Researchers Shift Focus to Pre-K Students for Accessible Digital Tool Development in Education
The tech market has made some strides in efforts to deliver equal education opportunities to students of all abilities facing K–12 classroom challenges. This firm footing in K–12 education has allowed ed tech companies to shift their focus to groups that haven’t been targeted in digital tool development, such as the diverse preschool population.
From EdTech, 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
Planning for Accessibility into Your Project
To create an accessible product, service, or website, everyone involved with the project needs to be responsible for accessibility, says Laura Kalbag in an excerpt from her new book, Accessibility for Everyone.
From Alist Apart, November 09, 2017
All New York Times Videos Will Now Feature Closed Captions
Appearing in the NYT video player and available on videos watched via desktop, mobile web and on the Android app all new videos produced by The New York Times’s newsroom will feature closed captions.
From The New York Times, November 09, 2017
Twitter’s New Update Leaves Accessibility Users Behind
Many social media sites seem to see accessibility as an afterthought, with some exceptions such as Twitter, who has improved its attempts towards accessibility. However, when Twitter recently boosted the character limit from 140 to 280, it neglected to roll out the same for persons with visual disabilities who use a screen reader.
From The Outline, November 09, 2017