Category Archives: It’s not about the technology

The Cost of Hearing Loss

Not a rigorous economic analysis, but a powerful consumer statement about hearing loss, technology, and what it takes to keep communication functioning. Another reminder that technology is only part of the picture — it’s those human beings who cause all … Continue reading

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Consumer Accessibility Experts Are … Experts!

A recent post on the great Fred’s Head blog (from the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. — APH) points out that many companies and organizations seem to expect accessibility help from blind consumers for free. No doubt! One … Continue reading

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Access Wireless lets you search for accessible mobile phones

The new version of the Access Wireless website is fantastic — you can search for phones with the features you need by disability category, manufacturer, even wireless carrier. Although not every manufacturer and model shows up, there is lots of … Continue reading

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Dueling Stats on Technology and Disability?

A recent Pew Internet survey finds that 2% of US adults have a disability that makes using the Internet harder or impossible; 8% of people with disabilities report this problem.  There’s some more detail and an online dialogue about the … Continue reading

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Is the web actually more accessible nowadays?

Here’s an interesting report on what might be called “accessibility backsliding”: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/17483100903387424. Apparently some universities improve their web accessibility at one point in time (often when they have external training and support), but then fall behind when the external support … Continue reading

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Accessibility in the world of retail

We know that all the assistive technology compatibility and built-in accessibility features don’t mean a thing if the user never learns about them.  Retail has often been the Bermuda Triangle of accessibility.  The bottom-line fever of the undertrained, commission-driven sales … Continue reading

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