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Accessibility a Major Theme at W3C Publishing Summit
Members of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) organized a two-day publishing summit. Accessibility was a major theme at the summit, as speakers argued for a common standard in digital publishing for more readers to access content.
From Publishers Weekly, November 19, 2017

Airbnb Buys Accomable, Upgrades App With Accessibility Features
Airbnb, in a recent acquisition, bought Accomable, a startup based out of London that focuses on travel listings that are disabled-friendly. Along with the announcement, Airbnb is refreshing its own accessibility features to ensure access to all.
From TechCrunch, November 19, 2017

New DIY Guide for Bands to Make Live Performances More Accessible to Persons with Hearing Disabilities
Attitude is Everything (AIE), a UK non-profit has published a new DIY guide for bands and promoters, showing low cost and easy ways to make live performances more accessible for fans with disabilities.
From M Magazine, November 15, 2017

Assistive Technology Helpful in the Classroom for Students with Visual Disabilities
Students with visual disabilities now have a number of tools at their disposal to help keep up in the classroom. However, while the tools are available and affordable for school districts, more work needs to be done to ensure they are implemented correctly and that educators are properly trained to effectively use the platforms.
From R&D Mag, November 15, 2017

Dispelling Assistive Tech Stigma
For years, hearing aid designs have gotten “better” by blending in with the human body. However, recent devices, such as the OH device, acting as a hearing aid and a fashion accessory aims is to diminish the stigma associated with assistive technology and enhance the user’s self-confidence.
From Yanko Design, November 13, 2017

The Future of Assistive Technology
The future of technology is fast approaching, where solutions are completely controlling areas of our life. While many useful solutions have been created, there are still many flaws in these designs when it comes to accessibility for persons with disabilities. How then does the future of assistive technology look? Which developments are ensuring access for persons with disabilities at a time when technology is fast changing?
From The Future of Things, November 12, 2017

Why Sign-Language Gloves May Not Help Deaf People
Despite the popularity of sign language, developers may often not realize the variability involved in different sign languages and that all these distinct languages have their own grammars and phonologies. Wearable technologies that claim to translate ASL can overlook the intricacies of the language, as well as the needs of signers.
From The Atlantic, November 10, 2017

Google Play to Developers: Use Accessibility Service Properly or be Removed
To better help users with disabilities, Android has a set of Accessibility Services that developers can use to improve their applications. According to a latest development by Google, unless developers can describe how the app properly uses the Accessibility Services to help users who are disabled, it will need to remove all requests for accessibility services or it will be taken off of the Play Store.
From Ausdroid, November 09, 2017

Inclusively Designed Materials Make Learning Easier for Everyone
Once accessibility and inclusion are set as a goal and priority, challenges, such as inaccessible learning content is recognized and fixed at the design stage itself, and that is beneficial not only to students with disabilities but the faculty as well.
From Colorado State University, November 08, 2017

Turkish Musician Arranges for Audio Description for His Next Concert
Turkish Musician Erhan Doğancıoğlu, after producing an audio-descriptive video clip for his song is now planning as part of a new project to give a concert with audio-description, with the aim to make it accessible to persons with disabilities.
From The Daily Sabah, November 07, 2017

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