Assistive Tech is Progressing Faster Than Ever, and These 7 Devices Prove It
When it comes to technology that really changes people’s lives, very little compares to tech that’s designed to help people with disabilities lead fuller, more active, more independent, or simply more dignified lives. Thanks to advances in robotics, materials engineering, artificial intelligence, and a broad range of other things, assistive tech has progressed in leaps and bounds over the past decade. Here are seven astonishing examples of what we’re talking about.
From Digital Trends, December 10, 2017
Meetings and Events Technology Alone Can’t Solve Accessibility Challenges
People with disabilities are often overlooked by event spaces and meeting planners. A new wave of innovation and technology can help make meetings and events more accessible, but lasting change needs to start with a focus on increasing accessibility during the planning process, such as navigating around the hotel.
From Skift, December 01, 2017
New Web Accessibility Guidelines for Government Sites to Take Effect in January
The Section 508 updates - the accessibility legislation that goes into effect in January 2018, creates new specifications for how federal agencies must make websites and other digital information channels navigable for users with disabilities. However, lawmakers must be diligent in continuing to make tweaks to accessibility legislation as new technologies
From Government Technology, November 30, 2017
Android Gets More Accessible With Support For Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Smartphone accessibility is a major concern for users with disabilities. In a new development, Google is bringing support for Bluetooth hearing aids for Android devices. This will allow users with hearing deficits to stream audio to and from their smartphone without needing to remove their hearing aid.
From XDA Developers, November 30, 2017
MADA Launches Guide for Independent Living for Persons with Disabilities
Qatar Assistive Technology Centre (MADA), in co-operation with the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), launched a guide to best practices of strategies and services for independent living for persons with disabilities. The recognition for a guide comes in light of the technological developments and the great digital transformation in the world.
From Gulf Times, November 30, 2017
3 Easy Steps to City Website Accessibility for WCAG 2.0 AA
With the January 2018 deadline required for all federal, state and local websites to meet WCAG 2.0 AA, creating and maintaining an accessible website, becomes essential. The article identifies three key website content areas where agencies can make adjustments to help customers with disabilities and the elderly find and understand the information they need from their local government’s website.
From Efficient Gov, November 29, 2017
An Accessible Internet: How Web Users with Disabilities Experience Digital Content
As the Internet continues to move and develop, tech innovators continue to improve accessible solutions for all audiences. However, marketers should remember that they are often the front line for experiences and searchable content, and that means much of the onus of accessibility of the Internet lands on them. Thus, brands must ensure accessibility to both support a better Internet and take advantage of ever-emerging SEO opportunities.
From Skyword, November 28, 2017
Only 60% of U.S. Federal Government Websites are Accessible to Users with Disabilities
According to a new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), only 60 percent of federal government websites that were reviewed were accessible for users with disabilities. Bad contrast in the website design, poor labeling, were some of the common accessibility issues found in these websites, said the report.
From Tech Republic, November 27, 2017
Tech Startup Creates Robotic Legs Device for Better Mobility
Trexo Robotics’, backed by the University of Toronto are hoping to create a device consisting of two robotic legs that attach to a walker. The project aims to help children with cerebral palsy, brain injuries, strokes, spinal injuries get out of their wheelchairs by upgrading regular walkers with battery-driven exoskeletons.
From Metro News, November 27, 2017
When You Talk About Banning Laptops, You Throw Students with Disabilities Under the Bus
The debate over banning laptops has resurfaced with professors eager for a ban suggesting that it distracts students in classrooms. However, this eagerness is forcing students with disabilities to either harm their learning (by stopping laptop use) or to out themselves as disabled (by being one of the remaining laptop-users in the classroom).
From Huffington Post, November 27, 2017