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“Oracle is committed to creating accessible technologies and products that enhance the overall workplace environment and contribute to the productivity of our employees, our customers, and our customers' customers.”
—Safra Catz, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle
For many reasons—legal, business, and ethical—Oracle recognizes the need for our applications, and our customers' and partners' products built with our tools, to be usable by the disabled community. The Oracle Accessibility Program Office, reporting to the office of the Chief Corporate Architect, is responsible for defining the corporate standards for accessibility, and developing materials to train all employees so that they can successfully create products that meet those standards.
"Oracle's business is information—how to manage it, use it, share it, protect it. Our commitment to create products that simplify, standardize and automate extends to all users, including users who are disabled."
Oracle is an Executive Sponsor of the 2020 Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, hosted by California State University, Northridge, March 10-13. Michele Van Doozer of the Oracle Accessibility Program Office with Mary Jo Mueller from IBM will present ‘Quality Accessibility Conformance Reporting using the VPAT’ on Thursday, March 12 at 2:20 p.m.
Applications are being accepted for the Oracle and European Disability Forum (EDF) scholarship for students with disabilities studying in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience, or related fields enrolled at a EU university for the academic year 2019-2020. Deadline to apply is March 6, 2020. The scholarship consists of 6,500€ to be awarded based on a project or research that will be conducted during the academic year. The Scholarship will be awarded primarily based on a project or thesis in which the needs of persons with disabilities in terms of accessibility to ICT (e-Accessibility) are taken into consideration and/or an innovative solution to enhance their access is proposed. The project must be an integral component of the educational program undertaken by the student (e.g. final year assignment or part of their Masters or PhD).
Michele Van Doozer and Monica Gaines of the Oracle Accessibility Program Office presented Integrating Accessibility into the Development Process at the 2019 Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, hosted by California State University, Northridge, March 2019. Oracle was also an Exclusive Sponsor of the conference. Slides from the CSUN presentation are also available.
Oracle and the European Disability Forum (EDF) announced Maria Isabel Santos as the winner of the 2018 edition of the EDF-Oracle e-accessibility scholarship. This 8,000 euros award is to higher education students with disabilities in fields such as computer science, computer engineering, user experience and others. Maria Isabel Santos developed a platform called LEMA—"Learning Environment on Mathematics for Autistic Children". Full details of the scholarship and the awarding to Maria Isabel Santos can be found on EDF-Oracle Scholarship Winner: "Not enough research on digital learning for kids with disabilities". In a follow up with the 2017 winner, Aineias Martos, she responded "When I talk to my colleagues about my research it seems that nobody is interested on it. Their attitude suddenly changes when I refer that this research was awarded by Oracle and EDF. I think that this moral enhancement to me is more important than the founding itself."
Oracle and the European Disability Forum (EDF) announced Aineias Martos, a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, as this years winner of the annual e-Accessibility Scholarship. This 8,000 euros award is to higher education students with disabilities in fields such as computer science, computer engineering, user experience and others. Aineias Martos' main research goal is to find solutions to enhance the amount of information that users can perceive in tactile graphics. Full details of the scholarship and the awarded project are at EDF & Oracle award 8.000 € scholarship to student with disability.
The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) released the white paper Reporting Conformance to ICT Accessibility Standards (PDF) about the trend requiring companies to give a "yes/no" or "pass/fail" answer when addressing how well products meet accessibility requirements. The paper reviews how this is an insufficient way to answer accessibility criteria and the impact it has when being applied to complex products. Oracle uses the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) to report accessibility conformance of our products.