There's Finally a Good Way to Text in Sign Language
With new mobile keyboard app Signily, American Sign Language speakers no longer have to worry about their messages being lost in translation. Created by American Sign Language nonprofit ASLized!, the Signily keyboard lets users send text messages and emails using specific ASL emoji, BuzzFeed reported.
From http://www.techinsider.io/text-in-american-sign-language-with-keyboard-app-signily-2015-8, February 18, 2016
New Technology Helps Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing RIT Students
The new technologies include voice recognition apps, video remote-interpreting and captioning services, just to name a few. This is technology that students say is changing the way they're communicating both in an out of class. The ability to fully hear is something some of these RIT students do not have, but the ability to communicate is something they do, and it just got a whole lot easier. “The world is becoming more accessible to deaf people,” says Rico Petersen, Assistant Dean and Director of the Department of Access Services. “Typically they might not know sign language, or they might prefer English instead of sign language, so we have a provider that is trained in specialized software. They go into class and type live what is being said.”
From http://www.whec.com/article/stories/s4032751.shtml?platform=hootsuite, February 18, 2016
USA: How the Super Bowl Became a Platform for 'Hearables'
Athletes like Carolina Panther’s wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. came together with celebrities and the hard of hearing for a nine-year tradition between The Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Super Bowl where nearly 150 people got to take home a piece of free wearable innovation—hearing aids. The TruLink app allows the patient to have direct iPhone to hearing aid adjustment if you wanted to change the sound, turn up the volume, and stream phone calls. Apple owns the patents on this low-battery antennae which helps with the batter-draining nature of Bluetooth connectivity
From http://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferelias/2016/02/08/how-the-super-bowl-became-a-platform-for-hearables, February 15, 2016
3D printed Mouth Operated Mouse for people with disabilities wins MakerBot’s Assistive Technology Challenge
MakerBot Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D design community, has announced the winning designs from the Assistive Technology Challenge which asked the Thingiverse community to create 3D printed devices for people with disabilities. he Challenge attracted more than 170 submissions from around the world. Tobias Wirtl’s Mouth Operated Mouse, which was designed to help people with disabilities navigate the Internet, was named the winning design at the event organized by MakerBot.
From http://bit.ly/1SrJgij, February 15, 2016
IAAP Launches First Certification Examination for Accessibility Professionals
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is pleased to launch the first administration of the certification examination for accessibility professionals – Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC). We invite you to join us and take the exams on Tuesday, March 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in San Diego, California. Please note that space is limited and spots will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to complete this application is Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
From http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/content.asp?admin=Y&contentid=340, February 12, 2016
Bookshare Helps Students with Disabilities Gain Independent Living Skills
Bookshare, an online accessible library, free to U.S. students with qualifying print disabilities, is helping students at Riverview School in Massachusetts learn important work and life skills for successful transitions outside of school. The ten-month vocational program, Getting Ready for the Outside World (GROW), is structured like a college campus. Students live in dorms, take classes, and participate in an extensive internship program to gain authentic work experiences and function independently.
From http://bit.ly/20VuJNf, February 12, 2016
IBM: Accessibility Policy and Regulation Outlook 2016
As the Accessibility Standards Program Manager, sometimes work goals are hindered by the slow movement in government policies and standards that we strive to push forward. For every year of delay, the danger of standards being outpaced by emerging new technologies grows, and that can lead to a widening gap in accessible technology. 2016 could turn out to be a watershed year with the potential of two major events completed by the year’s end.
From http://ageandability.com/2016/01/28/accessibility-policy-and-regulation-outlook-2016/?platform=hootsuite, February 10, 2016
Accessible Media Inc Renames Annual Scholarship Program in Memory of Robert Pearson
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it has renamed its scholarship program in memory of former colleague and advocate for accessibility, Robert Pearson. Formerly known as the AMI Scholarship, the bursary has been renamed the AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship in honor of the organization's Accessibility Officer who passed away in December, 2015. Robert Pearson was a long-time employee of AMI and fervent supporter of accessibility in Canada and around the world.
From https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/02/09/809053/10159931/en/AMI-renames-annual-scholarship-program.html, February 10, 2016
USA: Wearable Device with 3D Camera to Guide People with Vision Disabilities
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a low-power chip for processing 3-D camera data that could help people with vision disabilities navigate their environments. The chip consumes only one-thousandth as much power as a conventional computer processor executing the same algorithms.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/02/05/wearable-device-with-3d-camera-to-guide-people-with-vision-disabilities/, February 10, 2016
India: Sign Language Dictionary Released in Bangalore
‘Sign Language for Beginners’, the Indian sign language dictionary was released on Friday. The book, written by Arun C. Rao, Editor of TheDeafWay.org, and released by Kannada actor Yash, promises to help both parents and teachers to communicate with children who have hearing disabilities. P.C. Jayanna, Director, Department for Empowerment of Disabled and Senior Citizens said: “It is not only the responsibility of the teachers but also of the parents to learn sign language that will enable them to interact with children and help them grow peacefully and efficiently. The department will provide full support to circulate the book and to ensure its accessibility in libraries.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/02/08/sign-language-dictionary-released/, February 10, 2016