DIAL – Covid-19 Center Supporting People with Disabilities

COVID-19 Vaccination support for People with Disabilities
For many people, the pandemic seems over. They have been vaccinated and are going back to their regular lives. For people with disabilities, on the other hand, not much has changed. Especially those who belong to the “vulnerable population,” those at high risk of developing severe symptoms if infected with the virus, are facing ... Read more

Win the Movin’On Challenge 2022 with your inclusive design

A transparent little cart with three people inside: A man with sunglasses and curly hair, a woman with a phone on her ear and a woman with blonde hair who is in a wheelchair
Have you ever won a design competition? If yes, congratulations. Maybe you want to try again! If not, there is always a first time, and here is your chance! The Movin’On Challenge Design is open for entries for their annual competition and looking for innovative new ideas to “help create a world with more ... Read more

Lachi: Fighting for accessibility and inclusion for musicians with disabilities

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Lachi is a blind singer and songwriter. However, more than that, she is advocating for talent in the music industry. A few weeks ago, she was part of the 2021 Grammy.com panel on disability and inclusion. Together with renowned violinist Gaelynn Lea, Oscar-nominated songwriter Siedah Garrett, singer and guitarist Ryan Nelson, hip-hop artist Namel ... Read more

CVS Health Agrees with Disability Advocates and Stops Supreme Court Case

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The supreme court case CVS v. Doe came to an end when CVS Health sat down with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the National Council on Independent Living and decided to work together to seek ... Read more

ALL RIDERS: The battle for accessibility of New York City’s metro system

All RIders the struggle for accessible New York City Metro System
The new documentary ALL RIDERS highlights the ongoing fight for accessibility – specifically, access to the metro system – in New York City. In an emotional 15-minute documentary, director Victor Dias Rodrigues and producer Branton Choi take their audience on a journey through New York’s underground and portray the lost and won battles: for ... Read more

Gaming for All: Disability, Accessibility and Representation 

Gamers accessible access
Much has changed over the last years regarding disability representation on- and off-screen and accessibility for people with disabilities in all areas of life. However, we still have a bit to go, especially in one particular sector: gaming. ABILITY Magazine’s Karina Sturm speaks with Anita Mortaloni, Director of Accessibility Xbox at Microsoft, about Microsoft’s ... Read more

17.7 Million Americans with disabilities voted in the 2020 election

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Elections are critical events for people with disabilities. However, despite having a lot at stake and wanting to vote, access barriers have kept many people with disabilities from participating in elections. An unexpected consequence to the pandemic, the 2020 election became more accessible, which seemed to have boosted voter turnout, a recent study by ... Read more

New study finds brands must prioritize accessibility and inclusivity to reach people with disabilities

reaching people with disabilities
It’s no secret that people with disabilities aren’t always considered when it comes to the accessibility of different services, whether that’s a missing ramp in front of a restaurant or a lack of ALT texts for images online. Current Global, MAGNA and IPG Media Lab conducted a study to determine where the access barriers ... Read more

New feature for people with physical disabilities to control their TV with their eyes!

Since the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, the quality of life for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has improved in many areas. Cox Communications, in partnership with the Team Gleason Foundation has unveiled a new feature that allows people with physical disabilities to control their TV with their eyes. This accessible web remote ... Read more

ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT INTELLIGENT WHEELCHAIR PHOENIX INSTINCT RECEIVES $1M AS WINNER OF TOYOTA MOBILITY UNLIMITED CHALLENGE 

The phoenix I wheelchair, a ultra-light carbon fibre wheelchair
The ultra-lightweight, intelligent Phoenix Instinct wheelchair from the UK wins $1 million in prize money through the global Mobility Unlimited Challenge by the Toyota Mobility Foundation in partnership with Nesta Challenges.  The Mobility Unlimited Challenge was launched in 2017 to drive innovation in the field of assistive technologies for people with lower-limb paralysis. Around ... Read more

A Doll Like Me — Every Child Should Feel Included

A baby in a colorful outfit sits next to her doll with a limb difference
Children with disabilities don’t often see themselves represented—and if they do, it’s commonly an inaccurate or even harmful portrayal, as the movie ‘The Witches’ has shown in recent weeks. Amy seeks to change this through her work at ‘A Doll Like Me.’ She creates dolls that resemble their owners: children with a variety of ... Read more

Athletes with disabilities competing at the IRONMAN: successes, failures, inclusion and accessibility

Roderick, a young man with short black hair and a black hat is smiling and holding his IRONMAN medal up proudly
The IRONMAN triathlons are among the most physically and mentally demanding endurance challenges on the planet. Athletes from every corner of the world compete: many fail, others succeed. ABILITY Magazine spoke with Tricia Downing, Roderick Sewell, Minda Dentler and Carlos Moleda about their athletic achievements as paratriathletes. Additionally, Bob Babbitt, founder of the Challenged ... Read more

Why this election is crucial for people with disabilities

Among voters with a disability, health care is a priority.
LISTEN TO THE ARTICLE HERE  (We would love to know if you find this audio narrative an enjoyable option) November 3, 2020, might become one of the most important days in American history, especially for people with disabilities. It may decide over whether a person with a chronic illness or disability will have access to ... Read more

‘Lego Oma:’ German grandma creates Lego ramps to access buildings and imagination

Mona loves her new ‘Frozen’-themed ramp: A small child with shoulder-length brown hair in a wheelchair gives Rita, a woman with short blonde hair and also in a wheelchair, a thumbs up.
Most Germans have heard of Rita Ebel, better known as the ‘Lego Oma.’ The 62-year-old lady with the short blonde pixie cut and a Hessian dialect is known all over the world since her wheelchair ramps made entirely from Lego have become a tourist attraction in the city of Hanau, Germany, and beyond. Rita ... Read more

Accessibility and Inclusion: ‘This is who we are’ – PBS KIDS, a model for all media

A tiger mom and Daniel Tiger stand in a field of sun flowers.
For more than 50 years, PBS has strived to be as accessible as possible to a broad audience, and they have paid particular attention to including children with a variety of disabilities. ABILITY Magazine’s Karina Sturm spoke with Vice President of PBS KIDS Digital, Sara DeWitt, about PBS KIDS’ efforts to make their shows ... Read more

Meet Haben Girma: disability rights advocate and first deaf-blind Harvard Law School graduate

Haben, who has long black hair falling over her shoulder and wears a dark blue dress, stands at a table and has her hands on her BrailleNote to read what former President Obama, who stands on the other side of the table and wears a black suit, types on a keyboard. Lined up behind former President Obama are several people including former Vice President Biden.
On September 7, 2019, San Francisco’s Ferry Building is packed. People with service animals, wheelchairs, crutches, and all kinds of assistive devices find their way to a special event at the Book Passage, a community bookstore with a 40-year history in the Bay Area. Surrounded by ceiling-high shelves with colorful books, the small room ... Read more

A More Accessible Instagram

Instagram has introduced two new improvements to make it easier for people with visual impairments. There are more than 285 million people in the world who have visual impairments will benefit. First, is an automatic alternative text so you can hear descriptions of photos through your screen reader when you use Feed, Explore and ... Read more

Making Electronic Documents Accessible

Crawford accessible documents
Over the last three decades, most Americans have adopted some form of digital link to the internet, whether it is desktop computers, smartphones, tablets or other devices. The internet is not only a major source of news, entertainment and other information, but it has also become a significant channel for connecting consumers and suppliers ... Read more