Apple Watch: Invisible feature helps woman who is deaf and registered blind to navigate – News – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent

A woman who is deaf and registered blind has described the way that the Apple Watch has been able to help her navigate and communicate with friends. Molly Watt, an activist and blogger, lives with Usher Syndrome and is deaf and registered blind. Apple products are “more than just up market gadgets” … One ofContinue reading “Apple Watch: Invisible feature helps woman who is deaf and registered blind to navigate – News – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent”

Emerging ways of providing audio description

When we consider providing audio description for web based media, we understand is to be broadcast alongside the primary audio and video of the media when it is activated. Standard description in this way is ‘closed’ and applied to post-production content. However, new forms of description and new ways to provide them are emerging andContinue reading “Emerging ways of providing audio description”

Web Accessibility for Designers | August

Web accessibility makes it easier for people to use the web. It creates a better user experience for a wider audience. It’s not just targeted towards people with disabilities. … “Web accessibility means that people can use the web. Not ‘people with disabilities’. Not ‘blind people and deaf people’. Not ‘people who have cognitive disabilities’ or ‘men who are colourContinue reading “Web Accessibility for Designers | August”

People With Disabilities Still an Afterthought in Tech Design

Progress over the past 25 years has made computing more accessible to people with disabilities. But from design to finish, accessibility is still an afterthought in the race to technological innovation. — Despite breakthroughs in robotics, speech recognition, eye-motion sensors, virtual reality and many other areas, the general design approach to new products still excludes peopleContinue reading “People With Disabilities Still an Afterthought in Tech Design”

Australian government web accessibility compliance transitions from strategy to standards

From a transition strategy to a national standard, the Digital Transformation Office has begun to detail requirements for federal government agencies to have their websites recognised as being accessible…. (curated by Lifekludger) Complete story at source: Access iQ http://ift.tt/1h6QmIX

Making sure it works – testing the new London.gov.uk | London City Hall

Testing software and websites is a challenge. We need to ensure that the final product is fit for purpose, and as good as it can possibly be. We must also understand it can never be totally free of bugs. We do lots of different types of testing from User Acceptance Testing (UAT) to performance andContinue reading “Making sure it works – testing the new London.gov.uk | London City Hall”

Accessible IT, assistive technology and working with a disability in tech

Accessible IT and assistive technology need to be ingrained in the DNA of the organisation, according to executives from the Royal National Institute for the Blind, BBC and Natural Resources Wales – to enable those working in tech with a disability and to give CIOs a greater understanding of user requirements. … “It’s a CIO’sContinue reading “Accessible IT, assistive technology and working with a disability in tech”

Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo And Others Push For Accessibility Development – ReadWrite

For all their rhetoric and idealism about changing the world, consumer-facing technologies have largely failed at least one major set of users: people with disabilities, a segment that represents roughly 1 in 5 people in the U.S.As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) approaches, a new group has formed to championContinue reading “Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo And Others Push For Accessibility Development – ReadWrite”

Hands-Free ‘Mouse’ Wins AT&T Accessibility Award

The $25,000 grand prize went to Kinesic Mouse, a software solution that uses a 3D camera to detect facial expressions and head rotations so that users can operate a PC hands-free. The Kinesic Mouse also won the $10,000 “Best Mobility Solution” category, bringing its total cash winnings to $35,000…. (curated by Lifekludger) Complete story atContinue reading “Hands-Free ‘Mouse’ Wins AT&T Accessibility Award”