For those familiar with generating or receiving compliance reports on the accessibility of technology products, the VPAT, or Voluntary Product Accessibility Template is a familiar term. The VPAT form was created by the Information Technology Industry (ITI) Council for companies to report how well their technology products and services meet widely adopted accessibility standards. The […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]