Microsoft Expands Accessibility Website, Launches KNFB Reader for the Blind
The KNFB Reader for Windows 10 was created by Microsoft in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind and Sensotec. It helps blind people read documents by converting pictures of them to text that can be read aloud by a voice assistant or converted to Braille, when using a special screen reader.
From ON MSFT, March 06, 2017
Understanding the ADA for E-Commerce
How does web accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) relate to e-commerce? And what are the options for improving website accessibility without compromising the essence of e-commerce design — the customer experience?
From Internet Retailer, March 03, 2017
A TripAdvisor Inspired Platform for Disability Services
Two Australian social workers are taking on a multibillion-dollar market with a TripAdvisor-inspired platform for disability services It serves two ends of the market: people living with a disability and service providers. After launching in Victoria in 2014, it has now opened its doors in a second state.
From Start Up Smart, March 02, 2017
Why are Disabled-friendly Websites so Important?
Canyon Coal became the first South African mining company to have a disabled-friendly website. As a mining company, why would they require an accessible website? The answer is in fact a simple one.
From African Business Review, March 01, 2017
App that Helps People with ALS Speak Using Their Eyes
A new app called GazeSpeak, developed by Microsoft,
makes talking with your eyes easier. It uses artificial intelligence to convert eye movements into speech, so a conversation partner can understand what is being said in real time. The app runs on the listener’s device.
From New Scientist, February 28, 2017
Robots with Silicone Muscles Could Help Persons with Disabilities, Elderly
Roboticists in Switzerland have developed robots with muscle-like actuators made of silicone rubber elastomers that can be used on the human body in order to help people with limited movement move around more easily.
From GMA News, February 27, 2017
South African Universities Invest to Improve ICT Accessibility
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has invested about R175.6 million to ensure that students and staff with disabilities have improved access to university facilities. The money will be invested in infrastructure, as well as teaching and learning aids for students with disabilities.
From Bizcommunity, February 24, 2017
Stop Alienating your Website Visitors by Overlooking Web Accessibility
When creating online experiences, businesses need to keep everyone in mind in terms of availability and accessibility. If you’re not delivering an inclusive, user-friendly online experience, you might already be alienating millions of users with disability.
From Tech World Australia, February 23, 2017
Broadcasters and Disability Organisations Draw up Recommendations for Accessible Audio-Visual Services
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Disability Forum (EDF), and the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) have made a common proposal to improve the accessibility of audiovisual media services for persons with disabilities. These measures are expected to enhance the accessibility of TV programmes for persons with disabilities, in particular via subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, audio description, spoken subtitles and sign language interpretation, also known as access services.
From EBU, February 22, 2017
An AI Avatar is Helping People with Disability Navigate Technology
Nadia is an intelligent, emotionally responsive AI avatar that simulates a toddler. Created by Soul Machines, Nadia can speak, write and chat online, and can help people with disabilities who traditionally struggle with technology have better accessibility to the company’s services.
From AccessAI, February 21, 2017