The Inaccessible Web: How Did We Get There?
Accessibility needs to be embedded in how we learn to make digital products. There is a lot that can be done to emphasize for web accessibility and digital inclusion. This is a critical as otherwise we will be creating websites and apps to be accessed, yet treating accessibility like an optional extra.
From UX Design, September 02, 2017
Piero: A Tech Device That Helps Make Doors Hands Free for Persons on Wheelchairs
A Utah based startup has developed a device to make all doors hands-free. The technology requires wheelchair users to use a smartphone app or a key fob that interacts with the retrofitted door via Bluetooth.
From Good 4 Utah, September 02, 2017
Philippines: Senate Urged to Provide Sign Language Interpreters During Hearings & Sessions
The Senate of Philippines was urged through a resolution to provide sign language interpreters for persons with hearing disabilities attending Senate sessions and hearings. The resolution comes in light of improving the participation of persons with disabilities in matters of national development and promoting the rights based in the Philippines Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.
From Philippine Canadian Inquirer, September 01, 2017
CONADISRD & G3ict Hold First Inclusive ICT Seminar in the Dominican Republic
The National Disability Council (CONADIS), in collaboration with the Global Initiative for Inclusion of ICTs (G3ICT), organized the "First Seminar on Inclusive Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Dominican Republic". The seminar promoted the exchange of information and collaboration between key representatives of ICT accessibility policies and disability in government, organizations of persons with disabilities, businesses. The seminar discussed Mobile and Web accessibility, and Public procurement of ICT products and services among other key accessibility themes to promote in the Dominican Republic.
From Diario Social RD, September 01, 2017
Incorporating Accessibility into Project Development is a Matter of Priorities
Project managers often avoid implementing accessibility in the mistaken belief that implementing accessibility is hard and slows down the development process. The real problem, however, lies in the lack of expertise. Incorporating accessibility is then more a matter of education, knowledge, priorities, and decisional processes.
From Yoast, September 01, 2017
Why W3C Web Accessibility Standards are Often Ignored
Building accessible content should be second nature to any developer, designer, or content creator, the same way the consideration of ramps, stairways, and lifts is to an architect designing a new building.Unfortunately, a lot of web developers do not make their content accessible.
From Toptal, August 31, 2017
7 Ways to Improve Email Deliverability and Accessibility
Most email marketing still lack basic accessibility that stem from development. Know these 7 accessibility changes for email design, that will not only help improve usability but also help better targeting and email deliverability.
From Click Dimensions, August 31, 2017
ITU Guide For Making the Web More Inclusive and Accessible
Websites and other digital tools can often create barriers that exclude people from accessing information they need. ITU has set targets that enabling environments ensuring accessible telecommunication/ICT for persons with disabilities should be established in all countries by 2020.
From ITU News, August 30, 2017
UK: Recite Me - Software helping Clients with Disabilities Access Accountants Website
Recite Me - a cloud-based software, is making accountancy firm’s websites accessible for people with disabilities. It is capable of translating text into more than 100 languages and has ‘text to speech’ functionality for up to 30 languages. It also allows people to change elements of a websites such as font size, font colour and background colour contrast.
From Chronicle Live, August 28, 2017
Augmented Reality to Help Improve Shopping for Persons with Disabilities
Augmented reality has become increasingly powerful in the past year as the technology gradually moves from gimmick status to something more worthwhile. One of the more interesting applications attempts to make the shopping experience more friendly for shoppers with disabilities.
From DZone, August 28, 2017