Millennials with Disabilities: A Large Talent Cohort with Innovative Potential
Thanks to ADA-mandated support and accessibility in schools and in their communities, more people with disabilities are completing college than ever before, thus increasingly contributing to the high number of millennials with disabilities. But that could mean an enormous waste of potential and talent for innovation if companies do not undertake accessibility measures to accommodate diversity.
From Inc, November 24, 2017
Smartphones, Apps are Making Technology Accessible to All, Including the Elderly
Ever-developing smartphones enable the elderly to enjoy techology, making life easier and more independent for them through applications that provide a platform to stay better connected.
From Daily Sabah, November 23, 2017
Aira - The Technology that is Helping Persons with Visual Disabilities with Everyday Tasks
Aira, a San Diego-based company has developed smart glasses to help the blind with everyday tasks. The glasses are equipped with a camera, which feeds a video stream to a remote agent who then narrates what they see in real time over the phone for the user.
From Washington Post, November 23, 2017
Microsoft’s Seeing AI App for People with Visual Disabilities Released in the UK
Microsoft’s Seeing AI app, which helps blind people by narrating the world around them, has been released in the UK. The free program uses artificial intelligence to recognise objects, people and text via a phone or tablet’s camera and describes them to the user.
From Microsoft, November 22, 2017
While Technology is Creating Inclusive Societies, Few Employers Are Using Them to Create Accessible Spaces for Persons with Disabilities
Technology has enabled creating inclusive societies. However a disconnect occurs from education to employment for persons with disabilities stemming from the dearth of companies that make workplaces accessible.
From Stuff, November 21, 2017
India: Devise Sign Language Policy for Private News Channels, Says Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment
The Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment - the focal point within government of India on disability issues, has called for a policy to help private news channels devise ways to display sign language in order to be accessible to persons with disabilities. Currently, only channels under the government including DD News, DD Bharati and DD Urdu broadcast some of their programmes in sign language, including the Republic Day parade.
From DNA, November 21, 2017
Assistive Technology Helpful in the Classroom for Students with Visual Disabilities
Students with visual disabilities now have a number of tools at their disposal to help keep up in the classroom. However, while the tools are available and affordable for school districts, more work needs to be done to ensure they are implemented correctly and that educators are properly trained to effectively use the platforms.
From R&D Mag, November 20, 2017
How Employees with Disabilities Can Fill Tech Skills Gaps and Drive Innovation
People with disabilities are often overlooked in company diversity efforts. This population can help tech companies find more innovative solutions to problems, as well as make products more inclusive.
From Tech Republic, November 20, 2017
Accessibility a Major Theme at W3C Publishing Summit
Members of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) organized a two-day publishing summit. Accessibility was a major theme at the summit, as speakers argued for a common standard in digital publishing for more readers to access content.
From Publishers Weekly, November 19, 2017
Airbnb Buys Accomable, Upgrades App With Accessibility Features
Airbnb, in a recent acquisition, bought Accomable, a startup based out of London that focuses on travel listings that are disabled-friendly. Along with the announcement, Airbnb is refreshing its own accessibility features to ensure access to all.
From TechCrunch, November 19, 2017