Inclusive Design

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 Drew Lahart on January 6, 2017

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 […]

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By Tim Powers on December 28, 2016

IBM Accessibility at CES 2017

At CES 2017, IBM Accessibility Research, Local Motors and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation will be sharing how autonomous vehicles will help people with disabilities and the world’s growing aging population remain independent and self-sufficient for as long as possible Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist and CEO of Starfish Media Group, this session […]

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By Tim Powers on December 14, 2016

OpenAIR Winners Leverage IBM Accessibility Tools

The annual Knowbility OpenAIR web accessibility challenge announced the winners of its 19th annual competition, which pairs teams of web developers and designers with registered non-profits to create or improve their website and make it more accessible to people with disabilities. As part of this year’s competition, IBM made its accessibility testing tools available to […]

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By Tom Babinszki on November 30, 2016

Accessibility, Like a Rare Coin, Can Be Priceless

I have two passions in life – collecting coins and accessibility. Being blind since birth, I have an appreciation for the value of both. As a child growing up in Hungary, I always had a fascination for different cultures and languages. After my mother gave me a treasure box filled with coins, I had a […]

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By Shunguo Yan on October 12, 2016

IBM Strengthens Mobile App Accessibility and Usability

According to data from comScore, people spend approximately 50 percent of all their digital media time on the 4.2 million smartphone apps available today. While the number of mobile apps continues to increase, many are failing to engage and excite customers due to quality, functionality and usability issues. To help organizations ensure that all users, including […]

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By Tim Powers on October 10, 2016

Knowbility OpenAIR Competitors Expand Inclusive Design Skills with IBM Accessibility Tools

To help designers and developers create accessible websites and content, IBM is supporting the annual OpenAIR web accessibility challenge by making its accessibility testing tools available to the competitors. Organized by Austin-based Knowbility, the 19th annual OpenAIR pairs participating teams of web developers and designers with registered non-profits to create or improve their website and make […]

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By Maureen (Moe) Kraft on August 4, 2016

Designing with Color; a Collaborative Curiosity

by Charu Pandhi (@charupandhi) and Moe Kraft (@moekraft), IBM Accessibility Research. Color is the perception we have to light reflecting off objects. It provides important information about objects and how they relate to each other. Your perception of the object’s color depends upon the context and can radically differ depending on the exposure to light […]

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By Tim Powers on August 4, 2016

Girls Who Code Tackle Aging and Isolation

High school students from Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology, are taking on the challenge of helping seniors learn technology to reduce their feelings of isolation and loneliness. The team, consisting of Heewon Kim, Oumou Camara, Paula Sante, and Elizabeth Paz (see photo), created Elders Connect, […]

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