By Tim Powers on May 12, 2016

Inclusive Design Can’t Be An Afterthought

Guest post from Sara Mansell, Design Research Lead for Hybrid Integration, IBM Cloud “It was so refreshing to hear a person outside of the accessibility department talking about accessibility,” said Gerry Ellis, an Accessibility and Usability Consultant at Feel the BenefIT, after I presented on accessible design at G3ict‘s International Briefing on Financial Services Accessibility […]

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By Tim Powers on April 15, 2016

Running on Accessibility

Erich Manser trains IBM designers and developers about the importance of not cutting corners when it comes to accessibility and inclusion in the creation of new solutions. He takes the same approach when training for one of his favorite passions… marathons. In this case, Manser has literally learned the importance of staying in, or on, […]

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By Kathleen Delgado on March 21, 2016

Outthinking Dementia

I first realized it the day my father asked me which number came between 3 and 5. He had been living alone for a while in another state and I only saw him a few times a year, but while speaking to him on the phone it became more evident after he would repeatedly ask […]

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By Susann Keohane on March 11, 2016

Aging and the Internet of Caring Things

We’re getting old and living longer. Most Americans, in fact, want to live to be 100. In many countries, there are more elderly people than children for the first time in history. This is creating a societal crisis as many countries face the challenge of supporting an aging population with increasing costs of healthcare and […]

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By Tim Powers on March 7, 2016

Accessibility Comes Alive at SXSW 2016

IBM will once again land upon Austin, Texas for the annual technology extravaganza that is SXSW Interactive (March 11-15, 2016). This year, IBM has created the IBM Cognitive Studio, an immersive showcase of apps, games, VR cycling, Watson-inspired cocktails, and accessibility. (Map to location). On Monday, March 14, IBM Accessibility will showcase how cognitive-powered human senses […]

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By Frances West on February 22, 2016

Mobilizing the Human Experience

Mobile is the lifeline to the world we live in today. We wake up in the morning and addictively check our devices. Before falling asleep, we cuddle up next to them. When experiencing some uncomfortable moment or loneliness during the day, we find solace in our mobile surrogate. By 2020, 70 percent of the world […]

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By Brent Shiver on February 9, 2016

Increasing Engagement Through Captions

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if only a tiny fraction of videos on the Internet had sound? How useful would they be, especially as video will account for 79 percent of all Internet traffic by 2018? When you turn that scenario around and realize the infinitesimally small number of videos that […]

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By Erich Manser on February 3, 2016

Empathy in Design and Accessibility

(The third in our series of articles on design and accessibility. Read the first and second articles.) I am an accessibility tester & consultant at IBM, and I also happen to be a person with low-vision (I can see some, but not much) who uses technology. I am also all-too familiar with the “pain” of […]

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By Tom Brunet on February 1, 2016

IBM Announces New Updates to its Accessibility Service on Bluemix

IBM has added new functionality to its IBM Digital Content Checker for Bluemix, improving the ability to securely check the accessibility of large collections of content. The Digital Content Checker allows users to easily verify the accessibility of HTML content or EPUB documents. The service quickly examines your content, provides a detailed report of all […]

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