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“How Would You Feel If You Couldn’t See Photos?”

Jan 18, 2017

The United Nations is making efforts to be more accessible in the way they distribute information. Here is their statement, from UN.org: In order to make information on the United Nations and its activities available to the widest range of audiences, and in keeping with resolutions of the General Assembly, the Department of Public Information […]

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Global Accessibility Awareness: USA

Sep 30, 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 23, 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 16, 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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Tactile Features on Currency Notes are a Worldwide Trend

Aug 26, 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 […]

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NVDA: A Free Open-Source Screen Reader that Anyone Can Use

Aug 18, 2015

In 2006, two Australian programmers — Michael Curran and James Teh — released a free open-source screen reader called NVDA. This was a huge win for accessibility, because at the time, screen readers could cost more than the computers on which they ran. (Many screen readers remain very expensive.) The high cost of screen readers made […]