Smart Home Products are Helping People with Disabilities Become Independent
Smart home technology remains a nascent category, and are often marketed for their convenience, but the technology can also help people with disabilities become more independent. Apps use smartphone accessibility features, like voice commands or touchscreens, opening interaction with various home technologies. The consumer market’s economies of scale can make smart home products cheaper and with better technology than assistive devices.
From Chicago Tribune, October 10, 2017
Technology is Making STEM Education Accessible to Children with Disabilities
Technology is increasingly helping educators provide students with disabilities the same access to STEM learning opportunities as their peers. Thus, when adopting new approaches and technologies in the classroom, schools must be mindful of their impact on educational access for students with disabilities and whether digital resources provided accommodate all students in the classroom.
From Education Dive, October 08, 2017
Court: Movie Theaters Must Accommodate Deaf-Blind Patrons
The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling against the third-largest movie chain in the US - Cinemark, concluded that Federal disability law requires movie theaters to provide specialized interpreters to patrons who are deaf and blind. It also noted that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, public accommodations would also imply furnishing “auxiliary aids and services” to patrons with vision, hearing and speech disabilities.
From AP News, October 06, 2017
Making Your Youtube Channel Accessible to All Users
When creating an online brand, many YouTubers do not take appropriate measures to make their channels accessible to everyone. This post sets out to list three of the easiest and most important ways to increase online accessibility of a YouTube channel.
From Bureau of Internet Accessibility, October 05, 2017
Technology Makes College Accessible for Students with Disabilities, but Only if Professors Allow it
Thanks to technological advancements in the classroom, colleges have become more accessible for students with disabilities. However, professors may be unaware of policies and the benefits assistive technology can hold for students with disabilities.
From Daily Orange, October 03, 2017
Dutch Ministry Begins Consultation on Digital Accessibility of the Government
The Dutch Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations has begun consultation concerning the accessibility of the government. The decision is in line with the implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/2102 and mandatory governmental directives to apply accessibility standard EN 301 549. The ministry expects the scheme to ensure that government agencies make their websites and apps accessible to the elderly and persons with disabilities.
From Telecom Paper, October 02, 2017
Technology Must Empower People, Be Accessible Says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
As part of the keynote address at the Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the need for technology to offer more than just productivity and efficiency. Emphasizing on digital transformation that is focused on human capabilities, he said that technology now needs to provide new levels of inclusiveness through accessibility and empower people.
From The Economic Times, October 01, 2017
EU Moves Toward Mandated Mobile App Accessibility
In April 2017, the European Commission advised the European Standards Organizations (ESOs) through Mandate 554 to develop digital accessibility standards for both public sector websites and mobile applications. These new standards build on the EU’s 2016 Web and Mobile Accessibility Directive and go further by extending the standards to specifically address mobile apps, but also by making the standards binding for member states.
From Bureau of Internet Accessibility, September 30, 2017
Accessible Tech for Persons with Visual Disabilities
The use of technology by the blind has been a mix of clunky software and chunky hardware. Gradually, however, artificial intelligence is powering rapid developments in computer vision and voice recognition, taking much-needed accessibility features mainstream.
From Wired, September 28, 2017
The HAWRAF Design Platform Allows Designing and Reading Books with Accessibility Features
The New York-based design studio HAWRAF has designed a new digital book platform that lets users read in the web browser. It allows users to adjust font, text size, line spacing, and background color along with other accessibility features including a text-to-speech mode.
From Co Design, September 28, 2017