Zero barriers! Mapping during the Zero Conference 2022

Action time with Wheelmap! Talking about barriers is one thing – detecting them in your close neighbourhood is the potential for real change! is the online map for wheelchair accessible places based on crowdsourcing. It is available in 32 languages and works worldwide. Within 11 years the community has collected more than 2 million places. But there are still a lot of places with unknown wheelchair accessibility status. This is what we can change in the three days of the Zero Conference 2022, from Febr 23 till Febr 25. Read, set, map!

Black History Month: An Interview With Autism Advocate Areva Martin

"I was determined that I was going to make the best life possible for Marty."

You don’t have to be the “perfect” disabled person

Some thoughts on why you don’t have to be the “perfect” disabled person and live up to societal expectations and pressures.

Why is a non-disabled person leading the establishment of a disability ministry?

Establishing a new Ministry for Disabled People without disabled people leading it is history repeating itself.

Why We Should Stop Using The Term Karen

The term Karen is a popular internet meme to denote the white woman who calls the cops on Black people minding their business. However LeRon Barton argues that it can trivialise acts of racist violence.

Disability Language Style Guide

As language, perceptions and social mores change rapidly, it is becoming increasingly difficult for journalists and other communicators to figure out how to refer to people with disabilities. Even the term “disability” is not universally accepted. This style guide, which covers dozens of words and terms commonly used when referring to disability, can help. The guide was developed by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and was last updated in the summer of 2021.

Ableism Is More Than A Breach Of Etiquette — It Has Consequences

Individuals, organizations, and companies should obviously do their best not to offend disabled people. But businesses and organizations in particular should focus on more than just not offending disabled people, but on recognizing and disrupting the kinds of ableism that cause real, lasting harm.

Dealing With Unwanted Help as a Blind Parent of Blind Children

"Just because someone is blind, or has any other disability, that doesn't automatically mean they need your help."

Book explores the intersection of slavery and disability in U.S.

Many enslaved people with disabilities in antebellum America, deemed unfit for labor by their owners, played critical social roles and provided a measure of stability to the vulnerable communities in which they were held, according to a recently published book by a University at Buffalo historian.

Six Manga About People with Disabilities

In these works, characters with disabilities are presented as well-rounded, complex personalities.

9 Books With Deaf Characters for Kids and Adults

A range of books with deaf characters have been published in the last several years that have added wonderful new titles to Deaf literature.

Video: My Dad Matthew (the full length 6 minute short)

Priyanjali Gupta has built an Artificial Intelligence model that turns sign language into English in real-time! She is a 3rd-year computer science student at the Vellore Institute of Technology.

Best of Beauty 2021: Most Accessible Products for People With Upper-Extremity Disabilities

These accessibility successes are among this past year's Best of Beauty Award winners.

What Is Universal Design and What Does it Mean for Disabled People?

What is universal design and what does it mean for disabled people?
Everything you need to know about universal design?

Paralympic Alpine skier Sarah Will helped design new Para Alpine Barbie

U.S. Paralympic Alpine skier Sarah Will played integral role in making new toy “perfect”.

Many accessibility problems would be solved if business did three things

Three adjustments to the way we do business could vastly improve the world for people with disabilities.

Building accessible brands: the missing link of D&I

Accessibility is a hot topic – but too often it’s still an afterthought, says Erica Wong, senior brand consultant at Radley Yeldar. If accessibility is treated as post-design translation for specific needs, she says, it isn’t true accessibility. And that holds brands back.

How Businesses Must Analyze Real-Time Trends To Grasp The Breadth Of The Disability Economy

For businesses to engage in an ever expanding Disability Economy in any authentic way they must be cognizant of the changing trendiness that are happening beyond traditional business parlance to be truly effective. This column begins to explore the depth of analysis to be more effective.

How to make video calls accessible

Over the past two years, video calling technology has allowed us to continue to connect, socialise and work throughout the pandemic. Having harnessed the benefits of this technology, video calling is very likely to stay for many of us. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that we can all take to ensure inclusivity for people with a disability or additional access requirement. Below are some of our top tips, to help us all enjoy the benefits of fully accessible video calling.

How to Scale Digital Accessibility and Cater for Diverse Audiences

Every day at Telstra, we hear of the need to make our digital products and services more accessible for people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive ability. In fact, it’s a no-brainer. With more than one in five Australians living with some form of disability, it’s clearly incumbent on the country’s leading telecoms company to cater to this market. It also makes total business sense. According to the Centre for Inclusive Design, the 4 million Australians who are unable to access products and services because of poor design possess more than $40 billion in buying power.

1 in 4 American Adults Have a Disability — Does Your Site Give Them a Great Shopping Experience? …

Digital accessibility is becoming a big topic in retail, and it’s easy to see why: one in four American adults, or 61 million people, identify as having some kind of disability, according to Perkins Access. Globally, shoppers with disabilities spend $1.2 billion annually, and retailers looking to earn their business need to make their shopping experience as pleasant as it is for any other customer.

Over 80 percent of Deaf people say their accessibility needs are unmet

A report published today by the Deaf Health Charity- Signhealth, has found that 81 percent of patients reported having an appointment where their communication needs were unmet.

Web accessibility is good for your soul—and for business

Few websites go the whole nine yards to make themselves fully accessible to the disabled. Yet compliance with the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines is well worth the effort.

Is Your Website User-Friendly?

Nobody is inclined to browse a website that is confusing, hard to navigate, or slow to load.

New technology, services emerge to support disabled Latinos

One in six Latino adults in the U.S. has a disability.

Video: Turning Sign Language into Readable Text in English

Priyanjali Gupta has built an Artificial Intelligence model that turns sign language into English in real-time! She is a 3rd-year computer science student at...

Virtual Reality Accessibility: The Importance of Comfort Ratings and Reducing Motion

What is “Comfort Rating” and why is it important? Think about when you start watching a movie or a TV show. It’s common to see content rating at the start of the show. In the past, the show would display just the rating, such as G, PG, PG-13, TV-MA, and so on. Now, they add warnings such as violence, drugs, strong language, sexual situations, and so on.

Through Their Eyes

How Computer Simulations of Vision Loss Create More Empathetic Buildings for the Visually Impaired.

The Hidden Image Descriptions Making the Internet Accessible

The challenge of describing every image on the internet, and the people who are trying.

Designing Safer Web Animation For Motion Sensitivity

It’s no secret that a lot of people consider scrolljacking and parallax effects annoying and overused. But what if motion does more than just annoy you? What if it also makes you ill?

Are Game Developers Making Their Games Accessible to Everyone?

Building accessibility into video games is a key issue for many game developers. A new study suggests they're making progress.

W3C Validator: What It Is & Why It Matters For SEO

The W3C validator ensures cross-platform compatibility and accessibility through correct coding best practices. Learn how to use it here.

Accessibility Testing Tools and Practices

How can you tell if the content you are creating is accessible? There are simple ways to check content with automatic tools and non-technical tests to see if your content is accessible and inclusive to everyone. 

Manual Coding Vs. Overlay: How To Choose The Right Accessibility Option For Your Business’ Website

When designing your business website to be accessible, you are ensuring that all of your users, including those with disabilities, have a seamless user experience when interacting with your site and its content.

How to Start a Podcast: Allied as a Framework

If you're wondering how to start a podcast, then you're in the same position we were not long ago. Learn in this blog how we started Allied.

Video: Jane Velkovski: The life-changing power of assistive technologies

"This chair is my legs -- this chair is my life," says accessibility champion Jane Velkovski, who uses a wheelchair after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). With clarity and poise, he shares how his first motorized wheelchair empowered him with independence and ability -- and why assistive technology should be available to anyone who needs it. "Freedom of movement, no matter on legs or on wheels, is a human right," he says.

Liam O’Dell: Do invisible hearing aid adverts encourage stigma?

Provocative question, I know, but I ask it within the context of a recent decision by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) around a leaflet by Specsavers Hearcare, where they said their deals on invisible hearing aids was “something to smile about”.

Their Bionic Eyes Are Now Obsolete and Unsupported

These early adopters found out what happened when a cutting-edge marvel became an obsolete gadget... inside their bodies.

The State of Responsible IoT Report

The State of Responsible IoT is an annual collection of essays by experts from the ThingsCon community of IoT experts and practitioners. It explores the challenges, opportunities and questions surrounding the creation of a responsible Internet of Things (IoT).

Peter Bihr – Emerging Tech & Empowered Citizens

Peter Bihr explores how emerging technologies can have a positive social impact. At the core of his work is the mission to align emerging technologies and citizen empowerment. To do this, he works as an independent advisor at the intersection of technology, governance, policy and social impact — primarily with foundations, non-profits and the public sector.


Karen M. Sandler is the executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, which is the nonprofit home of dozens of free and open source software projects including Git, Etherpad, QEMU, Selenium and Inkscape (to name a few. She is known as a cyborg lawyer for her advocacy for free software as a life-or-death issue, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices.

Addressing unanticipated consequences of innovation for people with a disability

Innovation is making access a reality for many people with a disability. Both small (incremental) and large (disruptive) innovations impact how we plan to make accommodations for diverse needs in the immediate and longer-term future.

Reflections on 30 years in the Accessibility Field

30 years ago today, on February 10, 1992, I began my accessibility career as the junior software engineer on the outSPOKEN screen reader team at Berkeley Systems. Thanks to my successful interviews with company CEO Wes Boyd, head of engineering (and my boss to be) Jack Eastman, and key members of the accessibility team: Jane Berliss, Josh Miele, and Marc Sutton, I got my start in this amazing, incredible, fulfilling field.

How digital technology can improve transit accessibility

Following the recent launch of the world’s first 5G tram, we explore how technology can improve mobility for people with disabilities.

As Disabilities Commissioner Exits, Constituents Want More Access to City Hall

Victor Calise, one of the city’s longest-serving commissioners, will leave his post March 4 to take a job in the private sector. New Yorkers living with physical and mental challenges see the opening as an opportunity for the office to do more.

Why Vision Zero is a Human Rights Issue For the Deaf — and the Rest of the Disability Community

Direct translation is often not representative of the true meaning. For instance, the direct transliteration of Vision Zero is “zero vision.”

Are We Equipped to Care for People With Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities?

Low accreditation standards are contributing to health disparities.

The Dangers of ‘Pushing Through’ Chronic Illness Symptoms

"I was always on time, did quality work, was well-liked by both staff and customers, and it was killing me."

The Moral Danger of Declaring the Pandemic Over Too Soon

There has to be a better way out of the rubble of the past two years.

Pandemics disable people — the history lesson that policymakers ignore

Influenza, polio and more have shown that infections can change lives even decades later. Why the complacency over possible long-term effects of COVID-19?

Why COVID-19 Becoming Endemic Is Bad for People With Chronic Illness

"Until everyone shoulders the responsibility of curbing COVID-19's relentless spread, dreams of normalcy will continue to elude us."

Fears people with disability left behind

The COVID-19 Omicron variant has created "acute fears" for people with disabilities and their care and support, the disability royal commission says.

Vulnerable to Covid, High-Risk Americans Feel Left Behind

Transplant recipients, cancer patients and millions of other Americans with risk factors feel ignored and abandoned as their neighbors, and their government, seek a return to normal.

UNHCR - Afghan refugee removes obstacles barring kids with disabilities from school

In Pakistan, Jamil provides wheelchairs to get refugees with disabilities into the classroom and give them a shot at a future.

Give people with disabilities better protection in conflict and crises

People with disabilities are often ignored, in war and in peace. Militaries and humanitarian actors must take concrete steps to change this.

Disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction: still a tick marking exercise?

Communication is a two-way street – one of both sending and receiving. At the heart of good communication is the ability to listen. When listening well, we develop empathy and insight – we learn something new.

Guterres calls for more disability-inclusive development

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for more disability-inclusive development.

12 million disabled people face displacement across the globe: UN

Out of the total disabled people, most are at increased risk of violence, exploitation and abuse and are facing problems to meet even basic facilities, as per the United Nations.