In this extraordinary episode of The InclusionHub Podcast, we delve even deeper into its meaning and ongoing application in the fight for a fully accessible web. We’re honored, once again, to have truly incredible guests sharing their personal and collective experiences with us, toward this end.
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In Episode 4 of The InclusionHub Podcast, you’ll not only hear from more luminaries about the origins of the ADA and its impact but how the law relates to the online world.
Today we hear at length from Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins—one of the most quintessential figures responsible for compelling the ADA’s enactment—a personal hero to Sam and countless others across the globe.
There’s a massive employment gap between disabled professionals and their non-disabled peers. Increasing disability representation in leadership demonstrates an organization’s commitment to accessibility and inclusion, ensures disabled viewpoints are included, and fosters a work culture of belonging.
In this episode, we return to where it all began: the birth of the diverse, passionate, vibrant, and expansive disability rights movement.
The series will take you through the journey of the disability rights struggle, help people understand the enormous impact of the landmark legislation, and hopefully inspire more people to join us in the pursuit of living in a world in which accessibility is the default for any new technology, software, or web-based platform.
InclusionHub, an online resource directory dedicated to improving digital accessibility and inclusion, drops its inaugural episode of a new podcast series encompassing the disability rights movement and ongoing battle for true equality, for all.
The unemployment rate for working-age persons with disabilities is at least twice that of those without disabilities. Let’s fix that.
National Disability Independence Day, celebrated annually on July 26, commemorates passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. law prohibiting discrimination against those with disabilities.
InclusionHub Founding Partner Salesforce Earns Spot on 2022 ‘Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion’
For the fourth consecutive year, Salesforce has been recognized among the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.”
Since the rise of the American disability movement in the 1960s, significant progress has been made to remove accessibility barriers and discriminatory practices in the workplace—yet much, much more must be done to bridge the associated unemployment gap.
Making your websites more accessible, hiring processes more inclusive, and remote work options more plentiful are just a few straightforward ways you can create an inclusive and belonging work culture.
By providing support, greater accessibility, and accommodations for professionals with temporary or permanent disabilities and fostering inclusive work cultures, employers can help their organizations and employees’ families thrive.
By implementing competency-based hiring practices, equitable language in job description postings, “access checks” during virtual interviews, and asking job candidates to include accommodation needs, organizations can become more inclusive.
Leading CRM platform Salesforce spotlights its role as a founding partner of InclusionHub in its 2022 Stakeholder Impact Report, stressing the importance of digital inclusion and accessibility to its mission.
Members from the Office of Accessibility at Salesforce discuss both the challenges and benefits of attending an in-person conference such as CSUN 2022.
Salesforce is responding to the climate change crisis and rising inequality by launching #TeamEarth and becoming a founding partner of InclusionHub, aligning its sustainability and accessibility goals with those outlined by the UN Sustainable Development agenda.
While blind or visually impaired professionals still encounter inaccessibility and exclusionary hiring practices, some companies are adopting more inclusive protocols including remote work options and other accommodations.
All digital products and services must strive to be inclusive and accessible per the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). However, the mental health disability community requires more specialized protocols above and beyond those outlined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Remote work options clearly benefit everyone, but particularly so for people living with disabilities, since these remove transportation barriers, accommodate disability-friendly work environments, minimizes sensory overload, and provide greater accessibility.
The Blind Institute of Technology and Salesforce are teaming up with Computers for the Blind to address the “digital divide” and employment gap between the disability community and businesses across the world.
Accessibility, also referred to as a11y, is about ensuring systems are designed so everyone can fully participate in public or professional life, while inclusion means everyone has the resources and opportunities they need to realize that. Belonging goes one step further, fostering a culture where everyone feels accepted and supported.
Be My Eyes Featured in U.S. Senate Committee Testimony on Overcoming Barriers to Employment for People with Disabilities
In an address to the U.S. Senate, Microsoft's Jenny Lay-Flurrie discussed key action areas related to disability employment, and outlined the current challenges facing people with disabilities in the job market.
When crafting accessible and inclusive digital platforms for those living with mental health disabilities, avoid triggering images, words, and phrases, such as jumbled text, disorganized layouts, timed forms, illustrations depicting those in distress or despair, and others.
Following the WCAG guidelines can make your digital assets more accessible, especially for people with speech and language disorders.
InclusionHub, the leading accessibility and inclusive design resource hub committed to improving digital inclusion, is humbled to announce the addition of Fable Tech Labs Inc. (“Fable”) as a founding partner.
Digital Platforms Provide Community for People with Physical Disabilities, If Websites Are Accessible
When designed with accessibility and inclusion in mind, websites and digital platforms play an essential role in removing barriers, helping people with physical disabilities establish community and support.
People with speech and language disorders can often feel excluded in situations where verbal communication is required, but implementing a few simple design elements can make your site more inclusive and accessible.
Individuals with learning disabilities face widespread barriers to inclusion. Understanding these obstacles can help improve accessibility and change lives.
With stigma and shame often attached to hidden or invisible mental health disabilities, this explainer outlines types of disabilities, associated stigmas and stereotypes, and why mental health-driven addictions have led to increased drug overdoses and mortality rates.
Following the WCAG for learning disabilities can make your content more accessible to the millions of individuals with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and other conditions
By designing digital platforms and websites with all users in mind, the internet can become an even more powerful tool for helping people with physical disabilities overcome obstacles and challenges.
Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, announced the launch of its public-facing accessibility website, which details Salesforce’s work internally and with the broader community to achieve full equality for people with disabilities.
To truly embrace inclusivity and accessibility, organizations need to foster team cultures that go beyond compliance—by respecting the disability status of coworkers and treating them as individuals and equals.
Thomas Frantz, Senior Manager of Accessibility Partnerships and PR at Salesforce, and Sebastiaan de Man, Principal SE Service Cloud EMEA at Salesforce, discuss their experiences working with ADHD.
How Disability Awareness & Acceptance Helped this Event Supervisor Be His Authentic Self in the Workplace
Justin Lacap, an event supervisor at Salesforce, discusses how he finally felt comfortable living with a speech and language disorder in the workplace for the first time in his career.
How to Improve the Hiring Process & Create a More Inclusive Workplace, According to an Accessibility Support Engineer
Darrell Hilliker, an accessibility support engineer at Salesforce, talks about his experience with the hiring process as someone with a disability and how corporations can be more inclusive.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is observed annually to celebrate the vast contributions to America’s economy made by people with disabilities and to raise awareness about the employment issues they continue to face.
How the Americans With Disabilities Act Has Changed Communication for the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community
The Americans with Disabilities Act provides individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing with auxiliary services that enable effective communication with the hearing population and provide equal opportunities to participate in and benefit from services.
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.
This guide outlines some of the daily challenges and experiences of people with speech and language disorders and how they overcome them.
Living with a learning disability presents daily challenges, from understanding text or nonverbal social cues to accessing and utilizing websites for products and services. Understanding and addressing potential barriers to this community—in education, web design, and many other areas—is critical to helping improve inclusion and acceptance, for all.
Adhering to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and recommendations from reputable design improvement resources can help ensure your website is accessible to people with physical disabilities.
To improve accessibility and digital inclusion for those with mental health disabilities, developers and businesses should incorporate Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), heightened sensitivity and awareness, and gentler tones into website designs and messaging. This comprehensive guide provides an overview of this significant community, along with common conditions, barriers, improvements, and much more.
The d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities face myriad obstacles navigating the digital world, including lack of captions and interpretations, low-quality audio, and social media inaccessibility, among other barriers.
People with speech and language disorders often face barriers when navigating the internet and accessing websites. Implementing common sense strategies to improve digital inclusion and accessibility enhances the overall experience for all users, especially those with disabilities.
Salesforce Signs On as Founding Partner of InclusionHub, a Comprehensive Digital Accessibility Resource & Database
Salesforce has joined InclusionHub as a founding partner, underlining the increasingly important role the digital accessibility resource and database plays as a tool for educating and informing those who work to improve digital experiences.
“The Spoon Theory” describes the experience of living with a chronic disease or illness, with “spoons” representing units of energy available to those people over the course of a day.
Annie Jean-Baptiste, head of product inclusion at Google, utilizes her platform to advocate for more equity in product development across industries.
Incorporating WCAG compliance and input from people with physical disabilities into website designs expands an organization’s reach while improving digital accessibility and inclusion for those otherwise facing significant barriers.
Lainey Feingold is a civil rights lawyer who specializes in making the digital world more accessible through Structured Negotiation. She has negotiated agreements with Major League Baseball, Walmart, Bank of America, and others.
How an interview project evolved into an online information hub, recruiting platform, and podcast to improve diversity in the technology industry.
Disabled activist, consultant, and media maker Alice Wong is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project and editor of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century.
DEI consultant, public speaker, and author Lily Zheng advises companies on new policies and protocols to achieve a more inclusive environment.
Be My Eyes mobile app is recognized by Apple for its social impact to improve lives in a meaningful way, while also shining a light on crucial issues.
When it comes to providing descriptions of visual content, quality is key, says one of the leading proponents of improved captioning.
How a conversation with a good friend led Toby Hervey to establish Bravely, a mobile app helping people address workplace wellness issues.
Digital accessibility evangelist Jennison Asuncion promotes inclusive design and build of digital products and technology through his acclaimed initiatives, including Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
Thomas Logan provides best practices for virtual reality developers to make the programs more accessible for people with disabilities.
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.
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.
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.
Lauren Stiller Rikleen addresses mistreatments in the workplace and recommends solutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After facing barriers to inclusion, Shani Dhanda set her sights on supporting the disabled, Asian, and female communities and all their intersectionalities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Irene Mbari-Kirika provides assistive computer technology to blind and low-vision students in Africa with her nonprofit organization, inABLE.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regine Gilbert is an accessibility advocate, user experience (UX) designer, author, educator, and public speaker with 10 years in the technology arena.
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.
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.
The business case for web accessibility can be broken down into four main categories: extending market share, innovation, enhancing your brand, and avoiding liability.
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.
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.
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.