By Tom Babinszki on July 18, 2017

When Should You Think About Accessibility?

Editor’s Note: Tom Babinzski, an Accessibility Advisor with IBM Accessibility Research, is starting a new blog series where he will share tips and tricks for accessible design and development. If you have topics you’d like Tom to address, please leave your thoughts in the comments section. I spend a majority of my time traveling to […]

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By Tim Powers on June 19, 2017

Creating Inclusive Workplaces is a Business Imperative

by Lou Orslene, Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS) Project Manager and Co-Director of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), Center for Disability Inclusion The World Health Organization reports globally there are more than 1 billion people with disabilities. Increasingly, chronic health conditions and disabilities are becoming more commonplace in the workplace. This has major implications for employers […]

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By Susann Keohane on June 6, 2017

Accessible Design for an Aging Population

by Bo Campbell & Susann Keohane Violet Brown is the oldest living person on this planet at 117 years old. Today, to make the list of the top 100 oldest living people, you much be aged 110 years or older. We are dawning on the age of the super-centenarian, someone who has lived to or […]

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By Sheila Zinck on May 10, 2017

Combating Loneliness in the Aging Population

The world’s aging population is expanding rapidly, and by 2050 more than one out of five people will be age 60 or older. A new epidemic is growing just as quickly, with 43% of people over 60 reporting that they are suffering from loneliness. With an impact often equated to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, loneliness […]

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By Tim Powers on April 25, 2017

Guiding the Way: On the Streets and in Life

by David Wei, Development Manager, Watson Career Coach With ear-splitting applause and screams, I cross the fabled finish line of 121th Boston Marathon, step by step with Erich Manser. I had the opportunity of running the Marathon by being a running guide for Erich, a blind Marathoner, an Ironman, an IBM colleague, and my friend. I […]

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By Erich Manser on March 16, 2017

Blind Community Lends Valuable Insights to AccessbleOlli

Continuing our work of creating the world’s most accessible, self-driving vehicle, IBM, Local Motors and the CTA Foundation recently hosted an #AccessibleOlli workshop, which tapped the unique combination of the blind and visually-impaired community and transportation organizations in the greater Boston area. We invited participants at varying stages of vision loss – from mild impairment […]

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By Sheila Zinck on March 6, 2017

What Happens When I Can No Longer Drive?

People love their cars. For most teenagers, getting their license is a much anticipated milestone, increasing their independence and opening up new opportunities and adventure (often to the chagrin of their parents). For most older adults, the day they decide to stop driving is also a milestone, albeit a dreaded one representing a loss of […]

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By Tim Powers on February 22, 2017

Improving Eldercare with Cognitive Computing and the Internet of Things

by John W. Morgan, CEO, Avamere Family of Companies We are just beginning to see the impact Baby Boomers will have on the healthcare industry and post-acute continuum. Every month, more than a quarter million Americans reach retirement age, and each will have unique challenges and diverse and ever-evolving needs, especially as they acquire physical […]

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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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