Accessibility in the News—May 5, 2017 The need for transportation and related infrastructure accessibility improvements took the spotlight this week, with New York being the prime focus. Recent lawsuits say the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the subway system throughout New York City, is responsible for running the least accessible subway system out of all major U.S. cities. And, at the Smart Cities NYC conference, nonprofit and technology groups addressed the risk of developing high-tech government service delivery[…]READ MORE about Accessibility Improvements Urged for Transportation, “Smart” Cities; Higher Ed Pursues Inclusion
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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 announcements, and a listing of accessibility resource pages.
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Accessibility in the News—04/28/17. Government is the driving force for disability rights in every country. Without government, there would be no laws protecting disability rights or enforcing accessibility standards. This week’s news articles have a large focus on government laws, litigation, and accessibility lawsuits, particularly in the higher education space. At The University of California Berkeley, a Justice Department decision prompted the university to remove 20,000 digital lectures due to[…]READ MORE about Government Forcing Accessibility Standards Implementation
Accessibility in the News—4/21/17. This week brought up travel accommodation issues for many with disabilities. There’s the transportation aspect — For instance, how well do planes, trains, busses or cars meet the needs for people with mobility or visual disabilities traveling from one city or country to another? But what about enjoying the actual destination? This week includes news on tools that help identify facilities with accessible features. That’s the[…]READ MORE about Accessible Travel: Up in the Air and Down on Land
Accessibility in the News—4/13/17. Colleges and universities have been in the accessibility spotlight recently, and this issue showcases a host of initiatives and needs within that sector. Here’s some of the goings on with higher education and accessibility: In Cincinnati, the student body is pursuing more immediately accessible digital content for both its websites and elearning programs. In New York, Cornell has documented its commitment to web accessibility and continues to[…]READ MORE about Higher Education and Accessibility: Tackling Facilities Access, Online Access, and Inclusion
Accessibility in the News—4/07/17.. Litigation due to accessibility inclusion has been a large focus in this week’s Accessibility in the News. Litigation is shown in all fields of accessibility such as digital access, and building/facility access. Some restaurants are even having lawsuits filed due to inaccessible kiosk design. National News (U.S.) | International News AITN Quote of the Week “People didn’t always see a person with a disability who had to[…]READ MORE about Accessibility Litigation: Essential for Complete Inclusion
Accessibility in the News—3/31/17. This week, we doubled our accessibility news content, opening the gates for more in-depth coverage of U.S. and international news. We’ll be experimenting with this format over the next few weeks, so if you have feedback or questions, please let us know. Skip to National News (U.S.) | Skip to International News AITN Quote of the Week “The worst thing about a disability is that people[…]READ MORE about Two Website Accessibility Suits Dismissed; Int’l Symbol of Access Prompts Guidance
Accessibility in the News—3/24/17. The Importance of Accessibility When dealing with technology day in and day out, it can be easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees: In the end, technology serves people. Individuals. Humanity. Accessible technology is no different, and the importance of accessibility comes from its impact on enhancing independent living, online or off. This week’s stories are heavily focused on the people factor: The former[…]READ MORE about Making a Splash! Tactile Coding, Fitness for Mobility Impaired, Water-Friendly Prosthetics
Accessibility in the News—03/16/17. Cognitive and visual disabilities blanketed the news this week. Articles highlight amazing and ingenious advances in technology: The ability to type from thought, the ways visually impaired users harness the Apple’s built-in VoiceOver feature, electricity used to improve short-term memory, and extensions that help users personalize their experience in browsers and smartphones are just a few. The flip side is, of course, that while technologists continue to[…]READ MORE about Cognitive Disabilities Perspectives, Ground-Breaking Innovation, and Accessible Travel
Accessibility in the News—03/09/17. The big news that hit the wires this week was that of University of California at Berkeley’s decision to pull down inaccessible online course materials from the public web. That event set in motion a flurry of activity from other higher education institutions in the days following. Keep and eye on next week’s edition to sample their approaches to addressing inaccessible higher ed online content. Primary and secondary education[…]READ MORE about Inaccessible Higher Ed Courses Get Pulled; Innovation Spans Color Blind Lenses, Climbing
Accessibility in the News—03/02/17. Accessibility professionals have long touted that accessible design often benefits everyone, not just individuals who have disabilities: curb cuts accommodate rolling luggage and baby strollers as easily as wheelchairs; closed captioning meets the needs of the Deaf and anyone in a loud environment; hands-free, voice-activated devices can empower many of us who want a quicker way to access information and applications—in different situation and with different abilities. Several of[…]READ MORE about Accessible Design: Creating Usable Websites, Cultivating Inclusive Approaches