DevOps

Automating Accessibility Testing of Web Applications

IBM has released a new solution that is designed to allow developers and testers to integrate automated accessibility testing within Chrome browser development tools to help deliver an optimized user experience and conform to industry standards. IBM AbilityLab™ Dynamic Assessment Plugin, a browser extension that quickly identifies accessibility issues, and evaluates and recommends potential fixes, including those […]

DevOps

Open Source Accessibility Tools Help Streamline Inclusive Development

IBM is embarking on a new era of open source accessibility by releasing tooling, samples and design patterns to help streamline the development of inclusive web and mobile applications. IBM has released two new projects on the developerWorks/open community, AccProbe and Va11yS, to help alleviate accessibility roadblocks during the agile development process, strengthen the user […]

Aging

Transforming Transportation for the World’s Aging Population and People with Disabilities

The earned privilege of driving tethers us only as far as the road, fuel, and our physical and cognitive abilities can take us. And, we all know what waits for us on the horizon as we age – losing the freedom to safely operate a vehicle. By teaming with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation […]
By Ruoyi Zhou on November 2, 2017

Effects of AI on Aging and Ability

I recently attended the Boston Accessibility and Grace Hopper conferences, and from Orlando to Cambridge, artificial intelligence (AI) was at the center of discussions. The next generation of accessibility technology will be driven by AI and have a profound effect on improving the lives of people with disabilities and our growing aging population. It is poised to augment our […]

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By Sheila Zinck on November 1, 2017

The Impact of AI on Accessibility

At the recent Boston Accessibility Conference, Dr. Ruoyi Zhou, Director of IBM Accessibility Research, hosted an exciting session on the possibilities of AI, machine learning and virtual reality to benefit people with disabilities. The panelists, who included leaders and innovators from MIT, Open Access Technologies, Rendever, Aira and the Massachusetts Association of the Blind, all […]

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By Tim Powers on October 17, 2017

Tell Me Something I Didn’t Already Know About Aging

I attended the recent NIC Fall Conference in Chicago that was focused on aging, eldercare, and senior housing and care properties. The conference wrapped up with four interesting TED-like “NIC Talks” that delved into the theme, “Tell Us Something We Don’t Already Know About Aging.” Each presenter gave their perspectives on innovative approaches to technology, and how […]

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By Susann Keohane on September 27, 2017

Capturing the Heartbeats of Daily Living to Improve Eldercare

Every room in your home reveals unique insights about your daily activities. By leveraging a network of connected devices, sensors and AI-based systems, we have solved the old adage, “If those walls could talk.” Now, they now can’t stop talking. We can learn about individual patterns for sleeping, eating, exercising, cooking, bathing, and how often you […]

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By Sheila Zinck on September 25, 2017

Combating Loneliness is Everyone’s Business

Loneliness, by its very definition is an individual experience. It’s also having a significant impact on society, and a challenge that will take an entire “new village” to solve. According to research from Campaign to End Loneliness, 9 in 10 people believe loneliness in older age is more likely now than ever. However, 67 percent of […]

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By Michael Gower on September 22, 2017

Impact of New Accessibility Standards on Authoring Tools

There are new provisions in the 2017 revised U.S. Section 508 standards, as well as European requirements, that are creating additional focus on the accessibility of authoring tools. We wanted to provide guidance for anyone seeking to understand how the new standards define authoring tools, and requirements for helping ensure accessibility. What is an Authoring Tool? […]

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By Tom Babinszki on September 11, 2017

Maximizing Impact with Personalized Accessibility Training

There are many outstanding accessibility tutorials online. Yet, I’m finding that designers and developers are reluctant to go through them. I always wondered why? As I travel to many different IBM offices around the world training product design and development teams and understanding their needs, I believe I have found what makes them more interested […]

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By Peter Fay on September 8, 2017

Enhancing the Reasonable Accommodation Process in the Workplace

At the recent USBLN Conference in Orlando, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offered two half-day workshops focused on disability in the workplace. Led by Lou Orslene, the co-director of JAN, the workshops offered participants the opportunity to learn from JAN’s experience as the leading national source of expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and […]

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By Paul Austin on August 23, 2017

Changing Perspectives of Autism in the Workplace

There is a wealth of technical talent available in the population of high-functioning autistic individuals, but it often goes untapped for the want of proper accommodations that could make any workplace – with or without people on the autism spectrum – a better place to work. Currently in the United States, only 14 percent of […]

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