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Facebook Improves How Images are Accessible to the Blind Using AI
Facebook has recently improved its facial recognition service using artificial intelligence, that will help users with visual disabilities learn which friends are in photos, even those who haven’t been tagged by another user. Facebook has also automated descriptions of what’s happening in a photo, although that is still limited to a dozen verbs and concepts.
From Chicago Sun Times, December 20, 2017

How to Implement Accessibility in Agency Projects
Creating accessible products and experiences for those working in client service companies, also has with it barriers such as timelines and budgets. However, inculcating practices outlined in the article, that value thinking about accessibility throughout a project and throughout the company can help mitigate those barriers while still keeping accessibility part of every project.
From Viget, December 19, 2017

WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices 1.1 - The W3C Working Group Note
The WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices 1.1 Working Group Note by the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group provides readers with an understanding of how to use WAI-ARIA 1.1 to create accessible rich internet applications. It describes considerations that might not be evident to most authors from the WAI-ARIA specification alone and recommends approaches to make widgets, navigation, and behaviors accessible using WAI-ARIA roles, states, and properties.
From W3C, December 16, 2017

USA: ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits Increase Amidst Lack of DOJ Compliance Guidelines
Website accessibility lawsuits continue to increase nationwide with nearly every business sector having faced such lawsuits. Within the United States, Florida ranks first in the number of website accessibility suits filed in federal court this year.
From Daily Business Review, December 14, 2017

How Technology is Empowering Persons with Disabilities
A panel consisting of disability organisations in India as part of the Inclusive India campaign discussed various issues around accessibility, and invited leaders and change makers to share their views and opinions. The panel discussed the importance of sensitising the public and raising awareness along with harnessing technology to empower persons with disabilities in India.
From Your Story, December 12, 2017

Net Neutrality and People with Disabilities
This article looks at Net Neutrality as a civil rights issue and contends that repealing it will be a step backwards, especially when it comes to protecting the rights of people with disabilities.
From Computer World, December 11, 2017

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

What Newsrooms can do to Make their Websites More Accessible
Despite efforts from some news organizations to create accessible experience for persons with disabilities, a flurry of lawsuits has put the attention back on journalism organizations. In this interview with former digital designer for The Boston Globe, Eric Bailey, the article looks at markers to be looked for on a website when assessing its accessibility, and what steps can be taken by different stakeholders in news organizations to help bridge the accessibility gap. The article concludes by giving examples of organizations that are beginning to deliver an inclusive experience to all.
From Poynter, 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 Go ahead.
From Government Technology, November 30, 2017

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