Technology

Agreement reached to make health care kiosks accessible to people with visual disabilities

Monday, August 15, 2016Pursuant Health will make its thousands of self-service health care kiosks accessible to people with visual disabilities, under a first-of-its-kind agreement announced July 26. “Living the lives we want as blind people includes monitoring our own health so that we…

Students create gloves that translate sign language into spoken words

Tuesday, May 10, 2016Two students at the University of Washington are unveiling a device they hope will make communication more accessible for members of the Deaf community. According to the Gallaudet Research Institute there are almost forty million Deaf and hard of hearing…

National Federation of the Blind and Amazon reach agreement on accessible Kindles

Thursday, March 10, 2016The National Federation of the Blind and Amazon released a brief statement March 2, announcing a new initiative to “collaborate on improvements to Amazon’s education content, platforms, and application,” as well as meet on an “ongoing basis” to address the…

UK policy changes lead to loss of mobility and independence for people with disabilities

Wednesday, March 2, 2016Recent changes in the UK’s government welfare system is having devastating results for people with disabilities. Under the previous policy, over 600,000 people with disabilities were able to use the ‘Mobility Scheme,’ which gave people with disabilities funds to lease…

Gogo to make its in-flight video services closed captioned

Monday, February 1, 2016The National Association of the Deaf announced January 26 a first-of-its kind agreement with Gogo LLC, requiring the in-flight entertainment company to make its services accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. “This is a monumental step…

(Video) Smartphone app identifies objects and colors for people with visual impairments

Wednesday, January 13, 2016The technologically-advanced world that we live in seems to be constantly expanding – and three individuals based in northern California are working to directly contribute to that growth. Alberto Rizzolo, Marita Cheng, and Simon Edwardsson have created the smartphone application…

DOT hits United Airlines with fines for disability-related violations

Tuesday, January 12, 2016The U.S. Department of Transportation fined the nation’s largest airline $2.75 million for a range of disability discrimination and other federal violations. In response to what it called a “rise in disability related complaints” from consumers in 2014, the DOT…

FCC moves forward on cell phone accessibility rules

Tuesday, December 8, 2015The Federal Communications Commission released new rules, and proposed others, November 19, aimed at making cell phones more accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more than a decade, FCC regulations have required cell phone…

Report calls for accessibility standards for self-driving cars

Thursday, November 12, 2015Self-driving cars have yet to go mainstream, but disability advocates are working to ensure they will be able to partake in the technology’s many promised benefits. In a new report [PDF] released November 2, the National Council on Disability,…

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