Conquering the Accessibility Divide
"The promise is community, connection and unlimited innovation...the future of technology for everyone."
- Gloria Lewis, VP Compliance and Head of Accessibility
Connections in Gaming
Traversing magical worlds at the farthest boundaries of virtual innovation and play is where we discover sustained connection. There, within the gaming universe is the ability to reduce social isolation, build relationships and break down the digital divides of disability. All this made possible through AbleGamers' inclusive mission and the power of AT&T 5G technology.
Determination. Innovation. Inspiration.
Read stories of how these aspirations converge in accessibility
for the more than 61 million people in the U.S. living with disabilities.
Technology can help seniors to age in place
Americans are living longer and better lives. One reason is that they or those who care for them are finding ways to help them stay in their own homes longer. November is National Family Caregivers Month. See what devices Dr. Lakelyn Hogan Eichenberger of Home Instead says helps caregivers – and those being cared for – most.
5 key ways employers can make disability part of the “equity equation”
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year’s theme puts the focus on equity and inclusion in hiring people with disabilities. Gloria Lewis, Vice President – Compliance and Accessibility at AT&T, thinks employers need to do the same or risk missing out on a powerful pool of talent.
Finding empathy in the palm of your hand
One of the best ways to experience the importance of digital accessibility is right in the palm of your hand: your smartphone. Use it now to learn how various disabilities impact technology – and uncover the sometimes surprising ways accessibility features can expand usability for everyone.
Accessing Your World
Connecting with friends, family and entertainment from wherever we work or play and whenever we want should be easy – for everyone. Our dedication to accessibility comes through in the products and services we offer.
Screenreaders, talking guides and dictation apps are just some of the products to help the blind or those with low vision get to know their devices or just get connected.
Hearing and Speech
Find out which devices are hearing aid-compatible. Need information on real time text (RTT), text telephone (TTY) or closed captioning? We can help with that, too.
Get more information on accessible phones, tablets, mobile apps and smart homes. Also learn about helpful phone features such as voice commands or gestures to make connecting easier.
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Netflix works to create an accessible viewing experience
Growing up with deaf parents, Heather Dowdy, Netflix’s first director of product accessibility, puts her personal experiences to work making the streaming platform more accessible for viewers with disabilities. With 40% of global platform users using subtitles all of the time, and 80% using them at least once a month, feedback is crucial to address the current gaps in subtitles and audio descriptions.
Game-changing collaboration drives health inclusivity
With millions of people living with sight loss, a game-changing partnership is working to create more accessible health products. On World Sight Day 2022, Haleon, a leader in consumer health, and Microsoft Corp. expanded functionality in the Microsoft Seeing AI app empowering people to care for their own health independently. Users can now scan the barcode of more than 1500 Haleon products to hear important information such as name, ingredients, and usage instructions.
Making voice recognition technology more inclusive
Voice assistants have become an important part of many people’s everyday lives but they don’t always recognize speech patterns associated with disabilities. The Speech Accessibility Project, a new research initiative spearheaded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is working to make voice recognition technology more useful for people with a range of diverse speech patterns and disabilities. Joined by tech companies, the project will collect speech samples to train machine learning models making voice recognition more inclusive.