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The DAISY Consortium Releases Ace, the Free EPUB Accessibility Checker
Ace by the DAISY Consortium, equips the publishing industry with a tool which can test their ebooks against internationally recognized standards for accessibility. This open source tool is designed to be flexible, and customized into publication development workflows, helping to achieve the shared goal of ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to publications.
From CISION, January 29, 2018

New Policy: Yale Websites Should be Accessible to those with Disabilities
The Web Accessibility Policy (officially Policy 1605) adopted by Yale University will become from March 1 this year. The policy requires staff, faculty, and students to procure, develop, and modify Yale websites so that they are accessible to people with disabilities.
From Yale News, January 28, 2018

Edinburgh to Offer Sign Language Tours for its Scotch Whiskey Experience
The Scotch Whisky Experience has become the first visitor attraction in Edinburgh, Scotland to offer whisky tours in British and American Sign Language.
From The Spirits Business, January 27, 2018

U.S. Moves Toward Driverless Future. How Should the Government Regulate It?
A large selling point for driverless vehicles has been accessibility. As tech innovators continue to move forward with making self-driving vehicles ubiquitous, the U.S. government could have a new problem on its hands as it grapples with how to regulate what is still a largely-burgeoning industry.
From Fox Business, January 26, 2018

Google Access Introduces the Google Disability Support Team
The Google accessibility team has launched a dedicated disability support team. The support team is available to answer questions about using assistive technology with Google products and accessibility features and functionalities within Google products. Read more to learn about the team and how to start accessing support.
From Google, January 25, 2018

Govt Launches 100 Websites with Improved Accessibility for People with Disabilities
The Government of India under its Accessible India Campaign launched 100 accessible websites of various state governments and union territories for persons with disabilities. The project is being executed by Education and Research Network (ERNET), India, an autonomous scientific society of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, where 917 websites across 27 States & UT have been chosen to be made accessible.
From India.com, January 24, 2018

Web Accessibility - One of the Top 9 Digital Trends in Local Government
A recent eBook by Vision, "Nine Trends in Digital Government," outlining trends and tips to help local leaders manage the digital transformation emphasizes that local agencies would in the future require to adopt a formal accessibility statement that outlines key standards and provides a contact for reporting issues.
From CISION, January 24, 2018

Blind Facebook Engineer Leads Technology Project that Helps Verbalize What is an Image
A Facebook team led by a blind engineer is working on a technology project to help verbalize what is in images, especially for persons with visual disabilities. However, this technology will also benefit and solve other issues, like using artificial intelligence to determine appropriate content for people and advertisers.
From CNBC, January 23, 2018

How to Make Business Events Accessible to People with Disabilities
Business events are effective strategies to showcase products, discuss strategies, attract investments. However, one of the biggest challenges of holding corporate events is to ensure that they are accessible to all attendees as well as accessibility that goes beyond providing ramps but that encompasses all disabilities. This article outlines simple tips to make sure that events are reachable to all target audience and participants.
From Maxability, January 22, 2018

USA: New Section 508 Requirements Now Live
The federal government’s new Section 508 standards took effect on 18 January, requiring compliance from agencies, and any state or locality that accepts federal funding, to ensure their digital services are accessible to people with physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities. The revised rules mean a broader range of technologies and more states and localities are likely to be affected by the requirements.
From Fed Scoop, January 19, 2018

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