BBC: Coronavirus: Call for clear face masks to be ‘the norm’. “It’s now part of daily life now for many of us – struggling to work out what someone in a supermarket or at work is saying when they’re wearing a face mask. But for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, masks can prevent them understanding anything at all.”
WTSP: New GPS app could help people who are visually impaired find their way . “Carlos Montas has been blind since he was a child. He often relies on others to help him get around or navigate unfamiliar places. But Montas, who also happens to work at Pinellas Lighthouse for the Blind, is one of the first to be trying out a new app being developed here in the Bay Area called Lazarillo – a step-by-step audio assistant that describes what’s around him.”
AT Today: New online car search tool to help elderly and disabled people find a suitable vehicle for their accessibility needs. “The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) has launched a new online car search tool, with data on over 1,700 vehicles to help disabled and older people shortlist suitable vehicles using specific accessibility measurements.” This resource is UK-based but I saw car brands from all over the world when I played with it.
EurekAlert: Math that feels good. “Mathematics and science Braille textbooks are expensive and require an enormous effort to produce — until now. A team of researchers has developed a method for easily creating textbooks in Braille, with an initial focus on math textbooks.”
Interesting Engineering: World’s First Tablet for the Blind Is Here. “If you happen to be reading this and also blind, you might be using a Tactile Pro Braille Tablet by PCT. An Innovation Award Honoree at CES, this sleek tablet allows people with visual deficiencies to utilize technology in a way never before possible. In essence, the device is a keyboard and display for braille that interfaces through Bluetooth with smart devices.”
The Next Web: Visual accessibility will be a priority in 2020 — here’s how to adapt your site. “It’s no surprise that visually impaired people are demanding better access. Populated with Instagram ‘stories’ and online stores that display 360-degree, high-definition product images and video, the web has become a visual public space. That puts many people at an unnecessary disadvantage.”
WebFX: Is My WordPress Site ADA Compliant? 3+ Plugins for Finding Out!. “Keep reading to discover four tools and plugins you can use to test your website’s accessibility. Plus, learn what to watch for when using WordPress ADA compliance plugins, as well as how to make your WordPress site ADA compliant.”