Amazon Introduces New Accessibility Features For Fire Tablet and Fire TV
Amazon is adding Braille input to its Fire tablets and Fire TV. With this update, VoiceView customers can read Kindle e-books, browse the web, and otherwise interact with their Fire tablet using a bluetooth connected braille display. Additionally, there is now an option for screen magnification on Fire TV where the interface can be magnified 10 times.
From Amazon, September 22, 2017
Lyft Builds New Accessibility Features for its Deaf Drivers
Ride-hailing firm Lyft in association with the National Association of the Deaf has launched new features on its app for its deaf drivers. As part of the "flash-on request" feature on the app, the driver will get a powerful visual notification whenever a ride request comes. These features could lower the chances of a driver missing out on a request.
From Engadget, September 22, 2017
UK: 71% of Older Consumers Now Own a Smartphone, Says Deloitte UK Survey
A Deloitte Study of the UK market indicates that 71% of 55 to 75 year olds now own an app-capable handset. With bigger screens, software becoming easier to use, and some having built-in accessibility features, the elderly are attracted to the benefits smartphones offer.
From BBC , September 22, 2017
EU One Step Closer to Accessibility Act
The European Accessibility Act, which seeks to bolster existing accessibility requirements for products and services, was voted through the European Parliament recently. The Act must be approved by the EU Council before becoming law.
From Times of Malta, September 21, 2017
How Can Companies Ensure Training Complies With Accessibility Mandates?
Companies often consider diversity in recruitment and hiring, but training must be inclusive, too. Thinking about potential barriers during the design stage can prove very useful, potentially improving learning for all employees. Employers need to take the time to carefully design, test and improve their training and learning programs to ensure all workers get what they need.
From HR Dive, September 21, 2017
Accessible Website Design for Users with Disabilities Lags Far Behind Demand
Of the 8 billion sites currently online, less than a quarter are fully accessible, and rarely few are made accessible from scratch. With the internet being a great tool for connections and commerce, every design decision made by companies about their website should have the possibility to include all.
From Campaign US, September 19, 2017
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded six application development research contracts under its Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) to improve mobility options for all travelers, particularly those with disabilities. USDOT granted the awards in three application technology areas—wayfinding and navigation, pre-trip and concierge services, and safe intersection crossing.
From US Department of Transportation, September 18, 2017
People With Disabilities Have Driven Innovation in Technology
The current technological movement and the growth of innovations have seen numerous examples of people with disabilities spurring innovations in science, technology, and other fields. Accruing to the notion that disability creates a constraint, and embracing constraints fuels innovation the article educates on at least three such inventions.
From The African Exponent, September 18, 2017
Accessibility is Not Just a Technology Problem. How To Ensure A Culture of Accessibility?
Accessibility is not just a technology problem; it’s a service delivery problem which touches many parts of an organisation. We need to think about accessibility as not only ensuring web content is accessible but making sure that a culture of accessibility permeates through an entire organisation.
From Boag World, September 16, 2017
Over 60% of Procurement Deals in UK Councils Ignore Accessibility Requirements
According to a Business Disability Forum study, more than 60 percent of outsourcing deals between UK local authorities and third-party suppliers happen without any discussion on disability requirements. Many local authorities could be risking paying more to retrofit services or offices for accessibility which have been allowed to be delivered in a way that does not cater to people with disabilities.
From Government Business, September 16, 2017