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
Inclusively Designed Materials Make Learning Easier for Everyone
Once accessibility and inclusion are set as a goal and priority, challenges, such as inaccessible learning content is recognized and fixed at the design stage itself, and that is beneficial not only to students with disabilities but the faculty as well.
From Colorado State University, November 08, 2017
Turkish Musician Arranges for Audio Description for His Next Concert
Turkish Musician Erhan Doğancıoğlu, after producing an audio-descriptive video clip for his song is now planning as part of a new project to give a concert with audio-description, with the aim to make it accessible to persons with disabilities.
From The Daily Sabah, November 07, 2017
Three Ways that AI will Help Improve Aging and Augment Our Abilities
The next generation of accessibility technology will be driven by AI and will have a profound effect on improving the lives of people with disabilities and the growing aging population. It is poised to augment physical and cognitive abilities to ensure everyone has more access to information, increased independence, and that would help lead productive and meaningful lives. This post touches upon the three key areas where AI will have the most influence on accessibility.
From IBM, November 06, 2017
Universal Principles of Assistive Technologies
Assistive Technology utilizes a mix of hardware and software solutions to enable persons with disabilities to achieve tasks with minimal effort. The post expands upon common guidelines and principles to provide a consistent language to explain assistive technologies.
From Medium, November 04, 2017