Assistive Tech Helping People with Disabilities Gain Independence
With the help of technology, persons with disabilities can now message loved ones, use a smartphone app to pinpoint when the next bus is coming, and access emails or surf the Web via a screen-reader software — restoring a sense of independence.
From Today Online, April 19, 2017
Players with Disabilities Employ Innovative Hacks to get into Online Gaming
One in five gamers is a person with disability. Video games have come a long way from text-based adventures that had slow type in commands on a keyboard. They move faster, require split-second reflexes and run on complicated controllers packed with buttons and joysticks. People with disabilities are finding workarounds, whether through custom-built hardware or software tricks, to ensure that they can stay competitive with the best players out there.
From CNET, April 18, 2017
Australian Government Announces Working Group to Expand Audio Description Service
The Australian government has announced the formation of an Audio Description Working Group to examine options for increasing audio description services in Australia. The Government will now invite representatives from the broadcasting and streaming industries, audio description service providers and consumer representatives to participate in the working group. This follows the Audio Description trial that ran for 15 months on ABC, which concluded in June.
From TV Tonight, April 17, 2017
ADA, Assistive Technology and the Leading Example of ATMs
While the Americans with Disabilities Act does not specify how access should be provided to the persons with disabilities in most situations, proactive companies have for some time been turning to already-available "assistive technologies" that meet the need.
From ATM Marketplace, April 14, 2017
An Autonomous Electric Shuttle Bus that Assists People with a Range of Disabilities
IBM, and an independent carmaker called Local Motors are developing a self-driving, electric shuttle bus that combines artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and smartphone apps to serve people with vision, hearing, physical, and cognitive disabilities. The buses, dubbed “Olli,” are designed to transport people around neighborhoods at speeds below 35 miles per hour and will be sold to cities, counties, airports, companies, and universities.
From MIT Technology Review, April 13, 2017
Blind Developers Provide Experiential insight for Creating Technology for the Blind
Not long ago, technology for the blind consisted of bulky and expensive instruments. But a a growing number of blind developers are providing the experiential insight for creating technology for the blind.
From Metro US, April 12, 2017
Digital Accessibility: Working to Further Inclusion in the Workplace
In today’s highly connected digital world, accessing opportunity can be a simple push of a button away. But for millions of people that simple action can become complicated if the individual in question can’t see, hear, physically navigate, or cognitively make sense of the website or mobile app in front of them. That’s where digital accessibility comes into play. LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce and that includes making it possible for individuals with disabilities or impairments to access our sites and mobile apps.
From LinkedIn, April 11, 2017
Coping with Schizophrenia? Smart Home Tech Can Help
With the right combination of emerging technology, schizophrenia treatment could be on the brink of a major shift.
From CNET, April 10, 2017
Bridging the Digital Divide: Technology and Accessibility for People with Disability
By making web-based products and services more readily available to those that have a visual, hearing or physical impairment, organisations have the opportunity to grow their share of an expanding market. This is both socially progressive and financially rewarding.
From ProBono Australia, April 10, 2017
A Fifth of People with Disabilities are Living Without the Internet
People with disabilities are still significantly less likely to have internet access than those without a disability – despite an increase in the number of consumers with disabilities able to get online. A report has found that
a fifth of people with disabilities cannot get online. By way of comparison, 94% of non-disabled consumers have access to the internet.
From Cable.co.uk, April 07, 2017