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By Emma McDonnell on October 22, 2018

A look back on my summer internship with the IBM Accessibility team

After spending my sophomore and junior years working on assistive technology projects with Northwestern University’s Inclusive Technology Lab, the opportunity to explore accessibility research at IBM was an exciting introduction into the industry. I worked on everything from server configuration to front-end development to design research interviews. This broad range of experience made for a […]

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By Yiannis Gkoufas on August 12, 2018

Puzzle Solving with Computer Vision and Watson Services

Who doesn’t love the challenge of solving a puzzle? Jigsaw puzzles are a popular hobby for all ages and have been an important tool in a child’s physical, cognitive and emotional development. Children can develop physical skills such as better hand/eye coordination; cognitive skills such as shape recognition, memory, and problem solving; and emotional skills […]

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By Erich Manser and Charu Pandhi on June 11, 2018

Call for Code Brings Unique Opportunities for Inclusive Innovations

These are exciting times at IBM, following CEO Ginni Rometty’s May 24th announcement about Call for Code. As Laurent Sauveur of the United Nations Human Rights office points out, Call for Code is an excellent opportunity to explore how technology can play a role in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations.  IBMer Daniel […]

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By Tom Babinszki on July 18, 2017

When Should You Think About Accessibility?

Editor’s Note: Tom Babinzski, an Accessibility Advisor with IBM Accessibility Research, is starting a new blog series where he will share tips and tricks for accessible design and development. If you have topics you’d like Tom to address, please leave your thoughts in the comments section. I spend a majority of my time traveling to […]

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By Susann Keohane on June 6, 2017

Accessible Design for an Aging Population

by Bo Campbell & Susann Keohane Violet Brown is the oldest living person on this planet at 117 years old. Today, to make the list of the top 100 oldest living people, you much be aged 110 years or older. We are dawning on the age of the super-centenarian, someone who has lived to or […]

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By Tim Powers on June 29, 2016

What the Porn Industry Can Teach Us About Accessibility

PornHub recently announced (safe for work link) that it was offering described video, or narrated sex scenes, for the blind. Described video or audio descriptions help blind viewers understand what is happening on television programs or films. Let’s remove the moral debate of pornographic movies and examine the actual motivation of making its videos more accessible to […]

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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 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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