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
USDOT & ACCESS Advisory Committee Agree to Improve Accessibility of US Airline In-Flight Entertainment
The Us Department of Transportation and the ACCESS Advisory Committee have reached an agreement to improve the accessibility of US Airline in-flight entertainment. These include captioning and audio description
From US Department of Transportation, January 15, 2017
Exacto is Designed to Map Wheelchair-Friendly Places for Persons with Disabilities
Exacto, an app designed to help people with disabilities find accessible places. The platform enables its users to share recommendations not just for places, but for routes too.
From The Huffington Post, January 14, 2017
Efforts to Improve Services for People with Hearing Disabilities in Jordan
The Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities’ (HCD) said that the council is cooperating with universities and government departments to support deaf people with sign language interpreters.
From Jordan Times, January 13, 2017
Text-to-911 Calling Still Not Universal Say Disabilities Advocates
Text-to-911 calling is available in certain districts in 12 states across the country. With people with disabilities more vulnerable to danger of fire, crime, medical crises, and other disasters, disability advocates are asking demanding universal Text-to-911
From Vocativ, January 13, 2017
USDA Announces Funding to Support People with Disabilities in Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $540,000 in funding for state and regional projects that provide education, assistive technology and other support to current and prospective farmers and ranchers with disabilities.
From United States Department of Agriculture, January 12, 2017
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Pilot Program to Loan iPads to Those with Speech Disabilities to Aid in Communication
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
launched an 18-month pilot speech technology program called Voice Options, which will offer iPads
with speech applications to people with speech disabilities for short- and long-term loan through 10
demonstration centers throughout the state.
From California Public Utilities Commission , January 12, 2017