Tech accessibility is lagging. Here's why that needs to change

Tech accessibility is lagging. Here's why that needs to change

People with disabilities are often overlooked in product design, shutting millions out. More companies are recognizing the problem.

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For the disability community, tech is the great equalizer

For the disability community, tech is the great equalizer

Welcome to Tech Enabled, a new series chronicling the role tech plays in providing new kinds of accessibility.

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This Comcast exec turns accessible tech into something for all

This Comcast exec turns accessible tech into something for all

Tom Wlodkowski has sculpted tech for people with disabilities for 25 years. A lifetime of experience being blind didn't hurt, except for the times he fell off his bike.

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The Latest

Google's new Project Relate app aims to help people with speech impairments communicate
The company is looking for people to test the app and provide feedback.
Nov 9, 2021
New Chromebook accessibility feature aims to help people with dyslexia
Google adds smoother-sounding voices to its Select-to-speak feature, which lets your laptop read selected text aloud.
Oct 14, 2021
YouTube now lets all creators use auto captions for livestreams
The feature only works for English streams, but the company says it'll expand to more languages in the coming months.
Oct 7, 2021
The original voice of Siri is now advocating for a more accessible web
Susan Bennett, who accidentally became the voice of Apple's revolutionary voice assistant, says the experience showed how critical accessible tech is.
Oct 1, 2021
Android accessibility update lets you control your phone, communicate using facial gestures
The new features, called Camera Switches and Project Activate, let users navigate their devices without their hands or voice.
Sep 23, 2021
Microsoft Surface Adaptive Kit improves laptop accessibility
It's not as high-tech as the Xbox Adaptive Controller, but sometimes low-tech works too.
Sep 22, 2021
Electronic Arts makes 'ping system,' other accessibility-focused patents free to use
The game developer says it hopes to start a trend of making these types of patents freely accessible and popular to use.
Aug 24, 2021
Eternals' Lauren Ridloff, Marvel's first deaf superhero, says film will have 'massive impact'
The actor discusses the importance of having people with disabilities be represented both on and off screen.
Aug 19, 2021
Apple's movie CODA lets you into an inner world of sign language
The film, about a Deaf family with a hearing teen, showcases how sign language can be visual poetry -- as raunchy as a limerick, as sublime as a sonnet.
Aug 18, 2021
Curbside pickup boosts accessibility for people with ADHD and autism
It's more than a COVID prevention measure. Curbside pickup means I never have to drag myself through a store with a long list again.
Jun 3, 2021
Where Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces fall short
Good luck trying to participate in live audio chats if you have hearing loss. But improvements are in the works.
May 26, 2021
COVID-19 showed digital accessibility is critical. Advocates don't want you to forget
As more people get vaccinated and the world reopens, experts say remote work, virtual events and e-commerce sites should still cater to people with disabilities.
May 20, 2021