Category Archives: It’s not about the technology

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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Do not go gentle into that Good Grip

I watched Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” last night.  For those who haven’t seen the movie, Clint plays an aging bigot in a shifting neighborhood who gets caught up in gang violence after his wife’s death.  Clint’s crusty persona sprays bitter … Continue reading

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Getting the word out

Do-it-yourselfers know Instructables as a great online resource of well-documented, practical projects, and a wide, wise dialogue about them.  A recent project took an IKEA crib and modified it for a small-stature parent, using the expert guidance of Judi Rogers … Continue reading

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Let’s make low-cost talking computers — but how?

Fernando Botelho in MAKE magazine challenges us to build a $200 talking computer for blind kids: makezine.com: Let There Be Speech. We all agree with the goal, but what’s the best way to achieve it?  Is this really a technological … Continue reading

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Making accommodations work

Take a look at this college student’s experience of accessibility and accommodations: Technology: A Love-Hate Story | Tania Says So many of the problems arise from implementation rather than the “raw” accessibility in the products or environment: C-Print can only … Continue reading

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