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Snapchat’s Releases AR Lenses and Stickers

September 21, 2021

As part of its efforts for the International Week of Deaf People 2021, Snapchat has released Augmented Reality (AR) lenses that use AI to recognize and translate American Sign Language (ASL). Read More

Source: Engadget

Qatar: Mada Center Releases New Tool to Measure Website Accessibility

September 18, 2021

Mada Assistive Technology Center has released a digital accessibility monitor tool to evaluate the degree of accessibility of information and services on websites and their usability. Read More

Source: The Peninsula Qatar

McDonald’s Corporation Announces Upgrade to Accessible Kiosks

September 17, 2021

McDonald’s restaurants plan to upgrade some of their self-service kiosks with new keypads and headphone jacks onto the touch-screen kiosks to ensure an accessible and usable kiosk experience. Read More

Source: Wall Street Journal

Ukraine: Ministry of Digital Transformation Initiates Research on Digital Accessibility

September 15, 2021

UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Digital Transformation and the Government of Sweden, initiated research on digital accessibility in Ukraine. Read More

Source: Relief Web

Texthelp Report Addresses Need for Digital Accessibility in Financial Services

September 13, 2021

A new report, “Accessibility in Financial Services: The Key to Serving Everyone” released by Texthelp urges financial services companies in the United States to improve digital accessibility. Read More

Source: Newzhook

LinkedIn Releases 'Dark Mode' on Mobile and Desktop

September 13, 2021

LinkedIn has released the alternate display option of dark mode for both its mobile app and desktop as part of its broader push to make its platform more inclusive and accessible. Read More

Source: Social Media Today

India: NIOS Receives the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize 2021 for Focus on Inclusive Learning Material

September 12, 2021

​India's National Institute of Open Schooling receives the UNESCO Literacy Prize 2021 for its use of digital tools to help persons with disabilities access Indian Sign Language based content. ​​​ Read More

Source: Livemint

US: New Illinois Law Increases Access to Online Learning for Students with Disabilities

September 03, 2021

A new law in Illinois (US) ensures access to learning for students with disabilities by making schools adhere to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines for digital education in K-12 schools. Read More

Source: Fox Illinois App Helps Learn the Sign Language Alphabet

August 27, 2021

Creative studio Hello Monday has worked with the American Society for Deaf Children to create an app to make it easier to learn the sign language alphabet. Read More

Source: Dezeen

Kenya to Build Africa’s First ICT Accessibility Standard

August 24, 2021

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and nonprofit organization inABLE have partnered to work towards the eventual enactment of a National ICT Accessibility Standard to promote digital inclusion. Read More

Source: Techish

Electronic Arts to Provide Free Access to Technology

August 24, 2021

Electronic Arts (EA) announced a Patent Pledge to give competitors and developers free access to its accessibility-related patents and technology. Read More

Source: Venture Beat

Canadian City Releases Public Transit App for Enhanced Navigation

August 17, 2021

The Société de transport de Laval in Laval, Quebec has created a new app to help guide persons with disabilities on how to get to a destination using personalized, pre-programmed trip information. Read More

Source: CTV News