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Meet Two Guys on a Mission to Make Smart Cities Accessible for All
Last June, Microsoft announced its support of a new initiative, Smart Cities for All (SC4A), a partnership between the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) and World ENABLED. The initiative is aimed at increasing awareness about the role that accessible technology must play in the planning, deployment, and functioning of smart cities worldwide and how smart cities can better engage people with disabilities and aging communities in those processes.
From Microsoft, May 03, 2017

Designing Cities that Connect for Everyone
According to G3ict and World Enabled, people with disabilities are being excluded as cities move toward high-tech access to government services and support. As more municipal agencies embrace the “smart city” concept — from data-gathering sensors and internet connectivity that monitors day-to-day operations — concerns are growing about whether tech-driven places will be designed for everyone.
From Next City, May 03, 2017

Govt’s ‘Digital India’ Push Fails to Help Persons with Disability
It has been observed that top government websites lack electronic accessibility for persons with disabilities, despite guidelines. This comes in the light of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s pitch for “Digital India” . The government had in 2009 formulated a national policy for electronic accessibility; however, the websites are not “user friendly” for all, irrespective of their ability.
From The Asian Age, April 30, 2017

How Tech can Restore Dignity for People with Disabilities and Boost Economy
The section of people with disabilities within a population, around the world represent, a largely untapped workforce, market and economic engine, and technology is now helping them to contribute more. Technology can not only help them make a living and improve their lives, but also boost the economy.
From South China Morning Post, April 30, 2017

A Guidance App Called Drishti for People with Visual Impairment
An interview with the makers of Drishti - an app that uses advances in deep learning, artificial intelligence, image recognition, person identification, speech-to-text and accessibility technologies to provide a guidance mechanism for people with visual impairments.
From tech.firstpost.com, April 28, 2017

Google TalkBack 5.2 Adds New Spoken Feedback Settings & More
The latest update for the Google TalkBack accessibility app for people with visual impairment has been released on the Google Play Store. It has a number of new features and improvements meant to ennoble the overall user experience of Google’s service. The latest software update for the Google TalkBack service also ships with a completely new accessibility service called Select to Speak. Other notable features of the latest Google TalkBack build include new earcons and spoken character counts for password fields in Chrome.
From Android Headlines, April 27, 2017

Emerging Technologies Have the Ability to Harness the Talents of Persons with Disabilities
With advances in technology such as machine vision, gesture control devices, and emotion recognition succeeding in major advances, people who have been traditionally excluded from the workforce – such as those with disabilities – are becoming more competitive in the workforce.
From Diplomatic Courier, April 26, 2017

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

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