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UA students develop Smartphone applications for disabled people

The University of Alabama (UA) students in the Computer-Based Honors Program have been working to create and develop smartphone applications. The apps the students are working on are classified as beneficial because they will help those who have health issues or physical disabilities. They range from assisting those with diabetes to helping blind people. “The… Continue Reading »

Scientist from Arizona State University designed portable note-taking device for blind people

A team of scientists from Arizona State University has designed a portable device that increases the speed of note-taking. The concept was born out of frustration by blind team leader David S Hayden. Hayden had been using a technology called a monocular, which is basically a small telescope, for blind people. “The problem with the… Continue Reading »

Georgia Institute of Technology hosts ARoPability workshop for blind people

Georgia Institute of Technology in collaboration with the WizKidz Science and Technology Centers recently presented a 2-week ARoPability workshop for blind people. A grant was received from the National Science Foundation to fund the event. The intention of the workshop was to draw the attention of the students with disabilities to involve themselves in the… Continue Reading »

Technology being used to build bridges with autistic children

SALT LAKE CITY: Digger has a tough time breaking out of his world and expressing what’s on his mind. As a 9-year-old with autism, the desire to socialize with his classmates, or even give a book report becomes excruciatingly awkward. “He just wants to fit in, and wants to be a part of what’s going… Continue Reading »

Airline fined for violating rules for travelers with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today assessed a civil penalty against Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) for violating rules protecting air travelers with disabilities, including a $200,000 civil penalty of which up to $75,000 may be used to improve its service to disabled passengers above levels required by DOT rules. “Passengers with disabilities have rights and they… Continue Reading »

Touch Tours offered for blind people at museum

LANCASTER, Ohio: A new type of tour being offered at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will allow blind people see the art or artifacts on display in the museum’s exhibits to experience them through touch. Beginning this month, DACO will offer Touch Tours for visually impaired residents. The tours will allow visitors to touch… Continue Reading »

Disneyland Park add audio description for visitors with visual disabilities

Beginning July 6, guests with visual disabilities will be able to explore Disneyland park in a whole new way through an enhanced Disney-designed device that provides detailed audio description of outdoor areas. This feature compliments the audio description inside Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks’ attractions and theaters that was launched over a year ago.… Continue Reading »

Verizon invests $70,000 in nonprofits that use technology to help people with disabilities

DANVERS, Mass.: For a person with a disability, technology doesn’t simply make life more convenient; it is often the difference between independence and relying on others for the simplest of tasks. The Verizon Foundation, which is committed to improving access to information and services that address the needs of the disabilities community, understands the power… Continue Reading »

Freedom Scientific to distribute PLEXTALK Pocket DAISY Player

St. Petersburg, Florida: Freedom Scientific, the world’s leading provider of technology for people who are blind or have low vision, today announced an agreement with Shinano Kenshi Corporation for U.S. distribution of the PLEXTALK Pocket. The palm-sized PLEXTALK Pocket provides access to talking books, podcasts, and music on the go, on a device well equipped… Continue Reading »

Hachette Teams with Essential Accessibility to help Disabled Readers

The Hachette Book Group is teaming with Essential Accessibility, a turn-key online tool developed to help disabled community easily access online content. Essential Accessibility software gives disabled people access to a variety of special keyboard shortcuts, hands-free activation and speech recognition functionality. By subscribing to Essential Accessibility, companies can make their websites much easier to use… Continue Reading »