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Google Launches New Braille Keyboard for Android

April 09, 2020

Google has announced a Braille keyboard for Android that aims to make the Android operating system (OS) more accessible to persons with visual impairment. Read More

Source: Tech Times

India: Platform Introduces COVID-19 Helpline for Persons with Visual Impairment

April 09, 2020

A digital audio content platform in regional languages known as ‘Khabri’, has rolled out an exclusive COVID-19 helpline to provide support and assistance to persons with visual impairment in India.​​ Read More

Source: The Hindu Businessline

Blackboard Unveils New Resource to Increase Accessibility of Digital Courses

April 02, 2020

​Blackboard Inc. has launched the File Transformer, a free resource that enables students to convert their digital course content into a range of alternative formats for remote learning. Read More

Source: Aithority

Israel: Public Broadcaster KAN Makes News Accessible to Persons with Disabilities

April 01, 2020

The digital department of Israeli public broadcaster KAN has expanded its accessibility services, making the news broadcast more user-friendly for people with disabilities. Read More

Source: Jewish News Syndicate

Astute’s Self-Service Chatbot Complies with Digital Accessibility Guidelines

April 01, 2020

Customer experience software company Astute is one of the first to offer fully a compliant self-service chatbot to help companies reduce risk and serve all customers with improved online experience. Read More

Source: Martech Series

Digital Divide: Only 4% of Mid-sized Cities Have Fully Digitized Services

April 01, 2020

CityGrows, a workflow automation platform for local governments has released its 2020 U.S. Remote Government Preparedness Index to assess how mid-sized cities are transitioning to digital services. Read More

Source: Smart Cities Dive

Braille Displays Could Become More Detailed and Resilient with New Material

April 01, 2020

A new material has been developed that could improve refreshable braille displays that are currently only able to show a relatively small amount of information at one time. Read More

Source: Engineering & Technology

New COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan Released

March 28, 2020

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations has launched a new Global Humanitarian Response Plan that aims to address the needs of vulnerable people including persons with disabilities. Read More

Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Charlie Speech Recognition Device to Help Persons with Hearing Impairment Work Remotely

March 26, 2020

The Charlie speech recognition device by the Sensor-Tech Lab uses Artificial Intelligence to convert speech into text and display it on a smartphone or computer for persons with hearing impairment. Read More

Source: Invest Foresight

New Phonetic System to Enhance Access to Braille

March 25, 2020

A new phonetic system for students with visual impairment aims to increase braille literacy using designated symbols that represent the singing sounds of six languages. Read More

Source: Multi Briefs

Free Accessibility Tools for Remote Users

March 24, 2020

Freedom Scientific, a provider of accessibility tools for persons with visual impairment, is offering free licenses for the JAWS screen reader to help work from home. Read More

Source: Bureau of Internet Accessibility

New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options

March 21, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education clarifies that federal law should not be used to prevent distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Source: U.S. Department of Education