8 common questions about accessible UX

Inclusive design is about serving all types of people, and being exceptionally aware of our biases when creating designs. If you’re doing it right, you’re building a product that is usable ...
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What pandemics can teach us about universal design

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how humans use digital products. As usage numbers increase, we must think of everyone when designing ...
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Stephanie Thomas, a Black woman with oval shaped eyes, round nose, smiling. Her chin is resting on her clasped hands. Her hair locs are pulled up in a high bun and wearing a sleeveless black top. The background is a grayish black backdrop. My condition’s name is Symbrachydactyly. I am a congenital amputee missing digits on my right hand and feet.

Ep 80: Fashion

Today’s episode is about fashion with Stephanie Thomas. Stephanie is a Disability Fashion Styling Expert and Founder and CEO of Cur8able, a business dedicated to the art and science of dressing with ...
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On racism and sexism in branding, user interface, and tech

Race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender are complex topics. For years, the world has been trying to move past certain stereotypes and transcend prejudice. However, as technology and design advance, they ...
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What pandemics can teach us about universal design

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how humans use digital products. As usage numbers increase, we must think of everyone when designing ...
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Clothing for people with disabilities is a growing market in the US, but companies need to consider the language they use when marketing it, a new study shows ...
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The business case for inclusive design: The Big Hack study findings

Our latest study looks at how much businesses are missing out by not developing accessible websites, apps, and products. It is part of our broader research into how inclusive design affects ...
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Adaptive fashion from: (left) Kintsugi and Zappos Adaptive, styled by Stephanie Thomas of Cur8able.

Why 2019 was a landmark year for disabled fashion

Despite Nike and Tommy Hilfiger X Zendaya making clothes for a disabled audience, the conversation around it is just beginning ...
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The Rise of Inclusive Design

Make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone ...
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From Resources / Inclusive Design 19th November 2019 The business case for inclusive design: The Big Hack study findings

Our latest study looks at how much businesses are missing out by not developing accessible websites, apps and products. It is part of our broader research into how inclusive design ...
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Power wheelchair on a path with snow and slush on the ground

Disabled people want disability design—not disability dongles

At first glance, a high-tech stair climbing wheelchair might seem like a cool innovation. But for Liz Jackson, it's another example of what she refers to as "disability dongle." ...
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#InclusionChamps – Prashant Gade wins Universal Design Award 2019 for Inali Arm

In our profiles on the winners of the Universal Design Awards 2019, we focus on Prashant Gade, a young innovator, who has developed a low cost prosthetic arm that is ...
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Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Why Inventing For Diversity And Inclusion Is So Essential

What would the world look like if there was more diversity and inclusion in inventing? Over the past few years, academic research has identified significant disparities in the rate at ...
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Mattel's black barbie using a wheelchair, along with her very own accessibility ramp.

Mattel’s First Black Barbie To Use A Wheelchair Is Getting Lots Of Praise For Its Inclusivity

Since the 1950s, Barbie has come a long way in terms of inclusivity, diversity, and dismantling traditional gender roles. And most recently, the company behind the iconic dolls, Mattel, unveiled its ...
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Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe, and Christen Press.

Megan Rapinoe’s new lifestyle brand is built on inclusive design

Earlier this month, four current and former players from the U.S. national women’s soccer team launched a lifestyle brand. The brand isn’t about their names, but about their philosophy as ...
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OMTÄNKSAM chair - shown at Democratic Design Days

IKEA Expands Its Ergonomic Product Line to Include Products for People With Disabilities

IKEA debuted Omtänksam, which means “thoughtful” in Swedish, in 2017 to bring together comfort, functional assistance and IKEA’s design aesthetic in a series of household goods. At the latest event, ...
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rainbow-printed Nike sneakers

Eight of the best design products celebrating Pride Month 2019

With this year's Pride Month in full swing, we've rounded up eight products that you can truly use and wear with pride, from rainbow-printed Nikes to a multicoloured Ercol loveseat ...
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Evie's smiling models in the dressing room

Meet the designer who’s had enough of the lack of inclusivity in the fashion industry

It’s not just the poorly designed website or stores, or lack of awareness or training that’s problematic for disabled people - it’s also the absence of stylish, professionally-designed quality clothes ...
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Ikea's 3D-printed wrist support for gamers.

IKEA launches gaming products focused on accessibility and esports

IKEA is partnering with medical wearables company UNYQ to release a line of gaming accessibility product ...
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Using Voice Interfaces to Make Products More Inclusive

Whether you’re creating services, physical products, or software, inclusive design is essential. Inclusive design means making products accessible to, and usable by, as many people as possible. Voice user interfaces ...
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How to make packaging more accessible

Designing packaging that is easier to read, open and use for blind and disabled people ultimately improves everyone’s user experience ...
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Diagramatic drawing of an Xbox controller with built-in Braille display

An Xbox controller with a built-in Braille display is Microsoft’s latest gaming accessibility play

Microsoft  has been leaning into accessibility in gaming lately, most visibly with its amazing Adaptive Controller, and a new patent suggests another way the company may be accommodating disabled gamers: an Xbox ...
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Lego's Braille Bricks will help visually impaired children learn Braille through play.

Lego releases Braille bricks to teach blind and visually impaired children

Lego has unveiled a new project aimed at helping blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a "playful and engaging way." Lego Braille Bricks, a concept originally proposed to ...
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Installation view of “Access+Ability,” a recent exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum that featured 70 works of inclusive design.

How America’s individualistic streak shaped design for disability

DIY innovators, and consumer products, have had to fill gaps in policy ...
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The untold story of the vegetable peeler that changed the world

Smart Design’s Davin Stowell shares the origin story of the OXO Swivel, one of the great icons of 20th-century industrial design ...
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Ikea is hacking its own furniture for people with disabilities

Now Ikea Israel has teamed up with the nonprofits Milbat and Access Israel, each of which specializes in making the world more accessible, to develop a series of modifications to fix popular Ikea ...
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Elderly and Disabled Assistive Devices Market

Elderly and Disabled Assistive Devices Market 2016-2024

Assistive devices and technologies minimize individual’s dependence on others and helps improve quality of life. Devices such as wheelchairs, visual aids, hearings aids, and specialized computer software and hardware system ...
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lapwrap cover

LapWrap Positioning Pad Provides Security for the Patient and Versatility for the Surgical Team

The LapWrap ensures complete patient stability by firmly securing patients’ arms by their sides during the entire surgical procedure, with full visual access for the surgical team ...
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Kids cooking with Q.D. Foodie kitchen tools

Visually impaired kids can whip up a feast with these veggie-shaped utensils

Aimed at kids and adults alike, the smiley-faced kitchen tools make it easy and enjoyable for everyone to lend a hand at mealtime ...
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Corey Joseph

The Importance of Inclusive Design

Everyone should be able to access information or use a product and/or service easily.  ...
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Why empathy is the key to better digital accessibility

Digital accessibility expert Dan Holbrook on why empathy is the most important thing when creating accessible products ...
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New Barbie inclusivity line, with a doll that uses a wheelchair and a doll with a removable prosthetic leg

Barbie gives inclusivity another try with new wheelchair and a prosthetic limb

Barbie is making moves to broaden the definition of beautiful. In June, Mattel will debut a doll that uses a wheelchair and a doll with a removable prosthetic leg as ...
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Two girls in matching jumpsuits, one of which is in a wheelchair

What brands are doing to be more inclusive for people with disabilities

From Asos’s wheelchair-friendly jumpsuit to Starbucks opening its first sign language store, brands are making moves to cater for people beyond the mainstream and unlock the potential of the ‘Purple ...
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A young man operates an Xbox Adaptive Controller, which makes gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.

How People with Disabilities Are Using AI to Improve Their Lives

Advances in artificial intelligence have spurred the development of smart devices to help people overcome physical and cognitive challenges. And, this may just be the beginning ...
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Individual using the new VR Musical techology

How we’re designing musical instruments with the help of disabled musicians and VR

Virtual Reality technology opens up new experiences and possibilities in music for people with disabilities ...
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Glasses give sight to the legally blind

A pair of glasses from eSight that helps people who are legally blind actually see — in some cases, even better than people with 20/20 vision ...
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Limb-art collection

Limb-art: prosthetic leg covers that aim to be “beautiful” as well as “functional”

Design Reality has worked with Paralympian Mark Williams on a range of plastic leg covers for those who have prosthetic limbs that aim to be both “durable” and “attractive” ...
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Aaron Cendan, founder of Stickless Customer Controllers and a grad student at Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy talks about his game consoles he designed to assist injured and handicapped video game players,

Disabled video gamers find more options as EA, others expand choices

Aaron Cendan’s new video game controller features a subtle but significant design change ...
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Emma Watch (2016), designed by Haiyan Zhang and Nicolas Villar and manufactured by Microsoft Research, uses haptic vibration technology to allow users with tremors to regain the use of their hands. The prototype is among 20 products, projects and services developed by and with people with disabilities in the Access+Ability exhibition in the Davos Congress Centre

Davos 2019: Cooper Hewitt museum director on the power of inclusive design

Empathetic, user-centred products that can shape a more equitable world for people with disabilities go on show at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this week ...
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Jose Hernandez-Rebollar demonstrates his AcceleGlove, which claimed to "translate" sign language into written and spoken forms.

Why Sign-Language Gloves Don’t Help Deaf People

Wearable technologies that claim to translate ASL overlook the intricacies of the language, as well as the needs of signers ...
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How designing for inclusion can help develop better products for all

In this article I will talk about the implications of disability for design and I will discuss how inclusive design ultimately can lead to better products for all ...
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The futuristic-looking wheelchair has been designed to reduce painful vibrations

Scottish Wheelchair Inventor Secures Key Funding

A Scottish inventor has secured almost £400,000 in funding for his design for a wheelchair ...
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The Future of Inclusive Design

GRAY talks to three pioneering individuals who are changing both the way we approach design and who can approach it ...
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Temple OT students help better the quality of life for children.

Temple OT students help better the life of children with cerebral palsy

Temple University students are making a profound difference in the quality of life of some young people, and all it is costing is care and commitment ...
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Digital and Disability: How Inclusive Design Makes Life Easier

Each of us, regardless of where we’re from, our gender, class or disability must be able to access and make the most of the digital tools around us. They connect ...
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Flexible Seating for the Universal Design for Learning

My students need to have more seating options when they walk into my room ...
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A typewriter is displayed at Massilia Vintage international fashion and design fair in southeastern France

3 Innovations That Started Out as Inclusive Design Solutions

From tech to media to consumer products, there’s been a big push to make corporate America more inclusive. Kat Holmes, who lead inclusive-design initiatives at Microsoft and Google, wants companies ...
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The Keela cup

This User-Friendly Menstrual Cup Is What Happens When Design Is Inclusive

When her old cup kept failing her, Jane Adame, whose connective-tissue condition makes her joints unstable, had to imagine there was a better way ...
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Brian Charlson’s glasses have a camera built into the bridge over the wearer’s nose, so that a remote viewer can see what is happening in front of the person wearing the glasses.

How Tech For Blind People Is Getting Better

From smart glasses with an integrated camera for reading, to apps that offer more independence and freedom, what's some of the best new technology for people who are blind or ...
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The WobbleWorks 3Doodler Create+ being used to create a spiral

Uncomplicated Technology, and Why It’s Always Worth Your Money

If you believe the marketing, you’d think every new gadget will change your life, but many are confusing to use or doomed to obsolescence. Here’s how to determine whether your ...
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New and existing products from the "OMTANKSAM" collection from IKEA on display

IKEA-Engage in Inspiring and Inclusive Design in NYC

About 15 percent of the world’s population live with some form of disability. Together with leading experts in the field, IKEA is expanding its OMTÄNKSAM range with the aim of ...
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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