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Products and Services to be Made More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities in the EU
Key products and services, like phones, e-book readers, operating systems and payment terminals, will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities, under the proposed European Accessibility Act . The Internal Market Committee amended and approved the rules, which would apply only to products and services placed on the EU market after the directive takes effect.
From European Parliament News, April 25, 2017

Google Play Awards Announce Apps Selected for the Best Accessibility Experience
The Google Play awards are back again at this year’s Google I/O, and a number of apps have been selected for the Best Accessibility Experience. Google Play Awards recognizes the best Android apps across multiple categories. This year Google has added four new categories, taking the total up to 12.
From Coolblindtech.com, April 25, 2017

Assistive Technology: Changing Perceptions of Disabilities
Assistive technology is becoming increasingly more advanced in the modern day world. This umbrella term is one that is constantly evolving over time to incorporate more technological devices designed to aid those living with a disability. Life expectancy has also risen, meaning there are now more people than ever living with a disability.
From Disabledgo.com, April 24, 2017

Tecla Expands its Accessibility Features for Users with Limited Mobility to IOT Devices
Tecla, a device that allows users with limited mobility to control electronic devices is going to get an upgrade. It will integrate controls for connected home devices and expanding the number of devices that can be controlled through the Tecla unit at one time.
From techcrunch.com,, April 24, 2017

eSight Smart Glasses Help Legally Blind
Since its commercial launch in 2013, eSight has been disrupting the assistive technology space through its smart glasses. In February, the company revealed its latest glasses, eSight 3, to help the legally blind or those living with low vision to see with 20/20 vision. eSight said the device’s autofocus capabilities enable users to shift between near, mid, and long-range vision, and its Wifi and HDMI capabilities allow them to stream content and send pictures and videos.
From Betakit.com, April 22, 2017

Why Accessibility Matters to your Startup?
The idea of implementing ‘accessibility’ into the design of a product or website is often seen as the last thing on a list of “nice to have” features. However this doesn’t have to be the case. Building your product to be accessible increases the number of potential users you can target, and can consequently convert into paying customers. It makes the most business sense.
From The Path Forward, April 21, 2017

Why Hawaii Media Need To Better Serve People with Visual Impairment
People with disabilities often feel left out of important public discourse because they simply cannot access the same media materials as everyone else. The technology exists to make our coverage more accessible to all. This isn’t about special treatment, it’s about equality.
From Honolulu Civil Beat, April 20, 2017

Assistive Tech Helping People with Disabilities Gain Independence
With the help of technology, persons with disabilities can now message loved ones, use a smartphone app to pinpoint when the next bus is coming, and access emails or surf the Web via a screen-reader software — restoring a sense of independence.
From Today Online, April 19, 2017

Players with Disabilities Employ Innovative Hacks to get into Online Gaming
One in five gamers is a person with disability. Video games have come a long way from text-based adventures that had slow type in commands on a keyboard. They move faster, require split-second reflexes and run on complicated controllers packed with buttons and joysticks. People with disabilities are finding workarounds, whether through custom-built hardware or software tricks, to ensure that they can stay competitive with the best players out there.
From CNET, April 18, 2017

Australian Government Announces Working Group to Expand Audio Description Service
The Australian government has announced the formation of an Audio Description Working Group to examine options for increasing audio description services in Australia. The Government will now invite representatives from the broadcasting and streaming industries, audio description service providers and consumer representatives to participate in the working group. This follows the Audio Description trial that ran for 15 months on ABC, which concluded in June.
From TV Tonight, April 17, 2017

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