Accessible technology is something most people have no idea they use every day. From the contrast on your phone that allows you to see in bright light, to auto-complete forms and voice control – widely used digital tools that have often been developed to address the needs of those living with disabilities.
With a global disability market of nearly $7-trillion and an aging population, digital accessibility is also a major opportunity for a growing number of Toronto technology companies. Enter Fable Tech Labs, a Toronto company founded by two graduates of OCAD’s Inclusive Design program to make the digital world accessible, and employ those living with disabilities in the process.
On Thursday October 10th, Fable will be hosting a first of its kind Inclusive Design Conference at OneEleven, part of a 24-hour global series with events around the world.
The Toronto event will feature Toronto tech companies focused on diversity and inclusion, such as Twenty One Toys and Diversio. The livestream includes speakers from LinkedIn, Royal Caribbean, Deque Systems, Gatsby.js, and Fable on topics including accessibility in emerging countries, accessibility for deaf people, and UX improvements by designing with cognitive differences in mind.
“Digital accessibility is the new frontier – both a massive gap and a massive opportunity,” said Alwar Pillai, CEO of Fable. “Accessibility improvements have unlocked new products and users for so many companies, and we’re seeing a real push for improvement being driven not just by market opportunity, but by legal challenges and legislation.”
As an indication of the interest in digital accessibility, the registered list of attendees for the conference includes major financial institutions, tel-cos, government and representatives from early adopter companies like D2L and Slack, both of whom work with Fable.
Accessibility features in products and services have often solve unanticipated problems and held wide appeal for all users. A research study of Fortune 100 companies found that digital accessibility strategies were common among top performers.
Register for the Inclusive Design conference here.