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 Ruoyi Zhou on November 2, 2017

Effects of AI on Aging and Ability

I recently attended the Boston Accessibility and Grace Hopper conferences, and from Orlando to Cambridge, artificial intelligence (AI) was at the center of discussions. The next generation of accessibility technology will be driven by AI and have a profound effect on improving the lives of people with disabilities and our growing aging population. It is poised to augment our […]

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By Sheila Zinck on November 1, 2017

The Impact of AI on Accessibility

At the recent Boston Accessibility Conference, Dr. Ruoyi Zhou, Director of IBM Accessibility Research, hosted an exciting session on the possibilities of AI, machine learning and virtual reality to benefit people with disabilities. The panelists, who included leaders and innovators from MIT, Open Access Technologies, Rendever, Aira and the Massachusetts Association of the Blind, all […]

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By Tim Powers on October 17, 2017

Tell Me Something I Didn’t Already Know About Aging

I attended the recent NIC Fall Conference in Chicago that was focused on aging, eldercare, and senior housing and care properties. The conference wrapped up with four interesting TED-like “NIC Talks” that delved into the theme, “Tell Us Something We Don’t Already Know About Aging.” Each presenter gave their perspectives on innovative approaches to technology, and how […]

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By Susann Keohane on September 27, 2017

Capturing the Heartbeats of Daily Living to Improve Eldercare

Every room in your home reveals unique insights about your daily activities. By leveraging a network of connected devices, sensors and AI-based systems, we have solved the old adage, “If those walls could talk.” Now, they now can’t stop talking. We can learn about individual patterns for sleeping, eating, exercising, cooking, bathing, and how often you […]

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By Sheila Zinck on September 25, 2017

Combating Loneliness is Everyone’s Business

Loneliness, by its very definition is an individual experience. It’s also having a significant impact on society, and a challenge that will take an entire “new village” to solve. According to research from Campaign to End Loneliness, 9 in 10 people believe loneliness in older age is more likely now than ever. However, 67 percent of […]

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