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Max, Age 2, Youngest attendee of Ability Summit

ADA Anniversary

On July 26 we will celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It serves as a reminder of both where we have come from as well ...
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An aerial view of the Salem Rehab Adaptive Playground, an inclusive therapy and community play area designed in part by Portland-based Harper’s Playground.

Why Cities Need Accessible Playgrounds

Nearly one in five people have a disability in the U.S., yet most playgrounds aren’t built to accommodate them. However, recently, cities have shifted away from the standard playgrounds of the past ...
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Cartoon image of father, Jason DaSilva in wheelchair on left, and son on right.

The Disability Trap

I have multiple sclerosis. Why can’t I move to be closer to my son? ...
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Image demonstrating a barrier by showing a wheelchair user looking at a staircase

Agency, ability, access: Co-designing for inclusion

Inclusion means removing barriers that prevent people from participating fully in society ...
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Girl sipping starbucks drink out of a straw

Americans Are Finally Waking Up About Ableism

Prompted by the gross disrespect and erasure by our nation’s new political leadership, it seems we are currently in “a new wave of activism by disabled Americans who want to change the way disability ...
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A trellace built in the new sensory garden

Sensory garden opens in Seattle for people with disabilities

The garden aims to be welcoming and accessible for people of all abilities ...
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Green Starbucks apron with sign language symbols on the front

Starbucks first ever U.S. “Signing Store”

Starbucks announced Thursday that they will open its first American "Signing Store," in Washington D.C. this fall, which will be designed with the deaf community in mind ...
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Senior women talking to middle age women wearing AGNES, a suit built to better understand the physical challenges associated with aging.

Challenge seeks innovations to improve well being in aging populations

MIT AgeLab launches In Good Company global challenge in partnership with GE, Benchmark Senior Living, and the Massachusetts Council to Address Aging ...
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Wheelchair facing a staircase representing a barrier

How Negative Societal Attitudes Harm Disabled People

There is so much more to the disabled community than just the physical aspect. Countless individuals with disabilities do not look like they are disabled, but have an invisible illness ...
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Four infographic images to represent the various abilities and capabilities of those who use apple devices.

Design For Everyone

By understanding the range of abilities and capabilities of the people who use our apps, you can design robust apps that work for everyone ...
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A still from the film Design-Ability. The creative firm La Casa de Carlota employs artists such as Odile, who has Down's syndrome, and autism.

Why Accessibility Needs to Evolve Into Design for Everyone, By Everyone

A film screening and discussion about an argument that will become louder in the next generation, as universal design comes to shape our built environments and other aspects of our ...
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Visitors view the "Access+Ability" exhibition in New York's Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Museum showcasing new ideas in inclusive design

‘Access+Ability’ exhibit showcases designs for, and by, those with disabilities

Eye-catching objects designed for, and by, people with physical and other disabilities are the focus of the current "Access+Ability" exhibition in New York ...
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THE SENSES: DESIGN BEYOND VISION

THE SENSES: DESIGN BEYOND VISION

Wander through a scented snowstorm, play a furry instrument in a Tactile Orchestra, investigate the sonic properties of glass, and experience many more multi-sensory experiences from some of the world’s ...
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New emoji proposal from apple including, an ear with a hearing aid, a person making the ASL sign for “deaf,” a person walking with a cane, a person in a wheelchair, two kinds of prosthetic limb, a guide dog in a harness, and a service dog in a vest.

Apple proposes new accessibility emoji to include guide dogs and prosthetic limbs

Apple today submitted an official proposal to the Unicode Consortium, requesting a greater variety of emoji representing those with disabilities ...
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laptop with coding on the screen

The Importance Of Web Accessibility And How Marketers Can Help

That’s why the World Wide Web Consortium, better known as W3C, created the Web Accessibility Initiative. Under this initiative are standards to make sure the internet can easily be used by as ...
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“Higaki” or The Cap & Tab Opener by mizulabo

Designer Spotlight: Tatsuo Ishibashi – MizuLabo

Sometimes great design is about making common objects more accessible for everyone. Designer Tatsuo Ishibashi’s Mizu Laboratory does just that, developing beautiful, useful assistive gadgets that can help ease our interactions with everyday technology ...
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Accessibility: A Beginner’s Guide to Fragrance and Chemical Sensitivities

A user friendly guide breaking down why certain individuals have severe sensitivities to chemicals and fragrances ...
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Vitals Beacon. A sensor that alarms an officer when a beacon is within 80 feet of them.

New App Helps Interactions Between Police, People With Special Needs

A smartphone app designed to help law enforcement interact with people with mental and physical disabilities is about to roll out in one of the state’s largest counties ...
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Georgina Kleege stands in front of artist Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor’s large-scale sculpture “lullaby/lament” (2017) with her right hand immersed inside of its mouth. The sculpture is made out of lumber, Styrofoam, paint, bedsheets, lace curtains, lace tablecloths, domestic textiles, paper, cardboard, quilting pins, string, twine.

How a Blind Professor Is Helping Other Sight-Impaired Museum Visitors Experience Art

Kleege, who is blind and has been on many touch tours of museums, has long seen the potential for institutions to do more. The daughter of a painter and a ...
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Inclusive India

VR Ferose on designing a world that is more accessible for people with disabilities

Whether we are framing laws, recruiting employees or designing products, approaching these through the inclusiveness lens is a great starting point to create a more accessible world for persons with disabilities ...
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User interacting with the new feature of Voice Access to take a photo of her dog

Google’s Latest Accessibility Feature Is So Good, Everyone Will Use It

Though it was developed for users with severe motor impairment, Voice Access could revolutionize how anyone uses their phone ...
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A hearing aid designed by Elana Langer

Designing for Access

Highlighting the beneficial ways design and technology are transforming the lives of people with different physical, cognitive and sensory abilities ...
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Photo features Lainey Feingold, a disability rights lawyer

Protecting digital accessibility ensures equal rights for disabled people

Ensuring the online world is accessible to everyone, including people who cannot see a screen, hear a video or hold a mouse ...
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Drawing by Dadu Shin of wheelchair user and Medical Doctor Cheri A. Blauwet

I Use a Wheelchair. And Yes, I’m Your Doctor.

"I have been a wheelchair user since early childhood, when I sustained a spinal cord injury in a farming accident. I am now a practicing physician in the field of ...
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School districts have plenty of assistive technology options to help the learning experience of students with disabilities. This photo displays a child's hands touching a tablet.

Assistive Technology Helpful in the Classroom for Visually Impaired

Students with vision problems now have a number of tools at their disposal to help keep up in the classroom, they just need to be implemented correctly ...
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Service dog in the office with its owner

More businesses are opening up to people with disabilities

People with disabilities are often disregarded by hiring managers who bring their own personal biases into the hiring process ...
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Satya Nadella speaking at the Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida.

Technology should empower people, be accessible: Satya Nadella

Asserting that every piece of technology should help embellish the capability of human beings, Microsoft's India-born CEO Satya Nadella has said the technology should not "degrade" humanity but provide new ...
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Individual testing the new virtual reality goggles

Virtual Reality Project May Give New Wheelchair Users a Confidence Boost

A group of designers has made a virtual reality system that lets people push a real wheelchair through a virtual world. This new system will give the newly-disabled may soon have ...
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individuals around a table using simulated glasses

Designing for Diversity

Diversity and inclusive design are no doubt on the forefront, as we come together as a global economy ...
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New Accessibility App Makes Enjoying a Trip to the Movies Inclusive for All

For most young people, adolescence is a time filled with fashion and romantic concerns. For Alex Koren, his teen years were the beginning of a quest for equal access for ...
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person writing in notebook at table

Inclusive Design: Making The Web Accessible For All

Inclusive design, as shared by the Inclusive Design Group at the University of Cambridge, is defined as "design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as ...
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user on laptop looking at google maps

Stop Talking About Accessibility. Start Talking About Inclusive Design.

By talking about accessibility we marginalise it to being about disability. In truth, making your digital services accessible benefits everybody ...
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Building facade

The Computer Games Journal – Special Issue on Accessibility in Gaming Call for Papers

The Computer Games Journal is a Springer academic journal focused on – as you might expect – computer games.  They are doing a special issue in early 2018 on the ...
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elderly man using a computer

Complete Beginner’s Guide to Universal Design

When we design an application, we want it to be so intuitive that anyone could use it. But who do we mean when we say “anyone?” ...
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Blindways

A new app asks crowds to help map bus stops for the sightless

Blindways is a new app developed by the Perkins School of Blind to crowdsource precise locations to help blind people find bus stops ...
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INCLUSIVE DESIGN IN USER INTERFACE

What is inclusive design? To design something to be inclusive means to make it approachable for a diverse set of users. Often, this focuses on optimization for accessibilitywithout compromising the experience ...
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google glass

Can Google Glass help children with autism read faces?

Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people’s faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disabilities. Now the 10-year-old boy from San ...
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tablet with microsoft windows 10 interface

Windows 10 Anniversary Update makes great strides for accessibility

Accessibility options are not a new feature for Windows, but the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update includes even more than before. This week it was confirmed that the update will ...
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Virginia Anderlini (right) was the first private client to try out Dr. Sonya Kim's new virtual reality program for the elderly, and says she's eager to see more. Kim's handful of programs are still at the demo stage.

Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans

Virginia Anderlini is 103 years old, and she is about to take her sixth trip into virtual reality. In real life, she is sitting on the sofa in the bay ...
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older woman sitting on bed looking out window

Using Virtual Reality To Walk in the Shoes of Someone With Alzheimer’s

Most everyone knows that Alzheimer’s disease means memory loss. But dementia, which affects nearly 50 million people worldwide, is about more than losing your keys or forgetting your children’s names ...
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How Designing For Disabled People Is Giving Google An Edge

"Accessibility is a basic human right," Eve Andersson tells me, sitting on a lawn at the Shoreline Amphitheater during this year's Google I/0 developer conference. "It benefits everyone." ...
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woman wearing emotiv eeg headset

Thought-reading headset lets users speak their mind

By combining a wireless connected EEG headset from Emotiv and an assistive communication app, California-based Smartstones is bringing the power of speech to those who have difficulty communicating verbally. The ...
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graphic illustration depicting a technological world

Accessible Internet, Communication, and Technology (ICT) – Bottom-line, Accessibility Benefits Everyone

Universal accessibility in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector holds unparalleled promise and opportunity for people with disabilities never before seen in our history ...
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child sitting in wheelchair

Google.org awards $20 million to groups developing tech for people with disabilities

Last year, Google.org announced their Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities competition, and over1,000 nonprofits from 88 countries submitted designs for open source technology that could improve the lives of disabled people ...
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paralyzed man playing a video game

Chip, Implanted in Brain, Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Control of Hand

Five years ago, a college freshman named Ian Burkhart dived into a wave at a beach off the Outer Banks in North Carolina and, in a freakish accident, broke his ...
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woman with walking cane walking down sidewalk

Google Pledges £14m To Support Disability Technology

Smart glasses for the blind and prosthetic limb makers among winners of Google Impact Challenge investment Google has revealed the winners of a campaign to use technology to help people ...
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"signaloud" invention being worn on arms

UW students’ invention could revolutionize sign language

Two University of Washington sophomores have been award a prestigious prize for a pair of gloves they invented to help the hearing and speech impaired communicate with people who don't ...
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accessibility scanner interface

Building more accessible technology

Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population will have a disability during their lifetime, which can make it hard for them to access and interact with technology, and limits the ...
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people sitting around conference table

CART: A System That Works for Nearly Everyone With Hearing Loss

Most of us have been at events with a sign-language interpreter, but how many have ever seen a CART screen? CART, which stands for "communication access real time translation," provides ...
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Facebook Accessibility

Facebook accessibility specialist and engineer Matt King lost his vision completely in college. When he joined our accessibility team after more than 20 years in the accessibility field, one of ...
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close up of a person holding two smartphones one in each hand

How the iPhone Serves as Copilot for the Blind

Before the smartphone era, vision-impaired people had to use several gadgets throughout their day, such as a light-detection device. Now, these functions are taken care of by the iPhone and ...
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person walking in a hallway with others siting the background
Recreation: A younger gentleman walking with an older man in the park
Public Buildings: aerial view of city buildings
Streets: people crossing an intersection
Housing: exterior view of a suburban house
Transportation: close up of dangling handles on a bus