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Complete Beginner’s Guide to Universal Design

When we design an application, we want it to be so intuitive that anyone could use it. But who do we mean when we say “anyone?” ...
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A new app asks crowds to help map bus stops for the sightless

Blindways is a new app developed by the Perkins School of Blind to crowdsource precise locations to help blind people find bus stops ...
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INCLUSIVE DESIGN IN USER INTERFACE

What is inclusive design? To design something to be inclusive means to make it approachable for a diverse set of users. Often, this focuses on optimization for accessibilitywithout compromising the experience ...
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Can Google Glass help children with autism read faces?

Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people’s faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disabilities. Now the 10-year-old boy from San ...
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Windows 10 Anniversary Update makes great strides for accessibility

Accessibility options are not a new feature for Windows, but the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update includes even more than before. This week it was confirmed that the update will ...
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Virginia Anderlini (right) was the first private client to try out Dr. Sonya Kim's new virtual reality program for the elderly, and says she's eager to see more. Kim's handful of programs are still at the demo stage.

Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans

Virginia Anderlini is 103 years old, and she is about to take her sixth trip into virtual reality. In real life, she is sitting on the sofa in the bay ...
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Using Virtual Reality To Walk in the Shoes of Someone With Alzheimer’s

Most everyone knows that Alzheimer’s disease means memory loss. But dementia, which affects nearly 50 million people worldwide, is about more than losing your keys or forgetting your children’s names ...
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How Designing For Disabled People Is Giving Google An Edge

"Accessibility is a basic human right," Eve Andersson tells me, sitting on a lawn at the Shoreline Amphitheater during this year's Google I/0 developer conference. "It benefits everyone." ...
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Thought-reading headset lets users speak their mind

By combining a wireless connected EEG headset from Emotiv and an assistive communication app, California-based Smartstones is bringing the power of speech to those who have difficulty communicating verbally. The ...
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Accessible Internet, Communication, and Technology (ICT) – Bottom-line, Accessibility Benefits Everyone

Universal accessibility in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector holds unparalleled promise and opportunity for people with disabilities never before seen in our history ...
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Google.org awards $20 million to groups developing tech for people with disabilities

Last year, Google.org announced their Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities competition, and over1,000 nonprofits from 88 countries submitted designs for open source technology that could improve the lives of disabled people ...
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Chip, Implanted in Brain, Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Control of Hand

Five years ago, a college freshman named Ian Burkhart dived into a wave at a beach off the Outer Banks in North Carolina and, in a freakish accident, broke his ...
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Google Pledges £14m To Support Disability Technology

Smart glasses for the blind and prosthetic limb makers among winners of Google Impact Challenge investment Google has revealed the winners of a campaign to use technology to help people ...
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UW students’ invention could revolutionize sign language

Two University of Washington sophomores have been award a prestigious prize for a pair of gloves they invented to help the hearing and speech impaired communicate with people who don't ...
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Building more accessible technology

Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population will have a disability during their lifetime, which can make it hard for them to access and interact with technology, and limits the ...
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CART: A System That Works for Nearly Everyone With Hearing Loss

Most of us have been at events with a sign-language interpreter, but how many have ever seen a CART screen? CART, which stands for "communication access real time translation," provides ...
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Facebook Accessibility

Facebook accessibility specialist and engineer Matt King lost his vision completely in college. When he joined our accessibility team after more than 20 years in the accessibility field, one of ...
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How the iPhone Serves as Copilot for the Blind

Before the smartphone era, vision-impaired people had to use several gadgets throughout their day, such as a light-detection device. Now, these functions are taken care of by the iPhone and ...
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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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Fleksy

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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AbleRoad

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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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