Braille door signs

I got a new Braille door sign! Talk about Accessible home renovation projects 🙂 When my kids asked me more about Braille, I decided to read up. Here’s what I found- Braille was not initially created for the blind. In 1819, the French army used it to communicate at night without speaking or using candles-... Continue Reading →

The AI Cook

I love MasterChef. Some of my vivid memories is of Gordon Ramsey reminding the contestants to always "taste" the food they're preparing. I don't know if (or rather when) an AI contestant will enter the MasterChef kitchen. It certainly can "taste" the food. This isn't really easy because the human perception of taste relies on... Continue Reading →

For the love of Sign Language

About a third of the Oscar winning movie CODA is in American Sign Language. While the subtitles helped, it got me thinking about Sign Language. CODA stands for Children Of Deaf Adults. The plot revolves around a CODA - Ruby- who is the only hearing person in her deaf family. Except for the character of... Continue Reading →

Cultivate Serendipity

What’s common between Aspirin, Scotchgard, Velcro, the Post-It note, and the technology behind the HP Inkjet printer? Serendipity had a say in their beginnings. The world is more coming to realize how Serendipity is not merely luck but a capability that can be cultivated. E.g. Have you not benefitted from random conversations with those you... Continue Reading →

AI driven Inclusive Shopping

Online shopping just got Inclusive. One of the trickiest aspects of online shopping for me is using my imagination to picture myself in a dress I like. Well, Virtual fitting technology just took a leap with a simple Choose your model feature at Walmart Powered by Computer Vision, you can now choose the height, body shape... Continue Reading →

Invisible Disabilities

Not all disabilities are visible.Some are not immediately obvious. Think chronic pain, learning difficulties or sleep disorders when these significantly impact day-to-day life. Although we may not be able to see these invisible impairments and conditions, they’re still there. People living with these often face barriers in their daily lives including a lack of understanding... Continue Reading →

Quotes that made me think

“The worst thing about a disability is that people see it before they see you.” – Easter Seals “The world worries about disability more than disabled people do.” – Warwick Davis “Labor should not be about creating monuments on hills or statues in parks. Labor’s monuments and statues are when a young person with disability can get access to... Continue Reading →

AI : Mental health ally

Would you confide in a mental health chatbot? One of the case studies I have most often quoted in my talks is WoeBot. And so, it was intriguing to read this article in Guardian- link in comments. Like other tech players in this space, concerns galore from inherent flaws/ glitches to ethical practices. Yet, people... Continue Reading →

Accessibility for Peers

As a coder, you may be thinking about accessibility for end users. Are you thinking about your peers as well? You may or may not be able to influence the accessibility of the operating system or coding tools. But, there are things every coder can. E.g., documentation and source control repositories Is your technical documentation... Continue Reading →

Disability driven innovation

Here’s something to think about the next time you reach out for the TV remote. The remote control:Have you operated a TV without one? Many a war has been waged in the modern home to claim access to the remote control. What is a convenience for us today was first invented, in 1955 by American engineer... Continue Reading →

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