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Interview with Beth Rosenberg, Founder of Tech Kids Unlimited

Dec, 12, 2015

The fourth installment of our Accessibility Activists column is an interview with Beth Rosenberg, founder of Tech Kids Unlimited, an educational organization for kids ages 8 to 18 with special needs. When did you first get started in accessibility? As I have a child with a disability, I become active in the world of accessibility around 2008. […]

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Accessibility in the News – November 2015

Nov, 11, 2015

Here is a roundup of some accessibility stories in the news recently. Firefox for iOS has been released worldwide, and it already includes accessibility implementations such as VoiceOver support, bold text settings, and switch control. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is facing a lawsuit claiming their website does not accommodate for users who are blind […]

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Accessibility In the News – October 2015

Oct, 10, 2015

Here is a roundup of some accessibility stories in the news recently. Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 9, comes with a default font (called “San Francisco”) that is easy for people with dyslexia to read. Apple has also launched an app tool called ResearchKit, which will allow researchers at Duke University, Johns Hopkins, and […]

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Using Cortana and Speech Recognition Together on Windows 10

Oct, 10, 2015

Using Windows 10 Cortana and Speech Recognition Together One of the holy grails of computing is to one day be able to have machines perform perfect speech recognition. The ability to control computers with speech benefits everyone, but can be specifically powerful for people with disabilities. Many people are unable to use a mouse or […]

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Global Accessibility Awareness: USA

Sep, 9, 2015

[embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr5mTNBhWow[/embedyt] At Brigham Young University, five undergraduate mechanical engineering students have constructed an inexpensive, lightweight motorized wheelchair. The chair, made with a PVC frame, is strong enough to carry up 50 pounds, or a child of roughly 6 years old. Motorized wheelchairs can cost as much as 15,000 dollars. The student-produced chair, on the other […]

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Global Accessibility Awareness: Spain

Sep, 9, 2015

In Spain, The National Organization of Spanish Blind People, commonly known as ONCE, was founded in 1938 to raise funds and provide services for people with visual impairments. ONCE employs 136,000 staff, of whom 88.5% are people with disabilities. ONCE sells a charity lottery ticket known throughout Spain as the Cupón. With over 2 billion […]

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Global Accessibility Awareness: Korea

Sep, 9, 2015

Roughly 75% of the visually impaired are unemployed worldwide. Did you know that for 100 years, South Korea has designated Masseurs as an occupation solely for the blind? The law has not been without controversy. But as long as this law remains in place, visually impaired masseurs will continue to have secure employment. Make your […]

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Interview with Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer

Sep, 9, 2015

The third installment of our Accessibility Activists column is an interview with Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer for SSB Bart Group. Avila is also a participant in the WCAG Working Group, and the mobile accessibility task force at the WAI. When did you first get started in accessibility? I worked at a summer family vacation retreat/camp […]

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Tactile Features on Currency Notes are a Worldwide Trend

Aug, 8, 2015

Tactile features on currency notes are used in many countries around the world, which allows citizens with visual impairments to handle money more easily. Canada’s currency notes are printed with a tactile feature in the corner so that visually impaired citizens can easily tell what denomination they’re holding. So are the currency notes in Bahrain, Thailand, Malawi, and […]