GOV.UK Accessibility Survey Identifies Problems with PDFs and Search
The Government Digital Service has started addressing accessibility issues with PDFs on GOV.UK following a survey of assistive technology users. The survey, which received more than 700 responses, aimed to identify the types of assistive technologies people used, as well as allowing respondents to feedback more generally about accessibility on GOV.UK.
From Public Technology, November 06, 2016
New Navigation Tool Improves Campus Accessibility at Michigan State University
A new student-designed app is making it easier for those with disabilities to navigate Michigan State University’s sprawling campus. For blind users, the app works in tandem with a text reader, and it offers a wand feature, which allows people to point their phones in all directions to learn what’s around them.
For those with mobility impairments, the app provides accessible entrance information for buildings.
From MSU Today, November 05, 2016
Unique Microsoft Hiring Program Opens More Doors to People with Autism
This World Autism Day Microsoft announced that it was about to launch a pilot program to hire people with autism. In the months since the program began, Microsoft has hired 11 new employees who have autism and is actively seeking candidates for an ever-expanding list of opportunities, including roles in software engineering, data science, customer service and operations, and for teams like Windows, Xbox and HoloLens.
From Microsoft, November 04, 2016
This Comcast Exec is Turning Accessible Tech into Something for All
Tom Wlodkowski is the head of accessibility at Comcast. After working 25 years to make technology more inclusive for people with disabilities, he is aiming for the day when it's just part of the routine.
From CNET, November 03, 2016
Voters with Disabilities in the United States have New Ways to Cast Ballot
With just under a week left until the election, officials are asking voters with disabilities to look into a new option.This will be the first general election where voters with disabilities can request an electronic ballot. The deadline to request one is November 7 at noon.
From NBC Montana, November 02, 2016
Web Accessibility Group Helps Make Penn State More Inclusive
To help make Penn State more inclusive, the IT Accessibility Team — or “ATeam” — in Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) within the Office of the Vice Provost for Information Technology is working with people and departments across the University to help test and better design websites and other content for accessibility.
From Penn State, November 02, 2016
ANZ Issues Debit Cards for Customers with Visual impairment
ANZ has became the first major Australian bank to introduce accessible features to debit cards, to help make everyday banking easier, particularly for customers with low vision. ANZ Access cards will now have a larger font and tactile indicators to help customers orientate and identify cards, as well as high visibility leading edges which help with identifying the correct way to insert cards into ATMs and EFTPOS terminals.
From The Sydney Morning Herald, November 01, 2016
Tech Opens the Door for People with Cognitive Disabilities
Individuals with intellectual disabilities have it particularly rough when it comes to jobs. Here's how some are addressing the problem.
From CNET, October 31, 2016
Blappy, a New Bluetooth Chat App for People with Sensorial Disability
Blappy is a Smartphone application that enables fluid communication between people with visual and/or auditory disabilities. Voice messages can be changed into text and vice versa; in addition, high contrast images can be included, and the screen has a zoom feature. It is also compatible with the TalkBack accessibility service.
From Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, October 30, 2016
How Tech Can Promote Diversity in the Workplace
Regardless of an organisation's legal obligations, employing people with disabilities increases diversity and experience, and better reflecte the wider community. Employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to the work environment to ensure that staff with disabilities are not disadvantaged. These often relate to accessibility to the workplace itself, but also to the technology needed to perform a job. From screen readers to no-touch keyboards, assistive technology has a lot to offer both in and outside the workplace.
From IT Pro, October 29, 2016