May 12, 2022
17 mins read
The words we use carry meaning and power. This was the theme of a live discussion held for International Day of Persons with Disabilities last December. The panel of accessibility and inclusion experts from across Canada offered plenty of food for thought during the hour-long conversation that was moderated by disability advocate Marco Pasqua. The following is a summary of the conversation.
6. "Assuming a person is faking an invisible disability. Just. Don't."
You and your kid are probably guilty of using them.
These 9 ableist tropes are often seen in contemporary fiction, and this disabled reader would like to see more nuance.
Royalist groups in Thailand are in uproar, real or feigned, after a Lazada (online shopping platform) posted photos they claim mocked members of the Thai royal family and physically disabled people in a social media campaign.
The posts can raise awareness but also spark debate about privacy and consent.
Goblin mode is just a fun, fresh internet trend, right? Perhaps not. It's been the daily reality for many people with disabilities since forever.
"Laugh at how out of touch some of them are, but abuse and trauma are not things to mock no matter who it is."
"It is a delicate balance between being accountable for my actions, as opposed to apologizing for who I am."
Disabled people are often pressured into doing things that totally step outside the realm of our boundaries just to be accepted.
"Many people get the false idea that people with disabilities can do anything."
I was finally ready to stop pretending that I could see like everybody else. Mom wasn’t.
Casey is autistic, and it's always been assumed that one day he would live with me. Why the hell didn't any of us bother asking him?
More than three decades after the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, became law, disability remains both a cause and a consequence of poverty in the United States. Many of the persistent barriers to economic security facing Americans with disabilities are the result of policy failures that become visible when we center the perspectives and experiences of the disability community—from inadequate affordable, accessible housing and transportation, to a long history of disinvestment in community living supports, and more.
The aim of this online space is to host the research work of university students or young scholars as this emerges from larger projects focusing on the American poetry scene. The objective of this initiative is to bring this kind of research activity to the attention of the general public in an attempt to further promote the exchange of ideas with regard to the process of reading, understanding and appreciating poetry writing.
Sickboy is determined to break down the stigma associated with illness and disease. Join Jeremie, Brian and Taylor as they tackle health taboos with people who have experienced them firsthand. Taking the lead from Jeremie's life long battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the three best friends help us understand that sometimes the best way to deal with illness, disease and life is simply to laugh.
DiMarco’s memoir and Novic’s ‘True Biz’ give visibility to oft-ignored community.
It was Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
The years of silent films are sometimes described as a "golden era" in the cultural history of the American Deaf community.
During a panel at the ACES: The Society for Editing national conference in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, Stylebook editor Paula Froke announced that the latest edition of AP Stylebook will include a new chapter on inclusive storytelling.
EastEnders actress and Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis will be the first person to deliver a CBeebies Bedtime Story in British Sign Language (BSL) on Sunday, the BBC has announced.
EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and her Strictly dance partner Giovanni Pernice have won the Must-See Moment award at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards.
The Olivier winner on how activism has helped her deal with online abuse, her two years of shielding – and why her life is amazing.
We speak to Jess Thom about living with Tourette’s, her creative project Touretteshero and her appearances on stage and screen.
Disney is set to film a new movie about a girl with cerebral palsy who's nonverbal and uses a wheelchair and her experience seeking out an inclusive education.
The 'CODA' actress is getting behind the camera for an episode of Fox's new anthology crime drama.
The visually impaired second-grader plays Jack Damon on the hit show.
“Color My World With Love” is set to debut later this year.
Mickey Rowe, actor and author of ‘Fearlessly Different,’ talks about autism, Broadway, and how ableism impacted his career.
In a quiet room in the southeast Australian town of Geelong, a group of actors with disabilities has gathered to rehearse for their first shows since winning a coveted award for the arts that is likened to a Nobel prize for theatre.
An estimated 400 million people have severe hearing loss. A growing group of musical pioneers is thriving to the sounds of silence. These interpreters, DJs and artists are making it their mission to help hard-of-hearing listeners feel the music.
"Often, the entertainment industry is oblivious to disabled people on the cultural continuum," says Nancy Hansen, director of the University of Manitoba's disability studies interdisciplinary master's program. "Our absence is largely unquestioned."
"Oftentimes people are portrayed as really angelic when they're sick, and that's not always the case."
Eurovision contestant Sheldon Riley says that being neurodivergent and LGBT "was tough”.
Lavar Burton's chief engineer embodies everything right about Star Trek's diversity and representation.
The program will distribute $1,000 to New York State artists with a disability who reside outside of the five boroughs of NYC and have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis.
These homeowners say that having a disability does not mean you have to lose your homes aesthetic. They gave our KARE 11 Sunrise anchor, Kris Laudien, a tour of their personalized property.
Kim Kardashian's brand, Skims, launches an adaptive collection for people with limited mobility.
A unique wheelchair developed for rough terrain gave riders who weren't able to walk the chance to join an annual high school hiking trip.
IndiGo airlines faced the heat from passengers for not allowing a child with a disability to board a Hyderabad-bound flight with his family at the Ranchi airport in India on Saturday.
"You have a speech condition that's completely valid, and they singled you out because of it," a TikToker commented.
Only one major UK airline’s App works with screenreaders for the blind – but BA, Jet2 and Tui promise that they will improve after Which? investigation.
The City of Regina is looking at upgrading more high-traffic pedestrian crossings with motion-sensored signals, for improved accessibility.
Ableism – that is, discrimination in favor of able-bodied people – is a pervasive issue in our society. People with disabilities often face exclusion and barriers to access in many areas of life. Decisions at the municipal level can exacerbate these barriers – or alleviate them.
Despite home parcel deliveries being a lifeline for many vulnerable and disabled people, an inconsistent patchwork of policies and procedures from service providers and a lack of knowledge and education from couriers are leading to significant issues with disabled consumers receiving their goods.
I can’t even possibly count how many times I have seen designers describing their work as accessible, throw around words like “inclusivity” and “universal design”, just to present a minimalistic — totally up to trends — white and choose any color prototype, thinking that’s it. Stop right now, I hate you.
Are you truly co-designing with users as equals or just patting yourself on the back for getting ‘user feedback’ ?
How does it feel when you walk through the stacks of your library? When you enter the building, do you feel welcome? As you browse materials, are you able to find offerings that you can pull off the shelf, put in your bag, walk with to the circulation desk, check out, and excitedly take home to crack open? When browsing the website, can you easily find everything you need?I hope the answers to all of those questions are positive. But how might the answers differ if you change the way you interact with the spaces around you? Would you have the same experience if you used a wheelchair to get around? What about if you were blind or deaf? Accessibility in our public spaces, both physical and digital, is something many people take for granted.
Simply put, even though UC Davis buildings comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this is not the same as having an accessible campus.
Monash University researchers will “bomb” signage across Melbourne with stickers containing braille to highlight the importance of accessibility, as part of this year’s Melbourne Knowledge Week.
Media accessibility relies on several building blocks, each one essential to the overall service. If any element in the user journey to being able to share in the experience of the media content is missing or even simply weak, it can negate the value of the service. In planning and implementing media accessibility services, all the elements must be strong.
Ava's tools provide instant captions for any voice the user hears, whether that's in a video call, on a Tiktok video or out with friends.
This guide goes over resources that can help those with disabilities break into a software engineering career.
Dragon speech recognition software can accommodate users with a range of disabilities. Here’s an overview of Dragon’s features and limitations.
As an autistic adult who works on disability policy, I often receive articles from friends and professional connections about different efforts to employ adults on the autism spectrum. In fact, I have received many in recent weeks due to April being National Autism Month. I always appreciate this information, as it directly relates to my work as a member of the employer- and workplace-policy team in the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. But over time, I have noticed a pattern with the articles in that most of them pertain to the information technology industry.
The limitations of telecommunication relay services are being addressed with the development of a new program that explores how to make deaf and hard-of-hearing users’ experiences with cellular devices truly equal to those of hearing users.
Stephanie Cadieux and Michael Gottheil fill first-time positions, launching in May 2022, to support the mandate of the Accessible Canada Act
In this article, you will get to know what are the differences between usability and accessibility testing.
If you find it difficult to prevent and resolve accessibility issues throughout your software development lifecycle (SDLC), you aren’t alone. Integrating accessibility into your software development lifecycle can be challenging if you do so without proper commitments and accountabilities. There can be obstacles when launching or updating a website page or application, even without considering these assets’ accessibility. Layering in additional quality standards and testing for accessibility can easily slow your operations if you’re testing for accessibility before deploying your digital assets. But fortunately, there is a better way. By utilizing a continuous accessibility strategy, you’ll discover accessibility issues early on before launch.
A checklist for creating accessible websites and web applications.
The Xbox Insider Program is joining forces with the Windows Insider Program to share upcoming accessibility improvements in Windows 11 and provide the opportunity for you all to give feedback! Accessibility needs are as unique as you are, and we hope that as new Windows accessibility features come online you will have an easier time to game or do anything else on your PC for that matter.
Google's user experience researchers discuss the principles behind building globally accessible products and offer practical resources for the design and development community.
This week - lessons from UX accessibility keep us on our toes. Microsoft and Google buck the tech earnings blues - thanks to cloud. The metaverse gets an enterprise review, and NoOps wins buzzword bingo. As always, your whiffs.
As the global lead for disability inclusion at Google, he’s responsible for creating and executing the Mountain View, CA-based company’s strategy for hiring people with disabilities. That’s a huge responsibility that the California resident has been bearing to great success, as evidenced by the tech giant scoring a 100% on the Disability Equality Index – organized by global nonprofit Disability:IN – for three years in a row.
There are so many different ways that Firefox users count on Picture-in-Picture for their best browsing and content viewing experiences.
Indiana University researchers in Columbus, Indiana, are working to better understand how humans use movement to convey emotion and how one’s ability to move — or lack thereof — affects how neurodiverse people are perceived.
Mike Duxbury never let the loss of his sight hold him back. That’s why he has set up a farm to train others with disabilities for a life in agriculture.
Just as law students with disabilities often struggle with whether to request accommodations for fear of drawing unwanted attention to themselves, prospective law students and recent law grads must grapple with whether to disclose their disabilities on law school and bar admission applications.
Racial Disparities in Community Living toolkit. The video talks about racial disparities in emergency management, explores how policy choices, now and in the past, keep disabled people of color from accessing community living in emergency management.
In India, climate change could cause extreme heat and humidity which could put millions of lives and billions of dollars at risk. What will it take to reduce the risk?
A new comic from illustrator and disability activist Ananya Rao-Middleton
Individuals can only do so much to “save” our planet (and humanity) from the drastic effects of climate change.
A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision chips away at disability rights, advocates say, by making it harder to bring claims under some of the nation's anti-discrimination laws.
Residents of Guam and American Samoa won't be eligible for Social Security Insurance payments unless Congress chooses to act.
The pandemic helped improve accessibility, but new election barriers in states like Wisconsin are rolling back gains for thousands of voters with disabilities.
Laws disenfranchising people with disabilities came after the 2020 presidential election had a historic showing of disability voter power.
From eye-watering rent hikes and knock-backs to barely livable properties, this is the pointy end of Australia’s housing disaster.
Without proper support to live at home, there are few, if any choices.
Now, access to a bathroom, or even getting through your own front door shouldn't be a daily challenge - but some disabled people are having to wait up to two years just to be able to live life independently.
Equalities watchdog statement provokes backlash from coronavirus support groups and unions.
Children on the National Disability Insurance Scheme are more likely to be unvaccinated against COVID-19 than their peers.
In the two years we’ve been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become clear just how precarious the social positioning of disabled people really is.
Analysis - I know first-hand the difference that having women at the table can make.