Bangladesh: Smart Mobility for Persons with Visual Disabilities
The Access to Information (a2i) program of the Prime Minister’s Office in Bangladesh has been working on ways to improve inclusive development. Innovators of all ages are being encouraged to come up with small-scale innovation prototypes which, if successful, can be up-scaled to reach persons with disabilities. Read about two such innovations to help persons with visual disabilities navigate spaces by themselves.
From Dhaka Tribune, October 20, 2017
How Assistive Technology Changed Blind Literacy
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) exhibit chronicles the evolution of technology for blind readers in the past 150 years. The exhibit begins with braille and proceeds to showcase modern assistive technology that has improve helped blind literacy.
From CBC News, October 19, 2017
Dubai to Introduce Sign Language Call Center
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai, will integrate a new video call and chat interface in sign language for persons with disabilities. A caller can log on to the RTA website and then choose the option to video chat with an agent in sign language.
From Khaleej Times, October 18, 2017
Designing Government Services for Everyone
Millions of people rely on government services every day. However, they may not be accessible to all due to poor design and non-compliance to standards. In recent years a new wave of designers and engineers have answered the call to help update and remake these services from inside the federal government.
From Medium, October 17, 2017
College Websites Must Accommodate Students with Disabilities, Lawsuits Say
Recent filings in the federal court in Manhattan over the past weeks are part of a growing number of actions involving accessibility and the internet. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that public accommodations be accessible to those with disabilities and legal battles have long revolved around physical spaces and therefore physical solutions, such as elevators or wheelchair ramps. Now, advocates and lawyers argue, websites are also public spaces and need to be accessible, with things like captions or audio descriptions.
From The New York Times, October 16, 2017
Why the Tech Industry Needs People with Disabilities and Vice Versa
In the world of tech, many companies fall short in designing products for those with disabilities and providing accommodations for a diverse range of employees. New technology has the potential to create inclusion for persons with disabilities. Tech companies, therefore, can increase accessibility in their products, when they hire persons with disabilities who may be more likely to catch errors in products that others may not be trained to see.
From The Ground Truth Project, October 14, 2017
A Smartphone Accessibility Primer
This Smartphone Accessibility primer covers the basics of mobile accessibility for fonts and colors, mobile switch controls, and is followed by a testing method for mobiles for each popular operating system. As part one of the series the primer informs the reader of the basics of mobile accessibility for Android and iPhone, as well as compares TalkBack and VoiceOver screen reader softwares.
From Simply Accessible, October 13, 2017
Are Self-Driving Cars the Future of Mobility for People with Disabilities?
Self-driving cars present fundamentally new ways to think about transportation and accessibility. With proper planning and research, autonomous vehicles can revolutionize how people with disabilities get around their communities and even travel far from home.
From The Conversation, October 13, 2017
WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey
WebAIM is conducting its seventh WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey to collect new information and track updates/trends that help inform development choices for those creating accessible web content and web standards. All screen reader users, even those who use screen readers only for evaluation and testing can take the survey till November 1, 2017.
From WebAIM, October 11, 2017
Smart Home Products are Helping People with Disabilities Become Independent
Smart home technology remains a nascent category, and are often marketed for their convenience, but the technology can also help people with disabilities become more independent. Apps use smartphone accessibility features, like voice commands or touchscreens, opening interaction with various home technologies. The consumer market’s economies of scale can make smart home products cheaper and with better technology than assistive devices.
From Chicago Tribune, October 10, 2017