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Tech accessibility is lagging. Here's why that needs to change

Tech accessibility is lagging. Here's why that needs to change

People with disabilities are often overlooked in product design, shutting millions out. More companies are recognizing the problem.

Apple iPhone tech helps reinvent the hearing aid

Apple iPhone tech helps reinvent the hearing aid

Special hearing aids that meet Apple's specifications can tap directly into iPhones and iPads to stream audio.

Why the fate of online accessibility may rest with a Domino's Pizza lawsuit

Why the fate of online accessibility may rest with a Domino's Pizza lawsuit

The pizza chain asked the Supreme Court to review a case that could push business websites to better serve people with disabilities.


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Accessibility Gains From the Pandemic Shouldn't Be Forgotten, Advocates Say

Accommodations like remote work and captioning on video calls were a step in the right direction. But more can be done to support employees with disabilities going forward.

May 19, 2022
Apple to Bring Live Captions and Other Accessibility Features to iPhone Later This Year

The tech giant unveils new and expanded features for the iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac.

May 17, 2022
Microsoft Expands Adaptive Accessories to Include Mouse, Hub and More

And the company consolidates its accessibility research into a single, broadly focused facility.

May 10, 2022
Envision Glasses for the Blind Can Read Documents, Scan Faces, Aid Navigation

Smart glasses from Envision are built on the enterprise edition of Google Glass.

Apr 20, 2022
Apple's Oscar-Winner 'CODA' Takes You Into an Inner World of Sign

The film, about a Deaf family with a hearing teen, showcases how sign language can be visual poetry -- as raunchy as a limerick, as sublime as a sonnet.

Mar 28, 2022
Instagram Adds Automatic Captions to Feed Videos

The feature is designed to make the Meta-owned app more accessible.

Mar 1, 2022
Google's new Project Relate app aims to help people with speech impairments communicate

The company is looking for people to test the app and provide feedback.

Nov 9, 2021
New Chromebook accessibility feature aims to help people with dyslexia

Google adds smoother-sounding voices to its Select-to-speak feature, which lets your laptop read selected text aloud.

Oct 14, 2021
YouTube now lets all creators use auto captions for livestreams

The feature only works for English streams, but the company says it'll expand to more languages in the coming months.

Oct 7, 2021
The original voice of Siri is now advocating for a more accessible web

Susan Bennett, who accidentally became the voice of Apple's revolutionary voice assistant, says the experience showed how critical accessible tech is.

Oct 1, 2021
Android accessibility update lets you control your phone, communicate using facial gestures

The new features, called Camera Switches and Project Activate, let users navigate their devices without their hands or voice.

Sep 23, 2021
Microsoft Surface Adaptive Kit improves laptop accessibility

It's not as high-tech as the Xbox Adaptive Controller, but sometimes low-tech works too.

Sep 22, 2021
Electronic Arts makes 'ping system,' other accessibility-focused patents free to use

The game developer says it hopes to start a trend of making these types of patents freely accessible and popular to use.

Aug 24, 2021