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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CNBC: Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa-powered devices, including a microwave, an amplifier, and an in-car gadget

19 September 2018
Source: CNBC

Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa-powered devices before the end of the year. The new devices include a microwave oven, amplifier, receiver, subwoofer, and an in-car gadget. It reflects Amazon’s ambition to make its Alexa voice assistant ubiquitous, especially in areas where people spend most of their time, like the home and car. Amazon is doubling down

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Government Digital Service: Accessibility advice when creating a UK government consultation

14 September 2018
Source: Government Digital Service

The GDS accessibility team has had a busy few months preparing for an influential upcoming law. The Accessibility of public sector websites and apps: new duties and regulations, which comes into effect on 23 September, states public sector websites and apps must be accessible to all users, especially those with disabilities. Part of their preparations included a consultation to give

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The MED4VI Study (mobile electronic devices for visual impairment) – now looking for participants

10 September 2018
Source: University of Manchester

The study, funded by Fight for Sight and run by the University of Manchester in collaboration with City, University of London, aims to discover whether mobile electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets improve quality of life for people with a visual impairment. Although this technology has great potential to benefit people with visual impairment, there is currently little evidence

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Abilitynet: Government identifies body to enforce website accessibility – now will they step up to the task?

16 August 2018
Source: Abilitynet

The UK Government has recently published its response to a consultation process on its plans to implement European accessibility legislation for public sector websites. In it, the Government clearly states who will be monitoring and reporting on websites and apps and who will be enforcing the law – but will proactive enforcement finally become a reality? Which websites and apps

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RNIB joins with broadcasters to get more people using audio description

23 July 2018
Source: RNIB

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is supporting a high profile advertising campaign aimed at helping people to use audio description on their televisions. UK Broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, UKTV, and Viacom are taking part in the campaign, with promotional adverts airing from 17 July – 9 September 2018. Audio description is a free service that

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