A Third of UK Council Homepages Fail Accessibility Tests
SOCITM, which represents IT and digital professionals in the UK public sector conducts the Better Connected assessment, which includes a set of tests on accessibility. A third of UK council websites have not passed the first stage of Socitm’s annual test to assess their accessibility to people with disabilities.
From Public Technology, January 10, 2017
Tech Industry Must Focus on People to Promote Digital Inclusion
One of the criticisms of the technology industry is that, by focusing on products and platforms, it has forgotten about people. Advocates for disability rights are adding that they want to see a greater commitment to disability inclusion in product development as well as global development.
From Devex, January 09, 2017
How Voice Technology is Transforming Computing
The fast-emerging technology of voice computing is undertaking a paradigm shift for technology. Voice assistants are proliferating, dictating e-mails and text messages now works reliably enough to be useful. Voice therefore has the power to transform computing, by providing a natural means of interaction.
From The Economist, January 08, 2017
Canada: New AODA Requirements for Small Organizations on Accessibility
From January 1, 2017, private and not-for-profit organizations with 1-49 employees in Ontario (small organizations) will be impacted by several new requirements under the Employment Standards to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), including a new requirement on Accessible Formats and Communication Support under the Information and Communications Standard.
From Mondaq, January 05, 2017
How to Make Emojis Accessible
Emoji help us communicate complex ideas very easily. When used in native apps and applications, emoji are reasonably accessible to screen readers, but on the web we need to do a little more to make sure everyone can understand emoji.
From Tink, January 03, 2017
Accessibility in Email Marketing - MailChimp
Newsletters are a popular form of Email Marketing used by organisations to connect with present and potential followers. From a business perspective as well, making content accessible is well worth the investment.
From MailChimp, January 02, 2017
India to Develop Assistive Technology Specifically for Older Persons
India is collaborating research projects in the field of ageing and health, focusing on developing affordable and appropriate innovative assistive technology for older persons and methods of home-based care interventions for them.
From DNA, December 31, 2016
India - IIM-B Meet Focuses on Digital Accessibility Helping Diverse Users
Digital accessibility can allow for productivity and inclusion through participation in educational, economic and political spheres. However, such accessibility is beneficial for everyone, and not just one sub-group. For example, captioned video created for people with hearing impairments also helps us to follow a movie via subtitles in noisy places.
From The Hindu Businessline, December 29, 2016
Accessibility of MOOCs: Understanding the Provider Perspective
Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have become an accepted way to make learning opportunities available at large scale and with low cost to the learner. However, only if these are made accessible will they be able to offer flexibility of learning and benefits to all, irrespective of disability.
From Journal of Interactive Media in Education, December 28, 2016
What Companies Lose by Ignoring Digital Accessibility
While organizations are seizing opportunities to provide customers with an enhanced user experience, many are missing the mark by failing to consider customers of all abilities.
From Data Informed, December 26, 2016