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New Report Explores Issues and Opportunities on Disability in Technology Policy

December 14, 2021

The report for public interest organizations delves into ways in which technology can meaningfully improve the lives of persons with disabilities. Read More

Source: Center for Democracy and Technology

Twitter Adds Automatically Generated Captions for Videos

December 14, 2021

The company has begun rolling out the automatic captions feature for videos and is available on Android, iOS and its web client. Read More

Source: Engadget

Immersive Reader Adds 16 New Languages for Read Aloud

December 08, 2021

The new read-aloud languages for Immersive Reader will be available in numerous Microsoft apps and enable greater literacy to even more places around the world. Read More

Source: Microsoft

UK: New Project Enables Children and Adults Better Access Information About the Universe

December 07, 2021

Astronomers have developed Audio Universe: Tour of the Solar System, a sound-based educational astronomy show to make learning about the Universe a more immersive and inclusive experience for all. Read More

Source: Mirage News

Game Accessibility Feature Tags Available on Microsoft Store

November 22, 2021

Game developers on Microsoft Store on Xbox and can now choose from twenty accessibility feature tags that indicate common accessibility features to help inform gamers’ decision to purchase. Read More

Source: Xbox

U.S. House of Representatives Expands Medicare to Cover Hearing Aids

November 19, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act of 2021 (H.R. 5376) that includes the expansion of Medicare to cover hearing aids and services. Read More

Source: Hearing Loss Association of America

New Assistive Device to Enable Eye-tracking for Persons with Disabilities to Better Use iPads

November 15, 2021

Tobii Dynavox, the assistive tech division of the eye-tracking company Tobii, has announced TD Pilot, a device that aims to provide a more accessible iPad experience. Read More

Source: Engadget

India: High Court Installs Braille Printer to Provide Accessible Judgment

November 14, 2021

In the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the High Court has installed a Braille printer at its principal seat to provide judgment and order copies in accessible formats for lawyers and litigants. Read More

Source: The Hindu

India: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Invites Stakeholder Feedback on New Draft Accessibility Standards

November 10, 2021

The Government of India has floated a draft of accessibility standards under which television channels are to provide captioning or sign language, and encouraged feedback from stakeholders. Read More

Source: Indian Express

Airbnb Works to Improve Accessibility Features

November 10, 2021

Airbnb has announced the implementation of new procedures for verification of accessibility features for properties and updated accessibility search filters. Read More

Source: The Verge

Peleton's Live Classes to Include Subtitles for an Accessible Experience

November 09, 2021

Peloton Interactive, Inc., an American exercise equipment and media company, has worked with Microsoft to add subtitles to live workouts with the aim to expand accessibility of guided classes. Read More

Source: Windows Central

Google Tests Voice Assistant for Persons With Speech Impairment

November 09, 2021

Google has begun beta testing the Project Relate app for Android as part of Google’s speech recognition technology improvements. Read More

Source: Voicebot AI