CES begins: Smart Fridges, Accessibility Tech Highlights at the Show
A prominent and early highlight at CES 2018 has been the showcase of tech designed to assist the elderly and disabled. Read further to learn what appliances are noteworthy and what new features they bring this year.
From Engadget, January 14, 2018
Australia: Government Websites Fail to Serve Citizens
A recent report commissioned by The Accessibility Centre, Australia found the majority of government websites are underperforming, with 66% of documents failing an accessibility check.
From IT Brief, January 13, 2018
We Need to Build Accessibility Into Our Digital Workplaces
As we become increasingly dependent on IT applications in our digital workplaces, are we potentially disenfranchising and preventing some employees from being productive members of the organization? The article urges the IT industry to recognize and promote the importance of accessibility more widely, especially for the workplace.
From CMS Wire, January 11, 2018
New Exhibit at the Smithsonian Features Products for Persons with Disabilities That are Both Practical and Stylish
A new exhibition “Access+Ability,” on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, features more than 70 works, covering the wide range of innovations occurring in accessible design. It reflects how designers creating products for those with disabilities are making them not just increasingly functional and practical, but stylish.
From Smithsonian, January 10, 2018
Passenger Assist App by Transreport UK Provides Personalised Travel Help to Persons with Disabilities
Passenger Assist App by Transreport UK has been designed to make travel and tourism-related help personal, specific, timely, accountable, and dignified. Through its feature of noting down specific requests allows transport staff to prepare for passenger needs and determine if equipment or extra people will be required.
From The Sociable, January 09, 2018
Google Adds Braille Support to Sheets, Magnifier Tool to Slides and Drawings
Google recently announced that the G-Suite team is adding new accessibility features to Google Sheets, Slides, and Drawings. Specifically, Google Sheets is getting Braille support and Google Slides and Drawings are getting screen magnifier support. With the added support for Sheets, users will now be able to read and edit cell contents, as well as navigate between cells on a sheet. According to Google’s blog post, this will only be available on Chrome OS with the ChromeVox screen reader, for now. The company says it is working to add support for other platforms and screen readers.
From Venture Beat, January 09, 2018
G3ict’s Senior Fellow and Program Director Dr. Nirmita Narasimhan Awarded the NCPEDP-Mindtree Helen Keller Award 2017
Instituted by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for the Disabled (NCPEDP), the NCPED-Mindtree Helen Keller awards are awarded to inclusive workplaces who have improved design using new technologies and recognized the right to employment of disabled people. The role model award for 2017 was awarded to G3ict’s Senior Fellow and Program Director Dr. Nirmita Narasimhan.
From Civil Society, January 08, 2018
UAE’s First Talking ATM Launched in Sharjah
The UAE’s first ‘talking’ ATM (Automated Teller Machine) for the blind was launched in Sharjah. The new machine features a large Braille keypad in Arabic and English and a voice-assisted interface (also in both languages) that can be heard through speakers or headphones for more privacy.
From Gulf News, January 08, 2018
Government of Canada Announces New Accessibility Procurement Initiative
The Government of Canada announced a new agile accessibility procurement initiative, in a bid to improve online accessibility for Canadians, including those with disabilities, searching and applying for jobs in the public service, and individuals seeking documents released on the Open by Default Pilot Portal. This challenged-based procurement approach allows for effective engagement with creative developers and technologists, and for streamlined procurement processes, which reduce the time to evaluate and award a contract.
From Cision, January 06, 2018
Using Image Descriptions Can Help Make Twitter Accessible to the Blind
First introduced in 2016, the image description tool on Twitter, also known as alternative text allows users to add a description of the picture they have added, making them accessible to persons with visual disabilities. The tool attracted a fresh wave of attention after a blind user praised it earlier this week.
From Independent, January 05, 2018