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Skype Introduces Live Captions & Subtitles

December 03, 2018

Skype rolled out live captions and subtitles to make video calls more accessible for people with hearing impairment. Next, the company plans to release translation services in 20 different languages. Read More

Source: Skype

Oman Ranks Highest Worldwide for Digital Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

December 02, 2018

Oman rated highest on the Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation (DARE) index 2018, released by G3ict. scoring 81 /100 and topping actual progress in making digital products and services accessible Read More

Source: Arabian Industry

Instagram Launches Alternative Text to Make Platform More Accessible to those with Visual Impairment

November 28, 2018

Instagram introduced new features including automatic and custom alternative text that will offer users with visual impairment the ability to hear descriptions of photos. Read More

Source: 9 to 5 Mac

South Africa: Training for Persons with Visual Impairment for a Smart Digital Experience

November 20, 2018

A partnership between the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) and cellphone company Vodacom is helping persons with visual impairment build their digital skills and enhance digital literacy. Read More

Source: News 24

University of Florida Works to Ensure Websites are Accessible

November 20, 2018

The University of Florida is continuing to take steps to make sure its websites, online courses and documents meet web accessibility standards. Read More

Source: Centre for Digital Education

Tactile Excel Sheets and Graphics Boosting Job Prospects for Persons with Visual Impairment

November 20, 2018

Advances in digital braille devices could help the 30 million persons with visual impairment in Europe gain better access to technology. Read More

Source: Phys Org

Demand for Designing Accessible Ed Tech Increasing

November 15, 2018

Schools are putting more pressure on developers to think about accessibility in an attempt to attract more students and build a reputation around such efforts. Read More

Source: The Hechinger Report

App Allows Lending Eyes to Persons with Visual Impairment in Real Time

November 14, 2018

The new app called Be My Eyes, connects persons with visual impairment with sighted volunteers who "lend their eyes” to assist with short, simple tasks. Read More

Source: The Next Web

Kenya Works to Enhance Participation of Persons with Visual Impairment in Governance

November 14, 2018

Kenya in conjunction with the World Bank launched digital reading and writing tools to enhance the participation of persons with visual impairment in policy formulation and governance. Read More

Source: Xinhua

European Accessibility Act - Parliament and Council Negotiators Strike a Deal

November 12, 2018

The new directive, provisionally agreed by EU Parliament and Council negotiators, aims to encourage businesses to innovate with accessible products and services for persons with disabilities. Read More

Source: EU Reporter

App Allows Persons with Hearing Impairment to Hear Conversations

November 10, 2018

SpeakSee, a wearable device, allows persons with hearing impairment to read a transcript of conversations of people talking to their paired smartphone app. Read More

Source: Daily Mail

Researchers Plan to Create App for Accessibility

November 07, 2018

Using 3D laser–scanning technology, researchers have developed an app that would provide the best routes to navigate on inclines for individuals with disabilities. Read More

Source: The Ithacan