European Disability Forum Demands Stronger European Accessibility Act
The Accessibility Act is aimed at making access to goods and services easier for the 80 million people in Europe with disabilities. The European Disability Forum led a protest outside the European Parliament in Brussels to persuade MEPs to strengthen the European Accessibility Act, amidst reports of it being watered down.
From Euro News, March 13, 2017
Procurement Officials Need Accessible Technology Training, Labor Report Says
Agency procurement officials need training tools related to purchasing accessible technology, according to a report by the Department of Labor. DOL decided that the best idea was to provide tools to procurement officials on how to buy technology that people with disabilities can use. The idea was chosen because DOL could write regulations to enforce that these tools be provided.
From Meri Talk, March 10, 2017
92% of U.S. federal government’s websites do not meet basic standards for security, speed, mobile friendliness or accessibility: Study
92% of the U.S. federal government’s most popular websites do not meet basic standards for security, speed, mobile friendliness or accessibility, a new study from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation says.
From Executive Gov, March 09, 2017
How Digital Skills Create Opportunities for People With Disabilities
Today technology – and Internet connectivity in particular – is an equalizer. Connectivity enables people to access education, jobs, financial services, and healthcare. It gives anyone the ability to build the skills and resources needed to thrive, and the potential to become a global problem solver. One group at risk of being left behind in the digital revolution, however, is people with disabilities.
From Cisco Blogs, March 08, 2017
‘Access Moves’: How One Instructor Seeks Accessibility
Accessibility issues are being brought to the forefront as education becomes more digital. How can an instructor design an online course so as many students as possible can benefit from it?
From Inside Higher Ed, March 07, 2017
Microsoft Expands Accessibility Website, Launches KNFB Reader for the Blind
The KNFB Reader for Windows 10 was created by Microsoft in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind and Sensotec. It helps blind people read documents by converting pictures of them to text that can be read aloud by a voice assistant or converted to Braille, when using a special screen reader.
From ON MSFT, March 06, 2017
Understanding the ADA for E-Commerce
How does web accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) relate to e-commerce? And what are the options for improving website accessibility without compromising the essence of e-commerce design — the customer experience?
From Internet Retailer, March 03, 2017
A TripAdvisor Inspired Platform for Disability Services
Two Australian social workers are taking on a multibillion-dollar market with a TripAdvisor-inspired platform for disability services It serves two ends of the market: people living with a disability and service providers. After launching in Victoria in 2014, it has now opened its doors in a second state.
From Start Up Smart, March 02, 2017
Why are Disabled-friendly Websites so Important?
Canyon Coal became the first South African mining company to have a disabled-friendly website. As a mining company, why would they require an accessible website? The answer is in fact a simple one.
From African Business Review, March 01, 2017
App that Helps People with ALS Speak Using Their Eyes
A new app called GazeSpeak, developed by Microsoft,
makes talking with your eyes easier. It uses artificial intelligence to convert eye movements into speech, so a conversation partner can understand what is being said in real time. The app runs on the listener’s device.
From New Scientist, February 28, 2017