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European Accessibility Act - Parliament and Council Negotiators Strike a Deal

November 12, 2018

The new directive, provisionally agreed by EU Parliament and Council negotiators, aims to encourage businesses to innovate with accessible products and services for persons with disabilities. Read More

Source: EU Reporter

App Allows Persons with Hearing Impairment to Hear Conversations

November 10, 2018

SpeakSee, a wearable device, allows persons with hearing impairment to read a transcript of conversations of people talking to their paired smartphone app. Read More

Source: Daily Mail

Researchers Plan to Create App for Accessibility

November 07, 2018

Using 3D laser–scanning technology, researchers have developed an app that would provide the best routes to navigate on inclines for individuals with disabilities. Read More

Source: The Ithacan

A Smart City Is an Accessible City

November 06, 2018

A smart city must incorporate knowledge from persons with disabilities, and digital mapping could do more to drive design and policy improvements in this regard. Read More

Source: The Atlantic

How Website Accessibility Can Help Close the Disability Inclusion Gap

November 05, 2018

According to the recent Disability Equality Index Report, businesses must track their disability inclusion efforts. The article highlights five ways, including web accessibility to further inclusion. Read More

Source: Forbes

Audio Descriptions, Tactile Tours Increase Accessibility at University of Kansas Museum

October 22, 2018

New resources at the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art are making exhibitions more accessible to visitors with disabilities by offering audio descriptions, tactile tours and Braille maps. Read More

Source: The University of Kansas

Enabling Accessible TV shows and Educational Media for Children with Disabilities

October 22, 2018

Many media companies are leading the "born accessible" movement to enhance TV shows and educational media for all, including children with disabilities. Read More

Source: Kidscreen

Verifone Introduces Verifone Navigator an Accessible Payment Feature for Persons with Visual Impairment

October 22, 2018

Verifone introduced Navigator, a PCI-compliant payments feature that enables consumers with visual impairment to enter a PIN to easily make purchases. The feature is certified by RNIB and PCI approved Read More

Source: Telecom Paper

United Kingdom: The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to Test Digital Services for Accessibility

October 21, 2018

United Kingdom's Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) plans to carry out detailed testing on its suite of digital services to ensure they are accessible to persons with disabilities. Read More

Source: Public Technology

Hulu Becomes Latest Streaming Service to Commit to Accessibility for Blind Users

October 17, 2018

Hulu becomes the latest streaming service to undertake efforts to make its website and software applications accessible via screen readers and provide audio description tracks for streaming content. Read More

Source: American Council of the Blind

Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty by EU Celebrated as Important Step Towards Accessibility

October 13, 2018

​The Marrakesh Treaty is an important tool to promote print accessibility. Now, its ratification will enable greater access to books for persons with visual impairment.​ Read More

Source: European Disability Forum

Getting Started with the Marrakesh Treaty - a Guide for Librarians

October 12, 2018

The Marrakesh Treaty will only be effective when incorporated into national law, where libraries and others are using it. This guide offers answers to frequent questions in dealing with copyright law Read More

Source: IFLA