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2017 Predictions For IoT And The Rise Of Smart Cities
IoT will help industry,cities, and homes get smarter in 2017. Will it help include persons with disabilities? In order to create an IoT that works for everyone, accessibility must be a consideration at each stage of the development process.
From Business Solutions, December 23, 2016

Laureates from Switzerland and Argentina to Receive 2016 UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities will be awarded to two persons this year for their outstanding contribution to inclusion, enhancing the lives of persons with disabilities through the application of digital solutions, resources and technologies.
From UNESCO, December 21, 2016

FCC Landmark Decision for Deaf to Communicate
In a move that’s being hailed by accessibility advocates as a historic step forward, the five-member FCC unanimously adopted rules to facilitate the transition from outdated, analog teletype (TTY) devices to a new, internet-based, real-time text messaging standard (RTT) compatible with the latest smartphones.
From Motherboard, December 20, 2016

Google Maps Now Notes If A Location is Wheelchair Accessible
In major cities where many of the buildings were built decades ago, wheelchair access is anything but a given. “Can I get in the building?” is one question that Google Maps is trying to help answer.
From Tech Crunch, December 19, 2016

Accessible Designs Help Kids Too!
A lot of schools require children to use online content to get their work done. Classrooms have individual websites, social media is a big part of being a kid these days. Here are some ways that digital accessibility is catching up to the quest for knowledge.
From Userway, December 18, 2016

Audience Access as Part of Diversity Criteria Required to be Eligible for BAFTA from 2019
Films will not be eligible for two of the main Bafta Awards from 2019 if they do not meet new diversity criteria, that includes increasing audience access.
From BBC News, December 17, 2016

Do Closed Captions Help Students Learn?
While closed captions and transcriptions are not yet widely available, many students, even those who may not need these resources as an accommodation, are able to use transcriptions and captions to increase their success.
From WCET, December 16, 2016

Disability and Accessibility not Prioritised When Companies Buy-In Recruitment Services
A recent study titled, ‘Disability-smart approaches to engaging suppliers and partners’ by the Business Disability Forum suggests, that most businesses that buy-in recruitment services are not prioritising disability and accessibility when they do so, that has repercussions on Inclusion.
From Recruitment International, December 15, 2016

The Tech Industry is in Desperate Need of an Accessibility Upgrade
Despite its universal appeal, tech still has a long way to go when it comes to properly including individuals into the creation and development process, as well as recognizing them as an important part of the user demographic. When it comes to tech, how can accessibility improve to better support disabled individuals?
From Tech Co, December 14, 2016

EU Ready to Set Laws to Make Banking Apps & Websites Accessible to Customers with Disabilities
Banks and other financial firms will have to ensure their apps and websites are accessible to disabled customers. Banks can save money by embedding accessibility testing in the Development and Operations environment.
From QA Financial, December 13, 2016

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