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Accessibility 2016: Where do the Candidates Stand?

Feb, 2, 2016

According to the 2010 US Census, there are 303.9 million people living in America, and 56.7 million of them are people with disabilities. This means that roughly one in five Americans has some form of disability, and many more have a personal connection to a person with a disability. With statistics like these, one would […]

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Interview with Svetlana Kouznetsova, Founder of Audio Accessibility

Jan, 1, 2016

The latest installment of our Accessibility Activists column is an interview with Svetlana Kouznetsova, founder of Audio Accessibility, a consulting service that helps make audio, videos, and events accessible for deaf people. In addition to her work in accessibility, Kouznetsova also works in user experience and product management. When did you first get started in accessibility?  […]

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Interview with Bob Paradiso, Independent Rehab Engineer

Dec, 12, 2015

The newest installment of our Accessibility Activists column is an interview with Bob Paradiso, Independent Rehab Engineer. With a background in programming video games, Paradiso now modifies electronics and hardware to enable people to do more. When did you first get started in accessibility? Maybe it was when I first started playing around with hacking a […]

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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 […]