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10 Principles of Accessibility

<i>Do you want to get serious about accessibility, but finding it hard to know where to start? In this video, we</i><i>’ll take you through 10 principles you</i> …

Visual Design

An Open Source Sip-and-Puff Mouse for Affordable Accessibility

At the core of any assistive technology is finding a way to do something with whatever abilities the user has available. This can be especially …

Students build assistive technologies at MIT’s annual ATHack

On Saturday, March 3, the Beaver Works facility was alive with hardworking university students collaborating with Boston-area citizens with …

YouTube enables captions for live broadcasts

YouTube is making live broadcasts more accessible by giving creators the power to add real-time captions in the English language. They could provide their own if they plan to read off a script or have access to professional captioners that can feed their work to the platform. But YouTube live …

Costa Rica

How to Create an Accessible Autocomplete Component with Vue.js

Remember this autocomplete component we’ve built? Although most users are able to use it, people with disabilities that require an assistive …

UX Design

Microsoft's navigation tech for the blind is now an app

Microsoft has been working on its 3D soundscape technology for years. In 2014 it developed a bone-conducting headset to help visually impaired people navigate around cities using audio cues, and now that technology is available in app form, allowing users to pinpoint their location and identify …

Roads

Microsoft Soundscape helps blind people get around town with audio cues

After roughly four years in the making, Microsoft’s Soundscape app for guiding people with vision impairment around cities is now available for iOS in the US and the UK.<p>The aim is to provide 3D audio cues that not only help you find your chosen destination – whether that’s a university building or …

App Store

Accessibility Testing Tools

There is a sentiment that <i>accessibility isn't a checklist</i>, meaning that if you're really trying to make a site accessible, you don't just get to check …

Twitter’s new update leaves accessibility users behind

Twitter neglected to roll out the new 280 character limit for vision-impaired people who use a screen reader.<p>Many social media sites seem to see …

Usability and Accessibility

The new WCAG 2.1 and Nielsen’s 10 Usability Heuristics<p><i>Written by:</i> <i>Erin Marchak</i><p>If you have been working with accessibility on the web, you’ll know that …

UX Design

Accessible ARIA Accordions

Accordions are commonly used when an interface has large groups of sectioned content. In these instances the topics or headings are considered to be …

Visual Design

Learning to design virtual reality for accessibility

Virtual reality is pushing further into the mainstream, and we’re really excited about that at Runaway. It brings with it a lot of challenges but also, a host of possibilities for us as developers and designers. Not least of which is the constant drive to make VR experiences more seamlessly …

Funkify - disability simulator

Get a feeling of how the web can be experienced by people with trembling hand, dyslexia, low vision, cognitive impairment, color…

Accessibility - Usability

Principles<p>An arrow that points down when collapsed and points up when expanded.<p>A well-designed product is accessible to users of all abilities, …

How Microsoft used tech to help people with ALS regain mobility

ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurological disease that affects the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscle …

Windows 10

Nation’s First Website Accessibility ADA Trial (with Joshua Stein)

Accessibility

Learn to Create Accessible Websites with the Principles of Universal Design

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.” — Paul J. Meyer, …

I Learned Calculus With A Video Game, And It Was Surprisingly Fun

I, like many people, am terrible at math. I need a calculator to do basic addition and subtraction. Math class was excruciatingly painful for me, not …

Artist creates dollops of paint that are actually colored pencil illustrations

CJ Hendry creates large pencil sketches that mix hyperrealism with fantasy. After working mainly in black and white, she jumped to color in a big way …

Afraid to Tell Developers Their App is not Accessible? You Should, And Here’s How.

<i>by Sofia Gallo</i><p>When browsing the App Store on my iPhone, I am struck by the variety of Apps available: millions of calendars, games, and tools to …

Accessible media player resources and demos

Note: Last updated July 7th, 2017 to include the Web Experience Project media player and captioning legal requirements from the USA. If you have a …

Accessible Textbook Options for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired - AccessWorld® - July 2017

Access to Education<p>Accessible Textbook Options for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired<p>For anyone reading this article, the phrase "back to …

A Campus Argument Goes Viral. Now the College Is Under Siege.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — It started with a suggestion that white students and professors leave campus for a day, a twist on a tradition of black students voluntarily doing the same.<p>A professor objected, and his argument with a loud and profane group of protesters outside his classroom soon rocketed across …

Rights & Freedoms

Accessibility audits are fun!

At conferences, I always gravitate towards accessibility talks. I think the subject is super interesting and I always come out wanting to be an …

Stanford Libraries post digital archive of drafts of Allen Ginsberg's HOWL

Ginsberg's HOWL isn't merely a masterwork of poetry, nor is it merely a classic; it is also an indelible part of American free speech jurisprudence: …

Literature

'Stephen Florida' Goes To The Mat — And Wins

Who is Stephen Florida? It's a little hard to say. He's an orphan who maybe hasn't yet come to terms with the death of his parents in a car crash. He's an obsessive with poor impulse control. He's possibly the best college wrestler in the state of North Dakota. He's an unapologetic megalomaniac. Or …

North Dakota

MIT unveils wearable guides for the visually impaired

It's frustrating to see so many wearable innovations without more devoted to providing solutions for the disabled, which is why MIT's new prototype …

Building Accessibility Into IT Procurement

Accessibility<p>Michigan State has developed rubrics and procedures to help its information technology procurement officers evaluate products' …

Education Technology