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How Spatial Data Continues to Improve Routing for Persons with Disabilities

March 13, 2019

University of Calgary researcher has developed technology that uses tailored digital map data from Google Maps and other navigation apps to provide accessible routing for persons with disabilities. Read More

Source: University of Calgary

Accessibility Search Tool Launched for Etextbooks

March 13, 2019

Digital content provider VitalSource is adding accessibility icons to its digital marketplace so that students and professors can more easily find accessible etextbooks. Read More

Source: Inside Higher Ed

Authorized Translation of WCAG 2.1. In Simplified Chinese

March 11, 2019

W3C published the Simplified Chinese Authorized Translation of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, in support of updates to the draft China National Standard on Information technology Read More

Source: W3C

United States: Senate Resolution Designating March 27, 2019, as ‘‘National Assistive Technology Awareness Day’’

March 11, 2019

The 116th United States Congress proposed designating March 27 as National Assistive Technology Awareness Day celebrating the work assistive technology specialists do to solve everyday challenges Read More

Source: RESNA

University Working to Develop a Robotic Arm for Persons with Disabilities

March 08, 2019

Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a robotic system for persons with disabilities to help eat their meals more conveniently. Read More

Source: WSB TV

UNICEF Calls for More Assistive Technologies to Support Children with Disabilities

March 07, 2019

In a statement, UNICEF has called for more assistive technologies to turn classrooms more accessible and inclusive to support children with disabilities across central and eastern Europe. Read More

Source: 150 Sec

A “Vibro-Tactile” Suit That Lets Persons with Hearing Impairment Enjoy Music Through Vibrations

March 07, 2019

In a new way for everyone to experience music, The Music: Not Impossible suit created by design firm Not Impossible Labs and Avnet uses actuators to translate audio into vivid vibration in real time Read More

Source: Assistive Technology Blog

Smithsonian Technology Helps to Improve Experience for Persons with Visual Impairment

March 07, 2019

Smithsonian museum's partnership with Aira will allow guests’ smartphone cameras or smart glasses to get free on-demand verbal descriptions enabling accessibility for persons with visual impairment Read More

Source: Blooloop

Singapore Develops Driverless Solutions for the Elderly

March 05, 2019

Based on KPMG's Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index, Singapore has been developing solutions for an aging population and ranks second in overall readiness for driverless cars. Read More

Source: Future Car

South Africa: First Multimedia Centre to Help Children with Dyslexia

March 01, 2019

Set up in a partnership between the Government, cellular network provider MTN Foundation and Samsung, South Africa's first multimedia center for children with dyslexia was recently launched. Read More

Source: South Africa People

Twitter Progressive Web App for Windows 10 Receives Accessibility Updates

February 28, 2019

The Twitter Progressive Web App (PWA) for Windows 10 received updates including improved accessibility issues for screen readers and handling of screen magnification. Read More

Source: Windows Central

The Business Case for Digital Accessibility

February 28, 2019

A new resource developed by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), The Business Case for Digital Accessibility explores key advantages of web accessibility to businesses of all types. Read More

Source: Mirage News