Mashable: ‘Cooking in a Wheelchair’ is a joyful, accessible YouTube show full of practical tips

Mashable: ‘Cooking in a Wheelchair’ is a joyful, accessible YouTube show full of practical tips. “Cheese, joy, and an inordinate amount of garlic are just a few things in abundance in the new YouTube cooking show Cooking in a Wheelchair. The idea to make an accessible cookery show came during lockdown when disability campaigner Katie Pennick was shielding at home for three months, and unable to leave the house for any reason. Prior to the pandemic, Pennick tended to eat out quite often. So when she began shielding, she got stuck into cooking every day out of sheer necessity in addition to keeping herself busy.”

Search Engine Journal: 9 Ways You Can Make Your Website More Accessible

Search Engine Journal: 9 Ways You Can Make Your Website More Accessible. “Incorporating accessibility on your website is the right thing to do today. Why? Because 25% of adults in the U.S. live with a disability, according to the CDC. However, too many websites still lack accessibility features. That means millions of users are struggling to use the web.”

Voicebot: Amazon Launches Alexa Accessibility Hub

Voicebot: Amazon Launches Alexa Accessibility Hub. “Amazon has brought together all of the accessibility features and initiatives for the Alexa voice assistant into a central website. The new Alexa Accessibility Hub demonstrates the ways people with different kinds of disabilities can use Alexa as a helpful tool and the accommodations in place to make using Echo smart speakers and smart displays easier for people with disabilities.”

Library of Congress: Experimenting with speech-to-text and collections at the Library

Library of Congress: Experimenting with speech-to-text and collections at the Library. “This guest blog post is shared by Chris Adams, Solutions Architect in the Office of the Chief Information Officer/IT Design & Development Directorate, and Julia Kim, Digital Projects Coordinator at the National Library for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress, formerly the Digital Assets Specialist at the American Folklife Center, supporting digitized and digital multi-format content for digital preservation and access workflows. In this post, they share more about exploring the feasibility of off-the-shelf tools to enhance description and aid in processing of Library of Congress collections. Read on for more background on the phases of the Speech-to-Text-Viewer experiment from creating the viewer interface to exploring its utility in processing workflows.”

Creative Commons: Say What? Jonathan Poritz Records All CC Certificate Content As Openly Licensed Audio!

Creative Commons: Say What? Jonathan Poritz Records All CC Certificate Content As Openly Licensed Audio! . “Creative Commons provides educators and the expertise they need to harness Open Educational Resources (OER). We strive to make education more accessible to more people around the world. One way we do this is through our CC Certificate training, which is licensed CC BY 4.0 and available for use. Today, we’re delighted to announce our training materials are now available as audio files licensed CC BY 4.0. Thanks to the fantastic work of Jonathan Poritz, we can now offer materials in another format for learners.”

How-To Geek: 7 Tips to Make the Web More Readable on an iPhone

How-To Geek: 7 Tips to Make the Web More Readable on an iPhone. “You probably spend more time reading on your iPhone than you do texting, calling, or playing games. Most of that content is likely on the web, and it’s not always easy to see or scroll through. Fortunately, there are plenty of hidden features that can make reading on your iPhone a much more pleasant experience.”

Boing Boing: Download these free D&D character sheets designed to help players with dyslexia

Boing Boing: Download these free D&D character sheets designed to help players with dyslexia. “Redditor Inuyasharuls is a Dungeon Master who runs campaigns for several players with dyslexia. With help from another Redditor and gamer, Axelle123, they created this colorful character sheet alternative, using Comic Sans instead of the standard font found on D&D materials, to make life easier for everyone. Or, well, maybe not everyone, but still for some people.”

BetaNews: Web accessibility platform accessiBe secures $12 million to make the entire web accessible

BetaNews: Web accessibility platform accessiBe secures $12 million to make the entire web accessible. “Web accessibility platform accessiBe announced that it has secured funding from global investment firm K1 Investment Management, LLC. The $12 million capital will be used to help the company grow its market in North America and improve its services for its customers and partners.”

University of Texas at Austin: New Online Resources Available for Deaf Students During COVID-19

University of Texas at Austin: New Online Resources Available for Deaf Students During COVID-19. “USTIN, Texas — Parents and educators can make online learning accessible for deaf and hard of hearing students during the COVID-19 pandemic with new online resources from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes at the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.”

WTSP: New GPS app could help people who are visually impaired find their way

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

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.

Wired UK: Online Altruists Are Making Reddit More Accessible

Wired UK: Online Altruists Are Making Reddit More Accessible. “These volunteers are from a little subreddit called r/TranscribersOfReddit, who voluntarily type out extremely detailed descriptions of various content so that visually impaired people can access it. The band of noble souls have the goal of making Reddit, and the internet as a whole, a more accessible place. If you travel to one of r/TranscribersOfReddit’s 72 partner subreddits, like r/thatHappened or r/me_irl, there’s a chance you could stumble upon one of the group’s elaborate transcriptions.”

National Association of Home Builders: New App Helps Builders Meet Accessibility Requirements of Fair Housing Act

National Association of Home Builders: New App Helps Builders Meet Accessibility Requirements of Fair Housing Act. “NAHB unveiled the Pocket Guide to the Fair Housing Act, a free app designed to help home builders, contractors and designers meet the accessibility requirements of the act, during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas this week.”

CNET: Why the fate of online accessibility may rest with a Domino’s Pizza lawsuit

CNET: Why the fate of online accessibility may rest with a Domino’s Pizza lawsuit. “Many websites still aren’t designed and coded so that people with disabilities, ranging from visual to auditory to cognitive, can use them. Americans with disabilities are nearly three times as likely to never go online. They’re also around 20% less likely to have home broadband and own a computer, smartphone or tablet, according to Pew Research Center. The issue is coming to a head thanks to a potential Supreme Court case involving a blind customer and an unlikely defendant: Domino’s Pizza.”

Internet Archive: The Mueller Report – Now with Linked Footnotes and Accessible.

Internet Archive: The Mueller Report – Now with Linked Footnotes and Accessible.. “The Mueller Report, orginally released as a scanned image PDF, is now available as a text-based EPUB document with 747 live footnotes and is conformant with both Web and EPUB accessibility requirements.”