True accessibility is a partnership between technology vendors and their customers. Based on my experience, some technology vendors are not owning their role in making sure people with disabilities are included in the digital world.
When I first started advocating for web accessibility in design and development projects I was drawn to the argument that accessibility wasn’t about people with disabilities, but rather about people, and that designing to meet the needs of people with disabilities would improve things for everyone.
A landscape with green pasture in the foreground, a flock of grazing sheep, a pale green crop field, a swath of forest in full fall colors, and hills patch-worked with crop fields. Thick clouds hug the horizon and blanket the sky overhead, with a band of cloudless sky in between.
What can we learn from healthcare quality initiatives that will help us make progress in improving the quality of the technology we rely on for our health and well-being, focusing specifically on measures related to accessibility for people with disabilities?
Much-needed tools for meaningful discussions, from the Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit, by Riverdale Country School and IDEO.
Northampton, Mass is the most gender-diverse community I have ever lived in. It is also a small city with a big and diverse live music scene. The surrounding Pioneer Valley has been home to bands and musicians like Arlo Guthrie, Dinosaur Jr, and Erin McKeown.
My mother and I are trying set up the Photo app to automatically import photos from her phone. Since my father died in June, she has been using her phone much more, including the camera.
In the past years I’ve often found myself in the role of change agent — someone responsible for advancing new ways of doing things. It’s the most challenging role I’ve ever held, and I’ve reflected quite a bit on what works and what doesn’t.
It’s been a year since I made the leap from higher education to a job in accessibility at The Paciello Group, or TPG as we are more commonly known. Here in my anniversary post I reflect on some of the good stuff that’s happened this past year.