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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 […]

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 […]

Microsoft wants to use AI to help people with disabilities

By Devindra Hardawar (Engadget) One of Microsoft’s biggest announcements at Build this year is all about using artificial intelligence for social good. Through the new AI for Accessibility program, Microsoft has committed $25 million over the next five years to helping people with disabilities worldwide (a figure that currently sits at over one billion, according […]

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 […]

3D Printing Brings Learning to Life Across Subject Areas

By Zuzana Kozinova – (reprint from EmergintEdTech) For generations, students have been expected to absorb huge amounts of information, sometimes by simply being lectured to. And while the variety of activities we see now in class has greatly increased and become more student-centered, we are still often lacking tangible artifacts of learning that students take […]

Robots Bring the Class to the Student

By Michael Gagne, District Administration These days, McKenna Smith is back in the classroom. She’s a high school student in Missouri’s Nixa Public Schools, but had been unable to attend classes since elementary school because of chemotherapy treatment. But Smith didn’t miss as much interaction with teachers and classmates as she could have because she […]

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 […]

BlindWays & Be My Eyes… Apps For Independence!

GPS technology is only accurate to within 30 feet or so – not a problem for sighted commuters, but that “last 30 feet of frustration” could mean missing the bus entirely for those who are blind or have low vision. Funded by a $750,000 Google Grant, Perkins Solutions, the technology arm of the Perkins School […]