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By Alexandra Grossi on October 26, 2020

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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).

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By Si McAleer on May 21, 2020

IBM contributing back to the community on Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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 […]

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By Mary Jo Mueller on December 10, 2019

IBM Accessibility tribute to Dr. Jim Thatcher

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 […]

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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 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 Si McAleer on May 17, 2018

Free Accessibility Tools and Technology Pay It Forward

May 17 marks the seventh anniversary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD was introduced to spark a conversation around digital accessibility to get people thinking and learning about accessibility. While the conversation is important, we must remember this is not a theoretical exercise. These are real challenges affecting people daily, but tackling these challenges […]

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By Tim Powers on March 14, 2018

IBM Accessibility Research at CSUN 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI), automation, compliance, and best practices in enterprise accessibility make up the IBM Accessibility Research lineup for the 33rd annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego next week (March 19-23, 2018). CSUN is the world’s largest event dedicated to presenting and exploring new ways technology can assist people with disabilities. At the […]

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