How Accessibility Impacts Responsive Design
Sure the focus of responsive design is on the ability of the layout to adapt to the user’s screen. Such optimization makes it easier to read and navigate the content on different screen sizes by making the content “bend and move”. But there’s another critical aspect that must be considered in this design process: how are semantics and information relationships exposed to individuals employing assistive technology on different platforms? On touchscreen devices for instance, one cannot navigate down a column in a data tables like one does on a desktop. Differences in support for HTML / ARIA on different platforms devices also need to be taken into account during design and development.
From http://www.deque.com/blog/accessibility-impacts-responsive-design/, March 24, 2014
“More Than 80 Percent of People with Disabilities Use Wireless Everyday”
CITA, The Wireless Association representing the international wireless telecommunications industry, has a strong record in promoting mobile accessibility. We talked to Matthew Gerst, Director for State Regulatory & External Affairs at CTIA, about what they have achieved so far, how they see mobile accessibility evolving over the coming years and how GARI fits into it.
From http://blog.mobileaccessibility.info/2014/03/more-than-80-percent-of-people-with.html, March 21, 2014
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Launches This Week
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) announced the official launch of their organization today in conjunction with the CSUN 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego, California.
From http://www.financialpost.com/markets/news/International+Association+Accessibility+Professionals+IAAP+Launches+This/9637400/story.html, March 21, 2014
FCC Accepting Nominations for Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility; Deadline: April 15
To that end, the Accessibility and Innovation (A&I) Initiative was created to promote collaborative problem-solving on accessibility among academic, industry, consumer and government sectors. A signature project of the A&I Initiative is the Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman's AAA) to recognize innovators for contributions to accessible technology.
From http://www.fcc.gov/blog/fcc-accepting-nominations-chairman-s-awards-advancement-accessibility-deadline-march-31, March 21, 2014
Samsung Phone Accessories Cater to the Visually Impaired
Samsung added some software features for the visually-impaired to its Galaxy Core Advance late last year, and now it’s gone ahead and released some physical ones as well. The Ultrasonic Cover, Optical Scan Stand, and Voice Labels, all make it easier for those with difficulty seeing to navigate, access information and engage with the world around us. The Ultrasonic Cover is a case that can be used to detect objects in the surrounding environment. It vibrates, or sends a Text-to-Speech alert, when an object is near, and can detect items up to 2 meters away.
From http://www.psfk.com/2014/03/samsung-phone-accessories-cater-to-the-visually-impaired.html#!Aqimy, March 18, 2014
A Wearable PC That Could Benefit the Disabled
Wearable computers seem to be the next big thing and researchers in Japan have created one that may benefit those who don't have use of their hands: a PC that clips onto your ear and can be controlled by facial expressions.
From http://www.itworld.com/mobile-wireless/408648/wearable-pc-could-benefit-disabled, March 17, 2014
The Value of Involving People with Disabilities in User Research
I am a huge fan of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as a means to measure progress toward accessibility. They are thorough and well considered. They are flexible. I have used them to evaluate desktop applications, mobile apps, mobile sites, websites, and web applications. They go far in removing subjectivity from the assessment process—a control either is or is not operable using the keyboard; a text input either has or does not have a programmatically associated label.
From http://www.usertesting.com/blog/2014/03/04/the-value-of-involving-people-with-disabilities-in-user-research/, March 17, 2014
IT Support for Disabled Workers is Growing Rapidly
A new report just released by Gartner predicts that, by 2015, 50 percent of companies will have IT projects underway to support disabled employees. This trend is being driven by government regulations, as well as the need to support older workers with diminishing mobility, vision and hearing and users of mobile devices, which can cause situational disabilities.
From http://www.itworld.com/virtualization/409793/it-support-disabled-workers-growing-rapidly, March 17, 2014
Get a Sneak Peek into PayPal Accessibility Showcase
As a technology-driven company, PayPal strives to promote the best development and design practices across our organization. One of the disciplines we have been especially proactive in fostering is accessibility. Making our products accessible to as many people as possible makes sense, not only from a business point of view, but also supports our goals to deliver high quality products our customers love. The PayPal Accessibility Team works closely with product teams to make sure they are delivering the best accessible user experiences possible.
From https://www.paypal-engineering.com/2014/03/13/get-a-sneak-peek-into-paypal-accessibility-showcase/, March 17, 2014
10 Ways Mobile Technology Will Save Your Life in the Future
The medical and healthcare sectors are in the midst of rapid change, and it can be difficult to see which new technologies will have a long-lasting impact. Ideally, the future of healthcare will balance innovative medical technologies with the human touch. Here, I've outlined the trends most likely to change our lives, now or in the near future.
From http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/25/business/10-ways-mobile-technology-will-save-your-life/?hpt=hp_c1, March 17, 2014