College Websites Must Accommodate Students with Disabilities, Lawsuits Say
Recent filings in the federal court in Manhattan over the past weeks are part of a growing number of actions involving accessibility and the internet. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that public accommodations be accessible to those with disabilities and legal battles have long revolved around physical spaces and therefore physical solutions, such as elevators or wheelchair ramps. Now, advocates and lawyers argue, websites are also public spaces and need to be accessible, with things like captions or audio descriptions.
From The New York Times, October 16, 2017
Why the Tech Industry Needs People with Disabilities and Vice Versa
In the world of tech, many companies fall short in designing products for those with disabilities and providing accommodations for a diverse range of employees. New technology has the potential to create inclusion for persons with disabilities. Tech companies, therefore, can increase accessibility in their products, when they hire persons with disabilities who may be more likely to catch errors in products that others may not be trained to see.
From The Ground Truth Project, October 14, 2017
A Smartphone Accessibility Primer
This Smartphone Accessibility primer covers the basics of mobile accessibility for fonts and colors, mobile switch controls, and is followed by a testing method for mobiles for each popular operating system. As part one of the series the primer informs the reader of the basics of mobile accessibility for Android and iPhone, as well as compares TalkBack and VoiceOver screen reader softwares.
From Simply Accessible, October 13, 2017
Are Self-Driving Cars the Future of Mobility for People with Disabilities?
Self-driving cars present fundamentally new ways to think about transportation and accessibility. With proper planning and research, autonomous vehicles can revolutionize how people with disabilities get around their communities and even travel far from home.
From The Conversation, October 13, 2017
WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey
WebAIM is conducting its seventh WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey to collect new information and track updates/trends that help inform development choices for those creating accessible web content and web standards. All screen reader users, even those who use screen readers only for evaluation and testing can take the survey till November 1, 2017.
From WebAIM, October 11, 2017
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 Gaming More Accessible to Persons with Disabilities
Developers are gradually seeing a big potential market for making gaming accessible to persons with disabilities. Developer gaming kits now range from one-handed controllers, to “access pods”, and audio cues to accommodate diverse needs.
From The Economist, 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