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Summer travel time is here and… there’s an app for that!

The following are some apps that can help travelers with disabilities smooth the way. Google Maps (iOS and Android) has an option for “wheelchair access” To access the “wheelchair accessible” routes, type your desired destination into Google Maps. Tap “Directions” then select the public transportation icon. Then tap “Options” and under the Routes section, you’ll […]

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is Microsoft’s answer to gamers with limited mobility

By Cal Jeffrey (Techspot) Microsoft just announced a new controller for the Xbox One that will bring accessibility to gaming for those with a variety of disabilities. It is called the Xbox Adaptive Controller (XAC), and its design is not like anything you have ever seen. It looks a bit like a dual-turntable device that […]

Apple’s Everyone Can Code Curriculum Expanding to Schools Serving Blind and Deaf Students

By: Joe Rossignol (MacRumors Newsletter) Apple announced that its Everyone Can Code curriculum is expanding to schools serving deaf, blind, or visually impaired students, starting with various locations in the United States in the fall. Initial list of participating schools: California School for the Blind (Fremont, CA) California School for the Deaf (Fremont, CA) District […]

Bringing our accessibility awareness game today and every day

By:  Jenny Lay-Flurrie – Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer Today we celebrate the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day and announce new technology and resources for people with disabilities. The goal of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about accessibility. For us, it’s also about digging deep into how technology can empower the […]

13 Chrome Accessibility Tools You Probably Don’t Know About

written by Steph Fiorelli (Promevo) Google is committed to bringing the best tech to all their users, including users with disabilities. Through assistive technology on Chrome devices and G Suite, and by supporting accessibility-based Chrome extensions, Google is making sure that all are welcome and able to use their products. Here are some of the […]

New Technologies Help Seniors Age In Place and Not Feel Alone

by Gabi Redford, Kaiser Health News                                                                                                   […]

Microsoft and Novartis: Commercializing Scene Description Assistive Technology

Microsoft is working with Novartis to create an application that can be used by the visually impaired or blind to describe scenes captures by the camera of a smartphone audibly and thereby improve the independence of users. The Viaopta Hello app is available in preview for iOS, Android and Windows and features: Uses Cognitive services and Microsoft […]

Home Mods! Ideas, Resources & Funding

Reprint From Home Advisor Every year, more Americans living with disabilities are able to call themselves homeowners. Thanks to support and legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), having a home to call one’s own is now an achievable dream for more people than ever before. For many individuals, purchasing a home is […]

AbleGamers brings fun, inclusion and quality of life through the power of video games!

Reprinted from AbleGamers Charity We utilize fun to bring inclusion and improved quality of life for people with disabilities through the power of video games.  With a combination of technologies such as mouth controllers, eye gaze, and special customized controllers, we find a way for people to play video games no matter their disability. When […]