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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

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advocates as a historic step forward, the five-member FCC unanimously adopted rules to facilitate the transition from outdated, analog teletype (TTY) devices to a new, internet-based, real-time text messaging standard (RTT) compatible with the latest smartphones.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

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