Assistive Technology

The Accessible Revolution: Vashkar Bhattacharjee and the Birth of an Inclusive Digital Bangladesh

Perhaps no other person has done more to build an inclusive digital Bangladesh than Vashkar Bhattacharjee. Working directly with the Aspire to Innovate (a2i) program, initiated by the Prime Minister’s Office, as a national consultant for the Digital Bangladesh Initiative, Vashkar spearheaded a massive overhaul of the country’s sprawling digital infrastructure. “Our government runs ... Read more

Gaming for All: Disability, Accessibility and Representation 

Much has changed over the last years regarding disability representation on- and off-screen and accessibility for people with disabilities in all areas of life. However, we still have a bit to go, especially in one particular sector: gaming. ABILITY Magazine’s Karina Sturm speaks with Anita Mortaloni, Director of Accessibility Xbox at Microsoft, about Microsoft’s ... Read more

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation — Empowering Youth with Disabilities

The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) is seeking proposals focused on its vision to empower youth with disabilities to lead productive lives through increased employment. Proposals should present effective, scalable strategies to prepare youth with disabilities (<26) for the workforce, which helps them successfully transition to inclusive, competitive employment. Preference is given to projects ... Read more

SmartMoves Adjustable Height Desks

SmartMoves Adjustable Height Desks Choose your comfort level with a SmartMoves Adjustable Height Desk Does your fixed height desk provide you with the maximum comfort that you expect while at work? SmartMoves adjustable height desks are ergonomic and fully customizable, giving you control to set a desk height that best suits your needs and ... Read more

Online ABILITY Job Fair for Job Seekers with disABILITIES

Next online ABILITY Job Fair Dec 3rd, 2019 Recruiters from Google, Amercian Express, Paul Hastings, Aetna, United States Secret Service, Glacier Bancorp, Avnet, and more met hundreds of job seekers with disABILITIES.  The ABILITY Job Fair is an online accessible face to face video platform and partners with abilityJOBS.com and ABILITY Magazine. Accessibility Features: ... Read more

NeuroNode — EMG Based Communications and Control System

While interviewing Australian, entrepreneur Peter Shann Ford my memory kept repeating the late Senator Robert Kennedy’s quote, “Many men see things as they are and ask why, I see things as they aren’t and ask why not?” Resembling comedian Shecky Greene. Ford and Greene share another common trait. They are geniuses in their professions. ... Read more

Visions for the Future of Mobility at CES

Five finalists in the three-year Mobility Unlimited Challenge have been unveiled at CES in Las Vegas. The Toyota Mobility Foundation launched the $4 million global challenge in 2017 in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, with the aim of improving the lives of millions of people with lower-limb paralysis. The Challenge invited engineers, innovators, ... Read more

Assistive Technologies in a Changing World

ABILITY Corps panel discussion during the United Nations 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD Lesley Ann Gibbons: Which one is the shampoo? Advances in “anytime, anywhere” technology that holds significant promise for people with visual disabilities. My name is Lesley Ann Gibbons. I was raised in the United Kingdom, then I’ve lived the ... Read more

Toyota’s $4 Million Mobility Unlimited Challenge — Driving Innovation

Mallory Weggemann, NBC reporter for the Winter Paralympics in South Korea; announces crowdsourcing campaign to find ideas for $4 million Mobility Unlimited Challenge Global crowdsourcing campaign launched to identify solutions to the challenges faced by people with lower-limb paralysis, as part of the Mobility Unlimited Challenge Digital campaign will ask people with lower-limb paralysis ... Read more

Facebook — Face Recognition Technology with Accessibility Features

Facebook has created a new way for its users who are blind or have low vision to know more about the photos they encounter. For instance, people using screen readers can identify who are in pictures on Facebook. Facebook also has new, optional tools to help people better manage their identity using face recognition. ... Read more

Capti

to everything you want to read like to an audiobook. Let your computer read any Website: News, blogs, articles, files, books. Free TTS generator. Listen to any text as if it were a human-narrated audiobook Choose among high quality text-to-speech voices in 26 languages Take advantage of accessibility for vision loss and dyslexia   ... Read more

Amara

Amara Amara is home to an award winning subtitle editor that makes it easy to caption and translate video. Amara also hosts volunteer localization & accessibility communities, and offers professional tools and services for subtitles. Amara is a platform that enables the crowd-sourced creation of captions, subtitles and translations of web-based video and audio media. ... Read more

Readspeaker

  ReadSpeaker is a suite of web-based applications that uses the latest text-to-speech technology to speech-enable web sites, mobile sites, RSS feeds, mobile apps like iPhone, Android or Blackberry apps, as well as online documents and forms[citation needed]. ReadSpeaker products help people that suffer from reading difficulties, dyslexia, visual impairment, but also non-native English ... Read more

Assistive Technology in Canada — Neil Squire Society

Chad Leaman is director of development at Neil Squire Society, which uses technology, knowledge and passion to empower Canadians with disabilities. Their programs offer an opportunity for people with disabilities to develop computer and employment skills and to provide solutions to removing technological barriers as they prepare to enter or re-enter the workforce. Leaman ... Read more

HUGH HERR — Bionic Innovation

Engineer and biophysicist Hugh Herr knows what it’s like to lose a limb. He also knows how important it is to have reliable prosthetics that get you back in the game. A double amputee himself, Herr heads the Biomechatronics research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, as well as his ... Read more

COMCAST — Live Olympic Games Audio Description

In addition to its vast array of video, Internet and phone services, Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal, which includes Spanish-and English-language broadcast networks, 17 cable networks, a motion picture company and far more. The communication giant’s Symphony marketing initiative promotes such programming as the Olympics and The Wiz Live! ABILITY’s Chet Cooper, ... Read more

Comcast — Access into Your Imagination

Did you catch the Oscars? Better yet, did you catch Comcast’s commercial of Emily’s Oz? Little Emily describes what she envisions when experiencing the movie, The Wizard of Oz. For people who are blind or have visual difficulties, navigating the nubby buttons of a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) is an exercise in frustration, at ... Read more

CSUN – Beta Access Check

For a few days in March, amidst the bright sun and the sea breeze, San Diego hosted the 30th International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference, organized by California State University, Northridge, commonly referred to as CSUN 2015. The yearly conference highlights innovations that help enable people around the world. I was honored to ... Read more

3D — Printing with Purpose

3D Printing is a process by which a digital file becomes a physical object. Anyone can make anything, it is a plastic renaissance. A combination of factors, such as the incredible cost reduction of 3D printing and the availability of free user-friendly design software, have led to the formation of open-source design communities, turning ... Read more