UC Berkeley Furthers Commitment to Accessibility with New Blackboard Partnership

    WASHINGTON, D.C. USA :  The University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley) on March 21st, 2018, announced a new partnership with Blackboard Inc. that will enable students to have an even more inclusive learning environment through Blackboard Ally, an innovative new solution that helps make online course content more accessible for all learners.  The partnership furthers Berkeley’s longstanding commitment to equal… Continue Reading »

    WFD and WASLI Release a Statement on the use of Signing Avatars

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS: The World Federation for the Deaf (WFD) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) have jointly developed a statement to express their concern about the way in which decisions on where and when to use signing avatars as a form of access to spoken or written content is being managed by public… Continue Reading »

    Zero Project Conference

    VIENNA, AUSTRIA: From February 21st to the 23rd  of February, GAATES was actively engaged in the Zero Project Conference. The Zero Project is an initiative of the ESSL Foundation, with the mission of supporting the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for a world without barriers. Today,… Continue Reading »

    Techbility Launches World’s First Mobile App for accessibility assessments of the built environment

    TOKYO, JAPAN: Access Inspector, available for iOS and Android devices, is a mobile App designed to assist anyone interested in accessibility of the built environment.  Launched by Techbility as the first mobile app for accessibility assessments of the built environment, Access Inspector is an easy to use checklist tool for assessing more than 40 common architectural… Continue Reading »

    New exhibition opportunities at the Australian Universal Design Conference 2018

    AUSTRALIA: Australia’s third Universal Design Conference will be held from 4-5 September 2018, in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and for the first time will officially have exhibition space to enable products and services to be showcased. On the eve of the call for papers closing – closes 28 February, interested exhibitors are asked to… Continue Reading »

    Making Video Content Accessible – ALCTS Forum Focuses on Captions and Transcripts

    USA: The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services presented a forum on “The Case for Making Video Content Accessible” on Monday at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Violaine Iglesias, director of business development for GVPi, a company in Arlington, Virginia, that provides hosting platforms for electronic publishers, opened by saying that “Accessibility is… Continue Reading »

    Distribution of Aids & Assistive Devices to Divyangjans and Senior Citizens

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: A Mega Distribution Camp for distribution of Aids & Assistive devices to the Divyangjans and Senior Citizens was organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India at Jiwaji University Ground in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh today, February 11th, 2018. In the august presence of the President of India Shri Ramnath… Continue Reading »

    Robot Carers Could Help with Japan’s Senior Caregiving

    JAPAN: It is no secret that Japan’s population is aging with the number of Japanese 90 years and above reaching over 2 million (Internal Affairs Ministry). The 2017 government survey indicated that there are over 35 million elderly people (65 years and above) representing 27.7% of the population. A predicted shortfall of round 370,000 caregivers… Continue Reading »

    A Delicate Approach to Restoring Control

    AUSTRALIA: An Australian startup program is aiming to tackle lifestyle problems caused by fine motor control issues, an ever-pervasive ailment that dramatically impacts quality-of-life. Their solution is a hand controller designed to help people with dexterity issues perform daily household functions: the i-boll. The i-boll, roughly the size of a junior soccer ball, links to a smart phone app… Continue Reading »