The Trend Of Assistive Tech Is Rapidly Changing
A range of devices addressing needs of rehabilitation for a spectrum of disabilities are some of the assistive devices that were completely unheard of a few decades ago. The trend of assistive technology is rapidly changing and while they may face many challenges, their potential must be considered as well.
From Huffington Post, September 24, 2017
Marrakesh Treaty to Come to Force for all EU Countries From October 2018
The European Parliament (EP) agreed on a directive that would lift copyright protection for print works for individuals with disabilities. Through this directive, the EP is attempting to "facilitate the availability and cross-border exchange of books and other print material in accessible formats from around the world", in line with the Marrakesh Treaty that the EU signed in April 2014.
From Malta Independent, September 23, 2017
Procuring Accessible ICTs for Higher Education
Colleges often struggle with verifying informations and communication technology (ICT) products such as websites or other IT applications meeting accessibility standards. One way would be for colleges to implement a checkpoint during procurement to assess accessibility of ICT products.
From Tech Edge, September 23, 2017
W3C Invites Comments on Core Accessibility API Markings 1.1
The Core Accessibility API Mappings (Core –AAM) 1.1 has been published by the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Working Group as a Candidate Recommendation and is now undergoing implementation finalization and testing. W3C is now calling for implementation information or comments by 19 October 2017.
From W3C, September 23, 2017
How Can New Tech Driven Banks Appeal to the Elderly?
Amidst a growing population of older persons, new banks driven by technology are not yet doing enough to target this customer base. Accessibility should be a key consideration when designing any financial product or service, and that includes designing for the elderly. This will help make banking possible for everyone, no matter who they are.
From Specialist Banking, September 22, 2017
The Impact of New Accessibility Standards on Authoring Tools
The revised Section 508 standards add requirements for features of the authoring tool that promote the author’s ability to generate accessible output, as well as requiring the output itself to be accessible.The article provides a guidance for those seeking to understand how the new standards define authoring tools and requirements for helping ensure accessibility.
From IBM, September 22, 2017
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