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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Henshaws Blog: How accessible are photo and video sharing services if you have a visual impairment?

16 January 2018
Source: Henshaws

In this blog, Henshaws want to focus on the social media platforms that are specifically used for photo and video sharing: Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube. These are very popular and widely used today, but how accessible are they for visually impaired users? Henshaws Blog

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E-Access: Inaccessible websites dent business profits, as online shoppers ‘click away’

3 January 2017
Source: E-Access

UK businesses are losing out on huge sums of money – potentially totalling billions of pounds – by failing to make their websites accessible to users with access needs, new research claims. Published by disability consultancy Freeney Williams, the Click-Away Pound (CAP) Survey assessed the “online shopping experience of customers with disabilities, and the costs to business of ignoring them.”

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RNIB: Technology and dementia Effective practice guide

26 October 2016

Good practice guidelines for using technology to support people with sight loss and dementia This guide is part of a range of materials available to support people with sight loss and dementia. Please go to the website for further information:  http://tinyurl.com/hr76zck The guidelines are attached below and are supported by VISION 2020 UK  

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Arches: New participatory research post at the Open University.

21 June 2016
Source: Arches

We are looking for a researcher to work on ARCHES. This is an Horizon 2020 funded project involving partners in Heritage and Technology across Europe. The OU is leading the research component, establishing a range of participatory research groups to work with partners in Heritage and Technology across Europe. The researcher will have personal and/or professional experience of supporting people with

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Sense Technology Blog: Review: The BrailleNote Touch is the world’s first Braille tablet

24 May 2016
Source: Sense

Really interesting innovation but what is the present uptake on Braille? Are most VI users of tech using voice over etc? ‘Steven Morris, Digital Champions Coordinator, Online Today project Tablet devices are becoming more and more popular both for personal and professional use. We see them in schools and in the workplace, as well as being used at home, and

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Wayfindr Unveils First Open Standard for Smartphone & Beacon Navigation Systems that Help Blind People

12 May 2016
Source: RLSB

Google.org funded nonprofit invites feedback on first working draft of guidelines for audio wayfinding systems that help vision impaired people navigate urban environments

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The Verge: Facebook begins using artificial intelligence to describe photos to blind users

6 April 2016

Ask a member of Facebook’s growth team what feature played the biggest role in getting the company to a billion daily users, and they’ll likely tell you it was photos. The endless stream of pictures, which users have been able to upload since 2005, a year after Facebook’s launch, makes the social network irresistible to a global audience. It’s difficult

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RLSB: Wayfindr

3 December 2015
Source: RLSB

What if vision impaired people could navigate independently using their smartphones?  Wayfindr is the first open standard for audio-based navigation, stemming from a productive collaboration between ustwo (a global digital product studio) and the RLSB Youth Forum. To tackle the challenge of independent travel for vision impaired people, Wayfindr is setting the standard for audio navigation using your smartphone. We are working

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