At Microsoft, we believe advancements in technology can be a force multiplier in unlocking solutions for some of the biggest challenges facing society.Read More
Can technology provide solutions to the various difficulties that disabled people face every day in areas where full accessibility is lacking?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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
Facebook is using artificial intelligence to understand what is in a photo and “read” it to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to see it.
The new accessibility technology is intended to allow blind and visually-impaired people to share and take part in photos on Facebook.Read More
Twitter has added a new feature to ensure that people who are visually-impaired don’t miss out on pictures on the service.
The company will now support “alternative text” in all of its photos, meaning that people can add descriptions to pictures that will help those who otherwise couldn’t see them be involved in the post.Read More
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.Read More
A blind ultramarathon runner will compete solo in the New York Marathon without a guide and will instead be wholly reliant on technology.Read More
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.Read More
Developments in eye-gaze technology – which converts minute movements of the eye into spoken words – are opening up undreamed of opportunities for people with motor neurone diseaseRead More
Drone Technology Opening Up New Career Options For Disabled PeopleRead More
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.Read More
The Tech4Good awards showcase products from entrepreneurs working to create a brighter digital future, from a Braille e-reader to a cancer-diagnosis appRead More
First ever 'Best Practice Guide For Accessible Ticketing' has been launched by STAR, Attitude is Everything and Nimbus Disability Consultancy.Read More
Hearing implants will stream phone calls and music straight into the skulls of the profoundly deaf after a breakthrough in wireless technology from Apple.Read More
6 inventions that are changing British people's lives!Read More
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.Read More