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“Access” a Short Film About Accessibility

Announcing “Access,” a Short Film About Accessibility

Access, is Chris Higgin’s short documentary about accessibility. It follows Cory Joseph through a typical day, showing how he uses his smartphone, Braille display, tactile watch, and guide dog (named Vine) to navigate the world. I hope you watch it, and I hope it inspires you to make your work more accessible to more people….

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Here Are The Ways AI Is Helping To Improve Accessibility

Here Are The Ways AI Is Helping To Improve Accessibility

Today marks the seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a celebration of inclusion and digital access for people with disabilities. Microsoft took the opportunity to unveil the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a gaming controller designed to accommodate a range of special needs, and Apple announced that its Everyone Can Code curricula for the Swift programming language will come to schools with vision- and hearing-impaired students.…

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Inclusive Design and the Importance of Designing for ‘One Size, Fits One”

Screenshot-2018-5-2 #13 Microsoft Design Director, Kat Holmes, on the importance of designing for one-size-fits-one

Kat Holmes was most recently Microsoft’s Principal Director for Inclusive Design. In this episode, we define inclusive design, explore how to apply it to our own work and discuss the importance of designing for ‘one size, fits one.’   Source and Transcript at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h42RThsvXxs&feature=youtu.be

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What You’re Getting Wrong About Inclusive Design

What You’re Getting Wrong About Inclusive Design

Inclusivity. It’s one of the biggest buzzwords inside corporations right now. But the person who brought the practice of inclusive design to Microsoft–Kat Holmes–isn’t so sure that companies really get the idea yet. Holmes has since founded an independent design practice focused on inclusive product developing, become a judge for our 2018 Innovation by Design Awards, and penned the upcoming book Mismatch. I…

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