• Assistive Technology

    Actiview Announces Access for the Blind and Hard of Hearing to Watch Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Berkeley, CA, USA: Actiview, a Bay Area based technology company, is providing support for all Blind/Low Vision and Hard of Hearing attendees of the new film Solo: A Star Wars Story, nationwide. Starting June 1st, 2018, the Actiview app will be enabled with Audio Description and Amplified Audio tracks that people can download on their mobile phone and… Continue Reading »

    The IDeA Competition Deadline May 31, 2018

    CANADA: The Innovative Design for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition aims to inspire  students to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility-related issues resulting in communities that are more accessible for persons with disabilities. The objectives of the program are: to contribute to the creation of a culture of accessibility in Canada to motivate… Continue Reading »

    Be My Eyes Hits the 1 Million Volunteer Mark

    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – As of May 17th, 2018, over 1,000,000 people have clicked ‘download’ and made an account as a sighted volunteer on Be My Eyes, a global community configured in a free smartphone app that supports people who are blind or have low vision. The app launched in January 2015, initially only available on… Continue Reading »

    GDS Consults on Website and App Accessibility

    UNITED KINGDOM: Feedback exercise provides step towards compliance with EU directive by 2021. The Government Digital Service (GDS) has launched a consultation on the accessibility of public sector websites and apps as part of the move towards compliance with an EU directive on the issue. It has set out the background and the main elements… Continue Reading »

    Quadriplegic Rocks Stadium Football Fans with National Anthem

    ALBANY, N.Y. USA – A quadriplegic man stunned a stadium of thousands last night by playing the national anthem on a musical device he created to overcome his disability. Dave Whalen, 56, of Scotia, N.Y. has been paralyzed from the neck down since a ski accident at age 18 but that can’t stop him from… Continue Reading »

    Blackboard Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day with Series of Informative Webinars

    WASHINGTON, USA: 2nd annual Blackboard webinar series will convene experts from around the globe to share insights on creating inclusive learning experiences for all. In recognition of the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Blackboard will host a series of no cost, informative webinars covering hot topics related to digital access in education. The virtual events, taking… Continue Reading »

    USDLA Awards Blackboard Ally with Innovation Award for Excellence in Distance Learning in 2018

    Indianapolis, IN, USA– Blackboard was recently honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with the world’s most prestigious distance learning award The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2018 International Distance Learning Awards to Blackboard in conjunction with the 2018 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Blackboard was recognized with USDLA’s Innovation Award for higher education… Continue Reading »

    TIA Receives ANSI Reaccreditation in Recognition of Commitment to Standards Development

    ARLINGTON, VA, USA: The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced its successful reaccreditation with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developing Organization. TIA is a leader in developing standards for the information communications technology community and has maintained a partnership with ANSI for… Continue Reading »

    Call for Proposals: Using Technology to Accelerate Teacher Professional Development

    INTERNATIONAL: Please see here for a call for proposals to use technology to accelerate teacher professional development towards achieving SDG 4: Landscape review and research agenda. This research should include approaches that meet the diverse needs of teachers’ professional development (TPD), including for teachers with disabilities. As well, this should include research on TPD content to prepare… Continue Reading »