Henshaws Knowledge: “tips, tricks and tech for living with a visual impairment”

2 December 2019
Source: Henshaws

The Monthly dose of Henshaws Knowledge, where they share “tips, tricks and tech for living with a visual impairment”. Alice is completely blind and Mark from Henshaws sat down to talk about how she uses her iPhone. Find out how she uses VoiceOver to navigate to and open apps and find out the different ways she is able to type

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Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day

16 May 2019

We’re marking the eighth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be

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Insider Media: New autonomous vehicle trial launched with Blind Veterans UK

6 March 2019
Source: Insider Media

A Coventry-based autonomous vehicle business will start a trial showcasing how the technology can deliver improved mobility and independence for people with health conditions and disabilities. Aurrigo, which employs 85 people across its Advanced Engineering Centre in the West Midlands and offices in the US, Canada and Australia, is conducting the driverless pods trial involving blind veterans in Brighton. The

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Clew App Revolutionary indoor navigation for iOS, your input needed

7 February 2019
Source: Clew

Clew is a path retracing app designed for blind and visually impaired users to help them independently return to any desired locations. Using Apple’s new ARKit built for iOS 11 devices, Clew records a path and guides the user back to their starting location with a choice of voice directions, sound effects, and haptic feedback. You can Download the Clew

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Apple launches new programme to teach blind children in the UK how to CODE

25 January 2019
Source: Mirror

Apple has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to launch Everyone Can Code Children will learn to code via the Swift Playgrounds app, which teaches coding through fun cartoons and puzzles. Alongside the app, children will also be provided with braille versions of the puzzles. Additionally, users will have access to Apple’s screen reading technology, VoiceOver,

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Abilitynet: ‘Web Accessibility Guidelines’ turn 10 but still less than 10% of sites are accessible

20 December 2018
Source: Abilitynet

On 11 December 2008, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published an important  update to their guidelines aimed at making the internet a more accessible place for people with disabilities. Ten years on and we’ve not seen much of an impact. Let’s look at why and what can be done to speed things up. Accessibility for a Web2.0 world Remember

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NHS Online ORB

19 November 2018
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

The NHS Orb is a new digital platform which is designed to ease access to health advice and care. It is being developed for NHS England and will bring together medical information in one easy-to-use app, which will also help patients manage their own medical conditions. It will offer patients the opportunity to book GP appointments, arrange blood tests and

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BBC Wales: World Sight Day: My life as a blind ‘Luddite’

12 October 2018
Source: BBC Wales

The majority of Wales’ 107,000 visually impaired people do not have access to the internet at home, according to research for World Sight Day. That is despite access to the internet at home being seen as key to reducing levels of social and financial inequality. Neil Prior, a BBC journalist of 18 years, has been totally blind since the age

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Accessibility Updates Coming to Windows 10

4 October 2018
Source: Microsoft

Today (03/10/18) , we are happy to share the upcoming accessibility improvements in the Windows 10 October 2018 updates. These updates reflect our mission by giving you more accessibility features to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates, Narrator, and Learning Tools. Ease of Access makes Windows 10 easier to see with the addition of

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Government Digital Service: How we’re helping public sector websites meet accessibility requirements

2 October 2018
Source: Government Digital Service

New regulations have just come into force which means from next year, every new public sector website and app will need to meet certain accessibility standards and publish a statement saying they have been met. Existing websites will have until 2020 to comply. The aim of the regulations is to ensure public sector websites and mobile apps are accessible to

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