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I won’t pick favorites here but some of this stuff just blows my mind, like responsive street furniture, and eye controlled wheelchairs. Just saying. Now you decide what’s coolest to you…AT in the news for the week of 6/8 thru 6/12.

What Google can learn from the wheelchair

Project Lifesaver saves elderly, disabled in Central Alabama

Startup Weekend features hackathon to develop apps for the disabled

The Trouble With Screenshorts

9 Apps That Improve Day-to-Day Tasks for People with Disabilities

Digital resumes! Developing iResumes to Demonstrate Strengths

A new grasp on robotic glove

Potential for PWD’s? Why a supermarket might be building the world’s most exciting robot

IBM on the importance of accessibility

How Google is Working to Empower People With Disabilities

Social Security envisions a new tech-savvy future

Emergency Information on Television: Accessibility for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired

UMass Lowell students engineer fun, learning for the handicapped

A wheelchair controlled by eye movements

(Video) MIT Students collaborate with individuals with disabilities to create an accessible call feature in a facility

‘Responsive street furniture’ in cities could boost accessibility

Medicare poised to allow Internet on speech-generating devices

Apple vs. Google: The Real Winners Are Students with Dyslexia

Using Section 508 Guidance to Improve the Accessibility of Government Services


HTML5 and Optional Alt Attribute

HTML5 currently allows the alt attribute of the image element to be optional. If an image is given alt=””, it indicates that the image is decorative and does not convey content, or that the content of the image is conveyed elsewhere, such as through an image caption or adjacent text. In HTML5, omitting the alt attribute indicates that an alternative for the image was not provided or cannot be determined. An instance where no alt attribute might be necessary is when a user uploads hundreds of photos to a photo sharing site and will not provide alternative text for each of them. Because the alt attribute is required in previous versions of HTML and XHTML, this would require the photo sharing site to give the images improper alternative text (either alt=””, which is not accurate because the image does convey content, or generic, inaccurate alternative text such as alt=”photo087″ or similar) in order to be valid HTML. In HTML5, the alt attribute may be omitted in this case, and while this does not make the image accessible, this does provide an indication that the image is not accessible and might allow screen readers to then attempt to find or present additional potentially useful information about the image (such as the image file name, results from a related image search, etc.).

Convo Lights, 6/9/15

Convo Lights From Convo Relay

Contributed by Joel Zimba, Special Projects Coordinator, MDTAP

The technology which makes room lights blink to alert the deaf to incoming phone calls has not changed in decades.  With the arrival of “Smart Lighting”, specifically the Phillips Hue lights, this has changed.

By incorporating various permutations of the Phillips Hue light kits, colors and light patterns can be used as alerts for incoming or missed calls, and even as called ID.  Rather than controlling all of the room lighting at one time, the Hue lights can be placed in lamps, or separate lighting strips.

With the invention of Convo Lights, Convo Relay demonstrates how familiar assistive technology is changing.  Phillips Hue lighting is inexpensive and easily available consumer technology. As more and more Smart Home technology becomes available, we can expect to see similar innovations with other assistive technologies.


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There are gadgets and gizmos a-plenty, whozits and whatzits galore! (Am I totally dating myself with this?) But seriously, if you want a bionic suit…that’s happening. Or a smart glove that tells you pretty much anything…that’s happening too. Check it all out right here- AT in the news for the week of 6/1 thru 6/5.

A new feature makes ride-hailing easier for deaf drivers

Bionic suit moving wheelchair users to motion is slow growth w/a $6M feel

Another survey confirming what we know is true: people w/disabilities continue striving to work

5 Things To Know About the Challenges Facing Wearable Devices (5 Things To Know IBM Redbooks Blog)

Truly handsfree. New smartphone uses head movement to control phone, play games, check email etc.

Smart Glove To Assist Blind Folks When They Shop For Groceries

“We’re in the middle of a revolution in tech for people w/ impairments”

Queens teacher uses music to help disabled students

Hacking for those with disabilities

How to turn your iPhone and iPad into capable assistive technology

What It’s Like to be Blind in the Age of the Internet

Teenage Inventors Create Life-Changing Device For Wheelchair Users, Give It Away For Free

How Christine Sun Kim, deaf sound artist, hears everything

Tablets Can Help Elderly Cross the ‘Digital Divide’

Why Your Child Needs Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Disabled youngster has bionic hand created by 3D printer

Great advances being made in assistive technology

New Hearing Technology Brings Sound To A Litte Girl

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