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Launch of Caribbean Video Assistance Service Promotes Using ICT to Empower Persons with Disabilities
The Caribbean Video Assistance Service (CVAS) project provides a video relay service (VRS) for persons with hearing disabilities, enabling them to communicate directly but also interact with sign language interpreters. The project aims to provide an accessible and affordable technological platform to facilitate communications from virtually anywhere.
From Caribbean 360, February 03, 2017

Sharjah Police Launches Hotline Number For Persons with Disabilities to report Emergencies, Crimes
Sharjah Police has launched a 24 hours special hotline number that allows residents with disabilities to report crimes and emergencies, making it convenient for blind and deaf people. This initiative comes after the Government’s launch of the National Ambulance App 998 for persons with disabilities.
From Gulf News, February 02, 2017

Access Map by Taskar Center offers Accessible Routing for Wheelchair Users
Transportation routing services primarily designed for people in cars don’t give pedestrians, parents pushing strollers or people in wheelchairs much information about how to easily navigate a neighborhood using sidewalks. Now a new route-finding map lets Seattle pedestrians avoid hills, construction, accessibility barriers.
From UW Today, February 01, 2017

Robotics - The Future of Assistive Living for Older Persons & Persons with Disabilities
Assistive Living in the future could be about using robots. Researchers from Middlesex University and the University of Bedfordshire are building personal social robots, known as Pepper Robots, which can be pre-programmed to suit the person they are helping, and could relieve pressures in hospitals and care homes.
From BBC, January 31, 2017

Strategies for Making Online Learning Accessible
Accessibility efforts benefit not only students with disabilities but also students who are English language learners among others. Among the most common accommodations made for students with disabilities in online courses are the addition of captions to videos for students who are deaf and the remediation of documents to make them accessible to students who are blind. Proactively developing, procuring, and using accessible software, websites, videos, documents, and other IT reduces the need for accommodations.
From Educause Review, January 30, 2017

How 3D Printing can Help with Sex Education for Blind Students
Sex ed classes overall often rely on dull videos and static illustrations, and presents a unique problem for blind students. Now 3D-printing technology is letting blind students experience comprehensive, accessible sex ed for the first time ever.
From Mashable, January 28, 2017

XboxOne Update Adds New Accessibility Feature
The new Xbox One update currently only available for Insider members - makes it easier to navigate the dashboard by reducing the number of button presses required to use various functions. The recent updates include the new Copilot feature that will help make the console more accessible to players with disabilities, improved Magnifier and Narrator features.
From Herald Keeper, January 25, 2017

How can Companies Comply with Accessibility Mandates, especially with WCAG 2.1 on the Anvil?
In the 10 years since the W3C laid out WCAG 2.0, assistive technology has become a standard feature for leading device manufacturers. The difference between usability and accessibility has become more defined with developers often leaving accessibility testing to the very last minute, if at all. While WCAG 2.1 is being drafted, what is it that companies can do to comply.
From ARC from Applause, January 24, 2017

First of its kind Indian Sign Language Dictionary to be Released Soon
A team from the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), is documenting the first-of-its-kind Indian Sign Language (ISL) dictionary, which is expected to be released in March 2017. The ISLRTC will compile a glossary of 6,000 words by borrowing from the existing scholarship as well from its own research.
From The Indian Express, January 23, 2017

How Technology is Making Virtual Reality More Accessible
Virtual Reality is enjoying mainstream adoption and presents enormous potential to cater to persons with disabilities by allowing people to immerse themselves in environments and experiences that may not be possible in the real world. However, people with disabilities are notoriously overlooked by large tech brands, and while the potential for VR to change that looms large, no one is yet making a considered effort to buck the trend.
From TechRadar, January 21, 2017

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