Evening Standard: Amazon Alexa and RNIB team up to make the internet easier to use for visually impaired

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29 January 2020
Source: Evening Standard

Voice assistants are one way tech can aid those with disabilities online.  The Royal National Institute of Blind People has teamed up with tech giant Amazon to make accessing the internet easier for people with sight loss.   The collaboration enables the artificial intelligence (AI) to give information from the RNIB’s Sight Loss Advice Service. The company’s Echo devices featuring

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Profiting from the Purple Pound

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27 December 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

There are over 12 million people with disabilities in the UK, 7 million of whom are of working age – double up that figure to include their associates and you have a stampede of pounds ready to be spent. They have been given the name purple pounds and smart businesses are embracing this cash flow. We’re talking pounds, not peanuts

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London Vision: Four recommendations for increasing voting accessibility

6 December 2019
Source: London Vision

As the UK readies itself for another trip to the polls, we’ve put together a short list of recommendations for Returning Officers and polling station staff to consider when preparing for the election on 12 December. Frustratingly, for many blind and partially sighted people in the capital, voting – either by post or at the polling station – remains fundamentally

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Department for Transport: Audio and visual funding for buses will make journeys accessible for all

29 October 2019
Source: The Department for Transport

• £2million to provide audio and visual equipment for buses to improve journeys for everyone including those with visual or hearing impairment • DfT launches new communications campaign ‘It’s everyone’s journey’ to improve disabled people’s experiences on public transport • Call for partners to sign up to the campaign and join partners already supporting it including British Airways, LNER and

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Home Office: Take part in Home Office accessibility research

25 October 2019
Source: Home Office

What is Home Office accessibility research? The Home Office conducts user research on how to make government services more user-friendly. This involves speaking to a researcher about your experiences using a certain government service. Our accessibility research focuses on speaking to users with access needs, to ensure our services are designed to be fully accessible. This survey is for people

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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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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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