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Online Accessibility Act Introduced to Address Web and App Accessibility

October 27, 2020

The introduction of the “Online Accessibility Act” will amend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to better address website and mobile app accessibility. Read More

Source: Built In

New App Empowers Voters with Disabilities

October 21, 2020

The ‘Brink Election Guide’ App for iPhones and Android devices is designed to make the voting process more accessible for persons with disabilities in the U.S.. Read More

Source: Oak Park

Microsoft Reveals Disability Representation Numbers at Workplace

October 21, 2020

As part of the recently released annual diversity and inclusion report, Microsoft has revealed for the first time that 6.1% of the company’s U.S. employees self-identify as a person with a disability. Read More

Source: Forbes

Chromebook Updates Enable an Accessible Work Environment

October 14, 2020

Google’s latest accessibility updates for Chromebooks enable persons with visual and cognitive impairment to opt for a number of features to create an accessible work environment. Read More

Source: Times Now News

Google to Develop Sign Language Detection for Video Conferencing

October 05, 2020

Google has released a demo of the technology that can be used to frame people communicating through sign language as active speakers on video conferencing platforms. Read More

Source: Silicon Republic

Oman: Ministry of Health Launches a Sign-Language Training Course for Health Workers

October 04, 2020

The new sign-language course for health workers at primary healthcare institutions aims to qualify sign-language Omani translators as adopted translators in medical disciplines. Read More

Source: Times of Oman

W.H.O. Calls for Greater Engagement from Stakeholders in Assistive Technology Campaign

October 04, 2020

In the development of WHO-UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology, WHO has extended the initiative and called for increased stakeholder engagement to improve access to assistive technology.​​ Read More

Source: World Health Organisation

New Device Assists Persons with Visual Impairment Read Text in 12 Indian Languages

October 04, 2020

Trestle Lab’s device Kibo XS is a multi-lingual scanning and reading device that connects with a computer or android phone to read documents for persons with visual impairment. Read More

Source: Ed Ex

Zoom Adds New Accessibility Features

September 23, 2020

Zoom has added three major accessibility options that help ensure sign language interpreters are visible on the screen. Read More

Source: The Verge

First Employment Guide for Persons with Hearing Impairment Released in the U.A.E.

September 22, 2020

On International Day of Sign Languages, the United Arab Emirates has launched the first Employment Guide for persons with hearing impairment to ensure access to employment opportunities. Read More

Source: Gulf News

United Kingdom: New Guidance for Higher Education Providers to Support Students with Visual Impairment

September 21, 2020

UK-based organizations have collaborated to produce a guide for university professionals to support students with visual impairment during COVID-19. Read More

Source: Charity Today

South Africa: New Company Provides Captioning and Subtitling Services by Persons with Disabilities

September 17, 2020

​A new company launched in South Africa provides employment exclusively to persons with disabilities and offers subtitling services in all South African languages, including Sign Language.​​ Read More

Source: Biz Community