Tech tools for disabled people

By Virginia Burroughs Contributing Writer In 1984, two mothers decided to pool their resources of toys, games and technology used with their disabled children, because many items were expensive and often short-lived. They started a lending library for parents to test and borrow assistive tools. Their library gained nonprofit status, went through several name and [...]

$4.8 Million Awarded to Improve Outcomes for Children with Disabilities through Improved Adolescent Literacy, Accessible Technology, Media Services and Educational Materials

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $4.8 million in grants to improve outcomes for children with disabilities. Included is $1.2 million to upgrade adolescent literacy for students with disabilities and $3.6 million to enhance results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities through the use of accessible technology, [...]

The Blind Deserve Tech Support, Too

Why don’t tech companies care more about customers with disabilities? By Jon Kelvey It had started as just another call to tech support. Sina Bahram, a Ph.D. student in computer science at North Carolina State University, had been trying to convince the Lenovo customer service representative to send out an on-site repair person to fix [...]

Facing Lawsuits From Disabled Groups, Uber Has Found a Surprising Supporter

By Carmel DeAmicis @carmeldea EMAIL Ethics September 18, 2015, 1:54 PM PDT Uber has faced huge criticism from the disability community for not adhering to the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s fighting several lawsuits on the matter — against blind people with seeing eye dogs who have been rejected by Uber drivers [...]


South Africa: Don’t Deny Education to Learners With Disabilities

Pretoria — No-one should deny learners with disabilities an opportunity to study, says Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana. Addressing learners at Vukuzenzele Special School in Bizana, in the Eastern Cape, on Monday, he shared opportunities available within the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) sector with the learners. “Learners in a rural setting [...]


Elderly and disabled travellers let down by mobile technology

Alex Scroxton Networking Editor 10 Sep 2015 0:01 A report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology highlights a missed opportunity to use mobile technology to keep elderly and disabled people on the move The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has urged mobile providers and app developers to try to encourage older and disabled [...]


First assistive technology expo on way in Dubai

How assistive technology can improve functional capabilities of individuals with special needs and empower them to reach their highest potential will be highlighted at an inaugural upcoming event in Dubai, UAE. The first ever Al Noor Assistive Tech-X 2015, running on November 12 and 13 at Anisa- Al Noor Indoor Sports Auditorium, will feature cutting-edge [...]

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Google reorganizes under ‘Alphabet’ umbrella

San Francisco (AFP) – Google unveiled a surprise corporate reorganization Monday, forming a new parent company dubbed Alphabet that will include the Internet search unit as one of several entities. Google chief executive Larry Page announced the change, saying he would hold the same title at Alphabet, the new holding company for the tech giant’s [...]

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How tech-driven learning can benefit students with disabilities

Special education also stands to benefit from innovative school models and personalization By Kate Schimel As technology makes its way into classrooms, the question of what effect innovative strategies will have on students with disabilities remains wide open. In some ways, technology use is nothing new for special education students and teachers. Assistive technology has [...]

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People With Disabilities Still an Afterthought in Tech Design

Aida Akl Progress over the past 25 years has made computing more accessible to people with disabilities. But from design to finish, accessibility is still an afterthought in the race to technological innovation. Despite breakthroughs in robotics, speech recognition, eye-motion sensors, virtual reality and many other areas, the general design approach to new products still excludes [...]

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