Articulating and Advocating for Accessibility by Matt May | Model View Culture

[tl;dr] Tech workers should be advocating for accessibility – how to get started and what to expect. by Matt May on June 9th, 2014 I have one technical specialty to speak of: building systems and processes that make technology easier for people with disabilities. Most people in technology, surprisingly, don’t know what accessibility means. It’sContinue reading “Articulating and Advocating for Accessibility by Matt May | Model View Culture”

The New Old: High-Tech and Design for Aging | Re/code

… While Silicon Valley excels in creating technology that engages younger consumers and makes business practices more efficient, there is a growing opportunity for technologists to apply their skill sets to redefine how people age. Take, for example, the current trend of aging in place. Smart technology has started transforming homes, infiltrating everything from ourContinue reading “The New Old: High-Tech and Design for Aging | Re/code”

Ethiopia: Of Disability and Accessibility – allAfrica.com

INTERVIEW By Henok Reta Judith Heumann is an internationally recognized leader of the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for disadvantaged people. She has been appointed Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the US Department of State. She previously served as the Director for the Department on Disability Services for the DistrictContinue reading “Ethiopia: Of Disability and Accessibility – allAfrica.com”

If Uber Kills Cabs, Cities Must Ensure Accessible Vehicles Live

According to a recent report, the number of wheelchair-accessible vehicles for hire in San Francisco fell significantly in the past few years — all while services like Uber and Lyft were rapidly expanding in the area. “This is more urgent than people realize,” Carol Tyson, policy director for the United Spinal Association, told The Huffington Post. Tyson,Continue reading “If Uber Kills Cabs, Cities Must Ensure Accessible Vehicles Live”

Tech companies should care more about customers with disabilities.

The Blind Deserve Tech Support, Too Why don’t tech companies care more about customers with disabilities? Finding himself in the position of having to justify his disability to a person who was intent on questioning its reality, Bahram asked—in terms he admits were rather pointed—that the call be escalated to a manager. … But accessibleContinue reading “Tech companies should care more about customers with disabilities.”

ADA 25th anniversary: The Internet should be accessible for the disabled.

Last month FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly told us the Internet is “not a necessity.” At a speech to the Internet Innovation Alliance, an organization that promotes broadband accessibility, O’Rielly said people “can and do” live without Internet access. “Instead,” he offered, “the term necessity should be reserved to those items that humans cannot live withoutContinue reading “ADA 25th anniversary: The Internet should be accessible for the disabled.”

Disability and Graduate Job Hunting | Robbie Crow

I’m blind. Not completely, but I’m registered blind. I have been since birth and there’s no chance of fixing it. During my life I’ve faced many challenges, most of which I’ve overcome. … Nevertheless, the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as a blind person is find a job. Why? Of course, I faceContinue reading “Disability and Graduate Job Hunting | Robbie Crow”

Microsoft Careers: Sr Accessibility Product Mgr

Sr Accessibility Product Mgr The Microsoft.com User Experience team has an immediate opening for a Senior Product Manager to help drive Accessibility across Microsoft.com Marketing experiences. Are you passionate and have empathy for the experience on the web for customers with disabilities?   Are you a mature, technical, experienced professional capable of leading initiatives toContinue reading “Microsoft Careers: Sr Accessibility Product Mgr”

Usability, Accessibility and Telehealth | Open Health News

The telehealth market is expected to grown at phenomenal rates in the next few years. Recent reports claim that the global telehealth market may reach $6.5 billion over the next five years at an annual growth rate of 24.2 percent. Healthcare IT is known to have usability problems, but for telehealth companies to survive theyContinue reading “Usability, Accessibility and Telehealth | Open Health News”