Tech Opens the Door for People with Cognitive Disabilities
Individuals with intellectual disabilities have it particularly rough when it comes to jobs. Here's how some are addressing the problem.
From CNET, October 31, 2016
Blappy, a New Bluetooth Chat App for People with Sensorial Disability
Blappy is a Smartphone application that enables fluid communication between people with visual and/or auditory disabilities. Voice messages can be changed into text and vice versa; in addition, high contrast images can be included, and the screen has a zoom feature. It is also compatible with the TalkBack accessibility service.
From Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, October 30, 2016
How Tech Can Promote Diversity in the Workplace
Regardless of an organisation's legal obligations, employing people with disabilities increases diversity and experience, and better reflecte the wider community. Employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to the work environment to ensure that staff with disabilities are not disadvantaged. These often relate to accessibility to the workplace itself, but also to the technology needed to perform a job. From screen readers to no-touch keyboards, assistive technology has a lot to offer both in and outside the workplace.
From IT Pro, October 29, 2016
A Quadriplegic's Challenge: A Touch-free Phone
As touchscreens went on to dominate every device imaginable, people with quadriplegia couldn't use the phones. Now an app is trying to change this, using voice commands and the phone's front-facing camera to let a user control a cursor on the device with head movements.
From CNET, October 28, 2016
European Parliament Makes Online Public Services More Accessible
The websites and apps of public administrations, hospitals, courts and other public sector bodies will have to be made accessible to everyone, under new EU-wide rules approved by the European Parliament. The web accessibility directive, already agreed by Parliament and Council, will make it easier for persons with disabilities and elderly people to access data and services on the internet, e.g. to file a tax declaration, apply for an allowance, pay fees or enrol at university.
From European Parliament News, October 27, 2016
How Apple and Facebook Bring Tech Accessibility to the Masses
Large tech companies like Facebook and Apple are employing different perspectives -- sometimes from their own staff -- to make their products more broadly accessible. Some of these features are hidden in plain sight. Browsing through the accessibility section of the settings menu on our phones will probably uncover a whole bunch of tools that we have never taken advantage of. Other features intended to improve accessibility end up being popular enough to be used by everyone.
From CNET, October 26, 2016
Mobile Accessibility Gets a Seat at the Table in Developing Countries
In the United States, it’s easy to become focused on the robust web experience—and making that experience as accessible as possible. But in the developing world, mobile accessibility is a much bigger driver and opens opportunities to a far larger number of people.
From Cryptzone, October 25, 2016
For the Disability Community, Tech is the Great Equalizer
Amidst the plethora of stories on technology, what often gets lost are conventional innovations happening on the periphery of the tech world. CNET launches 'Tech Enabled' series to highlight these stories and chronicle the role that tech plays in meeting the particular needs of the disability community or ensuring that something many of us take for granted -- such as simply using a phone -- is an option for everyone. The goal is to bring attention to an area that too often gets ignored.
From CNET, October 24, 2016
Technology to Help Kids with Dyslexia Develop Love of Reading
An elementary school teacher is leading the way in using technology to help some of her students with dyslexia develop a love for reading. Using Bookshare, which, with 480,000 books is the world's largest digital library, she is helping her students access books they can read, using their eyes and ears, by listening to and seeing highlighted text.
From Dallas News, October 23, 2016
Can a Docudrama Change the Way Streaming Caters for People with Disabilities?
On-demand video may be ubiquitous, but it’s often inaccessible to many viewers. Now the release of John Hull’s docudrama looks set to turn the tide. The film is available with subtitles, and comes with a range of different audio tracks specially designed for blind and partially sighted audiences. In the film, the late academic John Hull describes the physical and psychological sensation of losing his sight at age 45, through a series of archived audio diaries he made along the way.
From The Guardian, October 22, 2016