IBM’s Director of Accessibility Research Contemplates Technological Equality and the ADA

This week marked the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and IBM did not let the occasion pass by without commenting on the importance of technology in advancing social equity. With the approval of Section 508’s Amendment of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973, IBM published an accessibility checklist for creating inclusive technologies and reported that they are the first major U.S. company to embrace the revised 508 standards with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

Director of Accessibility Research at IBM, Dr. Ruoyi Zhou mused, “it is important to reflect upon the evolving role technology plays in creating a more inclusive workplace and society. It’s a reminder of how far we’ve come, but also how much work is left to do. We must continue pushing technology to eliminate barriers so everyone can achieve their full potential at work and through life.”

Dr. Zhou’s blog post is a timely reminder on the importance of global inclusion and making technology accessible for all. Source: Ruoyi Zhou, PhD, IBM Think Blog.


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