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Apple Unveils New Screen Recognition Feature in iPhones

December 03, 2020

Apple has unveiled a new feature that uses machine learning to identify and label every button, slider and tab automatically to make iPhones more accessible for users with visual impairment. Read More

Source: Tech Crunch


Amazon’s New ‘Care Hub’ Feature Makes Caregiving More Accessible

November 18, 2020

Amazon new Alexa feature, Care Hub aims to improve the caregiving experience and enable persons to use the Alexa app and an Echo device to remotely check in on loved ones. Read More

Source: Forbes


Autism-Europe Releases Feedback Paper for the Disability Rights Strategy for 2021-2030

November 17, 2020

The feedback paper is a response to the European Commission's (EC) roadmap for the Disability Rights Strategy for 2021-2030. Read More

Source: Autism Europe


World Health Organization Releases the Assistive Technology Capacity Assessment (ATA-C) to Improve Access to Assistive Technology

November 16, 2020

WHO has developed the assistive technology capacity assessment (ATA-C) tool, a system-level tool to evaluate a country’s capacity to finance, regulate, procure and provide assistive technology. Read More

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)


Facebook Issues New Accessibility Guidelines for Virtual Reality Developers

November 11, 2020

To enhance accessibility in virtual reality (VR) gaming, Facebook has introduced technical recommendations as ‘Virtual Reality Checks’ (VRCs) that outline various aspects of designing a VR title. Read More

Source: Engadget


University Researchers in India Working to Develop Automatic Sign Language Recognition System to Benefit Persons with Hearing Impairment

November 05, 2020

The Central University of Kerala in India is developing an automatic sign language recognition system to address the existing communication gap between persons with hearing impairment and others. Read More

Source: The Hindu


New Accessible TV Guide Enables Persons with Visual Impairment Find Content

November 03, 2020

United Kingdom's digital terrestrial television platform, Freeview has released its Accessible TV Guide to enable persons with visual impairment find content easily. Read More

Source: Hidden Wires


New Smartwatch App Helps Identify Sounds for Persons with Hearing Impairment

November 02, 2020

University of Washington based researchers have developed the SoundWatch App to enable persons with hearing impairment better experience sounds. Read More

Source: Next Gov


Facebook to Develop Augmented Reality Glasses to Enable Persons with Hearing Impairment

November 01, 2020

Facebook Reality Labs Research is set to explore new ways to improve hearing for persons with hearing impairment with augmented reality glasses. Read More

Source: Digital Trends


Zoom Partners with Otter.ai To Launch Live Video Captioning for Zoom Calls

November 01, 2020

Speech to text transcription service Otter.ai has launched live video captioning for Zoom and the introduction of live captions may enhance accessibility. Read More

Source: Verdict


iPhones Can Now Alert Users with Visual Impairment Where and How Far Away People Are

October 30, 2020

A new accessibility feature available to iPhone 12 running the iOS 14.2 enables users with visual impairment to detect persons in the view of the iPhone’s camera. Read More

Source: Tech Crunch


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