EU One Step Closer to Accessibility Act
The European Accessibility Act, which seeks to bolster existing accessibility requirements for products and services, was voted through the European Parliament recently. The Act must be approved by the EU Council before becoming law.
From Times of Malta, September 21, 2017
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded six application development research contracts under its Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) to improve mobility options for all travelers, particularly those with disabilities. USDOT granted the awards in three application technology areas—wayfinding and navigation, pre-trip and concierge services, and safe intersection crossing.
From US Department of Transportation, September 18, 2017
Accessibility is Not Just a Technology Problem. How To Ensure A Culture of Accessibility?
Accessibility is not just a technology problem; it’s a service delivery problem which touches many parts of an organisation. We need to think about accessibility as not only ensuring web content is accessible but making sure that a culture of accessibility permeates through an entire organisation.
From Boag World, September 16, 2017
With Elderly Population Rising, City of Seattle Turns to Tech for Accessibility
With its surging senior population and all the associated care and social issues that come with aging, the City of Seattle is organizing a three-day hackathon to pit data and modern technology against challenges associated with old age such as access to housing and accessible city infrastructure.
From State Scoop, 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
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