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Bet you were scared when you thought we weren’t going to get this week’s AT Update out on time. Enjoy this treat and any others you get today! AT in the news for the week of 10/27 thru 10/31.

Course Focuses On Interior Design For Those On The Spectrum

Computer game could help visually-impaired children live independently

Phone App Checks Photos For Eye Disease

FCC to Host Accessible Wireless Emergency Communications Forum next month promoting accessibility in wireless

‘Ask AbleGamers’ YouTube Series Launches

The Most Helpful iOS 8 Features for the Visually Impaired and Hard of Hearing

When Hearing Aid Users Listen to Music, Less Is More

Google X Developing Wearable Technology That Detects Cancer

Students to Design an Autism-Friendly Kitchen

The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance

Actuate, Braille Works and Venatôre to Deliver Industry’s First Cloud-Based Document Accessibility Service

Make Apps and Sites Accessible to All by Knowbility

Switches explained

Carilion Clinic makes managing healthcare online easier for people with disabilities

UT Arlington School of Social Work receives grant to develop human assistive robot learning network

2 preliminary but promising stem cell treatments for dry AMD have been released to the public

LittleSteps is an early learning that helps facilitate developmental milestone achievement in children 0-3

Photographed memories come to life for the blind thanks to a 3D printer

3D Printing And Prosthetics

Check out AbleGamers Laboratory Starts Monthly Open House for Disabled Players

From Brain To Computer: Helping ‘Locked-In’ Patient Get His Thoughts Out

Corneal Implants Might Make Reading Glasses Obsolete

Contributed by Provi Sharpe, Director of Emergency Management and Reuse Activities, MDTAP

Home Safety for Families with Children who have a Disability

The Disaster Resistant Communities Group, located in Tallahassee, Florida, provides disaster planning and preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation services to local government agencies and departments as well as community and faith based organizations. Their services include Just In Time Disaster Training videos.  This is an on-line video library which provides a single, easy to search source in which individuals, agencies and organizations can access training videos on various topics including home safety and disaster preparedness.

Their video series Just In Time Disaster Training – Home Safety for Families with Children Who Have a Disability, offer:

  • Water Safety for Families with Children with Special Needs
  • Poison Prevention for Families with Children with Special Needs
  • Fall Prevention for Families with Children with Special Needs
  • Burn Prevention for Families with Children with Special Needs
  • Choking Prevention for Families with Children with Special Needs

Numerous videos can also be found on YouTube – just search for videos on safety tips for families with children with special needs.

WCAG 2.0 and Transcripts

The word “transcript” doesn’t appear in WCAG 2.0 because it is strictly interpreted as being only the verbatim text version of that which is spoken. For optimal web accessibility for users with auditory disabilities, information in addition to the spoken content (such as indications of laughter or explosions, or the presentation of visual-only content) are necessary. WCAG uses the term “alternative for time-based media” to describe this descriptive transcript. WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 1.2.3 (Level A) requires synchronized captions and either audio descriptions or an “alternative for time-based media” (i.e., descriptive transcript).

If there could be rock stars of the assistive technology world, TV amplification systems would definitely be among the hall of famers. Though they are called by many names, TV Ears perhaps being the most popular, people are always looking for ways to better hear the TV without disturbing their kids or wives (or husbands), or neighbors. And now, if you have a smart phone, you can try out a free app called TV Louder, an amplification app that allows you to rely on the smartphone mic and a pair of headphones or earbuds to better hear the TV without waking up your significant other.  Working as a personal sound amplifier, the TV should be set to a reasonable (not too loud) volume. And always check the volume level in the app – you want to be able to adjust it as needed.

Check it out, and let us know what you think!


The IMAGE Center of Maryland has launched its Aging and Disability Skills Gateway website. This is an online skills site where people with functional limitations can see how others accomplish activities of daily living. You can learn more, support the project, and see the first video at www.disabilityskills.org or www.agingskills.org.

We were busy in the field last week and didn’t have a chance to post our AT News Wrap Up, so this week you get double the fun. We’ve got tactile books for Halloween, apps for stroke patients, 3D printed braces for kids, and way more. So pull up a seat, grab your coffee, and take a mid-morning break – AT in the news for the weeks of 10/13 thru 10/24.

W3C Working Draft 23 October 2014

Candy Corn: Creating a tactile book for Halloween

Helping Parents Deal With Learning and Attention Issues

Power Wheels Offer Lift For Kids With Special Needs

User-friendly electronic ‘EyeCane’ enhances navigational abilities for persons with blindness

Lyft Community Portraits: Jennison

Think Beyond the Mailroom for Disability Hiring

How tech advances are helping innovators do more for people with disabilities

iPhone 6 and iOS 8: A Look at Accessibility with the Help of iOS Without the Eye

Transplant Helps Paralyzed Man Walk Again

Startup using crowdfunding + 3D printing to make faster, cheaper back braces for kids

UNI Deaf Communication Device Demonstration

How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri

BLITAB, the tablet for blind people now is reality

A Better Prosthesis

Smart walkers lead the way for Japanese elder-care robots

UD unveils new harness technology to give disabled real world mobility

Custom-fitting freedom, training for mobility

Closed-Captioning Could Be ‘Coming To a Theater Near You,’ Muse Says

With RogerVoice, Deaf People Can Make Their First Phone Calls

DOL website educates employers, tech industry on accessibility

SightCompass uses Bluetooth beacons to inform visually impaired of their surroundings

Hopkins neuroscientist creates iOS game to help stroke patients

W4A 2015: Improving Accessibility of the Web, Mobiles and Wearables!

Project RAY now provides a complete set of Android applications (apps) for the visually impaired

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