Accessibility

The First Smart Watch For Blind People Gets Braille Texts

In this world of smart gadgets, you can get a message on your cellphone, your laptop, your tablet, or even your watch. Instead of hopping on a call …

Braille

The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

In the early 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in <i>Imbeciles</i>. <i>Originally broadcast March 7, 2016.</i><p>Transcript<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, editor of the website TV Worth …

Eatsa is being sued for not making its automated self-serve kiosks accessible to blind customers

The new restaurant chain makes it possible to order fresh-made food without ever having to interact with a human.<p>Eatsa, a fast-food chain startup known for its nearly human-free, automated self-service technology, is being sued by disability rights advocates for not including accessibility features …

Automation

This man's epic quest for a rainbow bagel makes a crucial point about accessibility

If you're in New York City, you could get your hands on a coveted rainbow bagel pretty easily. Only a MetroCard fare and a few subway stops are between you and the copious amounts of dyed dough.<p>But if you have a mobility-related disability, public transportation — and navigating a city overall — …

Humor

Accessibility Tools

The Office of E-Learning works with the Learning Access Program (LAP) to create a welcoming environment for students who need accommodations. Any …

Education Technology

Elderly And Disabled Assistive Technology Market To Surpass $26 Billion By 2024

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. 70 million people need a wheelchair. Another 360 million people globally have moderate to profound hearing loss. Globally, more than 1 billion people need one or more assistive products.<p>The global …

3D Printing

This PSA for World Down Syndrome Day humorously redefines what ‘special needs’ are

Ahead of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, Italian nonprofit CoorDown has released a PSA that humorously explains why the expression “special …

Autism

University Puts 20,000 Lectures Behind A Registration Wall In Response To DOJ Pressure On Website Accessibility Compliance

Back in 2012, a federal court ruled US websites were "places of public accommodation." The ruling (overturned on appeal) came in a lawsuit brought …

University of California

Minnie Baragwanath - the battle for accessible healthcare

Minnie Baragwanath has played a leading role in effecting social change for New Zealanders with disabilities.<p>With roles that have included working in …

New Zealand News

Recap: Empowering Users by Designing for Accessibility

In our latest Lunch & Learn at Liquid, I talked about the concept of Inclusive Web Design, and why designing for accessibility really means designing …

Web Design

BBC GEL | How to design accessible email newsletters

Why design accessible email newsletters?<p>Everyone is different and there are many variations of impairment. At the BBC we need to make our content accessible to all, whether they are internal or external users.<p>In the UK, around 18% of the population are impaired in some way. Approximately 1/3 are …

Web Design

Nintendo and '1-2-Switch' are changing the game for visually impaired players

Mandi Bundren's launch-day purchase of the Nintendo Switch came with an added bonus: She could play with her husband, Rich Maroney, who is …

Gaming

What I Wish I’d Known About Disability When I Was Younger

"It wasn’t until 10 years ago that I fully embraced my identity as a disabled woman."<p><i>This piece by Robyn Powell originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women.</i><p>I was born with arthrogryposis, a physical disability that affects my muscles and joints. …

Autism

How Accessible Is Your Website? Here’s How You Can Find Out

Fri, Mar 10, 2017 Design & Development 0<p>Did you know that a routine boilerplate included in many grant agreements stipulates the receiving …

Web Design

Accessibility features in macOS and iOS that everyone should try

If you’re someone who doesn’t have any specific reasons to go there, you may have never explored the Accessibility settings on your Mac, iPhone, or …

iOS

The Next Frontier In Automation: Self-Driving Wheelchairs | Fast Company

For someone with advanced Lou Gehrig’s disease or severe paralysis, a motorized wheelchair can be very hard to use: If you can’t move a joystick with your hand, you have to use a switch embedded in the headset or a “sip-and-puff” device controlled with the breath.<p>The devices only allow you to …

Wheelchairs

iOS Accessibility

Lessons We’ve Learned on Building Apps for a Wider Community<p>Apple has improved user experience, particularly for those with disabilities, by building …

UX Design

The accessibility of Sight Sign – an eye-gaze controlled app for writing a signature with a robot

This post describes accessibility-related considerations for a simple app which was built to allow eye-gaze input to trigger control of a robot. …

Digital Design

SAS Brings Data Visualization to the Visually Impaired

People with visual impairments are often shut out from hot careers in STEM fields, including analytics and data science. Why? Because the technology …

Data Science

A Look Back – and a Look Ahead

<i>By Jenny Lay-Flurrie – Chief Accessibility Officer</i><p>It’s been a little over a year since Microsoft restructured our approach to accessibility across …

Microsoft

I spoke to the woman behind the viral #DisabledAndCute hashtag about intersectionality

When Keah Brown shared a photo of herself on Twitter last week with the hashtag #DisabledAndCute, she just wanted to “commemorate and celebrate” …

Disability

Web accessibility is a right, not a privilege

<b>B</b><b>usinesses can no longer afford to ignore the importance of web accessibility, by</b> <i>Hilary Stephenson of Sigma.</i><p>Web accessibility is about breaking down …

Web Design

How accessible are New York City’s high schools? Students with physical disabilities are about to find out

Michelle Noris began her son’s high school search the way many parents of children with physical disabilities do: by throwing out most of the high …

Tech Tent: Making tech work for everyone

• Stream or download the latest Tech Tent episode on the BBC website<br>• Listen to previous episodes on the BBC website<br>• Follow Tech Tent on Twitter<p><b>This week we devote the whole of Tech Tent to a special programme on assistive technology - that's tech to help disabled people take advantage of all the</b> …

From Medical Condition to Political Condition: The Story of the ADA

IN JULY 2015, I went to Washington, DC for a week of events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of …

Disability

Boarding schools and residential special schools: inspection documents

MS Word Document, 232KB<p>This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.<p>If you use assistive technology …

Assistive Technology

Brazil's wheelchair tourism guru

South America Business Correspondent<p><b>Ricardo Shimosakai has been to 25 countries and 200 holiday destinations. But he sometimes finds it difficult to travel in his home country, Brazil.</b><p>Ricardo has been a wheelchair user since 2001, when he was shot after an attempted kidnapping. He is now a tourist …

Brazil

Despite impaired vision, Kruzeniski never lost sight of goals

Becoming one of the province’s most prominent and trusted public servants is no easy task. Remaining one is even harder.<p>Saskatchewan’s information …

UK retailers still failing to meet web accessibility standards

<b>At the end of 2016 the BBC reported that retailers could be "missing out on £249bn because many are inaccessible to disabled customers".</b><p>But what …

Usability

How a Robotic Exoskeleton Is Helping a Paralyzed Acrobat Walk Again

Silke Pan usually swung 22 feet above the ground on the trapeze, but on that day in September 2007, she was just 13 feet up. Pan, a performer with …

Exoskeletons