Erich Manser

By Erich Manser and Charu Pandhi on June 11, 2018

Call for Code Brings Unique Opportunities for Inclusive Innovations

These are exciting times at IBM, following CEO Ginni Rometty’s May 24th announcement about Call for Code. As Laurent Sauveur of the United Nations Human Rights office points out, Call for Code is an excellent opportunity to explore how technology can play a role in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations.  IBMer Daniel […]

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By Erich Manser on March 7, 2018

IBM Employees with Disabilities Volunteer Time to Create Accessible Technology

Who better to confirm the accessibility of solutions before they are released to market than people with disabilities? Being visually impaired, I rely considerably on magnification and altered colors to see what’s on my device screens. One day, not long ago, I sat in a room full of developers in a meeting and it was illuminating to […]

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By Erich Manser on March 16, 2017

Blind Community Lends Valuable Insights to AccessbleOlli

Continuing our work of creating the world’s most accessible, self-driving vehicle, IBM, Local Motors and the CTA Foundation recently hosted an #AccessibleOlli workshop, which tapped the unique combination of the blind and visually-impaired community and transportation organizations in the greater Boston area. We invited participants at varying stages of vision loss – from mild impairment […]

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By Erich Manser on February 21, 2017

Students and Seniors Share Ideas for Creating an Accessible, Self-Driving Vehicle

Continuing our work to create the world’s most accessible, self-driving vehicle, IBM, Local Motors and the CTA Foundation recently held two #AccessibleOlli workshops in the Washington D.C. area. We invited two distinct audiences – students from Carver Vocational-Technical High, a P-TECH school in Baltimore, and an AARP workshop with older adults – to help design a vehicle […]

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By Erich Manser on June 13, 2016

Accidental Accessibility

I love the word “intuitive.” It needs little explanation. Things should just work – installing software, the directions for a Scandinavian chest of drawers, or cooking a crème brûlée as easy as they do on television. You’ll also never get complaints about something, especially technology, being “too intuitive.” A fair amount of my day is […]

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By Erich Manser on February 3, 2016

Empathy in Design and Accessibility

(The third in our series of articles on design and accessibility. Read the first and second articles.) I am an accessibility tester & consultant at IBM, and I also happen to be a person with low-vision (I can see some, but not much) who uses technology. I am also all-too familiar with the “pain” of […]

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