Make: Learn How To Design And Print Assistive Devices With This Free Course

Make: Learn How To Design And Print Assistive Devices With This Free Course. “Items like can openers, easy to grip door handles, and other simple tools can make a massive difference in people’s lives. With modern 3D printing, creating a custom tool for someone that does exactly what they need is incredibly easy, or at least it can be. PrintLab and Makers Making Change have partnered to put out this free course in designing and printing assistive devices, complete with tips on design and even tips on how to interact with someone who you’re helping (the most important tip? Listen to them).”

Engadget: Trump administration may monitor social media to catch disability fraud (updated)

Engadget: Trump administration may monitor social media to catch disability fraud (updated). “If you’re claiming disability benefits, a latergram of you hiking or going out dancing could soon get you in trouble. A proposed Trump administration rule would allow agency officials to snoop on the social media accounts of Social Security disability recipients. The White House is working with the Social Security Administration to propose a new rule that allow for social media monitoring in order to crack down on fraud, reports the New York Times.”

TechCrunch: Official emoji debut for disabled folks, service dogs, waffles and more

TechCrunch: Official emoji debut for disabled folks, service dogs, waffles and more . “A gaggle of new emoji have just been approved by the Unicode Consortium, meaning they’ll be standard across any platforms that choose to support them. This batch includes some much-needed representation for people with various disabilities, new animals from guide dogs to otters, food and many more objects.”

CNET: Google’s Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier aim to help the hard of hearing

CNET: Google’s Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier aim to help the hard of hearing. “Google wants to make Android phones powerful tools for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. On Monday, the search giant released two new services, Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier, aimed at helping people who have trouble hearing communicate more easily.”

Wired: Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Wired: Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible. “To be blind on the internet, at its worst, is to be told that you are a liar. ‘Every time I say I’m visually impaired,’ says Casey Greer. ‘someone will try to shut me down, saying “Well then how did you type this comment?!” It feels silly that in 2019, I always have to explain that blind people use and love the internet just as much as anybody else.’ The antidote? YouTube’s thriving community of blind creators, which includes Greer.”

Website Accessibility & the Law: Why Your Website Must Be Compliant (Search Engine Journal)

Search Engine Journal: Website Accessibility & the Law: Why Your Website Must Be Compliant. “Most countries provide laws protecting the civil rights of disabled persons for homes, parks, businesses, and educational facilities. What is not universal is website accessibility. The internet provides global access to information, stores, education, financial institutions, audio, and video, but often remains restricted or dependent on assistive devices for millions of people to gain unhindered access. Fortunately, there are standards in place that unifies development and allows the world to use web-based solutions with universally accepted protocols. We know these standards as the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Maps Now Provides Accessibility Information for Over 40 Million Places

Search Engine Journal: Google Maps Now Provides Accessibility Information for Over 40 Million Places. “Google has announced that Maps now provides accessibility information for more than 40 million listings. The company attributes this accomplishment to an initiative launched last year.”