Is technology being designed with everyone in mind? Not according to this author who feels tech is designed for the masses, not for those who need it most.
“A device that translates my typed words into a voice is my link to the world. But often these are… made for the masses… And as technology is iterated, I can already see ways in which it has and will continue to create new barriers unless its creators consider a more universal approach… By designing from a place of empathy, with an eye on accessibility and universal design, developers have the power to improve and enhance the lives of millions of people like me.”
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The new Google Impact: Disabilities program seeks to “build awareness, identify solutions and help create universal access for people with disabilities.” Members of the general public are encouraged to submit “What If” questions — essentially suggestions for accessibility issues they’d like solved. The program is accepting most and any all ideas until September 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time.
“Heading to College, Part 5: Scholarships for Dyslexics – One Dyslexic Student’s Experiences”
In its App Store for iOS, Apple has highlighted a series of accessibility learning tools, apps that make information easy to access, creative tools and productivity tools for those with different abilities:
Apps for people with dyslexia: