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6 Inventions Aiding Persons with Disabilities in the UK
From a pair of glasses that can help legally blind people see to the latest in prosthetic knee technology, here are 6 inventions helping persons with disabilities in the UK in their daily life.
From Buzzfeed UK, August 01, 2017

Spain: More Accessible Local Commerce for Persons with Visual Disabilities
Users of ‘Barcelona sense barreres’ app can now be identified to more than a hundred and fifty shops in Barcelona who have installed the beacon device. The free mobile app allows persons with visual disabilities to hear up-to-date information and ads from those same shops when they go past them. The system is opening up local commerce to persons with visual disabilities, offering them product information, news and suggestions from retailers.
From Notices BCN, August 01, 2017

Corporates and Entrepreneurs Collaborate to Make Products Accessible
Corporates and Entrepreneurs have collaborated to make their products more accessible to India’s 70-100 million persons with disabilities. Universal Design has been noted as the key concept intrinsic to any kind of access.
From India Education Diary, July 26, 2017

New Braille Teaching Technology for Persons with Visual impairments
A new invention tested at Perkins School for the Blind has the potential to transform braille instruction by making it possible for students to practice literacy skills independently.
From Watetown, July 25, 2017

Critical Considerations for Mobile Application Accessibility
Mobile has revolutionized how all of us use the internet. For people with disabilities, however, these devices have the potential to usher in unforeseen options for communication, independence, and more—but only if the applications on them have accessibility built into their functionality and design.
From Micro Assist, July 24, 2017

ViaSport and Microsoft Canada launch Accessibility Sport Hub to Make Sports More Inclusive
Vancouver-based viaSport has partnered with Microsoft Canada to develop and launch Accessibility Sport Hub (ASH), an online chatbot that connects people to sports resources for people with disabilities. Utilizing Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS), it would help athletes, teachers, parents, coaches, sport leaders, and administrators find and share sport disability and accessibility tools, resources, and programs.
From Betakit, July 21, 2017

Advocates Push for Driverless Cars
The revolution in self-driving cars holds promise for persons with visual impairment. Advocates for the estimated 1.3 million legally blind people in the US, and millions more with other disabilities, have joined automakers and technology companies in lobbying Congress to help spur the roll out of self-driving vehicles – still many years away from being widely available.
From Bloomberg Technology, July 19, 2017

Technology to Create Most Accessible Neighbourhood in Canada
Canada’s most high-profile organization supporting people with vision loss is turning to technology in a bid to create what it calls the country’s most accessible neighbourhood.
From National Post.com, July 17, 2017

Major Tech Companies Strive to Make Tools Accessible for Students
With many universities adopting universal design standards and accessible technology initiatives, students with disabilities are now just as likely to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields in higher education. Major tech companies like Adobe, Microsoft and Google have all designed features in technology that benefit students with disabilities to work independently and efficiently at universities.
From EdTech, July 14, 2017

New FCC Rules Increase the Amount of TV Programming Available with Audio Description
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules to ensure Americans who are blind or visually impaired have access to more video described programming. Beginning in July 2018, broadcasters and pay-TV providers carrying one of the top networks must provide 87.5 hours of described programming per calendar quarter. This is an increase of 75 percent over the 50 hours per quarter presently required. The networks currently covered by the rule are ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Disney Channel, History, TBS, TNT, and USA. The list of the top five nonbroadcast networks will be updated in July 2018, so this is subject to change.
From Federal Communications Commission, July 12, 2017

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