Inclusive Workforce

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 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 Peter Fay on September 8, 2017

Enhancing the Reasonable Accommodation Process in the Workplace

At the recent USBLN Conference in Orlando, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offered two half-day workshops focused on disability in the workplace. Led by Lou Orslene, the co-director of JAN, the workshops offered participants the opportunity to learn from JAN’s experience as the leading national source of expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and […]

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By Paul Austin on August 23, 2017

Changing Perspectives of Autism in the Workplace

There is a wealth of technical talent available in the population of high-functioning autistic individuals, but it often goes untapped for the want of proper accommodations that could make any workplace – with or without people on the autism spectrum – a better place to work. Currently in the United States, only 14 percent of […]

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By Ruoyi Zhou on July 26, 2017

Technology Equality for People with Disabilities

The year 2017 will be remembered as a major milestone in the relationship between technology and equality for people with disabilities. Earlier this year, updates were finally approved to the Section 508 Amendment of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Revised 508 Standards and 255 Guidelines have transformed turn-of-the-century accessibility for procurement and services […]

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By Masashi Oikawa on July 19, 2017

IBM Japan’s “Access Blue” Program Trains Students with Disabilities for New Collar Jobs

In my country of Japan, there is a legal requirement (Act for Employment Promotion of Persons with Disabilities that states that at least 2 percent of employees across all business organizations (with workforces greater than 50) must be persons with disabilities. This requirement will increase to 2.2 percent in 2018 and 2.3 percent in 2020. […]

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