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Malaysia Holds First AI for Accessibility Hackathon

November 12, 2019

Microsoft hosted its first AI for Accessibility hackathon in Malaysia, where teams worked together on accessibility problem statements using AI provided by the Malaysian Federation for the Deaf Read More

Source: Open Gov Asia

Ireland: €1.5 Million Fund Created to Offer Work Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

November 11, 2019

A €1.5 million fund has been created by the Social Innovation Fund Ireland and U.S. financial services group State Street to offer more opportunities in the workplace for people with disabilities. Read More

Source: Irish Times

Maltese ePassport to Assist Persons with Visual Impairment

November 11, 2019

Malta will be amongst the first in the EU to offer a Speech Code sticker, affixed to current or new e-passports that will make the information on it accessible to persons with visual impairment Read More

Source: Security Document World

​Argentina: New Platform Aims to Improve Accessibility in Entertainment​

November 10, 2019

An Argentine initiative seeks to improve accessibility in the world of entertainment by providing content with audio description, subtitles and sign language via a Netflix-like platform known as Teilú Read More

Source: La Republica

India: Kerala Government to Purchase Smartphones To Improve Accessibility for Persons with Visual Impairment

November 07, 2019

The Social Justice Department in Kerala, India, has sanctioned funds for purchase of smartphones that have specifications especially drawn up for persons with visual impairment. Read More

Source: The Hindu

Google and Canadian Down Syndrome Society Team Up To Make Smart Speakers Accessible

November 06, 2019

Project Understood a team of Google and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society have aligned to improve accessibility for smart speakers to enable them to pick up atypical speech patterns Read More

Source: NewsWeek

Publisher to Produce Tactile, Multisensory Children’s Books to Make Reading Accessible

November 06, 2019

Hong Kong publisher Rolling Books is in the early stages of producing more tactile, multisensory books that include audio and physical elements to help children with disabilities enjoy storylines. Read More

Source: South China Morning Post

Qatar: Ooredoo and Mada Announce Partnership to Leverage Technology to Build Inclusive ICTs

November 02, 2019

As part of its efforts to build an inclusive ICT in Qatar, Mada has signed a strategic partnership with ICT company Ooredoo to enhance its products and services portfolio for persons with disabilities Read More

Source: Gulf Times

India: Information and Broadcasting Ministry Issues a Directive to Use Audio Description in Cinemas

November 01, 2019

​To make cinema inclusive, the India's Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued a new directive to the Central Bureau of Film Certification (CBFC) to use audio description in cinemas.​ Read More

Source: Daily Pioneer

Touch-Based Display Boosts 3D Modeling Accessibility

November 01, 2019

A new touch-based display has been designed to mimic the geometry of objects designed on a computer to boost the accessibility of 3D modeling for persons with visual impairment. Read More

Source: Futurity

Ticketmaster Takes Steps for Greater Inclusion of Music Fans with Disabilities

November 01, 2019

Online event ticketing provider Ticketmaster introduces a booking system that makes purchasing tickets by persons with disabilities easier, including labeling accessible seating on seat maps Read More

Source: BBC

New Website Rates Accessibility in Local Restaurants in Illinois

October 29, 2019

To assist restaurant-goers University of Illinois students have evaluated the accessibility of local Ilinois restaurants and reported their findings on the website Access Urbana-Champaign. Read More

Source: Illinois News Bureau