Digital Inclusion Articles

Designing Accessible IoT Experiences

While not every IoT product is designed with accessibility in mind, it has the potential to enable people with disabilities to communicate with and through technologies in ways that were previously unavailable

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How to Improve Accessibility & Digital Inclusion for the Blind & Low-Vision Community

Considering the point of view of disabled users and implementing WCAG standards are among the most effective ways to help improve accessibility and digital inclusion for the blind and low-vision community.

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InclusionHub Founding Member Be My Eyes Earns Webby Nomination

InclusionHub founding member Be My Eyes (BME) has been nominated by the Webby Awards for its work helping blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives.

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DEI Industry Spotlight

Allison Esposito Medina: Supporting Women in Tech

Allison Esposito Medina is the founder and CEO of Tech Ladies, a worldwide community that connects 100,000 members through an online group, a free job board, and learning opportunities.

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Accessibility News

What the Winn-Dixie Ruling Means for Web Accessibility

An appeal court's narrow interpretation of the landmark ADA in the Winn-Dixie case has some disability advocates worried—but it's far from settled.

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Accessibility Disability Advocacy Guide

Improving Digital Inclusion & Accessibility for Those With Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities must be taken into account during the digital design process to ensure digital inclusion and accessibility for the community. This comprehensive guide outlines common learning disabilities, associated difficulties, accessibility barriers and best practices, and more.

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Inclusion DEI Industry Spotlight

Lauren Stiller Rikleen: An Advocate for Safe Work Environments

Lauren Stiller Rikleen addresses mistreatments in the workplace and recommends solutions.

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Inclusion Accessibility Guide

How to Mitigate Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Obstacles for the d/Deaf Community

To mitigate accessibility and digital inclusion obstacles for the d/Deaf and hard of hearing, developers must conduct critical research to understand these ongoing hurdles. This guide outlines the many challenges facing this community, shares useful insights, and provides meaningful inclusion solutions.

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DEI SEO Industry Spotlight

How Safiya Umoja Noble Exposes Biases in Tech Platforms

Professor, author, and social scientist Safiya Umoja Noble uncovers algorithmic biases and explores how to remove them so as to create more ethical search platforms.

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Hiring Accessibility Industry Spotlight

Christopher Patnoe: Ensuring All Google Products & Services Are Accessible & Inclusive

As Google’s head of Accessibility Programs and Disability Inclusion, Christopher Patnoe is passionate about building technology products for people with disabilities, while also maintaining an inclusive hiring process and diverse workforce.

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Accessibility Industry Spotlight

Eric Eggert: An Accessibility Expert Inspiring Others

Eric Eggert is a web accessibility expert who eagerly shares his knowledge through his professional work, website, lectures, and social media channels to inspire others to learn more about the subject.

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DEI Industry Spotlight Disability Advocacy

Shani Dhanda Combats Barriers on Multiple Fronts to Promote Inclusion Across Intersectionalities

After facing barriers to inclusion, Shani Dhanda set her sights on supporting the disabled, Asian, and female communities and all their intersectionalities.

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DEI Hiring Industry Spotlight

Milena Berry Gives Women the Power to Fly

Drawing from her own experiences, Berry hopes to help empower women and bring an end to gender discrimination in the workplace. 

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Founding Partner Industry Spotlight Disability Advocacy

Will Butler of Be My Eyes Shares His Journey to Personal Acceptance

Be My Eyes VP of Community Will Butler talks inspiration, hope, and the power of communal healing via his free, crowd-sourced app that gives sight to the blind. 

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DEI Industry Spotlight

Sloop Brewing’s Mariquita Reese Is Taking On Craft Beer’s Diversity Problem

Mariquita Reese spearheaded Sloop’s Open Waters Internship Program, a D&I internship seeking to dismantle the barriers to entry that prevent women, POC, LGBTQ+ folks, and other marginalized communities from joining the brewing industry.

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Accessibility Industry Spotlight

How Marcy Sutton Is Making Accessibility A Fundamental Piece of the Web Development Puzzle

As a web developer for more than a decade, Marcy Sutton has made a name for herself by advocating for and teaching other programmers how to code with accessibility in mind.

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DEI Industry Spotlight Disability Advocacy

Becky Kekula: Helping Organizations Achieve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Becky Kekula is passionate about changing the way society views persons with disabilities by helping corporations understand and embrace the power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Inclusion Accessibility Industry Spotlight

Dave Rupert: Making A11Y Cool, Friendly, and Better for Everyone

In his various projects, Dave Rupert, creator of the A11Y Project, has pushed to make accessibility a subject more web developers can understand and apply with ease.

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DEI Industry Spotlight

Arthur Woods Fights for Underrepresented Workers and Charts a Course for Workplace Inclusion

Arthur Woods is a serial entrepreneur specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). He co-founded Mathison, Imperative, Out in Tech, and Social Impact 360, each of which is socially-motivated to lead change.

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Industry Spotlight Disability Advocacy

Irene Mbari-Kirika: Bringing Inclusion to Children With Disabilities in Africa

Irene Mbari-Kirika provides assistive computer technology to blind and low-vision students in Africa with her nonprofit organization, inABLE.

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DEI Industry Spotlight Disability Advocacy

Vilissa Thompson, Creator of #DisabilityTooWhite, Brings An Intersectional Lens to Disability Advocacy

The hashtag #DisabilityTooWhite created by Vilissa Thompson brought the importance of intersectionality to the forefront of the disability rights conversation.

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Industry Spotlight Disability Advocacy

Professional Opportunities & Chance Meetings Led Tiffany A. Yu to Overcome Cultural & Physical Disability Exclusion

How a student club, investment banking internship, and a stint working for Sean “Diddy” Combs guided Tiffany A. Yu toward her role as founder of Diversability.

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Accessibility Industry Spotlight

Joe Devon, GAAD Co-Founder, Encouraged by Progress on Digital Accessibility

Ever since his now-famous blog post calling for greater awareness around digital accessibility, Joe Devon, a developer by trade, has become a fixture in the ever-growing movement.

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Accessibility Community Voice

Alt Text - A Virtual Masterpiece

Alt text makes it possible for people who are blind or visually impaired to experience web-based images. If a user cannot understand and interact with a website’s visuals, they are denied the same experience as others.

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DEI Industry Spotlight

Inclusion Song: Jennifer Brown Works to Bring Corporations Into the Modern Arena

When Jennifer Brown’s career in music took an unexpected turn, she set out to find harmony in the workplace through diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

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Accessibility Industry Spotlight

Regine Gilbert Confronted a Lack of Inclusive Design in Her Industry & Paved a New Path

Regine Gilbert is an accessibility advocate, user experience (UX) designer, author, educator, and public speaker with 10 years in the technology arena.

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Volunteering Accessibility Founding Partner

How One Woman Used TikTok To Get 100,000 New Volunteers For An App That Helps Visually Impaired People

Be My Eyes volunteer Lana Le discusses how TikTok and social media at large can help invigorate a community and get people to volunteer.

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Accessibility SEO Community Voice

SEO and Web Accessibility: What You Need to Know

Beyond the obvious ethical reasons, there are solid digital marketing reasons why accessibility should be a top priority. Following accessibility guidelines can have a positive impact on search engine optimization and your organic search channel.

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Inclusion Accessibility

Why Should Businesses Care About Web Accessibility?

The business case for web accessibility can be broken down into four main categories: extending market share, innovation, enhancing your brand, and avoiding liability.

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DEI Hiring

DEI Hiring: How to Create Inclusive Job Descriptions

Finding the right candidate for the job starts with the right job description. The right job description is the one that’s written with inclusivity in mind.

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Design

Designing for User Error

Users will always make errors when interacting with technology, sometimes in surprising ways. But we can prevent slips and mistakes by considering the user experience carefully, simplifying where possible, and relying on accessible conventions.

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Volunteering

What You Need to Know About Virtual Volunteering

Virtual volunteering takes place online, providing unprecedented access to a wide range of opportunities without the confines of geography. We’ll tell you everything you know to start assisting remotely, including where to find the best opportunities for you. 

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DEI

What Is Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)?

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) encompasses the symbiotic relationship, philosophy and culture of acknowledging, embracing, supporting, and accepting those of all racial, sexual, gender, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, among other differentiators.