Web4All 2017 Day 1 Notes
The Australian Human Rights Commission has begun a study on employment discrimination for the older workers and those with a disability.
While about a quarter of the population is older, they make up just 16 per cent of the workforce. Australians with a disability make up 15 per cent of the working age population, but only 10 per cent of them have jobs.
The inquiry will seek to identify the barriers that prevent people from working, and in consultation with employers, affected individuals and other stakeholders establish strategies to overcome these barriers.
The Australian government has historically had a higher unemployment rate for PWD than other countries.
Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy was influenced by the work done in European countries. Unfortunately, the tools were not accessible when it launched. So people with disabilities had trouble accessing the participation forms.
- Not always for the better
- low-skill work
- characterized by low pay
- Work is changing
- flexible work schedules
- on-demand hours
Future of Crowd Work CHI 2013 paper.
Current crowd labor platforms do not offer opportunities of growth
26% of micro tasks are audio transcriptions
- latency : days
- skill: medium
- price paid $5/hour or less
How do you give transcribers an opportunity to move from audio transcription to stenographer
- latency: seconds
- skill: high
- price paid: $100/hour or more
Not useful until you are an expert
Enable workers to learn stenographer
Open Steno Project provides a virtual steno tool that doesn’t require expensive equipment. This is useful for learning to become a stenographer.
Disambiguating steno from qwerty is critical, as the text entry allows for both inputs.
A-L could be “alas” or could be a chord for “something”.
Evaluating the accessibility of the job search and interview process for people who are blind and visually impaired.
- PEAT study in 2014
- e-recruiting difficult to impossible
- Working from home for people with a disability
Working from Home with Rosemary Smart from WordTrack
Stanford study of working from home in China, great increase in productivity
Some people returned to office after working at home.
- lack of trust
- communication difficulties
- overlook achievements.
The challenge of continually
increasing our value to
customers and communities
requires creativity and insights
that only a diverse workforce
EMEIA Diversity and Inclusiveness report
Able to read my mail: communication paper nominee
Kolumba email program for people with intellectual disabilities:
- text simplification and text to pictograph
- integrates with gmail accounts. provides accessibility layer to convert to simple text or pictograms.
- text analysis
- complex words detection
- word sense disambiguation
- synonyms ranking
- language realization
“Your automobile has been repaired”
is converted to:
Your car has been fixed”.
Eva, whose son was born in 2010, lives in France, becomes:
- Eva lives in France
- The son of Eva was born in 2010
text to speech uses HTML5 based client speech synthesizer
Crowd work accessibility problem – communication paper nominee
Increasing popularity of crowd work, how can we make sure all people can do the jobs.
What is the accessibility for these platforms.
Platforms for the Gig economy, freelance economy, etc…
- amazon MT
- up work
PWD may benefit
- flexible work
- work when you want
- laws are making this easier (disability income + job income)
- find work matching your skills
There was a higher rate of people with autism using these platforms than other disabilities
Considerations for implementing a holistic organizational approach to accessibility
Accessibility usability and UX
- guideline conformance
- assistive technology compatibility
- low error rate
- error recovery
effective product use and positive UX
- UX is not important
- UX is important but receives little funding
- UX is very important and formalized programs emerge
- UX is critical and executives are actively involved
- CSR programs
- Business strategy
- Technical accessibility
- legislative requirements to launch
- Operational accessibility
- how can customers use the product effectively and efficiently?
- Psychological accessibility
- what do our competitors do? what will customers expect?