accessibility

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 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 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 Frances West on May 19, 2016

Who is Responsible for Accessibility?

It’s nice to see that accessibility has been garnering more headlines over the past couple of months. With more technology leaders finally grabbing hold of the reins to advance the awareness and importance of accessibility, the industry feels less like Sisyphus and instead is creating an avalanche of innovation in cognitive computing and artificial intelligence to enable […]

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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 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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