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2023 has been eventful here at Accessibility First

2023 has been eventful here at Accessibility First! Laura has joined the party, a brand new website, march for inclusion, and much more ...

Laura Wissiak
Laura Wissiak

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Define project

Define project

On October 10, we took part in the presentation of the DEFINE project. Define stands for Digital Equipment For Inclusive Empowerment. The mission behind it is not only to bring low-cost assistive tech to the market but also to improve digital literacy in the process...

Laura Wissiak
Laura Wissiak
How do people learn to use a white cane?

How do people learn to use a white cane?

At the first real user trial, we finally put our actual prototype on an actually blind person, instead of a blindfolded engineer. The participant gave us a great tip: to get in touch with an orientational mobility officer.Since there is no industry standard for haptic...

Laura Wissiak
Laura Wissiak
Accessibility: The What, Why & How

Accessibility: The What, Why & How

Web accessibility has fortunately been getting more and more attention lately. But many people still don’t know what web accessibility actually is and why it’s so important. Let’s get an overall understanding on accessibility by introducing you to this topic ...

Julia Undeutsch
Julia Undeutsch
Why blind people in Vienna hate trashcans

Why blind people in Vienna hate trashcans

When I first started doing research for Hope Tech’s Sixth Sense, we quickly encountered the challenge of “What exactly should we define as a threat and what would just be an obstacle? For the classification of threats, my mind went immediately to traffic, moving cars,...

Laura Wissiak
Laura Wissiak
Deaf blindness

Deaf blindness

When you hear the word deaf-blind, you might think “How do you communicate then?” And if you have ever studied anything related to communication, I’m sure your old professor is haunting you right now with Paul Watzlawick’s “One cannot not communicate” with that uuh spooky echo uuuh...

Laura Wissiak
Laura Wissiak
Blind, visually impaired, or low sighted?

Blind, visually impaired, or low sighted?

There is an ongoing debate about what to call it. Visual Impairment or blindness? What is correct: A blind person or a person living with blindness or a person with low vision? But what is the right word? Well, I doubt there is just one...

Laura Wissiak
Laura Wissiak
Vulnerable customers

Vulnerable customers

Did you know? 300,000 people in Austria have no or limited knowledge of German. For 56% being able to communicate in their first language is more important than the price point! 7.1% of 16 to 65-year-olds have quite low ...

Laura Wissiak
Laura Wissiak