The Times: Smarter Technology Is Improving The Lives Of Disabled People

Clever new technology has made our lives easier and better in ways we could never have imagined. For June Maylin, it has given her one of the most precious gifts of all: her independence. June, 64, has been blind almost since birth and once despaired of the way her disability left her feeling dependent on her family and friends. But, through embracing new technologies, she has now taken real control over her finances – and, with that, over other aspects of her life.

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Jasmin Khanom
Microsoft: Microsoft’s Seeing AI app for visually impaired people released in the UK

Microsoft’s Seeing AI app, which helps blind and partially sighted people by narrating the world around them, has been released in the UK.

The free program uses artificial intelligence to recognise objects, people and text via a phone or tablet’s camera and describes them to the user.

Seeing AI, an ongoing research project from Microsoft, is designed to help people with vision impairments complete everyday tasks and offer new levels of independence.

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Peterborough Telegraph: 'Something Needs To Be Done- Promises To Improve Access For Disabled People in Peterborough City Centre

Something has to change - that was the message from key decision makers in Peterborough after discovering first hand the difficulties of reaching the city centre from the train station if you are disabled.

Spending more than an hour in a wheelchair navigating the ramps, lifts, slopes and crossings which make shopping here so difficult for so many, proved to be an eye opening experience for executives at two of the city’s biggest shopping centres, as well as the two men responsible for development in the city
 

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Applause: What Digital Accessibility Actually Means to Your Brand

If I were to tell you that a simple adjustment to your website will:

  • Increase the size of your target audience
  • Differentiate your brand from competitors
  • Drastically reduce the likelihood of your company facing litigation

Would you get in line to sign up?

While it can be easy to think that digital accessibility is just a box for your company to check, in reality it is an opportunity for your company to be better at what it does.

Your company’s approach to digital accessibility should be a part of its business model, public brand perception, and most importantly, its very DNA.

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Braille Works: 9 Apps For Accessibility Technology

In 2017, we are more connected than ever, and that is partly because of our smartphones and mobile applications. For one thing, we get more out of our personal and professional lives with mobile apps. Accessible apps make these conveniences available to a wider audience.When apps are fully accessible through magnifiers, VoiceOver, and screen readers, people with blindness or low vision can access games, books, navigation, and social media.

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Wired: Tech Is Helping the Blind To See

The use of technology by the blind and visually impaired has been a mess of clunky software and chunky hardware. Screen readers, which read everything on a webpage including URLs and date stamps: "Tech is helping the blind to see twenty eight september two thousand and seventeen w w w dot w i r e d dot c o m f o r w a r d s l a s h...", have become a necessary evil. But, finally, assistance technology is catching up. Artificial intelligence is powering rapid developments in computer vision and voice recognition, taking much-needed accessibility features mainstream. In doing so, people with disabilities are able to achieve more. 

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UK Tech News: Tech and Disability- Can Mobile Apps Make A Difference?

Mobile apps traditionally focused on leisure and fun: the simple but addictive game Snake, launched by Nokia in 1998, became something of a global fascination, still remembered fondly by many of those who bought mobiles in the early 2000s. But developers gradually turned their attention to more philanthropic concerns, with each improvement of app technology later adapted into ‘assistive technology’, which helps those living with disabilities complete day-to-day tasks.

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