Good work! There was some really cool stuff highlighted this year.
I had no idea they had added tap pattern recognition to the HomePod to make it easier for those who are blind or not able to vocalize.
And the echo show now has full captioning for those who are hard of hearing.
Google had lots of interesting stuff as well.
IBM’s Efforts were mostly directed at their own employees, but that’s important, too. They had several locations where IBM employees could participate in Simulated experiences of disability to help them understand the challenges that need to be met.
Year round, IBM offers its employees the opportunity to earn the title of “accessibility advocate,“ a program that it would be nice to see other companies adopt as well.
Accessibility is the over-arching topic under which there are several distinct, separate disciplines: Design, Test, Development (Software, Hardware, and Mobile), Project/ Relationship Management, etc. The badge earner has acquired fundamental and discipline-specific knowledge for designing and developing acessible products, helping IBM maintain its commitment to making its information technology available and usable, regardless of the ability of the user.