When Airbnb acquired Accomable in 2017, it came with a bonus: Accomable’s founder Srin Madipalli. Mr. Madipalli has travelled the world in his wheelchair. Now, as Airbnb's accessibility product and program manager, he can help many others do the same.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has launched an ambitious strategy that they hope will “hardwire diversity and inclusion into everything the Corporation does.” The new strategy aims to make dramatic improvements in the corporation’s inclusivity and representation of the diverse population of the United Kingdom. The strategy sets out how the BBC will “do even more to reflect the public it serves.”
Glamour, the American fashion magazine, recently published a first-person piece by a writer with on the topic of fashion for people with disabilities. Writer Keah Brown, who is a person who has cerebral palsy, says every day actions like buttoning pants is frustrating and time-consuming. Now, she says, people with disabilities are starting to ease onto the radar of a tiny slice of the fashion industry.
A blog article on Socialcare.com.au reveals that American retailer K-Mart is alive and well in Australia, and leading the way with its inclusive marketing. In 2016 K-Mart Australia started featuring children with disabilities on a regular basis in its flyers and TV advertising. Children with Down’s Syndrome and kids using wheelchairs are now part of K-Mart Australia’s regular marketing efforts.
Non-profit organization RespectAbility has launched “The Hollywood Disability Toolkit: The RespectAbility Guide to Inclusion in the Entertainment Industry.” The toolkit, which is available free online, aims to assist the Hollywood entertainment machine with facts and sources to create opportunities for people with disabilities.
It’s time for “greater representation for diversity within the emoji universe,” says Apple. The tech giant recently proposed a new line of emoji to the Unicode Consortium. Unicode is one of the computing industry’s standards for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text. Working with organizations like American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf, Apple proposed a total of 13 new emoji, for a total of 45 when including variants for gender and skin tone.
The more people with disabilities are seen on mainstream media, the more attitudes will change about accessibility and inclusion in the world. This perspective expressed by Australian lawyer, Meg Dalling, in an article for ANZ Bluenotes. Dalling says the media industry is slow to catch on to the fact that employing people with disabilities can benefit their organization by both reflecting the society it operates in as well making good business sense.
Media Literacy Week (MLW), an annual event co-hosted by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Foundation (CTF), will focus on diversity and inclusion online for children and teens. According to MLW’s website, the week-long event ‘highlights the importance of teaching children and teens digital and media literacy skills to ensure their interactions with media are positive and enriching.’ This year the event is scheduled to run from November 6-10, 2017.
The advantages of making a workplace accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities are revealed day by day to the business community. The Durham Region Employment Network (DREN), a not-for-profit organization which aims to support employers improve job opportunities for people with disabilities, reinforces this notion on its website’s CapABILITIES Blog.
Inclusive design, as defined by the Inclusive Design Group at the University of Cambridge in England, is the ‘design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible…without the need for special adaptation or (specialized) design.” The concept can also be linked to the web. What is the difference between Usability and Accessibility in relation to an app or website? Accessibility refers to making an app or website accessible for people with disabilities, whereas Usability is a measure of how easy it is to use the app or website.
The U.S. public broadcasting service (PBS) has produced a series of online lessons aimed at high school students based on acclaimed Point-of-View (POV) documentary films.
When I Walk is a film by and featuring Jason DaSilva who has multiple sclerosis (MS). In this lesson, students explore the accessibility issues people with disabilities face and the physical barriers they encounter every day. The lesson aims to encourage students to find ways to remove some of these obstacles.
Commit to Inclusion is a global campaign committed to ending the exclusion of individuals with disabilities. The campaign was founded by The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, The American Association on Health and Disability and the Centre on Disability at the Public Health Institute.
It is reported that one in five Australians live with a disability. But, if the images of society broadcast through the media and advertisers are to be believed, this sector of the population is vastly underrepresented. That was the case until recently, when some major retailers started featuring children with special needs in their commercials.