Audio-described movies a boon to people with vision disabilities

    PANAJI, INDIA: It meant a lot to people who are blind or have low vision to be able to participate in the International Film Festival of India (Iffi), even though that there were only two audio-described films in the Accessible India Film Section. Secret Superstar and Hindi Medium, were screened on Wednesday and Thursday. Students… Continue Reading »

    New App Uses Smart Tags to Give Better Information and Independence to People who are Blind

    PLANO, TEXAS: Two architects with vision loss today launched WayAround, the smart assistant that gives on-demand details about everyday things for anyone with vision loss. The WayAround system uses custom smart tags plus an app for iOS or Android to provide audio information about items around the home and office. “As architects, our job is… Continue Reading »

    Google to remove apps that use accessibility services not designed for users with disabilities

    Google is cracking down on how developers employ their Accessibility services in their apps. Unless developers can describe how their app properly uses the Accessibility Services to help users with disabilities, it will need to remove all requests for accessibility services or it will be taken off from the Google Play Store. But what does Accessibility Service… Continue Reading »

    Website launched to provide information on autism

    KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor yesterday launched the Malaysian Information Network on Disabilities’ (MIND) website which has been upgraded with comprehensive and detailed information on autism. In her speech, Rosmah, who is also PERMATA programme patron, said the upgrading of the website was a strategic collaboration between the Association of Wives… Continue Reading »

    Uganda Sign Language App Launched

    The Uganda National association of the Deaf (UNAD) last week launched a mobile application to ease communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Shs400 million App – dubbed UGsign Mobile – was developed in partnership with SPIDER, a Swedish programme for ICT in developing regions, to make learning of sign language… Continue Reading »

    eSSENTIAL launches new android app for persons with disabilities

    TORONTO: eSSENTIAL Accessibility, a digital accessibility solutions provider, has launched an Android application that makes it easier for individuals with physical disabilities to navigate the digital world. Many people with disabilities have difficulty using their handheld devices. To address these limitations, eSSENTIAL Accessibility has developed an application for Android devices that allows people with limited… Continue Reading »

    New portable video based AUSLAN teaching resource

    The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has developed a portable video-based Australian Sign Language (Auslan) teaching resource, specifically for mobile devices. It can help anyone wanting to learn Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and communicate with someone who is deaf. RIDBC Auslan Tutor is a multimedia tutorial which has been designed for use… Continue Reading »

    Digital inclusion should become a priority of the new EU Disability Strategy

    Technological developments are full of opportunities, but also risks, disability organisations warn at an EESC public hearing. The EU Disability strategy for 2020-2030 should ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to a fully digitalised world, a conference on “The future of the EU Disability strategy after 2020” heard this month at the European Economic… Continue Reading »

    Swiss Broadcasting Corporation to increase accessible content

    The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) has decided to increase it’s accessible media content by 2022 to reach out to a wider audience. The SBC, which includes public radio, television and online services aims to subtitle 80% of it’s programmes. The Corporation also plans to provide 900 hours of audio described content and 1000 hours of… Continue Reading »