Inclusive Design

Diversely Deaf IBMers Work to Create An Accessible Future

This past August, I started my position as UX designer at IBM Accessibility. I was new to the team, and relatively new to the world of inclusive design—but only from a designer’s perspective. Born profoundly deaf, I brought with me a lifetime of experiences with accessibility (or lack thereof, in many cases). My second week […]

AI Fairness

Exploring AI Fairness for People with Disabilities

This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities emphasizes participation and leadership. In today’s fast-paced world, more and more decisions affecting participation and opportunities for leadership are automated. This includes selecting candidates for a job interview, approving loan applicants, or admitting students into college. There is a trend towards using artificial intelligence (AI) methods such […]

Compliance

Accessibility Conformance Test Rules Format 1.0 reaches Proposed Recommendation status

It’s a common question with accessibility verification and reporting. How did someone arrive at their test results? Are their results accurate, or are the issues being reported really not required by the accessibility standards? As a developer, it can be really frustrating when you’ve done the accessibility work and validated using robust automated tools and sound […]
By Alexandra Grossi on December 3, 2019

Diversely Deaf IBMers Work to Create An Accessible Future

This past August, I started my position as UX designer at IBM Accessibility. I was new to the team, and relatively new to the world of inclusive design—but only from a designer’s perspective. Born profoundly deaf, I brought with me a lifetime of experiences with accessibility (or lack thereof, in many cases). My second week […]

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By Shari Trewin on December 3, 2019

Exploring AI Fairness for People with Disabilities

This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities emphasizes participation and leadership. In today’s fast-paced world, more and more decisions affecting participation and opportunities for leadership are automated. This includes selecting candidates for a job interview, approving loan applicants, or admitting students into college. There is a trend towards using artificial intelligence (AI) methods such […]

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By Mary Jo Mueller on July 31, 2019

Accessibility Conformance Test Rules Format 1.0 reaches Proposed Recommendation status

It’s a common question with accessibility verification and reporting. How did someone arrive at their test results? Are their results accurate, or are the issues being reported really not required by the accessibility standards? As a developer, it can be really frustrating when you’ve done the accessibility work and validated using robust automated tools and sound […]

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By Si McAleer on October 22, 2019

AI Fairness must be considered as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Two days ago, Gartner released its top ten technological trends for 2020 of which business leaders need to be aware. Their third item, “Democratization of Expertise,” caught my eye. I have seen that idea many times tied with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AI’s ability to enable users to make decisions without being experts themselves.  I […]

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By Erich Manser on May 13, 2019

IBM Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day – May 16

On Thursday, May 16, IBM site locations and iX Design Studios across the U.S. will celebrate the eighth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) –  a worldwide observation to raise awareness of digital access and inclusion issues for people with disabilities. As an IBMer with a disability, and a founding member of IBM’s Team Able, I am […]

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By Charu Pandhi on April 30, 2019

IBM at John Slatin AccessU 2019

Anytime is a good time to visit Austin, TX. Be it for the Austin City Limits Music festival (ACL),  South by Southwest® (SXSW®) or most importantly the Web accessibility training program, John Slatin AccessU.  AccessU is named after a pioneering leader in web accessibility, the late John Slatin, a professor at the University of Texas.  […]

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By Fang (Florence) Lu on January 24, 2019

Invention and inclusion: a two-way approach

Patenting is my passion and inclusion is my responsibility as an inventor. We should always think about how we can include all of the population in the technology we create. Invention and inclusion work very well together, as they can work in both directions. Together, we can invent to improve lives and make this world […]

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By Brent Shiver on December 2, 2018

Reflections from a Brief Detour

About a month ago, I was “temporarily disabled” – I could not move without severe abdominal pain.  I was diagnosed with appendicitis and had to undergo emergency surgery to remove the offending organ because it had enlarged to roughly threefold the average size.  During the recovery, I was bedridden and under the constant care of […]

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By Erich Manser on October 26, 2018

NDEAM: Recognizing Progress and Potential

(Image Description: Erich addresses participants at the AI Fairness for People with Disabilities workshop on Oct 4th in Cambridge, MA) Before October gets away from me, I wanted to recognize and appreciate IBM’s rich history & culture of real inclusion. When a company implements small-but-meaningful practices, rather than just tracking the general diversity numbers of […]

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