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An AI Avatar is Helping People with Disability Navigate Technology
Nadia is an intelligent, emotionally responsive AI avatar that simulates a toddler. Created by Soul Machines, Nadia can speak, write and chat online, and can help people with disabilities who traditionally struggle with technology have better accessibility to the company’s services.
From AccessAI, February 21, 2017

Assistive Devices Market to Expand at a CAGR of 7.4%
The market for assistive devices market was valued at US$ 14,109.1 million in 2015 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period (2016–2024), according to a new report published by Coherent Market Insights. Rapidly aging population in Asia and Latin America is a major factor propelling demand for assistive devices for elderly and persons with disabilities.
From MedGadget, February 20, 2017

New Animation on Accessible Signage Now Available from US Access Board
A new animation on accessible signage is the latest in a series of the US Access Board's online guide to standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). The 15-minute animated film reviews and illustrates requirements in the standards for signs and clarifies common sources of confusion. It covers provisions for visual access, tactile signs, required access symbols and other pictograms.
From United States Access Board, February 17, 2017

Accessibility Guidelines Working Group Chartered to Work on WCAG 2.1
The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has been chartered to develop extensions to address gaps in WCAG 2.0. The WCAG 2.1 update will be an incremental update to WCAG 2.0 rather than a major revision. WCAG 2.1 is designed to build on the WCAG 2.0 recommendation to ensure testability and technology independence, and will also ensure backward compatibility with WCAG 2.0. As with WCAG 2.0 in the past, the Working Group will periodically conduct reviews and provide feedback on WCAG 2.1 support materials created by other groups to help ensure that resources reflect the intent of the recommendation.
From W3C, February 16, 2017

Meet NYC’s First Digital Accessibility Coordinator
In New York City, almost a million people identify as having a disability. The City of New York recognizes the role that digital accessibility plays in learning about and applying for city services. To move the City towards this goal, the Digital Accessibility Coordinator works closely with other city agencies, especially the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, to review the accessibility of City websites and apps.
From Medium, February 13, 2017

Accessibility Still Not Out-of-the-box, but Cloud Can Help
Cloud services can make life easier and more productive people with disabilities. But inaccessibility in end-user software and devices makes that potential difficult to realize. Now, a massive effort is underway to make accessibility solutions available whenever and wherever needed.
From VOA News, February 12, 2017

New Consumer App Helps Australians with Disabilities Identify Assistive Technology Options Available
A newly released app called Equip Myself, supports Australians with disability to identify the range of assistive equipment and technology options that could improve their independence and wellbeing. The app links to the national equipment database, which contains impartial information on more than 11,000 assistive technology products available nationwide.
From Australian Ageing Agenda, February 11, 2017

Smart Cities Built for Everyone
Our cities are getting smarter than ever . But what are the innovations that are making Smart Cities more accessible? From clever apps and crowdsourced resources to revamped public transit and cultural programming, our urban spaces are best when they can be shared by all.
From Austin Startups, February 10, 2017

Queensland Government Launches Inclusive Tourism Guide
Queensland Government has developed a resource on inclusive tourism to assist tourism operators understand their legal obligations in relation to accessibility, increase their knowledge about the market for inclusive tourism, and develop strategies to improve the accessibility of their business to appeal to a wider range of visitors of all abilities and ages. The guide also includes information to assist people with disability in planning a holiday.
From Queensland Government Publication, February 09, 2017

IBM Pushes Accessibility With Release of 2 Open Source Projects
IBM has made two accessibility projects available under open-source licenses. The projects are designed to help developers determine if their applications support the needs of users with limited mobility or vision.The project provides access to the Microsoft Active Accessibility and IAccessible2 APIs.
From SD Times, February 07, 2017

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