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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

Cities Built for Everyone: Innovations in Urban Accessibility
Cities are getting smarter, and urban environments are getting redesigned. From clever apps and crowd sourced resources to revamped public transit and cultural programming, recent innovations are making cities more accessible.
From Ziptopia, January 20, 2017

Intelligent Cities, But Are They Inclusive?
Cities are facing unprecedented challenges, the digital revolution being one. If a city wishes to be inclusive and to ensure that its citizens benefit from the promises of urban life, it must first facilitate everyone’s access to essential services.
From World Economic Forum, January 18, 2017

Technology Accessibility in Higher Education, Report by Office of Educational Technology
Reimagining the Role of Technology in Higher Education a supplement to the 2016 National Educational Technology Plan (NETP), builds on the NETP principles and examines them in the context of higher education. The supplement embraces the themes of lifelong learning, equity, and accessibility and supports the NETP’s assertion that technology must serve the needs of a diverse group of students.
From US Department of Education, January 16, 2017

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