning?
From Conception to Completion: How Lenovo's PDO Prioritizes Accessibility Through Every Stage of Pr…
Since its inception in 2020, Lenovo’s Product Diversity Office (PDO) has been the authority on embedding DE&I into our product design and development processes. I’ve had the great honor to preside over our PDO, watching it double in size since this time last year and vet 38 products within the last two quarters alone.
Two artists speak about decolonisation strategies to empower Deaf communities and build an all-inclusive exhibition.
Travel and hospitality businesses have failed to make it into the top 10 for the performance, accessibility and speed of their websites, according to new analysis of all FTSE 100 and 250 homepages by an expert team at Contensis.
The Tokyo Olympics changed the lives of people with disabilities in the Japanese capital, who until a few years ago struggled due to the lack of disability-inclusive infrastructure, especially on the city’s public transport network.
SenseIT emulates how people with disabilities use apps and websites, and suggests adjustments that can open them up to everyone, whatever their capabilities.
Actions institutions can take to improve the digital accessibility of their websites and online materials and comply with relevant legislation, by Baba Sheba.
Blooloop and Chris Winter conduct a survey into the digital accessibility of visitor attraction websites around the world.
Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Committee) ahead of its upcoming review of Bangladesh. This submission highlights areas of concern that Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the Committee’s consideration of the Bangladesh government’s compliance with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Accessibility is about much more than wheelchair ramps, says Juliet Kinsman, with new hotels from Leicester to the Maldives, leading the way.
Research shows a significant number of people still struggle with the digital transformation of government and business. But throwing more technology at the problem is not necessarily the answer.
Niamh has used a wheelchair for years — but in her dreams, she always sees herself walking with no help. Experts help explain why.
Benetech is in the research and development stage but plans to keep adding accessible equations and charts to ebooks available through Bookshare.
Rochester's skyways come in handy during less than ideal weather conditions. But for those who are handicapped, some say the skyways aren't always a good thing.
Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., an Experience Columbus summer ambassador, and Mark Leder enjoy biking outdoors in Columbus.
Why is it off by default?
TikTok announced today that it’s introducing new caption and translation tools to make its content more accessible for users around the world. The new updates will support an initial batch of languages, including English, Portuguese, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and Turkish.
Since Twitter expanded its alt text display option to all users in April, misuse of the feature has been rife, frustrating some users who depend on screen readers.
Disabled students on a growing number of campuses have created centers to fight for access, accommodations, and a place of belonging.
With COVID safety protocols rescinding around the country, many are returning to a sense of pre-pandemic normalcy. But disabled and immunocompromised people can't do so, and are being left behind.
Steven McCoy, The First Black Male Legally Deaf-Blind Journalist in the United States gives speech “Sessions with STEVEN: Owning Your Superpowers” in Moore, Oklahoma.
Steven McCoy is making history by being the first journalist with a disability from New Jersey.
As we mentioned in our Non-verbal communication article, communication is as much about nonverbal cues as it is about talking. According to Professor Mehrabian "communication is only 7% verbal”. That means that the 93% of our communication (non-verbal) works unconsciously! So, this is where it becomes important to pay attention to our hands, as this just might save us a world of pain and embarrassment!
The Home Office has come under fire over the accessibility of its latest consultation workshops, after the department failed to secure a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter and left one disabled participant unable to share their views.
Laguna Honda Hospital opened up in 1866 to care for the city’s poor and indigent. Now over 150 years later, federal officials have threatened to shut the hospital, which operates as a skilled nursing facility, because of failed inspections prompted by two nonfatal drug overdoses that occurred onsite. In order to be recertified to operate, Laguna Honda must move out over 600 of its residents and has until September 13 to make that happen. So far, they have only moved 48 patients. What happened to the hospital and how will these patients be taken care of? We’ll discuss the ongoing situation at Laguna Honda and talk about what this situation says about how we care for our most vulnerable friends and neighbors.
'Eternals' star Lauren Ridloff, disabled creators assemble at Comic-Con: 'There's so much work to b…
"Eternals" and "Walking Dead" star Lauren Ridloff was one of five Hollywood creators with disabilities to speak on a panel Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con.
Infections have more than doubled in the U.S. since 2004, afflicting many patients with long-term memory problems, overwhelming fatigue, and even red-meat allergies.
The Unhidden project gives disabled people accurate avatars, so they can look like themselves in virtual worlds and across Web3.
The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain filmmaker David Midell on how being diagnosed recently changed the way he looks at his life and his work.
In diesem Jahr feierte das Clin d'Oeil sein 10. Jubiläum. 2003 als kleines Festival gestartet, bespielt das Clin d'Oeil heute mit insgesamt über 20.000 Besucherinnen und Besuchern aus aller Welt ganz Reims. Das künstlerische Programm ist vielfältig und überwältigend.