Accessibility in Game Design: Making Games Accessible for Users with Disability
I met Erin Hawley via her Twitter feed and have enjoyed following her posts and podcasts. Erin has Muscular Dystrophy, scoliosis, and a trach, along with a passion for geekdom and tabletop games. She has a beautiful personality and is an amazing advocate for disability in geek culture. With my wife’s Multiple Sclerosis causing her mobility and dexterity to slowly decline, I have a strong personal interest in the need for accessibility awareness in game design. Today, you get a glimpse of Erin’s passion in a heartfelt letter to game publishers regarding accessibility in their games. Thanks, Erin!
From http://www.freelanceknight.com/accessibility-in-game-design-guest-post-by-erin-hawley/, September 07, 2015
Canada: Ontario Showcasing Cutting-Edge Accessibility Technology
Ontario is hosting the first ever Accessibility Innovation Showcase, an official event of the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games at the MaRS Discovery District. Over 50 companies will demonstrate innovations in technologies and assistive devices that can benefit people with disabilities, their families and employers across Ontario. Companies will have an opportunity to connect with key investors and pitch ideas to help speed up the development of their products, such as exoskeletons and wearables, prosthetics, specialized applications, personalized robotics, and treatments and therapies delivered by smartphone.
From http://news.ontario.ca/medt/en/2015/08/ontario-showcasing-cutting-edge-accessibility-technology.html, September 04, 2015
USA: Eight Brilliant New Accessibility Inventions
Inventors and coders from around the world have put their heads together in the global ConnectAbility Challenge – a three month software competition to find the best new mobile and wireless technology to support people with disability live their lives. US$100,000 was up grabs in the challenge, with winners announced in New York on Monday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The CollectAbility Challenge was set by telco AT&T and the New York University ABILITY Lab.
From http://www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/8-brilliant-new-accessibility-inventions/, September 04, 2015
USA: Looking ahead at the United Nations Post-2015 Summit
More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from 25-27 September at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the summit “will chart a new era of sustainable development in which poverty will be eradicated, prosperity shared and the core drivers of climate change tackled”.
From http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/newsletter/desanews/feature/2015/09/index.html, September 04, 2015
Microsoft Office for Mac 2016: A First Look at Accessibility
For millions around the world, Microsoft Office is a must-have productivity suite. It's used by most workplaces--it is, after all, called Office--and by students everywhere. There are many alternatives, from Open Office to the iWork suite for Mac, but if you are working with a document which uses advanced Office features, or is highly formatted, it may not look the same if you import it into a different productivity suite, or export and save your work into a MS Office compatible format.
From http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw160902, September 03, 2015
Google Docs Gets Voice Typing, Templates, Smart Sheets And More
The company says that its Google Apps for Education platform sports 40M active teachers and students. The program was introduced in 2007 and just nabbed the 10th-largest school district (Fairfax, Virginia) in the company as a client. In preparation for students and teachers going back to schools, Google Apps has unleashed a few features that surprisingly haven’t been put into the product until now.
From http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/02/can-you-tell-me-how-to-get-to-google-street/, September 03, 2015
USA: Architecture Students Explore Design Solutions During Accessibility Awareness Day
Several students of the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture will experience firsthand the challenges confronting people with disabilities in daily campus life, during the University’s eighth Accessibility Awareness Day on Friday (Sept. 4).
From http://news.nd.edu/news/60346-architecture-students-explore-design-solutions-during-accessibility-awareness-day/#.VefV0zSYeTU.twitter, September 03, 2015
Screen Readers on Touchscreen Devices
People who are blind or have low vision must rely on their memory and on a rich vocabulary of gestures to interact with touchscreen phones and tablets. Designers should strive to minimize the cognitive load for users of screen readers. For people who have low vision, using a touchscreen typically consists of listening to text read aloud by a screen reader and interacting with the elements on screen via a lexicon of multi-finger gestures.
From http://www.nngroup.com/articles/touchscreen-screen-readers/, September 03, 2015
Australia: AA Compliance: Why WCAG 2.0 is Important
The Australian Government has recently endorsed the second version of the WCAG Guidelines (Web Content Accessibility) for all government websites. This new standard replaces the previous WCAG 1.0 compliance mandate, and this standard is being upheld by businesses and non-government organizations as well. The full scope of the change as well as advice for meeting the standard is discussed on the Department of Finance website in a Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy (NTS) document.
From http://www.elcomcms.com/en-au/resources/elcom-blog/posts/aa-compliance--why-wcag-2-0-is-important, September 03, 2015
EU: Database of Digital Services for Carers of the Elderly Launched
The European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC) has partnered with EUROCARERS to launch a new online database of digital services for carers of older people. This new tool offers access to 78 good practices of digital services for older care at home, which the JRC gathered and that EUROCARERS, the European network representing informal carers and their organisations, helped make available to all.
From https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/database-digital-services-carers-elderly-launched, September 02, 2015