By Frances West on January 6, 2016

Age and Ability in the Cognitive Era

Our parents and grandparents represent one of the most complex societal and economic challenges facing nations as they struggle with increasing costs of healthcare and decreasing numbers of caregivers. People aged 60 and older currently make up approximately 12 percent of the global population, and by 2050, that number will rise to almost 22 percent, […]

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By Tim Powers on January 4, 2016

Inclusion at the Intersection of Design and Accessibility

(The first in a series of posts on inclusive design) It’s not often you find design and accessibility as complimentary ingredients in a tasty entrée. In the past, the idea of mixing checklists and restrictions with creativity and free-spirited attitudes was faux pas, like adding ketchup to a hotdog in Chicago. But, sometimes two very […]

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By Frances West on December 7, 2015

Doing What is Right, Regardless of Age or Ability

As we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I want to reflect on how far we’ve come in providing equal access to the information that makes everyone’s daily routines more manageable. The task of making technology, applications, or the workplace accessible is ever-challenging. However, IBM has, with its long-standing belief that accessibility is not just […]

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By Ram (P G) Ramachandran on December 6, 2015

Opening Inclusive Channels of Online Commerce

There are many unsolved mysteries in our world – Big Foot, Stonehenge, Donald Trump’s hair, whether there was a second shooter on the grassy knoll, the finale of Sopranos, and whether Tom Brady deliberately deflated his footballs. However, with accessibility on the case, the mystery behind why consumers have difficulty logging onto websites, adding items […]

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By Frances West on December 5, 2015

IBM and Microsoft Collaborate on Accessible Office Assessments

by Frances West, IBM Chief Accessibility Officer, and Kevin Cavanaugh, Vice President, Smarter Workforce Engineering, IBM Smarter Workforce Accessibility is essential to reducing the barriers to the technology that provides a connection to the information everyone needs in their daily lives. It also creates a smarter, more inclusive workplace by ensuring that organizations can better engage and support the […]

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By Tom Brunet on December 4, 2015

Accessibility Services Available in the Cloud

To make it easier for organizations to create accessible applications and content, IBM has released two new cloud-based accessibility services on IBM Bluemix, Digital Content Checker and Automated Accessibility Tester. The services provide greater availability of accessibility so organizations can speed development efforts, create more personalized experiences through any contact point, and help conform to […]

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By Jacqueline Saenz -Carter on December 3, 2015

The True Meaning of Accessibility

Have you ever stopped to consider when or why things like braille were invented? Or how braille and audio books open up the world of reading to the visually impaired? Many of us rarely give it a thought. But to Chieko Asakawa, considering questions like this is her life’s passion, and it carries into her […]

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By Tim Powers on December 2, 2015

Webinar: Accessibility Services in the Cloud (Dec. 16)

On December 16th at 19 UTC, Thomas Brunet, Rich Schwerdtfeger and P G Ramachandran from IBM will join an IDPF webinar to give a live demonstration of the newly released IBM Accessibility Services on IBM Bluemix, followed by a Q&A session. The webinar is free for IDPF members (registration required). Earlier this year, IBM announced […]

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By Susann Keohane on December 2, 2015

Three Ways to Improve DevOps to Ensure Accessibility

Designing and developing accessible solutions has become critical for organizations – from business processes to product development. With a renewed focus on human-centered design, I am often asked, “How can we effect change in an organization’s DevOps to ensure accessibility is integrated from the outset?” There are many ways to achieve a positive effect for […]

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