THIIS: Professional hub launches with searchable database of independent living tech

THIIS: Professional hub launches with searchable database of independent living tech. “ProAssist has been created by the charity Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) in partnership with the TEC Services Association (TSA), the national body for technology enabled care (TEC) services. With a searchable database of over 10,000 products from more than 900 retailers, this UK-wide resource helps identify the options across a wide range of technologies, from the latest digital devices to simple aids.”

Neowin: Google adds Live Caption for audio and video in Chrome

Neowin: Google adds Live Caption for audio and video in Chrome. “Google’s Live Caption feature is now available in the Chrome browser on desktop devices, the Mountain View giant announced today. The feature first debuted as an Android accessibility feature at Google I/O in 2019, and it automatically adds captions to audio and video playing on the device, removing the need for apps to add closed captions individually.”

Washington Post: Social media has upped its accessibility game. But deaf creators say it has a long way to go.

Washington Post: Social media has upped its accessibility game. But deaf creators say it has a long way to go.. “TikTok, by design, is a place for millions of people to upload their own videos, without any requirement or even official suggestion to use captions. Videos include people dancing to music, ranting about their jobs, showing off new recipes and lip-syncing to the soundtrack of TV shows such as ‘The Office’ or ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians.’ Even if users want to caption their videos, TikTok’s app doesn’t have a way to automatically recognize voice patterns and automate text to use. That makes the wildly popular app — used by nearly 100 million people in the United States each month as of last June — and many other social media apps moderately usable and sometimes frustratingly inaccessible for millions of Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing, several deaf […]

Ubergizmo: Instagram Introduces Automatic Captioning For Stories

Ubergizmo: Instagram Introduces Automatic Captioning For Stories. “Having captions in videos is useful and is a great accessibility feature. We’ve seen similar features offered in video platforms such as YouTube, and now it looks like Facebook-owned Instagram is hoping to introduce something similar as well to its Stories feature. This is according to a discovery by Matt Navarra who shared his findings on Twitter.”

Google Blog: Our all-new TalkBack screen reader

Google Blog: Our all-new TalkBack screen reader. “Screen readers, such as Android’s TalkBack, are the primary interface through which Joshua [Pearson] and many other people who are blind or low vision read, write, send emails, share social media, order delivery and even write music. TalkBack speaks the screen aloud, navigates through apps, and facilitates communication with braille, voice and keyboard input. And today we’re releasing an all-new version of TalkBack that includes some of the most highly requested features from the blind and low vision community.”

Glamsham: Google and Levi’s connected jacket helps people with disabilities

Glamsham: Google and Levi’s connected jacket helps people with disabilities. “A connected jacket designed by Google and Levi’s has proved to be beneficial for people with disabilities who tried out the apparel. The connected jacket with woven ‘Jacquard’ technology allows people to connect to their smartphone and use simple gestures to trigger functions from the Jacquard app.”

Liam O’Dell: How Facebook’s ‘Fireside’ audio project can rival Clubhouse

Liam O’Dell: How Facebook’s ‘Fireside’ audio project can rival Clubhouse. “Facebook’s early experiments in the world of live audio has apparently been given the codename Fireside. If it can recognise the key successes and pitfalls of Clubhouse and Spaces, then the tool could set the platform ablaze. Failing or ignoring these lessons, however, would see it cosigned to the same fate as Facebook Stories or Reels – a mounting dumspter fire of social media’s short-lived features.”

PR Newswire: Tactile Images Partners With Getty Images and the National Federation of the Blind to Deliver More Than 45 Million Images to the World’s Blind and Disabled Population (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Tactile Images Partners With Getty Images and the National Federation of the Blind to Deliver More Than 45 Million Images to the World’s Blind and Disabled Population (PRESS RELEASE). “Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, and the National Federation of the Blind, America’s civil rights and membership organization of the blind, have partnered with Tactile Images to deliver more than 45 million images to the world’s blind and disabled population at museums, science centers, libraries, schools, and government agencies. This partnership will significantly enhance educational opportunities and cultural inclusion for blind and disabled individuals.”

Liam O’Dell: Twitter invited a deaf person to test out Spaces – here’s what they think…

Liam O’Dell: Twitter invited a deaf person to test out Spaces – here’s what they think…. “Credit where credit’s (over)due, Twitter seem to have finally learned their lesson after the mishap over voice tweets in the summer of 2020. Deaf people are finally involved in the process of developing new audio features, and it’s been done as early as possible, too. ‘The mic is yours,’ read a message when I opened up my Twitter mobile app on Wednesday evening. ‘You can now host and join live conversations in Spaces. Go on. Try it.’ A couple of minutes later, I did just that.”

TechRadar: Social media is embracing audio more than ever – but deaf users are being left behind

TechRadar: Social media is embracing audio more than ever – but deaf users are being left behind. “… in the fast-paced corporate world of social media, deaf and hard of hearing users are still seeing accessibility forgotten about when features are developed or reviewed. Even when a decision is considered to negatively impact them, advocates feel their views aren’t being listened to.”