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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 […]

Microsoft – Bringing our accessibility awareness game today and every day

By: Jenny Lay-Flurrie – Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer Microsoft announces 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 1 billion people worldwide who have disabilities. Not only is it […]

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 […]

How Artificial Intelligence is Improving Assistive Technology

By Matthew Lynch (The Tech Edvocate) The advances in technology could mean more for society than just new educational technology and virtual reality video games. People with disabilities are finding innovative ways to put artificial intelligence to work with their current conditions. As the science improves, assistive technology will continue producing new and improved platforms […]

This VR exhibit enables the blind to ‘see’ art with haptic gloves

by Joe Rice-Jones (reprint from KnowTechie) Any museum-goer knows the ubiquitous “Do not touch” signs. What if you could though, with the aid of VR technology? That’s what a small startup from Spain, NeuroDigital Technologies has created for an exhibit currently going on at the National Gallery of Prague. NeuroDigital has created a VR experience, […]

Assistive tech is progressing faster than ever, and these 7 devices prove it

By Luke Dormehl (Digital Trends) As much as we love our shiny new iPhone X, when it comes to technology that really changes people’s lives, very little compares to tech that’s designed to help disabled people lead fuller, more active, more independent, or simply more dignified lives. Thanks to advances in robotics, materials engineering, artificial […]

Summer Camp Time!

IFB Solutions is hosting two residential camps this summer, both aimed at students in grades 8-12 who are blind or visually impaired: SEE Camp Abilities H2 Camp Dogwood, Sherrills Ford, NC  • 828-335-1136 •  jhardwig@ifbsolutions.org SEE Camp Abilities H20 is an overnight water sports camp for rising 8th-12th graders who are blind or visually impaired.  We’ll […]

Making Work Possible for More People Using Assistive Technologies

Reprint from Marlin With the national unemployment rate below 4.0%, businesses across the country are becoming more diverse and accommodating to a wider array of employees. More older employees are remaining on the job to stay active and engaged as they bolster retirement savings. In addition, many disabled individuals seek employment opportunities and welcome efforts […]

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 […]