Inclusive Workforce

By Si McAleer on July 26, 2021

Celebrating 31

Positivity changes hearts and minds and culture. We still have a long way to go. But as we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act, I wanted to step back and celebrate how far we’ve come.

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By Shari Trewin and MaryJo Mueller on December 14, 2020

#ShiverStrong: Remembering Brent Shiver

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."

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By Shari Trewin and Yves Veulliet on December 3, 2020

Designing AI Applications to Treat People with Disabilities Fairly

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.

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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 Shari Trewin on July 23, 2020

Proactive inclusion is everyone’s responsibility

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 […]

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By Brent Shiver on May 8, 2020

Harnessing the Power of Video Remote Interpreting in Professional Space

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 […]

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By Alexandra Grossi on December 3, 2019

Diversely Deaf IBMers Work to Create An Accessible Future

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 […]

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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 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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