Category Archives: It’s not about the technology

Updates on Section 508

The Access Board has approved its revised rule for Section 508; final review by OMB will soon be followed by publishing the new regulations. The Information Technology Industry Council is updating its Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) to reflect the new rule … Continue reading

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How About Some Better Stats for Accessible Technology?

We’ve got a great opportunity to improve our understanding of the ICT needs and preferences of people with disabilities: the US federal government is performing a study of computer and Internet use, and the time is right to widen the … Continue reading

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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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