Now is the Time to Create Accessible Video Games
Most info that users get from a game such as menu screens, the instructions, locational information, etc. are given visually, while the audio is focused on the aesthetics. But what happens of customers who cannot play simply because the way the game is formatted is inaccessible? There are numerous measures that can make the gaming experience accessible to people with disabilities as well as a richer experience for all gamers.
From Voices, September 15, 2017
20 Assistive Technology Projects That Won the HackadayPrize
These 20 innovations have won the assitive technology portion of the Hackaday prize. The projects aim to enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities, including by enhancing learning, working or daily living.
From Hackaday, September 14, 2017
A Device for People with Hearing Disabilities That Uses Flashing LEDs as Warning Signals
Students of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have developed a gadget called Peri that represents sound in the form of visual cues for deaf people. Inspired by video games, the invention uses flashing LEDs in different colours to warn people with hearing disabilities about dangers.
From Straits Times, September 13, 2017
Accessibility Toolkit for Facebook Live
The toolkit is meant to be a best-practices guide for agencies and organizations that would like to use Facebook Live to engage their social media audiences in new ways.
From Minnesota IT Services, September 12, 2017
Learn How Smartphone Apps Are Creating a More Inclusive Society
Single-purpose, niche assistive devices have given way to more accessible, affordable, multipurpose and near-ubiquitous smartphone apps. A range of apps developed for persons with visual disabilities are enabling the idea of how simple concepts based on universal design can help create an inclusive society.
From Christian Science Monitor, September 12, 2017
Machine Learning Challenges - Designing Artificial Intelligence for All
Machine learning systems are fuelled by data. When it is treated or cleaned, it removes outliers that disrupt a greater pattern However, those decisions are essentially colored by the data provided, which may not be supportive of disability and diversity. Outlier data can represent the experience of real world people.
From CBC Radio, September 11, 2017
Accessible Emergency Weather Apps
The article is a resource on emergency preparedness best practices for people with disabilities, especially those who live in high-risk flood or hurricane areas. Ir also compares two weather emergency apps on their accessibility to persons with disabilities.
From Deque, September 10, 2017
Google Doodle Celebrates British Sign Language and its Pioneer, Thomas Braidwood
Google is marking the start of the academic year by celebrating British Sign Language and its pioneer, Thomas Braidwood, who established Britain’s first school for the deaf in 1760.
From The Telegraph, September 09, 2017
How Deaf People in the Philippines are Using Social Media for Advocacy
Deaf people in the Phillippines are using social media platforms that allow visual communication, where they can post videos and pictures, to push advocacy efforts. Social media platforms also provide news for the deaf community in sign language.
From Rappler, September 08, 2017
Can Digital Learning Create an Inclusive Classroom
The Equality Act of 2010 ensures that all universities provide learning support and special equipment to students with disabilities. However, in order to create inclusive classrooms, efforts must also go towards utilizing digital learning methods that incorporate accessible learning content and methods of sharing them with all students.
From Oxford Education Blog, September 08, 2017