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Three Ways that AI will Help Improve Aging and Augment Our Abilities
The next generation of accessibility technology will be driven by AI and will have a profound effect on improving the lives of people with disabilities and the growing aging population. It is poised to augment physical and cognitive abilities to ensure everyone has more access to information, increased independence, and that would help lead productive and meaningful lives. This post touches upon the three key areas where AI will have the most influence on accessibility.
From IBM, November 06, 2017

Universal Principles of Assistive Technologies
Assistive Technology utilizes a mix of hardware and software solutions to enable persons with disabilities to achieve tasks with minimal effort. The post expands upon common guidelines and principles to provide a consistent language to explain assistive technologies.
From Medium, November 04, 2017

Understanding WCAG 2.1: A History of WCAG
The article outlines the history of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to trace the differences between WCAG 1.0 and 2.0, and the four principles that were established under WCAG 2.0. By doing so, this two part series helps the reader understand where WCAG 2.1 stands today.
From Deque, November 03, 2017

Mada to Launch New Programmes for the Elderly
Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Centre) launches the ‘guides to aging and technology’, with the aim of improving the quality of life of the elderly. The new programmes would guide the elderly in using technology more effectively, further helping them live independently.
From Gulf Times, November 02, 2017

Digital Inclusion a Key to Government Modernization
In the past, many federal employees with disabilities felt that accessibility in technology was a “bolt-on” instead of a “built-in.” As federal agencies look to modernize through information technology for mobility, security, compliance, and agility, they must ensure that their technology and communications are accessible to all. By doing so, there is a significant side benefit for governments: attracting a huge untapped pool of talent.
From Federal News Radio, November 01, 2017

Smart Cities Want to be More Inclusive
The Smart Cities for All (SC4A) global initiative begins to develop a new tool, a maturity model, designed specifically to help cities worldwide assess and benchmark their level of digital inclusion and ICT accessibility. The new Maturity Model tool will help assess ICT accessibility in Smart Cities globally.
From Medium, November 01, 2017

Web Accessibility: Steps to WCAG 2.0 Compliance
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires electronic and information technology of federal agencies to be accessible to people with disabilities. It is important for businesses to think of website accessibility as an ongoing process rather than a project. It is important to set achievable goals that will take companies further down the accessibility path, mitigating the risk of lawsuits. This article gives a few helpful tips on how to go about becoming WCAG 2.0 compliant.
From Business to Community, October 29, 2017

Cochlear Releases new Made for iPhone Hearing Implants
Following the announcement of their partnership with Apple, Cochlear has released its Made for iPhone Nucleus 7 Sound Processor in Australia that will soon be available in other countries as well. The product is designed for users with profound hearing loss. Users will be able to listen to music and podcasts, watch videos, make calls and more.
From 9 to 5 Mac, October 28, 2017

Digital Inclusion Should Become a Priority of the new EU Disability Strategy
Technological developments are full of opportunities, but also risks, disability organisations warned at a European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) public hearing. To achieve digital inclusion and other priorities, the new The EU Disability strategy for 2020-2030 must have “concrete objectives and deadlines” and include the participation of disabled people, participants.
From European Economic and Social Committee, October 27, 2017

UK Tourism Board Launches Accessible Websites Guides
UK tourism boards VisitEngland and VisitScotland have launched a website for tourism businesses to produce accessibility guides. These guides by tourism operators will provide persons with disabilities with important accessibility information in a user-friendly format. The new accessibility guides will allow travelers to compare attractions, accommodation businesses, and other venues before choosing their destination, enabling them to make an informed choice.
From Travel Daily UK, October 26, 2017

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