Accessibility in the News—11/03/17. This issue: A journalist paralyzed for more than twenty years uses a high-tech exoskeleton to walk, new glasses enable a man born without optic nerves to read the abundance of text in his environment, and accessible computer applications provide a voice to a young college author and presenter with cerebral palsy. NOTE: To get news like this every week in your inbox, before it hits our[…]READ MORE about Accessible Tech Enables Possibilities across Multiple Disabilities
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Microassist's Accessibility in the News is a widely read free weekly newsletter curated by Jack McElaney. Newsletter sections include a compilation of accessibility articles and blogs, a list of accessibility conferences and training, accessibility job announcement, and a listing of accessibility resource pages.
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Accessibility in the News—10/06/17 October is World and Blindness Awareness Month and Meet the Blind Month, and encompasses several days designated to bring greater awareness to vision health, low vision, and blindness. These include World Sight Day on October 12 and National White Cane Safety Day on October 15. Primary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education are required to make accommodations for students taking their courses, including those with visual,[…]READ MORE about Implementing Accessible Design on Campus, Online, and in Homes; Blindness Awareness Month Kicks Off
Accessibility in the News—09/29/17. NOTE: To get news like this every week in your inbox, before it hits our website, subscribe to our Accessibility in the News e-newsletter. It’s straightforward and ad-free. Plus you also get listing of job opportunities, events, and training. Just use the signup form on this page. Skip to National News (U.S.) | Skip to International News More Accessibility Resources on this Page Accessibility Blogs and Information |[…]READ MORE about Accessible Technology: Computer Code, Wearables, and At-Home Developments Promote Independent Living
Accessibility in the News—8/11/17.. Accessible Fitness: Sports and Athletics Gaining Better Accessibility Disability advocates are striving to bring accessible fitness to anyone and everyone interested in sports and athletics all around the world. NOTE: To get news like this every week in your inbox, before it hits our website, subscribe to our Accessibility in the News e-newsletter. It’s graphic, ads, and spam free. Just use the sign-up form on this page. Skip[…]READ MORE about Accessible Fitness: Sports and Athletics Gaining Better Accessibility
Accessibility in the News—8/18/17.. Lawsuits can be very effective in bringing about a greater level of disability awareness to the public. GrubHub is certainly more aware of web accessibility requirements now, as is a dentist in Dallas, and anyone of the 275 businesses sued for building access issues. But there are other ways advocates and allies are sounding the call that people with disabilities are integral contributors to our world,[…]READ MORE about Disability Awareness: How a Telecom Giant, Fashion, Festivals Highlight Needs and Celebrate Empowerment
Accessibility in the News—08/04/17 Last week’s federal regulatory announcement effectively put website accessibility rulemaking on hold. But while some bemoan a lack of guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice, groups such as EDUCause are pursuing meeting the digital needs of those with disabilities on a voluntary basis. Furthermore, many say the lack of federal action doesn’t throw out the business, litigation, or human rights justifications for making sites and mobile[…]READ MORE about Prioritizing Disability Rights Online, in Travel, and in Building Design
Accessibility in the News—7/21/17. Accessibility news varied widely this week, covering a talking laundry module built by a 14-year-old, a new, tactile £10 note from the Bank of England for the blind and visually impaired, and an attorney suspended for filing frivolous ADA lawsuits. But there were a few themes: Transportation, from autonomous vehicles to Uber, was one. The ride-sharing company faces a lawsuit in New York for not having enough[…]READ MORE about Uber Accessibility Varies, Food Companies Get Sued for Inaccessible Websites…and Accessible Tech Tackles Laundry
Accessibility in the News—07/14/17. Legal actions and policy are amplifying the need for accessibility in digital and physical environments. Accessible design is enforced by the Americans with Disabilities Act and is important for anyone and everyone to understand because of the necessity for inclusion and disability rights. Some of this week’s top stories on legal action for accessible design include a website accessibility lawsuit in Miami being settled for closed captioning[…]READ MORE about Accessible Design: Legal Actions Amplify Awareness of Need for Accessibility in both Physical and Online Environments
Accessibility in the News—07/07/17. In this week’s City & State New York interview, the Human Rights Commission’s Ted Finkelstein said, “The simple ability to get in and out of their building, to get in and out of their bedroom, their bathroom – it’s just a life-changing event for people.” That pretty much sums up several of the stories in this week’s issue, many of which focused on mobility impairments, aging,[…]READ MORE about Mobility Impairments Induce Transportation Companies to Enhance Access
Accessibility in the News—6/30/17. The landmark website accessibility decision against Winn-Dixie has a lot of retailers on high alert. A decision against Hobby Lobby‘s request to dismiss their accessibility case soon followed. Legal commentators continue to urge retailers to heed the messages in these outcomes: Websites can be and are often considered public accommodations subject to ADA requirements. Physical spaces must be accessible to people with disabilities; so should online environments. On[…]READ MORE about Winn-Dixie Accessibility Lawsuit Has Retailers on High Alert