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New window: Teen wins national prize with new device to help visually impaired people

June 29, 2022, Somerset Live: A 19-year-old student has been crowned the winner of Samsung’s national competition, Solve for Tomorrow. The competition aims to find, fuel and celebrate young people who have an idea for how technology could be used to solve some of society’s biggest issues. Creator Ramneek Kaur Ahluwalia, who herself is visually impaired, developed MyVision, a mobility aid that allows users to navigate their surroundings via Ai, LiDAR and GPS technology. The ground-breaking mobile device was created as an advancement of the white cane.

New window: DraftKings' Site Inaccessible To Visually Impaired, Suit Says

June 29, 2022, Law 360: DraftKings, Inc. was hit with a lawsuit Tuesday morning alleging the sports betting giant is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act because its website is inaccessible to blind individuals.

New window: How Accessibility Teams and Executives Can Work Together for Disability Inclusion

June 29, 2022, Entrepreneur: Digital accessibility is no longer an option for companies; it's a necessity. But inclusion starts with all of us, so here's how teams can work with their executive bench to help ensure accessibility for all.

New window: AT&T Authorizes the Accessible MiniVision2+ Cell Phone to Operate on the AT&T and Cricket Network

June 29, 2022, kulr8: RAZ Mobility ( www.razmobility.com ), a provider of mobile assistive technology, and KAPSYS ( www.kapsys.com ), a French manufacturer of accessible cell phones, announced that the MiniVision2+ Cell Phone, designed specifically for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, has been authorized to operate on the AT&T and Cricket network as a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

New window: Plastic penguins and adaptive mice, toys and tools help those with disabilities

June 29, 2022, CBC News: Makers Making Change has been working on assistive technology since 1995 and not just for toys. The program also works on items such as a mouth-controlled computer mouse, a cup holder for a wheelchair, and even a one-handed PS5 controller modification.

New window: 10 Tips for Making Digital Materials More Accessible to Students With Disabilities

June 28, 2022, Education Week: Many teachers and schools are falling short of federal requirements for digital accessibility, posing undue challenges for students with a wide range of disabilities, two accessibility experts argued Tuesday during a virtual panel at the annual International Society for Technology in Education conference. Most K-12 professionals know that federal law requires school buildings to be accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. What they might not know is that those requirements, under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, also apply to digital materials. And that means everything from homework assignments and Google Drive folders to email messages and learning management system interfaces.

New window: Displaying possibilities of independence

June 28, 2022, New Indian Express: The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart.” The words of Helen Keller echoed while I walked through the corridors of the Museum of Possibilities on Monday. It was Helen Keller’s birth anniversary and celebrating the Deafblindness Awareness Week, the museum, in collaboration with Society for the Empowerment of the Deafblind (SEDB) and Chetana Trust, showcased the works of an extremely talented deafblind community that is often underappreciated.

New window: Disability Inclusion Tactics Vs. Strategy: What's The Difference?

June 28, 2022, Forbes: July 26, 2022, marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the premier disability civil rights legislation that was enacted in 1990. July is also recognized as Disability Pride Month. This is the time of year when my organization gets a lot of requests for speaking engagements, trainings, and book and movie recommendations. One of the first questions I ask when assessing an organization’s needs for an upcoming event is “How does this event or activity advance your disability inclusion strategy?” Too often this question is met with a blank stare or hesitant explanation of how they are just beginning their journey and they don’t really have a strategy yet, but they want to recognize and celebrate disability inclusion. Every company is on its own journey to expand its diversity efforts to include disability. But this raises the key question: What is the difference between disability inclusion tactics and disability inclusion strategy?

New window: Identiv-Powered CVS Spoken Rx Wins NFC Forum 2022 Innovation Award

June 27, 2022, International Suppliers Directory: Identiv, Inc. announced Identiv-powered CVS Spoken Rx™ won a 2022 NFC Innovation Award in the Most Innovative Use of NFC Technology category. The NFC Forum Innovation Awards support and recognize the development and deployment of innovative and exemplary near field communication (NFC) products, services, and applications. According to the CDC, around 12 million people 40 and over in the U.S. are visually impaired, including one million who are blind. Spoken Rx is the first of its kind in-app experience and smart tag prescription label developed for a national retail pharmacy, CVS. Designed for those with visual impairments and those who cannot read standard print labels, the technology allows patients to have their prescription information read aloud and makes the CVS Pharmacy app accessible to the visually impaired community.

New window: Social robotics can help us move towards a more inclusive society

June 27, 2022, USNW Sydney: A team of designers, psychologists, audio consultants and robotics specialists has developed an inclusive sound environment that helps people with neurodiversity enjoy live music. The application distributes sound through multiple channels to create auditory experiences that are exciting without being overwhelming. The interface, a creative collaboration between Dickens Audio, the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute and the UNSW Creative Robotics Lab, will be co-designed with people with neurodiversity.

New window: Blue Atlas Expands ADA Website Accessibility Services

June 27, 2022, Digital Journal: In a continued effort to meet and exceed the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Blue Atlas is working to further expand its ADA website accessibility services, providing businesses with the tools they need to ensure their website is comprehensively accessible. The company recognizes the importance for business owners to be able to effectively market to their clients of all abilities. To do that, they need to have the proper accessibility services to ensure the best long-term outcome. Blue Atlas continues to remain a website accessibility leader by providing new and expanded services to better met the needs of their clients.

New window: Why Law Firm Websites Must Be Accessible

June 27, 2022, JDSupra: In today’s world, everyone needs a website to have a viable business. Furthermore, if you are a law firm that website must be meaningfully accessible to persons with disabilities. This article explains why that is the case. The article will also discuss what you need to be thinking about with respect to having your website be meaningfully accessible to people with disabilities.

New window: This one consideration can help everyone work better together

June 25, 2022, Fast Company: Google’s senior director of Product Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility explains how little, but meaningful, changes in your day-to-day routines can go a long way to fostering a more inclusive work environment.

New window: Twitter Gives Users Full Power to Turn Closed Captions On one Off On Their Mobile Devices

June 25, 2022, Digital Information World: The new update is being looked upon as a new ‘closed caption’ toggle enhancement for users of both iPhones and Android devices. This is after the company was seen carrying out a number of tests for the feature. But obviously, it does come with some restrictions. For instance, it’s only going to work for videos posted on a social network that have subtitles that are available. And to make sure, you’ll find a CC button situated at the screen’s top right-hand corner. If you wish to change the settings, simply click on it and you’ll be allowed to turn it on or even off.

New window: How people with disabilities can use technology to boost their career prospects

June 24, 2022, LI Herald: In today’s digital world, there are many ways people with disabilities can use technology to improve career prospects. This guide shows you how to leverage these options to make your dream job a reality. Take charge of your career by reading these tips about how people with disabilities can use technology to boost career prospects.

New window: Equal access to all: The undisputed importance of accessibility testing

June 24, 2022, The Times of India: As the movement for diversity, equity and inclusion gains momentum, in a rapidly digitally evolving and transforming world, the spotlight is also now focused on digital equality. Equal access to all is a civil right, and no longer a privilege. In the spirit of equality and inclusion, May 19 marked the 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD’s aim is to initiate a dialogue, create awareness and commitment to inclusion and to disrupt the culture of technology and digital product development to include accessibility as a core requirement because from both, a civil right and a business perspective, the disabled are underserved by today’s digital products. The pandemic has accelerated digitalization at light speed. Businesses cannot survive without going digital, and stand to compromise on their growth and image if they fail to empathize, invest in and practice inclusivity and accessibility.

New window: The best Accessibility options to use on the iPhone or iPad

June 24, 2022, Android Authority: According to the World Health Organization, around 15% of the world population suffers from some sort of disability. If that disability involves sight, hearing, the brain, or hand movement, then using a smartphone or tablet can prove to be a very challenging experience, if not outright impossible. To make life easier, both Android and iOS have accessibility options, which are meant to make the experience of using a device much easier. Here are the best accessibility options on the iPhone or iPad.

New window: Cosmonious High Has Added Some Major Accessibility Features

June 22, 2022, Upload: Owlchemy have announced some new accessibility features for Cosmonious High, their out-of-this-world VR experience that sees you in an alien school with freedom to interact with many things and meet a diverse and interesting bunch of characters. This new update “covers different accessibility needs”, says accessibility engineer Peter Galbraith, helping VR gamers in overcoming many of the obstacles that may stop them from enjoying the game to the fullest.

New window: ‘Accessibility is a journey’: A DEI expert on disability rights

June 22, 2022, HR Dive: Employers can wait for a worker to request reasonable accommodation under the ADA, but Kelly Hermann asks: Why not be accommodating from the start?

New window: ADA Compliance and Websites: What Realtors Must Know

June 21, 2022, Realty Biz News: The American National Association of Realtors recommended in 2020 making your real estate website ADA-compliant, and you should, but before you panic, here are the main things you need to know about website accessibility and ADA compliance.
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