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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 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 Erich Manser on June 13, 2016

Accidental Accessibility

I love the word “intuitive.” It needs little explanation. Things should just work – installing software, the directions for a Scandinavian chest of drawers, or cooking a crème brûlée as easy as they do on television. You’ll also never get complaints about something, especially technology, being “too intuitive.” A fair amount of my day is […]

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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 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 M.E. Miller on January 14, 2016

Top Ten Inclusive Design Lessons

(The second in a series of posts on inclusive design) I have learned to approach accessibility like any other design challenge. It is about understanding and developing empathy for the user, which is fundamental to IBM Design Thinking. By constantly planning and incorporating accessibility into our designs, we can create one interface that is adaptive to […]

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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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