Jul 02, 2021
19 mins read
The National Federation of the Blind, America’s most powerful civil rights group for the visually impaired has issued a statement denouncing web accessibility overlay market leader accessiBe. The NFB accuses accessiBe of pursuing “harmful” practices and dismissing the feedback of blind users.
Any organization looking to implement digital accessibility is bound to encounter at least some resistance, both internally and externally.
Thoughts and philosophies for how to set up your team’s workflow to tackle accessibility.
This article will explore how technology design can be made more inclusive, for the benefit of users from a variety of backgrounds.
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) have rapidly become a mainstream part of the business landscape and are increasingly seen as a business priority, with global indices tracking companies’ D&I performance and ranking them accordingly. Accessibility leaders may be familiar with the values that underpin diversity and inclusion, but what role can they play in delivering D&I goals?
Our Global Business Disability Framework was developed in 2018 to help organisations measure and improve their approach.
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OTOjOY, a Phoenix, Arizona company, has solved the problem of intrusive background noise for people who use hearing aids and cochlear implants.
Anh Pham created audiogram app to make other apps accessible; Alan Yan taught himself to code using internet, and trial and error.
Creative projects often pose access challenges for those who struggle to read – how can designers reconcile creativity with accessibility?
Chatbots are everywhere online customer service is necessary. However, few are accessible to people with disabilities.
Merve Hickok, Founder of AIethicist.org, discusses the risks employers carry when they use AI-enabled technology in HR and the questions they should ask vendors to avoid bias and discrimination.
With a record number of lawsuits filed against inaccessible website owners over the past few years, SMEs are at serious risk. Is an automated AI-based solution, like accessiBe, the answer to the financially and technically complex issue of delivering accessible websites for users with disabilities?
Natural Language Processing (NLP) artificial intelligence is changing how we approach captioning and tech accessibility. Here's how it works.
Just because a website passes an automated tool doesn’t mean it’s accessible. Find out 12 issues automated web accessibility checkers can’t find.
Web Accessibility Testing tools are hot in business and eCommerce. Here are three tools to consider in your WCAG compliance efforts.
Learn more about the difference between closed captions vs. subtitles in our quick guide on the use cases of both – in the U.S. and abroad!
Driven by tangible results & industry insights, here are five signs you should be adding closed captions to your digital video content.
People who struggle with video calls may find help from automatic captioning tools. Here's a look at the options for captioning video calls.
When it comes to providing descriptions of visual content, quality is key, says one of the leading proponents of improved captioning.
There are ways to simplify complex images. Remember the “understandable” pillar of WCAG philosophy when writing alt text.
Prior to releasing it, Apple promised iOS 14 would come with enhanced accessibility features. Sure enough, the company came through. Out of all the added accessibility enhancements, I want to share my experience with the new accessibility feature called VoiceOver Recognition, particularly Screen Recognition.
Learn how to create PowerPoint presentations that are more accessible to people with disabilities, or who are using assistive technologies.
Read more about how we’ve partnered with Googlers, experts, community leaders and other organizations to help make positive changes in the media landscape.
This article is a follow up to a recent twitter chat, sharing a timeline of the development of accessibility resources.
Pegasus Dream Tour is a sports game people who don't even like sports can enjoy.
Oculus software v30 is out now with new accessibility and multitasking features, microphone swapping, and Air Link for Quest 1.
By using three-dimensional vibrations, the in-shoe device helps those with visual impairment to navigate with their hands (and attention) free.
Google on Tuesday published a blog post in which the company detailed six features coming to Android this summer that focus on safety.
To Burkhardt, Google’s mission to make the world’s information accessible to everyone has special meaning. He is legally Blind, so not only is he intimately involved in building the tools that make his company’s software accessible, he uses those same tools to have easier access the world.
A longstanding tradition at WWDC, Apple this week announced the 2021 winners of the Apple Design Awards.
With accessFind, users will be served search engine results of readily accessible websites, bridging the current digital divide.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Tokyo 2020) began publishing the third and final editions of the Tokyo 2020 Playbooks on 15 June (Tuesday).
The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors unveiled the Beach Emergency Evacuation Lights System, or BEELS, on Friday.
The SPIRIT Club, located just outside Washington, D.C., aims to make exercise accessible to everyone, regardless of ability.
"All Riders" takes a poignant look at the intersectionality of unmet access needs within the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
Free video chats will be offered through the Aira app through Dec. 7.
From the Editor: Laura Millar is a blind outspoken disability rights and queer rights advocate who is deeply committed to advancing the field of sexual health promotion for people with disabilities. With master’s degrees in public health and sexuality studies, Laura conducts research that examines how blind and visually impaired people learn about and navigate the world of dating, sex, and intimate relationships.
The TRIPS project explored how to increase access to transport for people with a disability through innovation. In a series of recent workshops, we asked participants to dream and think about “big” ideas that would address many of the barriers that they faced. Some of their answers were fascinating, and whilst some verged upon science fiction, others were technically feasible based on emerging technologies entering the marketplace.
Ryan Graham, CTO, Texthelp Group, explores the future of online accessibility within the public sector, with reference to WCAG 3.0
The UK government is working towards a more inclusive, reliable electric vehicle (EV) charging network, as the government and charity sector come together to set accessibility standards, Transport Minister Rachel Maclean has announced today.
Lena Nguyen has assembled student and community volunteers to map wheelchair-accessible sidewalks in Charlottesville. So far, they have mapped about 20% of the city.
To ensure everyone can live their adventurous lives to the fullest, Airbnb is highlighting ways "to get closer to nature through Experiences designed by hosts with accessibility in mind and places to stay with accessibility features."
It’s only right to acknowledge there are a myriad of factors to consider here—notably, the aforementioned culture of Apple and the fact that, as an employer, they have a right to dictate certain terms to their workers.
How Candidates & Campaigns Can Connect with Voters with Disabilities: by Nelly Nieblas and Hon. Ste…
Find nine important tips from RespectAbility on how candidates and campaigns can connect to voters with disabilities.
For years, teletherapy has been pitched as the next frontier in mental-health care.
A new discovery in rats shows that the brain responds differently in immersive virtual reality environments versus the real world. The finding could help scientists understand how the brain brings together sensory information from different sources to create a cohesive picture of the world around us.
"I will not defeat cerebral palsy and that is OK."
When living with Muscular Dystrophy we deal with many transitions as we get weaker. It’s hard, but I’ve prevailed, yes with a lot of screaming, gritting my teeth and being angry at myself and my body. It’s easy to live in silence locking it all away and just dealing with alone. I’ve learnt to be more open with my friends and families, and embracing the transitions that happen in a more positive way. You could say all of what I’ve just said applies to most people living with any form of disabilities.
"It makes me feel invisible, inferior and dehumanized."
"Thank you for noticing I'm fully capable of accomplishing many things."
When I first lost my sight, I thought the council wouldn’t want a carer who was disabled and single, and I was heartbroken.
"Are you ready for a world that isn't made for people like me?"
"Good intentions don't get you off the hook for bad impact."
To meaningfully combat ableism, we must recognize that changing attitudes and raising awareness, though important for their own sakes, is not enough.
"Many people have the misconception that I am fragile."
Letters: A lack of flexible support means many who would like to be out enjoying themselves are in bed by 9pm instead, say campaigners.
"Many of us have to fight to get healthy people to view us as equal to them, and deserving of all the same things."
Those who are considered lowest in status often have the best observations about the systems they are trapped in'
While positivity can certainly be an asset, it isn’t a superpower. It cannot by itself create positive outcomes. Disabled people know this better than most.
Have you ever asked yourself the question “am I disabled enough? Do my struggles even count as a disability?” And do your symptoms fluctuate a lot from day to day? Then maybe what you are dealing with is a dynamic disability!
"There. I said it."
"Don't let anyone quiet your voice."
A little over a year ago the world changed overnight and for many disabled people this meant that the barriers we experience changed too.
Helping can be patronizing. Assuming incompetence is indirect discrimination. I know some managers worry about this a lot and want to do the right thing, so let’s discuss the difference between good and bad pressure.
The value of telling your mental health story is well-publicised – but though it is less visible, privacy has value too.
Letters: Readers respond to a piece by John Harris about moving beyond an awareness of the condition to practical steps to help those living with it.
Matt Crittenden is a nonspeaking autistic who delights in the new and depending relationships he forms now that he has access to communication that works for him.
The puzzle piece is the most commonly recognized symbol for autism awareness. But many people are unaware of it’s ableist history.
A leading national disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has announced it is quitting a powerful lobby group of disability charities as part of a move to work mostly with other DPOs rather than non-user-led organisations.
People with disabilities needs to be included in Nasdaq's plan to increase board diversity.
Pride continues to be inaccessible to LGBTQ people with disabilities, and this sends a damaging message.
"I rarely attend standard LGBTQ+ events because I have given up expecting my disabled community to be included."
Pride Month, observed each June, is a time to celebrate LGBTQ history, community, and life through events and parades. Curiously enough, I marched in my first Pride parade years before I had the courage to come out and live authentically. While I think about that experience in San Francisco often, for many reasons, I’ve only attended a few Pride events since I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension.
What is disability pride? Radical acceptance of both self and community.
To mark pride month, our writer Emma Purcell lists 10 influential disabled people from the LGBTQ+ community who you should follow.
The true fight for justice and liberation acknowledges the various intersectional experiences of privilege and oppression that exist due to social identity. In the move to become a more equitable world, it is thus, our responsibility to actively center and uplift those identities that experience compounded oppression such as that of disabled people of color.
Current data collection on state violence does not paint a picture that is inclusive of victims with disabilities.
Having a mental illness makes people more vulnerable to becoming the victims of a crime, a recent analysis suggests.
For Haben Girma, author, disability justice advocate, and the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, disability is an opportunity for innovation. “Disabled people sparked the creation of many of the technologies we use today, from vegetable peelers to email,” she writes in her memoir, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law. Born in Oakland, California, Haben is the daughter of Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees, and has battled racism, ableism, and sexism throughout her life. Her activism serves as a beacon of hope and inclusivity for both disabled and nondisabled people. She has become one of the foremost voices in the fight to make the world more accessible and accepting for all. On the anniversary of Helen Keller’s birthday, Haben shares her thoughts on beauty, Deafblindness, and her remarkable Seeing Eye Dog.
A TikTok trend is only the most recent example of how people often question the abilities of marginalized groups.
Rapper George Doman was part of group that helped ‘Rising Phoenix’ land a Sports Emmy award.
The Tokyo Paralympics will give a voice to people with disabilities, who have been left behind during the COVID-19 pandemic, International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons said.
Guardianship System Subjects Many to a Range of Abuses.
"The implication which bothers us is that if she does have a disability, this is all okay."
Conversations about disability and reproductive rights in relation to conservatorships and Spears have been a sticking point.
Animalisation of disabled people, as a technique of inferiorising them, making them as ‘lesser than human’, as ‘not-human’. At least not the ‘human’ that is valued the most in colonial patriarchal society: the white abled bodied man.
The glaring hole in her donation plan and why it sends a terrible message to others.
Blister packs were a major innovation when they debuted, but it’s time to acknowledge that they’re hard for some people to open and that they create enormous amounts of waste. There has to be a better way.
A versatile, adaptive carryall designed with and for wheelchair users.
My name is Christian Bayerlein. I am a wheelchair user with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, web developer and activist. As such, I fight for the rights of disabled people, e.g. for better accessibility or the right to live in the community.
Aircraft bathrooms have been shrinking. Today’s narrowbody lavatories are often as much as 10 inches narrower than they were 10 years ago. That’s uncomfortable for everyone, and for passengers with reduced mobility, it makes them practically unusable. So AirGo has come up with a concept that not only gives space back to the bathroom, making it fully accessible for wheelchair users but manages to do so without reducing passenger capacity.
It’s time that airlines look at damaged and broken wheelchairs as more than just an inconvenience, say travelers with disabilities.
A viral video showed Gabrielle deFiebre in tears over her damaged wheelchair — but the problem goes much deeper.
The Acropolis has now become more easily accessible for everyone to visit and enjoy, according to an announcement by Greece's Ministry of Culture.
Greece says it wants to make the Acropolis more accessible. Critics say it’s turning the ancient site into Disneyland.
We explore the iconic Roman Colosseum from an accessibility perspective.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law more than three decades ago, but we know more work must be done to ensure equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities around the world. In honor of the 31st anniversary of the ADA, please join the Urban Institute for a conversation with Judy Heumann about the history and future of the disability rights movement. ,
Usually confused with each other, inclusive language and language of accessibility are subjects of a critical conversation for a fairer and more balanced educational experience.
Restaurants that claimed sidewalk and street space aren’t leaving room for wheelchair users and others with mobility impairments, say accessibility advocates.
Restaurants had to change in order to survive, but they didn’t take everyone into account.
Restaurants have a storied history of neglecting ADA guidelines. As they reopen post-pandemic, there’s even less excuse for them to do so.
The tragic death toll was all too predictable, in a system that decided old and disabled people weren’t worth keeping safe.
An analysis of health insurance records of almost two million coronavirus patients found new issues in nearly a quarter — including those whose Covid infection was mild or asymptomatic.
"What about the people who are disabled and chronically ill?"