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 Michael Gower on February 8, 2018

Simplifying the New WCAG 2.1 Guidelines

Recommendations for new accessibility guidelines were released on January 30, 2018 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In this new draft version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), none of the current 2.0 Success Criteria have been altered. Instead, 17 additional criteria have been recommended for 2.1. This article is intended to help […]

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By Michael Gower and Mary Jo Mueller on January 25, 2018

Revised Section 508 Standards Now in Effect

In the United States, the Revised Section 508 Standards went into effect on January 18, 2018, a year after the U.S. Access Board published the final rule of the updated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines. The Revised 508 Standards, and the accompanying updates to Section 255 of the Communications Act, have transformed […]

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By Brent Shiver on January 4, 2018

Streamlining the Workplace Accommodations Process

I’ve been deaf since contracting spinal meningitis at two years old. I am accustomed to a world without sound. Many call it silence, but from my perspective, I’m here to make as much noise as possible – at work and in my personal life. As a sixth grader, I wrote my first program using BASIC […]

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By Tom Babinszki on December 8, 2017

The Power of an Inclusive Workforce

Mobility and independence are powerful devices, especially for someone with a disability. Every year as we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I am reminded why I work for IBM – its long history of inclusion, commitment to workforce diversity, and innovations in accessibility. I joined IBM in 2013 for the IBM Accessibility Research team […]

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By Ruoyi Zhou and Lindsay-Rae McIntyre on December 6, 2017

What Does Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion Mean to IBM?

by Dr. Ruoyi Zhou, Director, IBM Accessibility Research, and Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, IBM Chief Diversity Officer Celebrating and reflecting on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we call upon everyone to build awareness and create real change for people with disabilities. Through workforce policies and new technology innovations, we must ensure that people of all abilities […]

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By Michael Gower on December 4, 2017

Looking to the Future in Celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

When I began working in the accessibility field, I relied on interaction, empathy and observation to help identify the challenges of users with disabilities. There were two things that really made the job fascinating: the constant opportunity for technical innovation, and the ongoing, invigorating phenomenon of witnessing users benefit directly from my interventions. Now, 18 […]

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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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