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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

Research: Persons with Visual Impairment Who Want to Use Technology Are Excluded by Cost and Accessibility

October 11, 2018

Research from Swansea University has found that sight-impaired users despite having the interest in digital technology are often excluded due to high cost, lack of training and accessibility. Read More

Source: The Conversation

Indonesia: A New App to Help Persons with Visual Impairment Navigate Their Cities

October 09, 2018

TuneMap, a digital map application will be crowdsourcing road safety data to allow Indonesia's residents with visual impairment to navigate with ease. Read More

Source: The News Lens

Engineers Reimagine the Tape Measure to Make it Smart and Accessible

October 07, 2018

A team of Australian engineers reimagined the tape measure to make it smart and accessible. Making the process seamless helped achieve the goal of making the technology accessible to blind people. Read More

Source: Create

City of Montreal Asks for Citizens' Help in Developing Universal Accessibility Plan

October 05, 2018

In a bid to make the city easier to navigate for people with disabilities, City of Montreal officials will be hosting a public consultation to develop a universal accessibility plan for the city. Read More

Source: CBC

Zyrobotics Becomes Microsoft's First ‘AI for Accessibility’ Grantee

October 05, 2018

Microsoft has announced Zyrobotics as the first grantee of the AI for Accessibility grant by Microsoft to develop AI solutions primarily centered around accessibility. Read More

Source: Neowin

St. Kitts and Nevis: Use Of Technology Can Help Persons With Disabilities Advance

October 02, 2018

A workshop held as part of ICT week at St. Kitts and Nevis discussed the need for an all-inclusive approach in the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for use by all. Read More

Source: Ziz

Google Launches Voice Assistant App 'Voice Access' to Enable a Hands-Free Way to Use Phones

October 02, 2018

Google launched Voice Access, an Android app that offers a hands-free way to write and edit text and talk to Google Assistant hence ensuring improved accessibility for persons with limited mobility. Read More

Source: Tech Crunch

Designing Accessible Government Websites

October 01, 2018

States can be more inclusive and ensure that e-government services are available to all by embracing accessible design for websites and adhering to an “accessibility first” strategy. Read More

Source: Government Technology