Disability Drives Innovation

May 16, 2022 | Winona

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Did you know: many popular technologies were invented thanks to people with disabilities? To mark the 11th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (May 19, 2022), I'd like to share a few books that highlight how disability drives innovation. The Power of Disability: 10 Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the...

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 7, 2022 | Carrie

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"Women In Tech (Microsoft) - 229" by wocintechchat.com is licensed under CC BY 2.0 February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science , celebrated worldwide since 2015. The day recognizes the vital role that women and girls play in science and technology. It highlights the importance...

Eye on AI: Decoding the Bias

February 2, 2022 | Angjelin

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In recent years the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in government, business and greater civil society has grown. As AI use has become widespread it has created some deep ethical oversights. Left unchecked and without proper controls, AI and automated systems can perpetrate racial, gender, and other forms of bias...

Inclusive Design

November 29, 2021 | Carrie

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities from United Nations December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities and is celebrated annually around the world since 1992. The aim of this day is to "promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of...

Digital Detox

November 12, 2021 | Carrie

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"Woman sitting in the bed in the morning, drinking coffee and scrolling through her phone." by shixart1985 is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Throughout the pandemic, technology has been our lifeline in staying connected to the outside world. Technology has helped us stay connected to family and friends, stay up...

ASMR at the Library

October 22, 2021 | Kate

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Have you ever felt tingles in your head or down your spine when someone whispers in your ear or when you get a haircut? Do you start to feel pleasantly sleepy when you hear typing or fingernails tapping on a table? If so, you might be experiencing ASMR, or Autonomous...

Ethical Issues and AI

October 1, 2021 | Carrie

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"Artificial Intelligence & AI & Machine Learning" by mikemacmarketing is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Artificial intelligence (AI) impacts nearly all aspects of our lives. From facial recognition to autocorrect to Google Maps, AI has become a part of our everyday. While AI has the potential to enhance our lives...

Innovation and Failure

August 3, 2021 | Carrie

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Naturally, we love to celebrate and share our success stories and we shy away from discussing our failures. However, failure is an inevitable part of life and the learnings that come out of failure are often more valuable than the success itself. Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda once said...

Celebrating Assistive Technology

June 21, 2021 | Denise

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For people with disabilities, assistive technology and devices are both ordinary and life-changing. The World Health Organization defines assistive technology and devices (AT) as "those whose primary purpose is to maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence to facilitate participation and to enhance overall well-being." This can include wheelchairs,...

The Need for Data Literacy Information

June 18, 2021 | Fiona

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Digital literacy is a lifelong learning skill. It is important to know where you can get trusted information and how to protect your privacy. Building digital literacy skills creates a stronger community. Atelier-data-privacy by Djrandyw.com is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Toronto Public Library understands the importance of building digital...