Tech4Good 2018 Awardees Seek to Improve Accessibility
Apps that allow deaf people to call 999 and blind people to find volunteers to ‘be their eyes’, are two winners of the 2018 Tech4Good awards
From The Guardian, July 17, 2018
United Kingdom: The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 to Come Into Force on 23 Sept 2018
With an aim to make digital services more accessible to all, the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 have been presented before the UK Parliament, according to the new EU Directive that requires all public-sector organisations, including all councils will need to make sure that their digital services and online information are accessible for persons with disabilities.
From UK Legislation, July 16, 2018
Philippines: Department of Tourism (DOT) to Work Towards Barrier-free Tourism
The Philippines Department of Tourism is set to make a communication action plan countering challenges such as lack of assistive technology-friendly facilities and promote barrier-free tourism.
From Manila Bulletin, July 07, 2018
How Virtual Reality is Helping the Disability Community
An Endeavour Foundation program is using virtual reality to help people with disabilities practise real-life situations like handling money or catching public transport and avoid getting overwhelmed
From ABC News, July 07, 2018
Australia: Research Finds Government Investment in Assistive Technology Yields Benefits
The National Aged Care Alliance representing 50 aged care sector bodies in a review found that significant savings could be made in aged care by boosting government investment in assistive technology.
From Community Care Review, July 05, 2018
Microsoft and Special Olympics Partnership Focuses on Inclusion in E-Sports at Special Olympics 2018
At the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games members of esports teams will be playing in a first-of-its-type Xbox Gaming Tournament hosted by Special Olympics and Microsoft.
From Forbes, July 03, 2018
Trends in Mobile Accessibility : Artificial Intelligence and Smart Cities - Report from the M-Enabling Summit 2018
The 7th M-Enabling Summit had 600 participants from 30 countries focusing on trends in mobile accessibility such as artificial intelligence and smart cities. Read the summit report here.
From GARI, June 21, 2018
United Kingdom: Government Digital Service (GDS) Looks to Improve Accessibility by Development of Empathy Lab
The Government Digital Service (GDS) is using an ‘empathy lab’ to test the accessibility of systems and assistive technologies, and is asking what potential users would like to see included.
From UK Authority, June 21, 2018
The Digital Revolution Must be Accessible for Everyone
Co-chair of the APPG on Assistive Technology, Seema Malhotra MP, United Kingdom, says the EU Web Accessibility Directive may be one of the last of human rights legislation to come to us from the EU.
From Politics Home, June 20, 2018
Firefox Makers Working on Voice-Controlled Web Browser Called Scout
Mozilla is building a voice-controlled web browser-Scout where users especially those with disabilities can ask it to load up a site and read the contents out thus boasting tremendous accessibility.
From CNET, June 15, 2018