Feb 26, 2022
12 mins read
Action time with Wheelmap! Talking about barriers is one thing – detecting them in your close neighbourhood is the potential for real change! Wheelmap.org 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!
"I was determined that I was going to make the best life possible for Marty."
Some thoughts on why you don’t have to be the “perfect” disabled person and live up to societal expectations and pressures.
Establishing a new Ministry for Disabled People without disabled people leading it is history repeating itself.
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.
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.
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.
"Just because someone is blind, or has any other disability, that doesn't automatically mean they need your help."
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.
In these works, characters with disabilities are presented as well-rounded, complex personalities.
A range of books with deaf characters have been published in the last several years that have added wonderful new titles to Deaf literature.
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.
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?
Everything you need to know about universal design?
U.S. Paralympic Alpine skier Sarah Will played integral role in making new toy “perfect”.
Three adjustments to the way we do business could vastly improve the world for people with disabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nobody is inclined to browse a website that is confusing, hard to navigate, or slow to load.
One in six Latino adults in the U.S. has a disability.
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...
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.
How Computer Simulations of Vision Loss Create More Empathetic Buildings for the Visually Impaired.
The challenge of describing every image on the internet, and the people who are trying.
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?
Building accessibility into video games is a key issue for many game developers. A new study suggests they're making progress.
The W3C validator ensures cross-platform compatibility and accessibility through correct coding best practices. Learn how to use it here.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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”.
These early adopters found out what happened when a cutting-edge marvel became an obsolete gadget... inside their bodies.
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 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.
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.
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.
Following the recent launch of the world’s first 5G tram, we explore how technology can improve mobility for people with disabilities.
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.
Direct translation is often not representative of the true meaning. For instance, the direct transliteration of Vision Zero is “zero vision.”
Low accreditation standards are contributing to health disparities.
"I was always on time, did quality work, was well-liked by both staff and customers, and it was killing me."
There has to be a better way out of the rubble of the past two years.
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?
"Until everyone shoulders the responsibility of curbing COVID-19's relentless spread, dreams of normalcy will continue to elude us."
The COVID-19 Omicron variant has created "acute fears" for people with disabilities and their care and support, the disability royal commission says.
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.
In Pakistan, Jamil provides wheelchairs to get refugees with disabilities into the classroom and give them a shot at a future.
People with disabilities are often ignored, in war and in peace. Militaries and humanitarian actors must take concrete steps to change this.
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.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for more disability-inclusive development.
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.