On MacStories.net, tech writer Steven Aquino presents an interesting analysis on the impact of Apple technology on the lives of people with disabilities. “I have disabilities myself, so I'm part of the group who uses assistive technology to access their Apple devices,” says Mr. Aquino on his personal blog.
In South Korea, consumer electronics manufacturer Samsung is looking at ways that technology, including artificial intelligence, can help people with disabilities. Samsung says its developers are “listening closely to the feedback of those with disabilities, and developing tests so they can directly experience the inconveniences themselves.” Samsung says it is developing a number of technologies with an eye to ensuring accessibility for anyone and everyone, that have the potential to dramatically help those with disabilities, the elderly, and many others.
To design for accessibility means to be inclusive to the needs of your users. This includes your target users, users outside of your target demographic, users with disabilities, and even users from different cultures and countries. Understanding those needs is the key to crafting better and more accessible experiences for them.
Skype has several improvements to its accessibility on the way, as part of Microsoft’s mission to “make technology more accessible and empower people to achieve more.” According to an article on Microsoft’s news site ON-MSFT, the Skype development team has been using user feedback and comments to address “accessibility issues.”
Let’s face it, the Internet is here to stay. It is has become an important part of our lives and culture for everything from looking up a phone number and checking your bank balance, to sending reports and correspondence across the globe, as well as fun things like movie screening, photo-sharing and music streaming. But, for people living with disabilities, this whole new digital world may be off limits as they simply cannot access it.
The World Wide Web has become a necessity rather than a luxury in today’s digital world. That is why it is crucial for Content Management Systems (CMS) designers to consider the needs of all consumers, including people who have visual, hearing, cognitive or motor impairment. CMS is the software application programs used to create and manage digital content. With one in five Americans reported to live with a disability, the need to cater to this large population is paramount.