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People With Disabilities Still an Afterthought in Tech Design

Progress over the past 25 years has made computing more accessible to people with disabilities. But from design to finish, accessibility is still an afterthought in the race to technological innovation.

Despite breakthroughs in robotics, speech recognition, eye-motion sensors, virtual reality and many other areas, the general design approach to new products still excludes people with […]

“There’s this concept called Universal Design, which says that you should be designing a system to support a wide range of users, including people with disabilities,” said Steinfeld. “But you should do it in a way that has value and impact for the general population so that it becomes something that really has a positive impact on society as a whole rather than being a niche solution for a niche market.

Universities are producing “too many developers who don’t know about accessibility,” said Bigham, and need to focus more on that area of expertise because ultimately, accessibility isn’t only about technology.

“It’s also fundamentally about people,” he said. “Therefore, we need education programs that train people to be experts in both accessible technology and the people that use them.”

“It’s not in their mindset,” said Steinfeld.

(curated by Lifekludger)
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Accessible IT, assistive technology and working with a disability in tech

Accessible IT, assistive technology and working with a disability in techAccessible IT and assistive technology need to be ingrained in the DNA of the organisation, according to executives from the Royal National Institute for the Blind, BBC and Natural Resources Wales – to enable those working in tech with a disability and to give CIOs a greater understanding of user requirements.

“It’s a CIO’s responsibility to ensure the ICT across the whole enterprise – both internally and externally facing – is accessible to those who use the multitude of assistance software.”It is key that every time we consider a new system, we look at its compatibility with the assistance software that’s available and also make sure it meets W3C standards – this is particularly important for intranet and internet sites. We make sure that accessibility impact assessments form part of every solution design review and software procurement – indeed we consider all nine protected characteristics not just disability.”

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