Accessibility

What the ADA Has Meant to Me

Man, I’m old. I can’t believe it’s been 28 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law in the US. Sure, twenty-eight years is a blip on a screen in the grand scheme of humankind, but when I think of all that’s changed, personally and for disability rights, it seems like eons. On July […]

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Accessibility: The Intersection of Innovation and Inclusion

On this seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day, let’s talk, think and learn about digital accessibility, inclusion and people with disabilities. As a researcher, I enjoy technology, especially when it comes to helping people with disabilities. Over the years, our team has invented and developed many new technologies that enable accessibility. I would like to share […]

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Clarifying the Complex with a ‘Simpler Voice’

As smart as the phones in our pockets are, they’re not built to interpret the written word. Low-literate adults, of whom there are 757 million worldwide, including 32 million in the United States, instead rely on visual cues for recognition and comprehension. So, as part of IBM Research’s Science for Social Good initiative, our team […]

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Committed to Technology Equality for People with Disabilities

The year 2017 will be remembered as a major milestone in the relationship between technology and equality. Earlier this year, updates were finally approved to the Section 508 Amendment of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that transformed turn-of-the-century accessibility guidelines for procurement and services of the U.S. federal government to encompass modern challenges and […]

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Pushing the Boundaries of Inclusive Tech on the 26th Anniversary of the ADA

We want to recognize the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and salute its impact in helping create a more inclusive society. This anniversary is an important reminder that we all need to continue to eliminate barriers in the physical and online worlds so people with disabilities and the aging population can […]

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