Blackboard Launches New Website Accessibility Solution

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  USA: Building on its longstanding commitment to accessibility, Blackboard Inc. announced on May 17th the launch of Blackboard Ally for Web, leveraging the company’s groundbreaking technology to support institutions and organizations looking to improve the accessibility of their public-facing websites. Currently being implemented by hundreds of institutions, Blackboard Ally first launched last year as a… Continue Reading »

    TIA Launches Network Service Assurance Program

    ARLINGTON, VA; USA : The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, announced on May 30th a new Network Service Assurance Program. As part of TIA’s Technology Solutions community, this multi-year program will bring together carriers, suppliers, consultants, auditing firms, and others, to help establish best practices for the most… Continue Reading »

    Internet for Everyone: How to Make a Website Accessible for People with Disabilities

    ISRAEL: Yit, which develops and maintains over 50 websites including Ynet, Calcalist, Bigdeal, Blazer, and Winwin among others, have made their clients’ websites accessible to all people with disabilities through a dedicated widget developed by Equalweb. Every day most of the people in the world surf the Internet without thinking of accessibility, we enter, click and surf.  But,… 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 »

    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 »

    $25M ‘AI for Accessibility’ Initiative Announced by Microsoft

    WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Microsoft announced their ‘AI for Accessibility’ initiative at their annual Build conference for developers on Monday, May 7th, 2018. The annual conference encourages networking and brainstorming and enables Microsoft to use this platform to share their goals and vision for future technologies. They are looking to spend $25M over 5 years to further develop AI Technology and empower… 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 »

    Yoocan, TOM, Access Israel Host Showcase & Competition for Assistive Technologies Startups

    TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: On April 29, 2018 at the Access Israel innovation conference in Tel Aviv, seven companies (Freewill, User Accessibility, Right-Hear, Equal Web, Project Ray, Make Sense & Step Hear) competed for the “best presentation.” The winner was Right-Hear, an accessibility solution for people who are blind or visually impaired that enables them to… Continue Reading »

    APPLY for Disability Data Workshop on 10th of June in NYC – Prior to CoSP

    NEW YORK, USA: Prior to the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, apply to participate in a one day workshop on the Measurement of Disability, to be held on the 10th of June, in New York.  The Workshop will include modules on the (i) Importance of… Continue Reading »