Accessibility

IBM Health Corps: New Ideas for Solving the World’s Health Problems

Zithulele Hospital is a medical marvel. It provides quality primary care for a community of 130,000 people scattered across part of the rural Eastern Cape of South Africa with just 146 beds and 13 fulltime doctors. Zithulele’s situation illustrates one of the major public health challenges in the world today: there aren’t enough doctors in […]

Honoring IBM’s Culture of Service

The 2015 winners of the eleventh annual IBM Volunteer Excellence Award have been announced. The IBM Volunteer Excellence Award is recognition from IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty, and is the highest form of global volunteer recognition given by the company to employees. IBM volunteers from 13 countries – nine teams and four individuals – […]

IBM Mobile Technology Empowers Employees with Disabilities

Even with the rise in popularity of social media, IBM employees still rely on email, texts and instant messaging as their most essential communication tools. These tools are extremely important for deaf and hard of hearing people. Before mobile technology ownership and use exploded, deaf and hard of hearing people had to either find or […]

Supporting Chronically Ill and Rehabilitating Children

Chronically ill and rehabilitating children face quite a number of psychosocial challenges. Disruption of school and social activities during treatment and recovery are particularly troublesome, leading to isolation and a downfall in school performance which could ultimately result in a lack of motivation to get better. Plugging the educational gap in Belgium, Bednet enables long-term […]

Supporting Persons with Disabilities in India

In India – where the population of persons with disabilities is estimated to be greater than the overall population of the UK – people with disabilities (PwD) often are considered liabilities. Despite the 1995 Persons with Disabilities Act, which was revised in 2015 to guarantee jobs to persons with disabilities, more than two-thirds of that […]

Protecting the Eyesight of India’s Poor

The Sankara Eye Institutions provide comprehensive eye care to the rural and urban poor across India. Every week, our outreach teams of physicians and paramedics visit slum areas as far as 400 kilometres (249 miles) from our hospital to identify patients in need of treatment for surgically curable eye diseases. We provide the treatment and […]

Transforming Accessibility with Mobile Technology

Data digitization and IBM mobile technology will transform accessibility by making everything easier to use. For the worldwide population of more than 1 billion people with disabilities – in addition to older persons, novice technology users and people with language, learning, literacy or situational challenges – IBM is in a unique position to lead the […]

Made with IBM: How IBM’s Skills Made our Non-Profit More Sustainable

Running a small charity is a constant challenge. Since I left a large NGO to lead Compaid five years ago, juggling budgets has never been easy. Our work supporting people with disabilities throughout the southeast of the UK has grown steadily, but our budget has not. This has made prioritising our expenditures a challenge. On […]

Corporate Service Corps, Indonesia: Improving Life for Persons with Disabilities

IBM’s Corporate Service Corps (CSC) celebrated its 5th Anniversary last year, so I was excited to join the more than 2,000 program participants from 29 countries who have contributed their expertise to projects in developing economies. Through CSC, I had an opportunity to work with Sentra Advokasi Perempuan Difabel dan Anak (SAPDA), an Indonesian NGO […]

Providing Computer Training for Ireland’s Older Citizens

Will you be learning something new at the age of 102? Daniel Hoare from Skibbereen, County Cork did. He joined the Age Action Ireland (AAI) “Getting Started” programme and with the help of a volunteer tutor, learned to use a computer and Skype. One of Daniel’s children was a missionary priest in Fiji whom Daniel […]