Should Netflix Be Accessible to the Deaf?
When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years ago this July, his hope was that the law would ensure that people with disabilities were given “independence, freedom of choice, control of their lives,” and “the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic of the American mainstream.”
From http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/04/does-the-ada-apply-to-online-spaces-too/390654/, April 15, 2015
Fujitsu Introduces “LiveTalk,” a Participatory Communications Tool for People with Hearing Disabilities
Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Social Science Laboratory Limited today announced that, starting in mid-May, they will begin sales of FUJITSU Software LiveTalk, a participatory communications tool for people with hearing disabilities, to companies and schools in Japan.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/14/fujitsu-introduces-livetalk-a-participatory-communications-tool-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, April 14, 2015
USA: Perkins Voices Add Momentum to UN’s Push to Ratify Accessible Book Treaty
In keeping with its education and advocacy work for people who are blind all around the world, Perkins has joined with other global leaders to pave the way for expanded access to books for readers who are blind or have low vision. In March, Perkins President and CEO Dave Power took part in a panel discussion at the U.N. titled, “Innovative Technologies: Making the world of books accessible to people who are print disabled.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/14/perkins-voices-add-momentum-to-uns-push-to-ratify-accessible-book-treaty/, April 14, 2015
Examining Tech Solutions To Natural Disasters
When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, it struck a very vulnerable target. The Pacific nation is considered one of the world’s poorest and is ranked by the United Nations’ WorldRiskIndex as the most disaster-prone country.
From http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/09/low-and-high-tech-solutions-to-natural-disasters/, April 13, 2015
How a Smartphone for the Blind May Save Drivers’ Lives
An Israeli-developed smartphone for the blind is providing technology that will now help the fully sighted to drive more safely. RayGo is the first eyes-free patented smartphone system that lets drivers interact with their smartphones without taking their eyes off the road.
From http://www.timesofisrael.com/how-a-smartphone-for-the-blind-may-save-drivers-lives/, April 13, 2015
New Zealand Sign Language Week May 4-10, 2015
From 4 – 10 May 2015, Deaf Aotearoa is hosting the ninth New Zealand Sign Language Week – a celebration of one of the country’s official languages: New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/13/new-zealand-sign-language-week-4-10-may-2015/, April 13, 2015
New Mobile App Enhances Cinema Experience for the Vision Impaired
Audible Magic, the leading provider of content recognition software solutions announced that Cybercom Group of Stockholm, Sweden has licensed its technology for Sweden’s “Available Cinema” project, making movie experiences more accessible to those with sight and reading impairments.
From http://www.sys-con.com/node/3321602, April 09, 2015
Museums Welcome People with Disabilities, Offer Array of Creative Opportunities, Technology
Luz Cantres works on a drawing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York after viewing a sculpture by French artist Jean Dubuffet. Cantres was participating in "Create Ability," a program for individuals with learning and developmental disabilities. Each month participants in the MoMA program explore a different theme through an exploration of the museum’s galleries and art-making workshops.
From http://www.theprovince.com/travel/Museums+welcome+people+with+disabilities+offer+array+creative/10951954/story.html, April 09, 2015
USA: AT&T's Challenge to Developers: Inventive Apps for the Disabled
As of now, all the apps, devices, and wearables out there don't meet Chalkias's needs. That's why he has volunteered to work as one of four exemplars for AT&T's latest app challenge, which is offering up $100,000 for technology specifically aimed at aiding those with disabilities. In a partnership with NYU's Assistive Technology and Ability Lab, AT&T is putting out a call to developers to create new apps or devices aimed at what Chalkias calls "atypical users"—other disabled people like him. Submissions will be due at the beginning of July, and AT&T will announce the winner on July 26, the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
From http://www.fastcompany.com/3044652/most-creative-people/atts-challenge-to-developers-inventive-apps-for-the-disabled, April 09, 2015
Smart Assist System for People Who are Blind
Palestinian students at the Polytechnic University in Hebron have developed a smart vest for people who are blind. The vest uses a ground sensor to detect obstacles and voice and vibration cues to navigate the user through them.
From http://www.interactiveaccessibility.com/news/smart-assist-system-people-who-are-blind#.VSS0EvmUfaD, April 09, 2015