By Marc Johlic and Sharon Snider on May 14, 2018

Updates to the Va11yS Open Source Project

  With Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) quickly approaching, Sharon and I thought it would a be a good time to give you a brief update on our open source Verified Accessibility Samples project – or Va11yS.  Jack Dam, our Accessibility Test Engineer, has been rigorously testing the latest samples and adding the results for […]

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By Tim Powers on March 14, 2018

IBM Accessibility Research at CSUN 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI), automation, compliance, and best practices in enterprise accessibility make up the IBM Accessibility Research lineup for the 33rd annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego next week (March 19-23, 2018). CSUN is the world’s largest event dedicated to presenting and exploring new ways technology can assist people with disabilities. At the […]

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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 Michael Gower on February 8, 2018

Simplifying the New WCAG 2.1 Guidelines

Recommendations for new accessibility guidelines were released on January 30, 2018 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In this new draft version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), none of the current 2.0 Success Criteria have been altered. Instead, 17 additional criteria have been recommended for 2.1. This article is intended to help […]

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By Michael Gower and Mary Jo Mueller on January 25, 2018

Revised Section 508 Standards Now in Effect

In the United States, the Revised Section 508 Standards went into effect on January 18, 2018, a year after the U.S. Access Board published the final rule of the updated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines. The Revised 508 Standards, and the accompanying updates to Section 255 of the Communications Act, have transformed […]

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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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