Disney is offering a new way for blind and low-vision fans to enjoy “Finding Dory” in the movie theaters by utilizing groundbreaking technology in their Disney Movies Anywhere mobile app.

Hailing the new service as a breakthrough in independent moviegoing, the app uses smart-syncing audio description to provide users with a free audio description that “elegantly narrates important on-screen action for those who can’t always follow along visually.” Users can listen to the track by using an iPhone or iPad and headphones in conjunction with [...]

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She overcame blindness to thrive at Google

by Parija Kavilanz @CNNTech Meet Google’s blind engineer When Jyotsna Kaki got a call from Google, she was stunned. She had never applied for a job with the tech giant. “I thought that getting into Google was impossible for me,” said Kaki, 33, who is blind. But it wasn’t, thanks to her brother who passed [...]

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10 Best Online Schools and Resources for Students with Disabilities

A new guide from OnlineSchoolsCenter ranks the top 10 disability-friendly schools and offers guidance to students with disabilities. By Sri Ravipati OnlineSchoolsCenter.com, a virtual publication that evaluates online higher education, issued an informational guide on online education opportunities for students with disabilities. “Navigating an Online Education for Students with Disabilities,” written by author and higher education [...]

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Israeli Startups Get Google Grants to Develop Accessibility Technology for the Disabled

by ISRAEL21c | 06.02.16 4:35 pm Two Israeli nonprofits are among 30 international winners of Impact Challenge grants from Google to promote technological innovations that will make the world more accessible for people with disabilities. Beit Issie Shapiro in Ra’anana received two grants. The first, for $1,000,000, was to develop a free product that will allow people with limited [...]

Why Siri Won’t Listen to Millions of People with Disabilities

Speech-recognition systems promise the world. But for more than nine million people with voice ailments, that world is out of reach By Emily Mullin on May 27, 2016 Emma Mattes has given up on Siri. No matter how clearly or slowly Mattes speaks, the Apple iPhone’s iconic voice-recognition technology has been no help to the 69-year-old [...]

For People With Disabilities, New Technology Can Be Life Changing

By Laura Sydell Paul Herzlich works in Google’s legal department and helped develop a special sensor for “pressure sores” by those who use wheelchairs.Paul Herzlich works in Google’s legal department and helped develop a special sensor for “pressure sores” by those who use wheelchairs.Laura Sydell/NPRFor most of us, eye tracking technology sounds interesting. But it’s [...]

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Tens of Millions Worldwide to Benefit from Highly-Accurate, Low-Cost, Captioning Services

HILLIARD, Ohio - April 12, 2016 - PRLog – IDEAL Group, Inc. today announced that it was selected to develop the world’s first commercial multi-lingual/dialect, speech-driven, real-time captioning service. This unique cloud-based service will offer tens-of-millions of consumers and organizations worldwide, low-cost captioning services that are impressively accurate. Contributing to the accuracy of the captions is a “crowd-based” caption-correction [...]

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Patients with learning disabilities less likely to be diagnosed with cancer, but have higher rates of serious mental health issues compared to general public

Coronary heart disease and cancer rates among people with learning disabilities are nearly a third lower than the general population, says new research. But experts say this may be because they are difficult to diagnose, as people with a learning disability are less capable of articulating their conditions, and so medical staff may be missing [...]

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Google is making Android far more accommodating for people with disabilities

Google is currently testing an Android app that will let you control some primary functions with only your voice, the company announced today. The accessibility software is called Voice Access, and it’s designed to let people with disabilities take better advantage of core Android functions in a hands-free manner. It’s in beta right now, and although the application [...]

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Lawmaker wants ombudsman for developmentally disabled

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A lawmaker has introduced a bill that would create an ombudsman for Rhode Islanders with developmental disabilities. Rep. Eileen Naughton, a Warwick Democrat, says the state needs an official advocate for the developmentally disabled in the same way it has advocates for children, elderly and the mentally ill. Her legislation comes [...]

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