By Tom Babinszki on November 30, 2016

Accessibility, Like a Rare Coin, Can Be Priceless

I have two passions in life – collecting coins and accessibility. Being blind since birth, I have an appreciation for the value of both. As a child growing up in Hungary, I always had a fascination for different cultures and languages. After my mother gave me a treasure box filled with coins, I had a […]

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By Bo Campbell on November 10, 2016

Creating Accessible Solutions in Healthcare

I recently participated in an accessibility event with the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing and the Special Hope Foundation, which promotes the establishment of comprehensive healthcare for adults with developmental disabilities. The Center for Body Computing has a rich history of creating technology that helps people with disabilities. Their goal was […]

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By Tim Powers on November 8, 2016

The Future of Accessibility Shines Bright

Guest post from Richard Schwerdtfeger, IBM CTO of Accessibility Twenty-six years ago I walked into the IBM TJ Watson Research Center to help create the very first Graphical User Interface Screen Reader for the IBM PC. I did not know it but the impact of making the Graphical User Interface accessible on Windows and OS/2 […]

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By Shunguo Yan on October 12, 2016

IBM Strengthens Mobile App Accessibility and Usability

According to data from comScore, people spend approximately 50 percent of all their digital media time on the 4.2 million smartphone apps available today. While the number of mobile apps continues to increase, many are failing to engage and excite customers due to quality, functionality and usability issues. To help organizations ensure that all users, including […]

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By Tim Powers on October 10, 2016

Knowbility OpenAIR Competitors Expand Inclusive Design Skills with IBM Accessibility Tools

To help designers and developers create accessible websites and content, IBM is supporting the annual OpenAIR web accessibility challenge by making its accessibility testing tools available to the competitors. Organized by Austin-based Knowbility, the 19th annual OpenAIR pairs participating teams of web developers and designers with registered non-profits to create or improve their website and make […]

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By Ram (P G) Ramachandran on September 21, 2016

Simplifying Content for People with Cognitive Disabilities

by PG Ramachandran and Will Scott IBM has announced the IBM AbilityLab™ Content Clarifier, which is designed to help simplify, summarize, and enhance content in order to increase comprehension for people with cognitive disabilities, the aging population, or those learning English as a second language. Content Clarifier, an Application Programming Interface (API) built using IBM Watson […]

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By Michael Gower on September 19, 2016

IBM Updates Accessibility Checklists in Preparation for Section 508 Refresh

Last week, accessibility took a step forward. The refresh of the Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology passed another hurdle on its long journey to being updated for the first time since its release in December 2000. The Section 508 Amendment to the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandates that all information and communication […]

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By Nicola Palmarini on September 6, 2016

Rethinking How Technology Can Improve the Quality of Life of our Aging Population

by Nicola Palmarini and Sheila Zinck According to the United Nations, more than one out of five people will be age 60 or older by 2050. If the explosion of mobile connectivity was the biggest technology shift of the early 21st century, the worldwide aging population is the biggest demographic shift – one with the […]

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By Maureen (Moe) Kraft on August 4, 2016

Designing with Color; a Collaborative Curiosity

by Charu Pandhi (@charupandhi) and Moe Kraft (@moekraft), IBM Accessibility Research. Color is the perception we have to light reflecting off objects. It provides important information about objects and how they relate to each other. Your perception of the object’s color depends upon the context and can radically differ depending on the exposure to light […]

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