IBM remembers Dr. Brent Shiver. His perspective as a Deaf person was an essential part of his impact: "Because of my deafness, I see the world differently from my colleagues and can make technical and innovative contributions from angles not usually considered."
AI solutions must account for everyone. AI-based applications can treat people with disabilities fairly by embedding ethics into AI development from the very beginning.
This October is the 75th year America has observed National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Like other “awareness months,” NDEAM spotlights a disparity in the workforce—in this case, the lower than average employment rates of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
It’s now 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in the United States. This important legislation sets out the rights of United States citizens with disabilities to access workplaces and communities. The ADA covers higher education, including access to conferences where academic research is presented. Accessibility for a large […]
Today is the ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Over the years, IBM has held numerous events and activities to bring awareness to the digital access and inclusion of people with disabilities internally at IBM and externally. It is more critical than ever to blend the technical aspects of creating accessible solutions with the empathy […]
In a typical interpreting scenario, there are three main actors: Deaf user, sign language interpreter, and hearing non-signer(s). When the deaf user signs, the interpreter would voice, so the non-signer hears the conveyed message. When the non-signer speaks, the interpreter will sign accordingly, so the deaf user receives the communication from the speaker. With the […]
Inclusive design is the buzz term around the design community. Inclusive design can be interpreted in many different ways and have numerous outcomes. When narrowing the scope to user research, though, how does inclusive design make an impact? As a user researcher, it is critical to talk with people using various offerings to understand their […]
News has spread throughout the IBM accessibility community that one of our family, Dr. Jim Thatcher passed away this weekend at the age of 83. Jim worked for IBM for 37 years and left a legacy that to this day works to make technology accessible to persons with disabilities. He first joined IBM as a […]
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 […]