DEWA Starts ‘Live’ Sign Language Video Chat
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has launched the Ash’ir (Arabic for ‘to signal’) service to support customers with hearing disabilities. The service was announced at DEWA’s headquarters in the presence of Executive Vice-Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and DEWA employees.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/01/dewa-starts-live-sign-language-video-chat/, September 10, 2014
Infographic: Discover the Smart House of the Future
How will be our house in the future? Will the washing machines be connected? The light bulbs? The plants? Thousands of smart projects are being developed to automate the houses, to make them more efficient, more useful and easier for the users.
From http://mobileworldcapital.com/en/article/663, September 09, 2014
How to Use Accessibility for iPhone and iPad: The Ultimate Guide
Accessibility — also referred to as inclusivity — is all about making the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad work for as wide a range of people as possible. That can include the very young, the very old, people brand new to computers and mobile devices, and also people with disabilities and special needs. With iOS, Apple has added features to specifically help those with visual impairments, including blindness, color blindness, and low vision, with auditory impairments including deafness in one or both ears, physical or motor skill impairments, including limited coordination or range of motion, and learning challenges, including autism and dyslexia.
From http://www.imore.com/how-use-accessibility-iphone-and-ipad-ultimate-guide, September 04, 2014
Dragon Naturally Speaking and ARIA
The latest and greatest Dragon Naturally Speaking (version 13) finally catches up, at least partially, with a critical web standard: WAI-ARIA.
From http://simplyaccessible.com/article/dragon-aria/, September 03, 2014
Live Subtitles: How Smart Technology Could Help Deaf People
There are many new technologies that can help people with disabilities, like live subtitling 24/7 for deaf people, but how well do they work? Tina Lannin of 121 Captions and Tim Scannell of Microlink have been working to make Google Glass for deaf people a reality.
From http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-ouch-28672182, September 03, 2014
Apple Leads in Accessibility, But Can Third-Party Developers Follow?
Third-party apps on the App Store need to be much better at being inclusively designed. The tendency — albeit naturally — is for Apple and other developers to make iOS, and apps designed for iOS, for the majority of users. While users with disabilities, such as myself, are not a majority, we are an important niche. We use iOS devices, too, and we surely appreciate Apple and developers making us a priority.
From http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/02/apple-accessibility/, September 03, 2014
How Accessibility Helps SEO: Best Practices for Inclusive Content Creation
Getting on the first page of Google results is the holy grail for SEO, but many web designers and marketeers don’t realize that optimizing their website for accessibility will help achieve their goal.
From http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog/how-accessibility-helps-seo, September 03, 2014
Tech City Types Developing 'Google Glass for the Blind' App
The service, called Eyebridge, is being put together by Guy Curlewis and Andrew Law, who believe that a smartphone camera linked to a call centre could be of use to blind and poorly sighted people.
From http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/12/eyebridge_app_google_glass_for_the_blind/, September 02, 2014
Why Game Accessibility Matters?
Meet the people pushing to make video games more accessible to those with — and without — disabilities. Many people, through accident, injury or some other misfortune, come into disability later in life. Game accessibility is vital to them, says former International Game Developers Association's Game Accessibility Special Interest Group chairperson Tara Voelker.
From http://www.polygon.com/features/2014/8/6/5886035/disabled-gamers-accessibility, September 02, 2014
UK: Conference Explores How New Technolgy Can Transform the Lives of Blind People
RNIB's Techshare Europe will take place on 4 - 5 September 2014 at the Glasgow Science Centre, Scotland. SMART’ glasses that maximise the remaining vision of partially sighted people, shoes with vibrating sensors that guide the wearer in a certain direction, and a system that converts mobile-phones into portable eye-screening kits – just three cutting-edge devices on display at a landmark conference in Glasgow.
From http://enablemagazine.co.uk/index.php/2014/08/glasgow-conference-explores-how-new-technolgy-can-transform-the-lives-of-blind-people/, September 01, 2014