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New TikTok feature allows users to avoid videos with epileptic seizure triggers

New TikTok feature allows users to avoid videos with epileptic seizure triggers TikTok announced today it is rolling out a new feature that will allow people with photosensitive epilepsy to automatically skip videos that can trigger seizures. The “Skip All” option will be introduced to all users over the next few weeks […]

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iPhones can now tell blind users where and how far away people are

iPhones can now tell blind users where and how far away people are Apple has packed an interesting new accessibility feature into the latest beta of iOS: a system that detects the presence of and distance to people in the view of the iPhone’s camera, so blind users can social distance effectively, […]

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Apple’s Jeff Bigham, disability rights lawyer Haben Girma, author Sara Hendren and more to join Sight Tech Global

Apple’s Jeff Bigham, disability rights lawyer Haben Girma, author Sara Hendren and more to join Sight Tech Global The other day we announced the first ten sessions for Sight Tech Global, a virtual event Dec. 2-3 that is convening the world’s top technologists to discuss how AI-based technologies are revolutionizing the future […]

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Amazon’s Josh Miele and Ann Toth talk Alexa and the future of accessibility at Sight Tech Global

Amazon’s Josh Miele and Ann Toth talk Alexa and the future of accessibility at Sight Tech Global When Alexa launched six years ago, no one imagined that by today there would be hundreds of millions of Alexa-enabled devices or that Alexa would become part of so many lives. For people who are […]

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Google Assistant comes to gaze-powered accessible devices

Google Assistant comes to gaze-powered accessible devices People who rely on gaze-tracking to interact with their devices on an everyday basis now have a powerful new tool in their arsenal: Google Assistant. Substituting gaze for its original voice-based interface, the Assistant’s multiple integrations and communication tools should improve the capabilities of the […]

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Accessibility’s nextgen breakthroughs will be literally in your head

Accessibility’s nextgen breakthroughs will be literally in your head Predicting the future of technology for people with visual impairments is easier than you might think. In 2003, I wrote an article entitled “In the Palm of Your Hand” for the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness from the American Foundation for the […]

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Google research lets sign language switch ‘active speaker’ in video calls

Google research lets sign language switch ‘active speaker’ in video calls An aspect of video calls that many of us take for granted is the way they can switch between feeds to highlight whoever’s speaking. Great — if speaking is how you communicate. Silent speech like sign language doesn’t trigger those algorithms, […]

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Digital vote-by-mail applications in most states are inaccessible to people with disabilities

Digital vote-by-mail applications in most states are inaccessible to people with disabilities The 2020 election is without a doubt going to be the biggest one in history for voting by mail, but people with disabilities may find it rather difficult to apply for their ballot, since according to an audit by Deque, […]

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Hailing a self-driving taxi when blind. Learn how Waymo answers that challenge at Sight Tech Global

Hailing a self-driving taxi when blind. Learn how Waymo answers that challenge at Sight Tech Global Imagine yourself unable to see well enough to drive, and how that would change your life. I witness that scenario every day at home with my wife, who is legally blind, and a very busy person. […]

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As ADA turns 30, tech is just getting started helping people with disabilities

As ADA turns 30, tech is just getting started helping people with disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 paved the way for decades of incremental changes to the way buildings, businesses, and laws accommodate people with a wide variety of disabilities. At 30 years old this week, the law’s effect […]

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