Google Adds Braille Support to Sheets, Magnifier Tool to Slides and Drawings
Google recently announced that the G-Suite team is adding new accessibility features to Google Sheets, Slides, and Drawings. Specifically, Google Sheets is getting Braille support and Google Slides and Drawings are getting screen magnifier support. With the added support for Sheets, users will now be able to read and edit cell contents, as well as navigate between cells on a sheet. According to Google’s blog post, this will only be available on Chrome OS with the ChromeVox screen reader, for now. The company says it is working to add support for other platforms and screen readers.
From Venture Beat, January 09, 2018
G3ict’s Senior Fellow and Program Director Dr. Nirmita Narasimhan Awarded the NCPEDP-Mindtree Helen Keller Award 2017
Instituted by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for the Disabled (NCPEDP), the NCPED-Mindtree Helen Keller awards are awarded to inclusive workplaces who have improved design using new technologies and recognized the right to employment of disabled people. The role model award for 2017 was awarded to G3ict’s Senior Fellow and Program Director Dr. Nirmita Narasimhan.
From Civil Society, January 08, 2018
UAE’s First Talking ATM Launched in Sharjah
The UAE’s first ‘talking’ ATM (Automated Teller Machine) for the blind was launched in Sharjah. The new machine features a large Braille keypad in Arabic and English and a voice-assisted interface (also in both languages) that can be heard through speakers or headphones for more privacy.
From Gulf News, January 08, 2018
Government of Canada Announces New Accessibility Procurement Initiative
The Government of Canada announced a new agile accessibility procurement initiative, in a bid to improve online accessibility for Canadians, including those with disabilities, searching and applying for jobs in the public service, and individuals seeking documents released on the Open by Default Pilot Portal. This challenged-based procurement approach allows for effective engagement with creative developers and technologists, and for streamlined procurement processes, which reduce the time to evaluate and award a contract.
From Cision, January 06, 2018
Using Image Descriptions Can Help Make Twitter Accessible to the Blind
First introduced in 2016, the image description tool on Twitter, also known as alternative text allows users to add a description of the picture they have added, making them accessible to persons with visual disabilities. The tool attracted a fresh wave of attention after a blind user praised it earlier this week.
From Independent, January 05, 2018
How to Change the Appearance of Subtitles & Captions for Netflix on Your iPhone
Netflix allows users to change the appearance of subtitles and captions for their accounts in order to customize the font, size, color, and the background. Read further to learn how to make subtitles easier to access and read.
From Gadget Hacks, January 05, 2018
Broadway is Becoming More Accessible Through its Partnership with Podcasting Leader Audible
A recent partnership between podcast leader Audible and Broadway theaters are helping make Broadway plays more accessible through the medium of audio plays. The universality of Audible will allow the audience—whether or not they are living with disabilities—to experience the full breadth of a theater-going experience.
From Pacific Standard, January 03, 2018
KLM introduces Films with Audio Description for Blind Passengers
KLM airlines will be introducing films with audio description via the Inflight Entertainment on intercontinental flights. This will enable accessibility of entertainment for its passengers with disabilities.
From KLM, January 02, 2018
Ensuring the Accessibility of All Learning Content
Key parts of the learning industry are implementing and building upon standards while implementing new ones as well. These changes are enabling the ability for institutions, instructors and learners to adopt and access accessible content. As devices become interconnected, providing access to their critical content without boundaries or restrictions is the imperative which can be achieved only by implementing accessibility standards.
From Research Information, January 02, 2018
Digitally Inaccessible: A Closer Look at Smartphone Accessibility in Canada
Smartphones and access to affordable data plans are a necessity in today’s world -- even more for persons with disabilities. The article takes the readers through accessibility options available in smartphones today, including accessibility concerns associated with Canadian telecom provider zero-rated services.
From Mobile Syrup, January 01, 2018