In the past, persons with disabilities often required a wide array of different devices to accomplish various tasks, such as separate devices to identify colors, to identify paper currency, or to read paper documents. Each of these devices served a necessary and unique function, but were usually expensive, and - unless they chose to carry all of their devices around all the time – weren’t always readily available to the user. With the proliferation of mobile devices and accessibility apps, this is thankfully no longer the case.
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A few months ago, Congress introduced a bill called the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, or H.R. 620. If signed into law, H.R. 620 would require all people with disabilities who wish to file a lawsuit “to first provide written notice to the business owners in violation of the law.” Business owners then would have “60 days to acknowledge the violation and another 120 days to at least make ‘substantial progress’ toward resolving the issue. This would mean that people with disabilities would have to wait much longer for the outcome of the lawsuit.
Accessible360 provides great services to so many people. For example, A360 provides free work to non-profits. A360’s great work was also featured on Kare 11 a few months ago.
These are a few reasons to write a positive Google Review for A360 and help further promote our company. To write a Google Review for A360, simply type “Accessible360” into Google and click “Write A Review,” which is located about halfway down the right side of the page on a computer (see image to the right, with red box around “Write A Review”). You will then be asked to rate A360 and write a brief review.
A360 is asking all people to support Louie McGee, a young man who is blind and who has formed a relationship with A360 over the past year. Louie is planning to compete in the full IronMan triathlon this fall in Madison, Wisconsin.
No world is perfect. However, if you were to have to live your life blind, the twenty-first century would be the best time to live. Services and assistance for people who are blind are better than they ever were before, especially when it comes to the amount of information we have access to. We have computers, mobile phones, braille, and so many other things that blind people simply did not have 500, or 200, or even 20 years ago.
Good news, assistive technology users! The deadline to get the free Windows 10 Fall Creators update, which is available for assistive technology users of Windows 7 and higher and includes eye tracking support, has been extended to January 16, 2018 (next Tuesday)! Originally, the deadline to upgrade was December 31, 2017.
We would like to share a useful article on the “do’s and don’ts on designing for accessibility.” In other words, the article summarizes what web/mobile app designers should and should not do to make their websites/mobile apps fully accessible. The article talks about important accessibility features to consider for each type of disability, such as using simple language for users on the autism spectrum, and including subtitles on videos for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Here at A360, we recently tried the Tobii Eye Tracker 4c eye tracking hardware that monitors both eye and head movement and allows a user to control their PC using only their eyes. We weren’t very successful using the 4c as a productivity tool, as it takes some skill coupled with some practice to gain accurate control! Still, the 4c shows a lot of promise and is a ton of fun to play with. The device is marketed entirely as gaming hardware, but at a fairly affordable pricepoint of $150, the Tobii 4c is also a very interesting a11y device.
TCB Magazine features A360 and our friends at First Scribe! The article does a particularly good job of explaining the need for digital accessibility and the problems that can occur when businesses ignore their customers who use assistive technology.
Accessible360 is helping to open up the internet for the disabled, creating potentially new opportunities for businesses in nearly every industry.
Exoskeleton technology, currently being developed by some companies, could change the lives of people with mobility impairments by allowing such people to walk. This would greatly increase independence, as these people would not have to rely on wheelchairs or personal caregivers to get around. Despite the clear advantages of exoskeleton technology, an article in The Atlantic mentioned that exoskeleton technology presents some issues.