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Digitally Inaccessible: A Closer Look at Smartphone Accessibility in Canada
Smartphones and access to affordable data plans are a necessity in today’s world -- even more for persons with disabilities. The article takes the readers through accessibility options available in smartphones today, including accessibility concerns associated with Canadian telecom provider zero-rated services.
From Mobile Syrup, January 01, 2018

G3ict DARE Index Survey shows Oman’s Leadership in ICT Accessibility for People with Disabilities
The results of the G3ict DARE index study were announced during the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Accessibility (ICTA) 2017. Oman was identified by G3ict as having in place the 5 key elements identified as critical success factors, scoring in the lead at 31/50.
From Oman Daily Observer, December 28, 2017

FCC Extends Waiver for Video Game Accessibility for the Last Time
FCC has extended the deadline for the video gaming industry to comply with provisions of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), 2010 pertaining to video games and advanced communications services. The rules apply to in-game functionality like in-game chat and the interface to use them. The new deadline is January 1 2019.
From Engadget, December 28, 2017

Improving Text Readability for Users with Disabilities with Skip-ink Underlines
Designing an accessible interface is not only working on contrasts and colours but also built to be used by all kinds of users, including users with dyslexia. Designers can help with accessibility of content and interface by avoiding any object to interact with the shape of a letter or a word.
From Medium, December 27, 2017

Future Cities Need Technology That Understands All Humans
As cities sprawl—becoming smarter and hyper-connected—it’s more important than ever to ensure that they are inclusive and accessible for all citizens. Mobility is essential for that inclusivity, thus organizations can enable city planners to deploy mobility projects powered by technology that understand how to help all humans.
From Motherboard, December 25, 2017

Lyft Announces a New Partnership with Aira to Make Ridesharing Easier for the Blind
Lyft has announced a new partnership with Aira, which will make Lyft more accessible for blind riders. Aira agents will now be able to initiate Lyft rides for Aira users, as well as convey important information about the ride, including the location of designated pick-up spots, estimated time of pick-up, and the estimated fare.
From Bustle, December 21, 2017

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

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