University of Toronto Builds Device to Make Labs More Accessible
University of Toronto scientists have built an assistive lab device for students with disabilities that can pour, talk and record data, thus making science more accessible.
From University of Toronto, February 08, 2018
Digital Natives Will Get Old, Too
If technology becomes friendlier to the whole population, especially the booming numbers of older Americans, companies will find their business landscapes expanding along with their consumer base. The article explains why we need to start designing technology that includes the elderly from the start.
From Politico, February 07, 2018
Assistive Technology Might be the Extra Hand Caregivers Need
The article provides information and insight on assistive technology that may be useful for those of us who are providing care to someone else.
From Sheboygan Press, February 07, 2018
Acadia University Hosts Buildathon Towards Building Smartphone Accessibility Devices
Acadia University hosted a buildathon towards building smartphone accessibility devices for people with disabilities. The event was hosted by the university as part of its first Accessibility Week.
From Annapolis County Spectator, February 07, 2018
Design Thinking Principles for Accessibility
Accessible design enables people with disabilities to engage with digital products and services. Brightfind CEO Frank Klassen explains how associations can use design thinking principles to accommodate these users’ unique needs.
From Associations Now, February 01, 2018
The Innovative Money Management Tools Widening Access for All
As digital technology transforms banking on both a global and personal level, it’s proving a great enabler for people with accessibility needs. For a range of people with disabilities the advent of apps, contactless payment and other innovations has brought everyday tasks within reach.
From The Guardian, January 31, 2018
WCAG 2.1 Now Reaches Candidate Recommendation Stage - Working Group Begins Gathering Implementation Experience
WCAG 2.1 reaches the Candidate Recommendation stage. The main purpose of this step is ensure the standard can be implemented. While the content is considered stable at this stage, it could change a little based on implementation experience. Over the next few months, the Working Group will be gathering examples of websites that meet the WCAG 2.1 success criteria. The Working Group is currently seeking public suggestions of webpages that meet WCAG 2.1.
From W3C, January 30, 2018
The DAISY Consortium Releases Ace, the Free EPUB Accessibility Checker
Ace by the DAISY Consortium, equips the publishing industry with a tool which can test their ebooks against internationally recognized standards for accessibility. This open source tool is designed to be flexible, and customized into publication development workflows, helping to achieve the shared goal of ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to publications.
From CISION, January 29, 2018
New Policy: Yale Websites Should be Accessible to those with Disabilities
The Web Accessibility Policy (officially Policy 1605) adopted by Yale University will become from March 1 this year. The policy requires staff, faculty, and students to procure, develop, and modify Yale websites so that they are accessible to people with disabilities.
From Yale News, January 28, 2018
Edinburgh to Offer Sign Language Tours for its Scotch Whiskey Experience
The Scotch Whisky Experience has become the first visitor attraction in Edinburgh, Scotland to offer whisky tours in British and American Sign Language.
From The Spirits Business, January 27, 2018