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Twitter’s New Update Leaves Accessibility Users Behind
Many social media sites seem to see accessibility as an afterthought, with some exceptions such as Twitter, who has improved its attempts towards accessibility. However, when Twitter recently boosted the character limit from 140 to 280, it neglected to roll out the same for persons with visual disabilities who use a screen reader.
From The Outline, November 09, 2017

Inclusively Designed Materials Make Learning Easier for Everyone
Once accessibility and inclusion are set as a goal and priority, challenges, such as inaccessible learning content is recognized and fixed at the design stage itself, and that is beneficial not only to students with disabilities but the faculty as well.
From Colorado State University, November 08, 2017

Turkish Musician Arranges for Audio Description for His Next Concert
Turkish Musician Erhan Doğancıoğlu, after producing an audio-descriptive video clip for his song is now planning as part of a new project to give a concert with audio-description, with the aim to make it accessible to persons with disabilities.
From The Daily Sabah, November 07, 2017

Three Ways that AI will Help Improve Aging and Augment Our Abilities
The next generation of accessibility technology will be driven by AI and will have a profound effect on improving the lives of people with disabilities and the growing aging population. It is poised to augment physical and cognitive abilities to ensure everyone has more access to information, increased independence, and that would help lead productive and meaningful lives. This post touches upon the three key areas where AI will have the most influence on accessibility.
From IBM, November 06, 2017

Universal Principles of Assistive Technologies
Assistive Technology utilizes a mix of hardware and software solutions to enable persons with disabilities to achieve tasks with minimal effort. The post expands upon common guidelines and principles to provide a consistent language to explain assistive technologies.
From Medium, November 04, 2017

Understanding WCAG 2.1: A History of WCAG
The article outlines the history of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to trace the differences between WCAG 1.0 and 2.0, and the four principles that were established under WCAG 2.0. By doing so, this two part series helps the reader understand where WCAG 2.1 stands today.
From Deque, November 03, 2017

Mada to Launch New Programmes for the Elderly
Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Centre) launches the ‘guides to aging and technology’, with the aim of improving the quality of life of the elderly. The new programmes would guide the elderly in using technology more effectively, further helping them live independently.
From Gulf Times, November 02, 2017

Digital Inclusion a Key to Government Modernization
In the past, many federal employees with disabilities felt that accessibility in technology was a “bolt-on” instead of a “built-in.” As federal agencies look to modernize through information technology for mobility, security, compliance, and agility, they must ensure that their technology and communications are accessible to all. By doing so, there is a significant side benefit for governments: attracting a huge untapped pool of talent.
From Federal News Radio, November 01, 2017

Smart Cities Want to be More Inclusive
The Smart Cities for All (SC4A) global initiative begins to develop a new tool, a maturity model, designed specifically to help cities worldwide assess and benchmark their level of digital inclusion and ICT accessibility. The new Maturity Model tool will help assess ICT accessibility in Smart Cities globally.
From Medium, November 01, 2017

Web Accessibility: Steps to WCAG 2.0 Compliance
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires electronic and information technology of federal agencies to be accessible to people with disabilities. It is important for businesses to think of website accessibility as an ongoing process rather than a project. It is important to set achievable goals that will take companies further down the accessibility path, mitigating the risk of lawsuits. This article gives a few helpful tips on how to go about becoming WCAG 2.0 compliant.
From Business to Community, October 29, 2017

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