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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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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World Blind Union: Cities for All Campaign and the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities launched

10 December 2018
Source: World Blind Union

On Monday December 3, 2018, World Enabled and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) hosted a celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the historic launch of the Cities For All global campaign and the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities. This historic event gathered city leaders from New York City, São

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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: 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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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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Department for Transport: Next steps towards a fully inclusive transport network

25 July 2018
Source: Department for Transport

New strategy will improve accessibility across all types of travel for people with visible and less visible disabilities. New measures, backed by hundreds of million pounds, will help ensure all disabled people can travel confidently and easily. The Department for Transport has today (25 July 2018) set out its Inclusive Transport Strategy, which will improve accessibility across all types of

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Government Digital Service: Creating the UK government’s accessibility empathy lab

20 June 2018

Across the UK Government accessibility should be a part of everything GDS make and they design. The GDS’ sixth design principle reflects its importance – “accessible design is good design”. What is an accessibility empathy lab? GDS were inspired in part by Facebook’s empathy lab which shows how people with impairments may interact with Facebook using assistive technology. However, when

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BBC Moneybox: Banks fail blind people

30 April 2018
Source: BBC Money Box

On Money Box with Paul Lewis: Banks are failing their customers who are blind or visually impaired by making it hard for them to access full services online. More than twenty years ago the advent of computer software that reads information on a screen aloud has allowed people to independently control and manage their finances. But recent bank IT upgrades have

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Guide Dogs and Microsoft: Introducing the Microsoft Soundscape App

1 March 2018
Source: Guide Dogs

Microsoft Soundscape is an exploration app that has been designed to make it easier for people living with sight loss to explore towns and cities.   Guide Dogs worked in collaboration with Microsoft to develop Microsoft Soundscape. In this unique project, Guide Dogs enabled people with sight loss to test the app and influenced the design of the technology. The App is a result

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