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Re: Feature on IBM's Global Accessibility Program

From: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 08:20:01 +0100
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
To: JMMAW@aol.com
Message-Id: <D03BC1C9-82B7-11D7-9C95-0003939B5AD0@btinternet.com>

it takes guts to write this* but it would be even more useful if there 
were links to the relevant technologies.
Are they open source? If so this will also speed development and thus 

my particular interests include:
"technologies to interpret language and make it easier to learn and to 
comprehend." and reducing
"hurdles to writing, reading and comprehension."

how about people who's learning difficulty excludes them from 'work'; 
Do IBMs tools contribute to their life skills development?


Jonathan Chetwynd

*In its March appearance at the California State University 
Northridge’s 18th Annual Technology for Persons with Disabilities, IBM 
showcased research technologies allowing people to access information 
in different ways, including: linguistic analysis software to assist 
people with either visual, mobility or cognitive disabilities. Also 
shown were products that optimize keyboard hand position, set 
accessibility parameters and adjust for hand tremor movements, and 
translate head movements to direct on screen cursor movements.

Aware that tens of millions of people in the workplace are either 
dyslexic, learning disabled or have other cognitive disabilities, IBM 
developed technologies to interpret language and make it easier to 
learn and to comprehend.

These work tools go along with IBM’s worldwide accessibility effort 
because they reduce hurdles to writing, reading and comprehension. They 
help employees perform better in their jobs with increased confidence 
in their communication.

On Saturday, May 10, 2003, at 01:29 AM, JMMAW@aol.com wrote:

> Good day,
> (A)
>                IBM has a global accessibility strategy to ensure its 
> hardware and software are accessible. It wants to change the IT world. 
> What is this strategy? Will it work? What can the benefits be? Who 
> gave the orders to implement it? Why is global accessibility so 
> important to IBM?
>               I answer these questions in a feature located at 
> www.at508.com. The address is 
> http://www.at508.com/articles/jw_017.asp. Visit the site, read the 
> column and give me your opinions.
>                John Williams

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