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By Alexandra Grossi on October 26, 2020

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This October is the 75th year America has observed National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Like other “awareness months,” NDEAM spotlights a disparity in the workforce—in this case, the lower than average employment rates of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

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By Brent Shiver on May 8, 2020

Harnessing the Power of Video Remote Interpreting in Professional Space

In a typical interpreting scenario, there are three main actors: Deaf user, sign language interpreter, and hearing non-signer(s).  When the deaf user signs, the interpreter would voice, so the non-signer hears the conveyed message.  When the non-signer speaks, the interpreter will sign accordingly, so the deaf user receives the communication from the speaker.  With the […]

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By Alexandra Grossi on December 3, 2019

Diversely Deaf IBMers Work to Create An Accessible Future

This past August, I started my position as UX designer at IBM Accessibility. I was new to the team, and relatively new to the world of inclusive design—but only from a designer’s perspective. Born profoundly deaf, I brought with me a lifetime of experiences with accessibility (or lack thereof, in many cases). My second week […]

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By Si McAleer on October 22, 2019

AI Fairness must be considered as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Two days ago, Gartner released its top ten technological trends for 2020 of which business leaders need to be aware. Their third item, “Democratization of Expertise,” caught my eye. I have seen that idea many times tied with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AI’s ability to enable users to make decisions without being experts themselves.  I […]

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By Brent Shiver on December 2, 2018

Reflections from a Brief Detour

About a month ago, I was “temporarily disabled” – I could not move without severe abdominal pain.  I was diagnosed with appendicitis and had to undergo emergency surgery to remove the offending organ because it had enlarged to roughly threefold the average size.  During the recovery, I was bedridden and under the constant care of […]

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By Si McAleer and Ruoyi Zhou on October 12, 2018

Reflection During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is nearing its halfway point, and we would like to reflect on its theme of “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” For more than 100 years, IBM has embodied that theme by practicing disability inclusion. While there is (always) still work to be done, we are excited and awed by what […]

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By Brent Shiver on January 4, 2018

Streamlining the Workplace Accommodations Process

I’ve been deaf since contracting spinal meningitis at two years old. I am accustomed to a world without sound. Many call it silence, but from my perspective, I’m here to make as much noise as possible – at work and in my personal life. As a sixth grader, I wrote my first program using BASIC […]

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By Tom Babinszki on December 8, 2017

The Power of an Inclusive Workforce

Mobility and independence are powerful devices, especially for someone with a disability. Every year as we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I am reminded why I work for IBM – its long history of inclusion, commitment to workforce diversity, and innovations in accessibility. I joined IBM in 2013 for the IBM Accessibility Research team […]

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By Ruoyi Zhou and Lindsay-Rae McIntyre on December 6, 2017

What Does Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion Mean to IBM?

by Dr. Ruoyi Zhou, Director, IBM Accessibility Research, and Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, IBM Chief Diversity Officer Celebrating and reflecting on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we call upon everyone to build awareness and create real change for people with disabilities. Through workforce policies and new technology innovations, we must ensure that people of all abilities […]

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