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LEGO Braille bricks are the best, nicest, and in retrospect most obvious idea ever

Braille is a crucial skill for children with visual impairments to learn, and with these LEGO Braille Bricks kids can learn through hands-on play rather than more rigid methods like Braille readers and printouts. Given the naturally Braille-like structure of LEGO blocks, it’s surprising this wasn’t done decades ago. The truth is, however, that nothing can be obvious enough when it comes to marginalized populations like people with disabilities. But sometimes all it takes is someone in the right ...
Tags: Education, Gadgets, Hardware, TC, Accessibility, Blindness, Lego, Vision Impaired

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The world's "weirdest" languages, spy planes spot archaeological sites, making museums more accessible and more from around the web Open-Source Software Making Museums More Accessible Oftentimes, the process of visiting a museum begins at an institution’s website, and not all of them are accessible to people with disabilities. In fact, several notable NYC institutions’ websites are not readable by visitors with loss of vision. Those …
Tags: Art, Apps, Science, Design, Privacy, Planes, Tech, History, Accessibility, Museums, Artists, Linguistics, Archaeology, English, Websites, Linkaboutit

Open-Source Software Making Museums More Accessible

Oftentimes, the process of visiting a museum begins at an institution’s website, and not all of them are accessible to people with disabilities. In fact, several notable NYC institutions’ websites are not readable by visitors with loss of vision. Those museums should take a tip from Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art whose open-source software—a tool that can be added to any website—”seamlessly integrates image descriptions …
Tags: Design, Tech, Accessibility, Software, Chicago, Museums, Websites, Linkaboutit, MCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Inclusivity

How to Make Your Easter Egg Hunt More Accessible for Kids of All Abilities

Easter egg hunts are the best. The starting-line giddiness. The thrill of of the quest. The satisfaction that comes with the post-hunt tally (“Thirty-eight eggs! Huzzah!”). They are a tradition that every kid should be able to take part in, regardless of ability.Read more...
Tags: Accessibility, Special Needs, Lifehacks, Easter, Egg Hunt

Forget easy mode. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice needs an equal mode

For many players with disabilities, there is no feeling of hope when it comes to overcoming Sekiro’s difficulty. Adding accessibility options make the game playable for everyone, and without compromising the experience. The post Forget easy mode. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice needs an equal mode appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Gaming, Trends, Accessibility, FromSoftware, Sekiro, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

The Division 2 promised big strides in accessibility. But did it deliver?

Ubisoft has been vocal about their focus on providing accessible options for as many players as possible, and The Division 2 is the latest to make its case. We spoke with them and a number of players about features and room for improvement. The post The Division 2 promised big strides in accessibility. But did it deliver? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Gaming, Trends, Accessibility, Ubisoft, The Division, The Division 2

EC Weekly: Gaming, crypto, shipping and the multiple future strategies of tech

Niantic EC-1 Illustration by Nigel Sussman Greg Kumparak published the first part of his planned four part EC-1 series on Niantic yesterday, focusing on the founding story of the AR/gaming unicorn from Keyhole and Google Earth to a complicated spinout from Alphabet. Lots of great nuggets on how companies get formed and built, but one I particularly enjoyed was this one: Like most companies, Google doesn’t like when employees leave. Especially employees who ran key parts of the company for yea...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Microsoft, Accessibility, Larry Page, Sony, Nvidia, Nintendo, Google Earth, John, EC, Alphabet, Larry

On the Early Web, People With Disabilities Found Community and Autonomy

Growing up in rural Oregon, Erin Lauridsen didn’t have a lot of contact with blind people like herself. She recalls there being one other blind person in her town, but they were much older and, unlike Lauridsen, had lost their vision later in life. So when her family got dial-up internet during her high school years…Read more...
Tags: Science, Oregon, Accessibility, Lauridsen, Erin Lauridsen, 30 Years Of The Web

Pro-Tips and Scripts: Autistic Accessibility in Music

You’ve reached Part 4 of the Introductory Course to Improving Autistic Accessibility in Music, and this one’s full of action! Today, we get into the nuances of common things you will stumble upon as you increase your autistic awareness and start organizing with autistic people in mind. I offer pro-tips, concrete ways to take positive action, and sample scripts for a variety of music-related scenarios. If you need to review the basics, check out the primer in my Open Letter From Your Autistic Col...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Religion, Articles, Accessibility, Autism, Bravo, Columns, Ada, Aba, Dialog, Christine Miserandino, NewMusicBox, Twitter Instagram Facebook YouTube, Christian Chen, Audience Accommodation

How to Find Wheelchair-Accessible Ubers

Let’s face it—we take ride-hailing apps like Uber for granted. In less than three minutes’ time, we can hail a ride with a few phone clicks. It’s like magic. Read more...
Tags: Travel, Accessibility, Mobility, Lifehacks, Wheelchair, Scooter

Accessible Pizza And Other Highlights From CSUN 2019

Domino’s Pizza suffered a major blow recently: A federal appeals court reversed a lower court ruling* and affirmed that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does cover the Domino’s websites and mobile apps — and yours, too. The lower court will now examine the extent to which the pizza maker’s digital properties are inaccessible and […]
Tags: Ecommerce, Customer Experience, Accessibility, User Experience, Ada, CSUN, Assistive Technology

Portal automatically opens doors for wheelchair users, no button pressing required

Buttons or plates (like the one above) that automatically open doors can do a lot to make a building more accessible, but they aren’t always a perfect solution. For wheelchair users with limited upper body movement, the buttons can be tough to hit. Other times, the button is installed poorly — too high, too low, or just too far from the door to be useful, with the door closing too fast. Portal Entryways is a startup trying to make these existing buttons more useful. They’ve built a device that p...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Accessibility, BYU, Bluetooth Low Energy, Portal, Sam Lew, Josh Horne

Supporting people with disabilities: Be My Eyes and phone support now available

15 percent of the world’s population has some form of disability—that’s over 1 billion people. Last January, we introduced a dedicated Disability Support team available to help answer questions about assistive features and functionalities within Google products. Access to a Disability Support team—and specifically, video and phone support—was a popular request we heard from the community.Now, people with questions on assistive technology and/or accessibility features within Google’s products can...
Tags: Google, Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion, Google Disability Support, Google Accessibility Help Center

Blind users can now explore photos by touch with Microsoft’s Seeing AI

Microsoft’s Seeing AI is an app that lets blind and limited-vision folks convert visual data into audio feedback, and it just got a useful new feature. Users can now use touch to explore the objects and people in photos. It’s powered by machine learning, of course, specifically object and scene recognition. All you need to do is take a photo or open one up in the viewer and tap anywhere on it. “This new feature enables users to tap their finger to an image on a touch-screen to hear a descript...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Microsoft, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Augmented Reality, Computer Vision, Disabilities, Blindness, Saqib Shaikh

With Lookout, discover your surroundings with the help of AI

Whether it’s helping to detect cancer cells or drive our cars, artificial intelligence is playing an increasingly larger role in our lives. With Lookout, our goal is to use AI to provide more independence to the nearly 253 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired.Now available to people with Pixel devices in the U.S. (in English only), Lookout helps those who are blind or have low vision identify information about their surroundings. It draws upon similar underlying technol...
Tags: Google, US, Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion, Google Lens

How to Dim Your iPhone's Brightness More Than You Thought Possible 

The iPhone’s brightness doesn’t go low enough. In the pitch dark, even the dimmest setting can be too bright. But you can make the iPhone’s dimmest setting even dimmer, thanks to a tip from redditor manawesome326. We’ll take you through it step by step.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Ios, Smartphones, Accessibility, Lifehacks, Brightness, Dark Mode

These 6 Reasons Will Make You Want to Caption Your Videos

Do you caption your videos? Why or why not? Let us know in comments. World Health Organization reports that more than 5 percent of the world’s population is deaf or hard of hearing. [Source WHO] And guess what. The deaf and hard of hearing are not the main users of captions or subtitles! So captioning […] The post These 6 Reasons Will Make You Want to Caption Your Videos appeared first on Meryl Evans.
Tags: Videos, Business, Marketing, Sales, Social Media, Content Marketing, Accessibility, Adhd, World Health Organization, Deaf, Digital Marketing, Inclusion, Captioning, Closed-captions

Helping children overcome their mobility challenges, Trexo Robotics gets a Y Combinator boost

Manmeet Maggu and Rahul Udasi didn’t know it when they met at the University of Waterloo 11 years ago, but the bond they forged in late-night study sessions as roommates has helped drive their work to create an exoskeleton that provides mobility for children with disabilities. The fruit of that labor is Trexo Robotics, which will graduate as part of the latest batch of Y Combinator’s winter 2019 cohort. Trexo Robotics exoskeleton for children In the three years since Udasi and Maggu ...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, New York, India, Toronto, Tech, Accessibility, Canada, United States, 3d Printing, Food And Drug Administration, Robotics, Delhi, Robot, TechStars, Qualcomm

Lyft says it has more wheelchair accessible vehicles available in NYC

Lyft, which has faced at least one lawsuit pertaining to its alleged discrimination against people with physical abilities, announced today it has expanded its wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) service in New York City. Details on the blog are very scarce (we’ve reached out to Lyft for more info) but Lyft now has more than 20 partners in New York City to help increase WAV access. “With more accessible rides on the road, we’ll be better able to help New Yorkers with physical disabilities get...
Tags: Travel, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, New York, California, New York City, Accessibility, San Francisco Bay Area, Alameda County Superior Court, New York City Details, Previously Lyft, MV Transportation Uber

Official emoji debut for disabled folks, service dogs, waffles and more

A gaggle of new emoji have just been approved by the Unicode Consortium, meaning they’ll be standard across any platforms that choose to support them. This batch includes some much-needed representation for people with various disabilities, new animals from guide dogs to otters, food and many more objects. Folks with disabilities get a nice variety of new emoji, though of course these aren’t exhaustive (for example, how do you represent a learning disability or mental illness?). Still, Apple’s p...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Social, Mobile, Accessibility, Disability, Emoji, Disabilities, Unicode, Unicode Consortium

Google releases two new Android apps for those with hearing problems

Google is working hard to make sure everyone's favorite oblongs are working hard to close accessibility gaps for many people. Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier aim to make life easier for the hearing impaired. The post Google releases two new Android apps for those with hearing problems appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Accessibility, Live Transcribe, Sound Amplifier

How to Join the Beta for Google’s ‘Live Transcribe’ Android App

Google announced Monday that it’s launching a beta for a new Android feature called Live Transcribe, which can accurately create written captions from speech on the fly. It’s an accessibility-focused project made to help people with hearing loss communicate without making special arrangements or purchasing expensive…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Accessibility, Phones, Lifehacks, Hearing

Google intros a pair of Android accessibility features for people with hearing loss

Google this morning unveiled a pair of new Android features for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. As the company notes in a blog post this morning, the WHO estimates that 900 million people will be living with heading loss by 2055. The ubiquity of mobile devices — Android in particular — offers a promising potential to help open the lines of communication. Live Transcribe is, perhaps, the more compelling of the two offerings. As its name implies, the feature transcribes audio in real-t...
Tags: Travel, Google, Android, Mobile, Apps, Accessibility, Who

Making audio more accessible with two new apps

The World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2055, there will be 900 million people with hearing loss. We believe in the power of technology to help break down barriers and make life a little easier for everyone. Today, we’re introducing two new apps for Android designed to help deaf and hard-of-hearing people: Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier. Bringing captions to conversations with Live Transcribe Dimitri Kanevsky is a research scientist at Google who has worked on speech recogn...
Tags: Google, Android, Accessibility, World Health Organization, Mountain View, Taipei, Pixel, Dimitri, Chet, Dimitri Kanevsky, Chet Gnegy, Gallaudet University the world

Microsoft highlights the Xbox Adaptive Controller in emotional Super Bowl ad

Once upon a time, people had to wait for the Super Bowl to watch the ads. Those dark days are over. Now you can have companies sell you products on-demand, any time, day or night. Amazon has already debuted its latest Alexa ad, and now Microsoft’s getting in on the action — and this one’s a bit of a tear-jerker. The software giant’s Super Bowl spot highlights some of the work it’s done to increase the accessibility of its products. Front and center is the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a $100 ad-...
Tags: Amazon, Hardware, Microsoft, Tech, Accessibility, Xbox, Super Bowl, Alexa, AbleGamers Charity The Cerebral Palsy Foundation

Braille RPG dice

Jack Berberette's Dots RPG project creates free, CC-licensed shapefiles for RPG dice with Braille faces (you can order readymades from Shapeways); they're part of a larger project to produce accessible RPG materials of all kinds for people with visual disabilities. (via the-a-r-t-i-s-t)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, News, Makers, Accessibility, 3d Printing, Creative Commons, Rpgs, Shapeways, Dots Rpg, Jack Berberette

Image SEO: alt tag and title tag optimization

Adding images to your articles encourages people to read them, and well-chosen images can also back up your message and get you a good ranking in image search results. But you should always remember to give your images good alt attributes: alt text strengthens the message of your articles with search engine spiders and improves […] The post Image SEO: alt tag and title tag optimization appeared first on Yoast.
Tags: Seo, Accessibility, Technical Seo, Image SEO

The LUCI Immers wants to be the first style-conscious VR headset

My strongest visual memory of VR headsets is this image of Mark Zucerkberg walking past an entire audience wearing VR headsets. There’s a lot to discuss about this picture. Especially the element of dystopia, where masses have these large cuboids strapped to their faces, completely absorbed in their virtual world, oblivious to their surroundings. This feeling is brought about by the VR headsets, which are enormous, and truth be told, ugly.VR’s always had this bad rap, thanks to their hulking des...
Tags: Design, Ces, Accessibility, Vr, Headset, Product Design, Luci, AR / VR, Immers, LUCI Immers, Mark Zucerkberg

Our Take on WordPress 5.0 & Gutenberg So Far

There are new features, but also new bugs WordPress 5.0 was released December 6th and is largely a move to the new editor, dubbed Gutenberg, that replaces the visual editor. For WordPress users, Gutenberg will add functionality, but also a learning curve to an editing experience that has remained constant for years. The Gutenberg editor has been divisive since it was announced almost two years ago—so divisive that a fork of WordPress was created called ClassicPress. But, Gutenberg is now part o...
Tags: Google, Web Design, Wordpress, Seo, Accessibility, YOAST, Gutenberg, Google Doc, WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg So Far, Squarespace Gutenberg

International disability rights and the dilemma of domestic courts

Since 1992, 3 December has been the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the World Report on Disability, approximately one in five people in the world are disabled and are at heightened risk of exclusion, disadvantage, and poverty.Law plays an important role in tackling this inequality and exclusion. For the past decade, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention) – an instrument of international law – has been both...
Tags: Books, UK, Featured, Human Rights, Law, Russia, Religion, Court, Eu, European Union, Accessibility, Disability, Hungary, Equality, United Nations, Discrimination