Access Matters Blog

Apple’s New “Voice Control” Feature Takes Digital Accessibility to the Next Level

By Mark Miller on June 26, 2019

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Apple has always been a dedicated advocate for accessibility. Their products are designed to be exceptionally easy to use for users with varying degrees of abilities, and this focus on the customer experience has subsequently propelled them to almost 40% market share of the worldwide smartphone market in 2018. If you’re a devoted iPhone fan you’ll know why their share...

IAP 2019-E3: Interview with the CEO of MagnaReady

By Mark Miller on April 24, 2019

IAP 2019-E3: Interview with the CEO of MagnaReady In this episode: Mark chats with Maura Horton, founder and CEO of MagnaReady, an adaptive clothing line that uses magnets in place of buttons and zippers. She explains the story behind the birth of the clothing line and how it influenced her decision to launch a business. Also discussed are her initial barriers to using magnets as closures, how she instills empathy to her kids, and what keeps her...

IAP 2019-E1: Interview with Daniel Castro the VP of ITIF

By Mark Miller on January 13, 2019

In this episode: Mark and Derek interview Daniel Castro, VP of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Earlier this year ITIF published a report benchmarking federal and government sites on eight factors including accessibility, security, and mobile friendliness, among others. All three discuss the results of the study as well as reasons for the wide variabilities between the state ratings. The podcast concludes with Daniel’s broad...

IAP 2018-E5: Interview with Director of MABVI

By Mark Miller on November 12, 2018

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Mark chats with Sassy Outwater-Wright, director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. They discuss such topics as the need to support people with multiple disabilities and the right way to approach a conversation focusing on the concerns of people with disabilities. Sassy talks about the mission of MABVI and how it impacts the lives of the visually impaired people it supports....