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
7 Apps That Customize Teaching for Children with Disabilities
Teaching children with different needs, different behavioural patterns, and different talents create different challenges. Employing apps and other digital tools for personalizing teaching approaches is beneficial. There are apps available that can customize curriculum without making the process consuming and overwhelming.
From Getting Smart, February 06, 2017
Launch of Caribbean Video Assistance Service Promotes Using ICT to Empower Persons with Disabilities
The Caribbean Video Assistance Service (CVAS) project provides a video relay service (VRS) for persons with hearing disabilities, enabling them to communicate directly but also interact with sign language interpreters. The project aims to provide an accessible and affordable technological platform to facilitate communications from virtually anywhere.
From Caribbean 360, February 03, 2017
Sharjah Police Launches Hotline Number For Persons with Disabilities to report Emergencies, Crimes
Sharjah Police has launched a 24 hours special hotline number that allows residents with disabilities to report crimes and emergencies, making it convenient for blind and deaf people. This initiative comes after the Government’s launch of the National Ambulance App 998 for persons with disabilities.
From Gulf News, February 02, 2017
Access Map by Taskar Center offers Accessible Routing for Wheelchair Users
Transportation routing services primarily designed for people in cars don’t give pedestrians, parents pushing strollers or people in wheelchairs much information about how to easily navigate a neighborhood using sidewalks. Now a new route-finding map lets Seattle pedestrians avoid hills, construction, accessibility barriers.
From UW Today, February 01, 2017
Robotics - The Future of Assistive Living for Older Persons & Persons with Disabilities
Assistive Living in the future could be about using robots. Researchers from Middlesex University and the University of Bedfordshire are building personal social robots, known as Pepper Robots, which can be pre-programmed to suit the person they are helping, and could relieve pressures in hospitals and care homes.
From BBC, January 31, 2017
Strategies for Making Online Learning Accessible
Accessibility efforts benefit not only students with disabilities but also students who are English language learners among others.
Among the most common accommodations made for students with disabilities in online courses are the addition of captions to videos for students who are deaf and the remediation of documents to make them accessible to students who are blind. Proactively developing, procuring, and using accessible software, websites, videos, documents, and other IT reduces the need for accommodations.
From Educause Review, January 30, 2017
How 3D Printing can Help with Sex Education for Blind Students
Sex ed classes overall often rely on dull videos and static illustrations, and presents a unique problem for blind students. Now 3D-printing technology is letting blind students experience comprehensive, accessible sex ed for the first time ever.
From Mashable, January 28, 2017
XboxOne Update Adds New Accessibility Feature
The new Xbox One update currently only available for Insider members - makes it easier to navigate the dashboard by reducing the number of button presses required to use various functions. The recent updates include the new Copilot feature that will help make the console more accessible to players with disabilities, improved Magnifier and Narrator features.
From Herald Keeper, January 25, 2017
How can Companies Comply with Accessibility Mandates, especially with WCAG 2.1 on the Anvil?
In the 10 years since the W3C laid out WCAG 2.0, assistive technology has become a standard feature for leading device manufacturers. The difference between usability and accessibility has become more defined with developers often leaving accessibility testing to the very last minute, if at all. While WCAG 2.1 is being drafted, what is it that companies can do to comply.
From ARC from Applause, January 24, 2017