Learn How Smartphone Apps Are Creating a More Inclusive Society
Single-purpose, niche assistive devices have given way to more accessible, affordable, multipurpose and near-ubiquitous smartphone apps. A range of apps developed for persons with visual disabilities are enabling the idea of how simple concepts based on universal design can help create an inclusive society.
From Christian Science Monitor, September 12, 2017
Machine Learning Challenges - Designing Artificial Intelligence for All
Machine learning systems are fuelled by data. When it is treated or cleaned, it removes outliers that disrupt a greater pattern However, those decisions are essentially colored by the data provided, which may not be supportive of disability and diversity. Outlier data can represent the experience of real world people.
From CBC Radio, September 11, 2017
Accessible Emergency Weather Apps
The article is a resource on emergency preparedness best practices for people with disabilities, especially those who live in high-risk flood or hurricane areas. Ir also compares two weather emergency apps on their accessibility to persons with disabilities.
From Deque, September 10, 2017
Google Doodle Celebrates British Sign Language and its Pioneer, Thomas Braidwood
Google is marking the start of the academic year by celebrating British Sign Language and its pioneer, Thomas Braidwood, who established Britain’s first school for the deaf in 1760.
From The Telegraph, September 09, 2017
How Deaf People in the Philippines are Using Social Media for Advocacy
Deaf people in the Phillippines are using social media platforms that allow visual communication, where they can post videos and pictures, to push advocacy efforts. Social media platforms also provide news for the deaf community in sign language.
From Rappler, September 08, 2017
Can Digital Learning Create an Inclusive Classroom
The Equality Act of 2010 ensures that all universities provide learning support and special equipment to students with disabilities. However, in order to create inclusive classrooms, efforts must also go towards utilizing digital learning methods that incorporate accessible learning content and methods of sharing them with all students.
From Oxford Education Blog, September 08, 2017
How Robotics and Other Tech Enhances the Quality of Life for Persons with Disabilities
Recent efforts in robotics engineering and other technology solutions are providing accommodations that are enhancing the quality of daily living for persons with disabilities.
From Santa Fe New Mexican, September 05, 2017
A new Accessibility App to Help Design with Accessibility
A new app called Contrast developed for Mac and targeted towards UI designers and web developers, provides easy access to WCAG color contrast ratios, to design with accessibility in mind. It provides a color picker that allows for quick sampling and testing out out colors. The app automatically updates and gives instant feedback on how accessible the design is.
From Beautiful Pixels, September 04, 2017
3D Printed Prosthetics Help Employment for Persons with Disabilities
As 3D printers become more affordable, with some available for less than $200, the possibility of anyone being able to design and print a prosthetic limb in their home or local community is rapidly becoming a reality.
From The New Times, September 03, 2017
The Inaccessible Web: How Did We Get There?
Accessibility needs to be embedded in how we learn to make digital products. There is a lot that can be done to emphasize for web accessibility and digital inclusion. This is a critical as otherwise we will be creating websites and apps to be accessed, yet treating accessibility like an optional extra.
From UX Design, September 02, 2017