One in four American adults live with a disability, which is why improving accessibility is a priority for TechNet member companies. From providing Deaf and Hard of Hearing students with technology enabling remote learning to ensuring inclusive design has a prominent place in the development process, the tech sector is finding creative ways to improve access for people with disabilities. See below for more information about how the tech industry is improving accessibility.
Tech Improves Accessibility For Those With Disabilities
This summer, students and faculty at Gallaudet University, a higher education institution for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, received a special welcome kit equipped with a new iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard Folio.
Microsoft’s advances in accessible technology stem from an evolution model that includes thousands of tests, surveys, reviews, and conversations with people with disabilities.
The Nasdaq Accessibility Network seeks to create and empower an inclusive community focused on the diverse needs of Nasdaq’s disabled colleagues.
Driving the Accessibility Advantage at Accenture (Accenture)
Accenture is driving technology accessibility in the workplace to support people with disabilities across the globe.
Inclusive Design (HP)
HP asked 30+ advocacy groups and people with disabilities to give feedback on which features would help the most people.
What’s New in Tech
The Tools That Help Me Work From Home With Dyslexia (Google)
Google’s John Abel shares how he integrates his company’s tools to support his workflow: The way I think and process problems is critical to my role at Google, as I need to see the bigger picture in a very complex landscape. Over the last few decades, I’ve been a part of mentor groups as well as neurodiversity roundtables and events where we talk about what challenges and benefits there are for those who have different communication and work styles, and how we can all best excel together. I also partner with Google Cloud and Google Workspace customers through Google’s Office of the CTO program, or OCTO, to help bring some of these learnings to people outside of Google who use our products. Read more here.
What We’re Saying
· TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore Featured in The Hill’s 2020 Top Lobbyists List. (The Hill) Read the news feature here.
· TechNet Statement on House Passage of NDAA. Read the press release here.
· TechNet Elevates Cameron Demetre to Executive Director for California and the Southwest. Read the press release here.
Before You Start Your Weekend
Jimmy has valued living independently, but because of his disability there’s one thing he could never do on his own: use a television remote. That’s why Comcast introduced him to its new technology that lets customers control the TV using only their eyes. (Comcast)