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YouTube Expands Speech Recognition and Translation AI Features

October 11, 2021

YouTube has removed the 1,000 subscriber minimum limit to enable live auto captions in addition to enhancing search and transcription. Read More

Source: Voicebot AI

Researchers Develop a Smartphone App to Identify ADHD Symptoms

October 08, 2021

A smartphone app can help improve the accuracy of data in some clinical trials involving persons with intellectual disabilities. Read More

Source: Health World

FCC Consent Decree with Pluto and ViacomCBS to Resolve Violations of Internet Protocol (IP) Closed Captioning Rules

September 29, 2021

The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has announced it has settled an investigation with Pluto Inc. & its parent company, ViacomCBS Inc., regarding violations of accessibility rules. Read More

Source: FCC

Snapchat Releases Augmented Reality 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

Modified Headphones Translate Sign Language with Doppler Technology

September 04, 2021

A University at Buffalo-led research team has modified noise-cancelling headphones to enable the common electronic device to translate American Sign Language (ASL) when paired with a smartphone. Read More


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