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App that Helps People with ALS Speak Using Their Eyes
A new app called GazeSpeak, developed by Microsoft, makes talking with your eyes easier. It uses artificial intelligence to convert eye movements into speech, so a conversation partner can understand what is being said in real time. The app runs on the listener’s device.
From New Scientist, February 28, 2017

Robots with Silicone Muscles Could Help Persons with Disabilities, Elderly
Roboticists in Switzerland have developed robots with muscle-like actuators made of silicone rubber elastomers that can be used on the human body in order to help people with limited movement move around more easily.
From GMA News, February 27, 2017

South African Universities Invest to Improve ICT Accessibility
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has invested about R175.6 million to ensure that students and staff with disabilities have improved access to university facilities. The money will be invested in infrastructure, as well as teaching and learning aids for students with disabilities.
From Bizcommunity, February 24, 2017

Stop Alienating your Website Visitors by Overlooking Web Accessibility
When creating online experiences, businesses need to keep everyone in mind in terms of availability and accessibility. If you’re not delivering an inclusive, user-friendly online experience, you might already be alienating millions of users with disability.
From Tech World Australia, February 23, 2017

Broadcasters and Disability Organisations Draw up Recommendations for Accessible Audio-Visual Services
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Disability Forum (EDF), and the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) have made a common proposal to improve the accessibility of audiovisual media services for persons with disabilities. These measures are expected to enhance the accessibility of TV programmes for persons with disabilities, in particular via subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, audio description, spoken subtitles and sign language interpretation, also known as access services.
From EBU, February 22, 2017

An AI Avatar is Helping People with Disability Navigate Technology
Nadia is an intelligent, emotionally responsive AI avatar that simulates a toddler. Created by Soul Machines, Nadia can speak, write and chat online, and can help people with disabilities who traditionally struggle with technology have better accessibility to the company’s services.
From AccessAI, February 21, 2017

Assistive Devices Market to Expand at a CAGR of 7.4%
The market for assistive devices market was valued at US$ 14,109.1 million in 2015 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period (2016–2024), according to a new report published by Coherent Market Insights. Rapidly aging population in Asia and Latin America is a major factor propelling demand for assistive devices for elderly and persons with disabilities.
From MedGadget, February 20, 2017

New Animation on Accessible Signage Now Available from US Access Board
A new animation on accessible signage is the latest in a series of the US Access Board's online guide to standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). The 15-minute animated film reviews and illustrates requirements in the standards for signs and clarifies common sources of confusion. It covers provisions for visual access, tactile signs, required access symbols and other pictograms.
From United States Access Board, February 17, 2017

Accessibility Guidelines Working Group Chartered to Work on WCAG 2.1
The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has been chartered to develop extensions to address gaps in WCAG 2.0. The WCAG 2.1 update will be an incremental update to WCAG 2.0 rather than a major revision. WCAG 2.1 is designed to build on the WCAG 2.0 recommendation to ensure testability and technology independence, and will also ensure backward compatibility with WCAG 2.0. As with WCAG 2.0 in the past, the Working Group will periodically conduct reviews and provide feedback on WCAG 2.1 support materials created by other groups to help ensure that resources reflect the intent of the recommendation.
From W3C, February 16, 2017

Meet NYC’s First Digital Accessibility Coordinator
In New York City, almost a million people identify as having a disability. The City of New York recognizes the role that digital accessibility plays in learning about and applying for city services. To move the City towards this goal, the Digital Accessibility Coordinator works closely with other city agencies, especially the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, to review the accessibility of City websites and apps.
From Medium, February 13, 2017

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