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Google launches a tool to test your Android app for accessibility issues

If you’re building an Android app and want to ensure it’s easy for anyone to use — include people with visual, physical or age-related limitations — Google’s got just the ...
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These Scientists Are Building Fitness Trackers That Work For People With Disabilities

Fitness and weight tracking can help stop obesity, but for people with disabilities, they often don't work at all. Sebastian Williams is 20 pounds away from a brand-new life. A ...
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Why Virtual Reality Could Be A Game Changer For The Disabled

“It has been in the hands of so few people, that we don’t know what the truth is yet.” Anyone who attended the 2016 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco ...
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The App that Helps Blind People See

The first time Mark Edwards used Aipoly Vision, he cried. Edwards, 56 and legally blind since birth, had signed up as an early tester for the smartphone app that claims ...
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How Technology Is Transforming Disabled People’s Lives

We work with a range of exciting technologies. EyeGaze technology allows people to control the movement of a mouse on a computer screen with just their eyes. A 'Head mouse' ...
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New app to create dementia-friendly home

Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria has launched a new app providing carers with ideas to make their home more accessible for people living with dementia ...
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App could bring more forecourt freedom

A disabled man has invented a smartphone app which aims to make getting assistance at petrol stations less of a lottery for wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility, reports Helen ...
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How to choose an accessible typeface

Inclusive design is a hot topic and choosing an accessible font for your website is important for all brands, not just public bodies and charities. But how can you tell ...
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Aging and the Internet of Caring Things

We’re getting old and living longer. Most Americans, in fact, want to live to be 100. In many countries, there are more elderly people than children for the first time ...
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Making technology that helps empower everyone to do more

Chris Schlechty remembers a high school friend struggling to use his computer the way most other kids did, typing away at a conventional keyboard to chat with other teens. Like ...
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‘Eye Conductor’ Helps the Physically Disabled Write Music With Facial Movements

A physical disability can make it difficult to participate in creative activities many of us take for granted, especially when you don’t have full use of your arms and hands ...
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How 3D-Printed Maps Are Helping the Blind and Visually Impaired

Engineers and designers are just starting to explore the potential of 3D-printed maps for the visually impaired ...
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New Technology and the evolution of accessibility

Back in September I was speaking at a conference in Madrid. I was asked about the future and my thoughts as to what trends would have the greatest impact upon ...
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Mobilizing the Human Experience

Mobile is the lifeline to the world we live in today. We wake up in the morning and addictively check our devices. Before falling asleep, we cuddle up next to ...
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Website helps those with physical disabilities find accessible buildings

People with physical disabilities have a new tool to avoid the frequent frustration of inaccessible buildings. “Imagine going to a location, trying to show up to an event or a ...
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Empathy in Design and Accessibility

I am an accessibility tester & consultant at IBM, and I also happen to be a person with low-vision (I can see some, but not much) who uses technology. I ...
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How Technology Is Helping the Blind Navigate the Physical World

Developers of assistive technologies for the blind are commandeering increasingly cheap and ubiquitous personal gadgets for their research aims. Just a decade ago, the options were an array of expensive, ...
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The tech giving people power to deal with disability

Worldwide, around a billion people have a disability, says the World Health Organisation. In Europe and America, this is one in five people. And since they are less likely to ...
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The Flesky app for the iPhone makes typing easier by removing the need to hit each letter with precision. Unlike other auto-correct systems, Fleksy analyzes a wealth of data about ...
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The Baobab: A Storybook App for Children who are Deaf

The Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University has released the first of a series of three bilingual storybook apps that will simultaneously ...
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Accessibility of Social Media in Government

The Social Media Accessibility Working Group was created to help government agencies meet their accessibility requirements when using social media. The Working Group, spearheaded by the Department of Labor’s Office ...
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Tiramisu Transit App

Tiramisu, literally meaning "pick me up" in Italian, is a crowd-sourced app that informs users of the arrival time and seating availability for buses.Tiramisu uses a smartphone's GPS to display ...
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Blue Badge Style

Blue Badge Style is a website and app created by Fiona Jarvis, who believes that accessibility can and should be stylish. The Blue Badge Style app reviews the accessibility of ...
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Top Ten Inclusive Design Lessons

To help you think more strategically about accessibility, here are my top 10 recommendations for inclusive design: ...
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Google Hangouts Sign Language Interpreter App

Google Hangouts allows users to video chat with friends, conduct meetings with colleges and broadcast recorded sessions online. With the launch of the new sign language interpreter app, Google Hangouts ...
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Until recently, the only way for people to find out about accessible venues was through word of mouth or by reading usually outdated accessibility guidebooks maintained by local disability advocacy ...
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Age and Ability in the Cognitive Era

Our parents and grandparents represent one of the most complex societal and economic challenges facing nations as they struggle with increasing costs of healthcare and decreasing numbers of caregivers. People ...
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Facebook Plans to Improve Accessibility for Visually Impaired Users

Odds are you’ve checked your Facebook account in the last few hours. Odds are even pretty good that you have Facebook open on your desktop or smartphone at this very moment ...
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Robotics to help people with vision disabilities to recognize objects

A hand-worn robotic device is being developed that will help millions of people who are blind or have low vision navigate past movable obstacles or assist in their ability to ...
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Help A Blind Person Identify Everyday Things, Via Smartphone App

The camera on your smartphone is powerful. You use it to record your baby's first steps. Take a panorama shot or selfies at the Taj Mahal. Every day, we're finding ...
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Why Bother with Accessibility?

Web accessibility (known in other fields as inclusive design or universal design) is the degree to which a website is available to as many people as possible. Accessibility is most ...
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Good UX Is Good Business: How To Reap Its Benefits

User experience (UX) design focuses on enhancing user satisfaction by improving how we interact with the websites, applications and devices in our lives. In other words, UX makes complex things easy ...
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Effective UX Design for Healthcare wearables

With the rapid development and evolvement of technology, wearable devices are next in line to create a trend. Simultaneously, getting fit and leading a healthy lifestyle is another trend that ...
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The Most Overlooked Aspect Of UX Design Could Be The Most Important

I’m not much of a designer. In fact, I’m awful at it. I am, however, interested in how it’s done. I read and write plenty about customer success; along the way, (somehow) ...
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The potential benefits of mobile devices and Apps for people with disabilities

I am always conscious about sensationalising technology and giving the impression that it is “the cure”. Technology is a fantastic tool for some people with disabilities and can make a ...
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Wayfindr Is Building An Open Standard For Indoor Navigation By Beacon

A project to probe the viability of using low power Bluetooth Beacon technology as an aid for indoor navigation — with a special focus on helping blind and visually impaired people get around ...
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Why Accessibility Is More Than A Social Responsibility

Ignore accessibility and pay the price. Remember the ALS Ice Bucket challenge? Of course, you do … you were probably nominated by a friend to take part yourself. In the ...
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Facebook Is Developing Technology That Can Describe Pictures to Blind People

It learns what's in the picture, then describes it aloud Facebook announced a new artificial intelligence technology on Tuesday that could help describe images to the blind ...
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Ubi: The ubiquitous computer

Ubi, the ubiquitous computer, is a hands-free, voice-activated computer that is always on, allowing users to stay connected while engaging in everyday activities. Ubi plugs into a wall socket, can ...
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New Sensors Help Patients With Dementia Avoid Getting Lost

Like most patients with dementia, Ray Ciancaglini has good days and bad days. On his worst days, Ciancaglini, a retired boxer, might wander off in the dead of winter from his ...
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How Tech Helps Guide the Blind

New developments in accessible technology have made it easier than ever for the visually-impaired to connect. Gus Chalkias challenges me to spell my name. Chalkias, who lost his vision at age ...
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How Google designs for the blind

Laura Palmaro was 10 years old when she rubbed her eyes and noticed something was wrong with her vision. She had a hemorrhage in the left eye and lost central ...
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The Challenges of Surfing While Blind

The other day while going about my business on the Internet, I hit a brick wall: a map of the United States. I was diagnosed at 28 with retinitis pigmentosa ...
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Arturo Martinez watches his wife, Aurora Martinez, put on makeup in their San Rafael, Calif., home. She has Alzheimer's.

Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With Dementia?

A doctor I interviewed for this story told me something that stuck with me. He said for every person with dementia he treats, he finds himself caring for two patients ...
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Google’s Guide To Designing With Empathy

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion people worldwide have a disability. To Astrid Weber and Jen Devins, Google's resident accessibility experts, that stat should be stamped ...
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Fitness game for people with mobility disabilities

Modern IT has the potential to make fitness training more varied for people with mobility disabilities. But what exactly is required? Fraunhofer put this question to thalidomide victims, and developed ...
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New Samsung app aims to aid social development for children with autism

A new app released by Samsung aims to improve the lives of children suffering from autism by presenting a fun, smartphone or tablet-based developmental aid. Many who have the condition ...
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How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially ...
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Easy Chirp Accessible Twitter Interface

Easy Chirp is a third-party web-based twitter interface that provides an accessible alternative to the website. In addition to being more accessible for people with disabilities, Easy Chirp also ...
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Mobile Captioning App Waiting for FCC Approval

Concerned about fraud, the FCC is delaying funding any new companies hoping to launch telecommunication relay services until fraud prevention policies can be put in place. A recent article in ...
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Beyond ALT Text: Making the Web Easy to Use for Users With Disabilities

Nielsen Norman Group (NNG) is a consulting and research firm, specializing in user experience and usability. NNG conducts research on design trends around the world, across industries, companies, and user ...
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Recreation: A younger gentleman walking with an older man in the park
Public Buildings: aerial view of city buildings
Streets: people crossing an intersection
Housing: exterior view of a suburban house
Transportation: close up of dangling handles on a bus