The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 23 today and we have done a lot to make technology more accessible during its first two decades. But, we can accomplish even more in the coming years.
The landmark ADA delivered a promise of equal access to 43 million Americans with disabilities. Last year, I wrote about how much the technology industry has delivered by offering a broad range of accessible devices and services. This year, I am looking forward, proposing three steps that industry can take to ensure a more inclusive future.
The Bing Fund would like to invite you to join us at the Hack Autism Event, a hackathon brought to you by Bing Fund in partnership with UW Autism Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children's Autism Guild, and Teachtown. We're getting together folks like you – thinkers, hackers, designers, tinkerers, amplifiers – to participate, give feedback, test, and hack together. For a purpose. For autism.
22 years ago while in college, I was majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Psychology. During this time, one of my Psychology professors asked me to tutor a student in statistics. I agreed. Little did I know that my tutoring experience would be a “Sliding Doors” moment—one of those experiences that changes the trajectory of one’s life.
The annual World Usability Day (WUD) is on November 8, 2012. WUD is a collection of events streamed live around the globe (for more information, go to http://www.worldusabilityday.org/). Microsoft and the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering are proud to continue our tradition of co-hosting the Puget Sound WUD event.
While traveling to England to attend a family wedding and visit with my cousins in northwest London, I had the opportunity to experience the city along with its residents. I experienced Londoners’ exceptionally good cheer, unseasonably sunny weather, and was struck by the overwhelming support residents showed for the Paralympic sporting events. The city couldn’t get enough of the Paralympic activities. The Olympic Park was packed every day with athletes and spectators, and the events sold more tickets than any other Paralympics in history.