“Tech Gaints are Teaming Up To Boost Accessiblity” 

Posted: July 23, 2015 by AMCPress And Co in Activism, advocacy, Disability Awareness, Disability Issues, Disability News
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I recently read on Disability Scoop that some of the biggest tech companies are coming together with a new commitment that is designed to make their products more accessible for people with disabilities. The companies include: Facebook, Dropbox, Adobe, Microsoft, and Yahoo are signing on to the new initiative dubbed “Teaching Accessibility.”.

The tech firms have said  that they would begin start incorporating standard language when their job posting indicate that they prefer applicants with accessibility knowledge.

“The reality is that most recent graduates with computer science degrees do not have experience or appreciation for the need to build for disabled individuals. We recognize that we need talented engineers with experience developing accessible products to make our products available to everyone,” wrote Larry Goldberg, director of accessible media at Yahoo, in a post announcing the company’s participation in the effort.
In addition to businesses, the new collaborative also includes several universities and advocates at the American Association of People with Disabilities.

Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and a handful of other academic institutions are committing to better prepare their students to incorporate accessibility in engineering and design as part of the initiative.

“While making all tech products accessible is not mandated by law, Yahoo and our peers believe that it is simply the right thing to do,” Goldberg wrote. “We want to make sure that our users have equal access to the services we provide, whether or not they’re disabled.”

This announcement came days before the 25th anniversary of the ADA. This is great news that the tech companies are working to provide more accessibility when it comes to people who have disabilities. When it comes down to it more people should have the ability to gain access to products that are available to those who use assistive technologies to help benefit people no matter if you need to use assistive technologies to help them with working or using it to help in day to day lives. This leads me to believe that change will be coming for those who have disabilities like myself. We here at AMCPress&Co are thrilled with this news coming out. We will keep you updated on any new or interesting stories that comes along. In the mean time please check out all of our articles from past.

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