Jul 02, 2021
12 mins read
The famed institution — and others — are reaching out to audiences who cannot connect to art in typical ways.
Contento, opening in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood in June, is designed with accessibility in mind—from the wheelchair-friendly floor plan to the reasonably priced menu and wine list.
People with disabilities want information about accessible features so they can confidently book rooms online.
Ten years ago, the US American web developer Joe Devon posted a blog post about the need to mainstream digital accessibility and proposed an annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day to campaign for digital access and inclusion – a day that is now celebrated globally every third Thursday in May.
To celebrate and contribute to Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we at the UX Collective have partnered with our most prolific accessibility writer, Sheri Byrne-Haber, CPACC, to bring a more candid take on the topic.
Last week, I talked about the elephant in the room of web accessibility consulting-- the current model is broken. Jeff and I knew this when we started Converge Accessibility and we're trying to do things differently. Sure, we want to help companies make their websites accessible-- but we also wanted to give them real tools to help them stay that way.
Let’s get straight to the point: There’s no quick fix for making your digital experiences accessible. That’s true even if your approach to accessibility is narrowly focused on being compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the laws in your region of the world.
Accessibility first design: Telling Alexa to turn up Beyoncé? Voice assistance. Switched your Twitter over to dark mode? Visual impairment.
Discover the world’s best accessibility resources, curated for you.
Technology for All by David Banes. A place for a variety of stories from different backgrounds.
More than 1 billion people worldwide live with a disability. Using the social model of disability, we ask ourselves if the technology we develop creates or removes barriers for users who are already experiencing challenges in a physical world that was not designed for them. For example, an overwhelming interface may be disabling to information workers who have sensory processing challenges and notifications may be disabling to a user who is trying to focus on a project.
Our content will not always look the way we expect it or want it to. Many apps, tools, and environments that people use to browse the Web strip our content of our CSS and apply their own styles to it. And unless we always keep that in mind, we risk creating incomplete or even broken experiences for users of those technologies or tools.
Approximately 12 million people 40 years and over in the US have vision impairment, including 1 million who are blind according to the CDC. Yet many business and technology leaders making decisions that will impact website accessibility for the blind have not watched a person with a visual disability navigate a typical consumer-facing website.
When we see accessibility as only about logistics we lose the true meaning of what people with disabilities wish to achieve.
A social worker tried to tell him about "career alternatives" after he lost his sight, but Chris Downey wasn't about to stop being an architect.
Philip Stevens explores object-based media and how the BBC is using it to enhance the experience for viewers with hearing difficulties
A young woman with a prosthetic leg hopes to make the world a more empathetic place. If only she didn’t have to do it on first dates.
"Assuming a person is faking an invisible disability. Just. Don't."
Let’s talk about awareness. You may, or may not know we have a few coming up over the next few months like the month of June is ‘Carers Week’ and July is ‘Disability Pride’.
My relationship with disability is complicated. Type one diabetes is an invisible illness, but most days, I don’t consider myself to be “ill.” I’m incredibly privileged in that the NHS allows me free access to insulin, the Omnipod Dash insulin pump and the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system. I live a relatively “normal” life, and as a result, I haven’t always felt comfortable using the label “disabled”: but was this the product of societal perceptions of disability?
"I've gone to war with chronic illness and won one battle, but it doesn't mean I don't have others."
I am a minority within a minority—hypersexualized, stereotyped, ignored. But none of those things defines me.
"The effects of a lifetime of feeling displaced or unwelcome in society often build up over time."
Even though the pandemic is finally showing real signs of winding down, disabled people’s views on it are more diverse and conflicting than ever.
As I look at the pile of cardboard boxes littering my flat, a pang of guilt often washes over me
Fed up living in a world designed by and for men, 80s design activists Matrix declared war on every urban obstacle in their way. And their impact is still being felt today.
For many women, the privilege of being a mother comes with both beautiful moments they get to experience while raising a child, and fears and stressors the responsibility entails. For women with disabilities, especially those who have mobility challenges, the excitement of accomplishing the tasks that come with motherhood and overcoming the stressors and fears is even more significant because of the barriers they face.
Accessibility research at Facebook is shaping advances for people with disabilities — and everyone else. Here’s how and why to incorporate it into your UX practices.
Why must we Deaf People always explain?
Fans with disabilities will be provided access to a range of digital content as Qatar aims to make the next FIFA World Cup accessible to as many people as possible, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has stressed.
In just a few clicks you can request to book assistance, so every rail journey you take is as stress-free as possible. Our trusted technology means you can let station staff know your exact accessibility needs. Independence and flexibility has never been easier.
Mobility as a Service or Maas is set to revolutionize the way we plan and purchase our journeys over the next 5-10 years. A core principle of Maas is the ability to highly personalize transport preferences, hence a huge opportunity to make transport more accessible exists that mustn’t be missed.
Any person who uses a wheelchair fears air travel -not because of the flying- their fear is of their wheelchair being broken during the flight.
Apple Watch will shortly gain AssistiveTouch features such as being able to stop an alarm when the wearer gestures with their hand, and newly-revealed Apple research may have all the details.
Good luck trying to participate in live audio chats if you have hearing loss. But improvements are in the works.
On Wednesday evening, Twitter announced that Spaces — its Clubhouse competitor — will start rolling out for use on the web. Earlier this month, Twitter Spaces became available for any user with more than 600 followers on the iOS or Android apps, and around the same time, Clubhouse finally released its long-awaited Android app. Still, Clubhouse has yet to debut on the web, marking a success for Twitter in the race to corner the live social audio market.
As creators, there are things we can do with our digital assets to make them more accessible for everyone. According to CDC research, 25% of U.S. adults live with a disability.
Courtney Craven was napping in the bedroom when their partner Susan Banks — in the living room playing a video game — suffered a massive stroke and died.
The lockdown has meant that many of us are getting far less exercise than we need. But staying fit and healthy has never been more essential! There are disability fitness apps and online exercise videos that offer a range of options for persons of disability depending on their specific needs and challenges. Here’s a look at some of these online exercise videos that can help you get active with a disability during this lockdown.
From “Crip Camp” to Trevor Noah, activist Judy Heumann is finally getting introduced to a wider audience.
A podcast dedicated to telling honest and real stories about being a little person in an average-sized world.
Starring in her play about friendship, romance and spina bifida, Amy Trigg is enormously entertaining
In “Hawking Hawking,” Charles Seife offers a portrait of the famous theoretical physicist and tries to unpack his place in popular culture.
RespectAbility– the non-profit that seeks to combat stigmas for people with disabilities— has announced the participants for its third annual Lab for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities.
A conversation about closing the disability representation gap in Kids’ & Family television.
Nicole Lynn Evans knew breaking into Hollywood wouldn't be easy, but she never doubted she could do it. Now, she hopes to inspire other people with disabilities never to question their potential.
Michael Kutcher was once upset with his famous twin brother, Ashton, for revealing his cerebral palsy diagnosis on national TV, but today he says he's grateful for the platform it's given him.
As his explicit, hilarious Netflix sitcom Special returns, Ryan O’Connell talks about why Hollywood refuses to consider disabled people – and why he’s made his show ‘gayer and gimpier’.
The Special, a Venezuelan film about a young man with Down syndrome asserting his independence, is running at the Toronto ReelAbilities Film Festival.
Did you know that 95% of all disabled roles in Hollywood are played by...able-bodied actors? Is that okay? Is that not okay? Should there maybe be more discussion around this?
How are brands depicting and including individuals with disabilities in their communications?
A BuzzFeed News analysis shows the catastrophic failure of Texas’s power grid in February killed hundreds of medically vulnerable people.
Have you experienced this?
This week, the disability royal commission heard of violence and abuse by two support workers at a group home described as "dysfunctional" and "in crisis". Here are the victims' stories.
Treatment by Zoom has brought unexpected benefits — will it carry over to the post-pandemic age?
There's a lot of room for dangerous misunderstanding when doctors and public health officials talk to diverse groups about COVID-19. Health literacy projects aim to dispel confusion in all languages.
Even as vaccinations make their way across the United States, the impact of the pandemic remains present for residents of long-term care and their loved ones.
Focusing only on cases and deaths hides the pandemic’s lasting health burden on people, societies and economies.