Slate: How Algorithmic Bias Hurts People With Disabilities

Slate: How Algorithmic Bias Hurts People With Disabilities. “A hiring tool analyzes facial movements and tone of voice to assess job candidates’ video interviews. A study reports that Facebook’s algorithm automatically shows users job ads based on inferences about their gender and race. Facial recognition tools work less accurately on people with darker skin tones. As more instances of algorithmic bias hit the headlines, policymakers are starting to respond. But in this important conversation, a critical area is being overlooked: the impact on people with disabilities.”

The Next Web: Visual accessibility will be a priority in 2020 — here’s how to adapt your site

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!

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.”

Library of Congress: New Endowment to Support National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

Library of Congress: New Endowment to Support National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. “The Library of Congress today announced a major endowment in support of the work of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). Established by Susan D. Diskin in honor of her late mother, the Tiby Diskin Memorial Fund will provide resources for the Library to expand its services to individuals with visual impairments and other print disabilities.”

ScienceBlog: Interactive Game For Kids With And Without Disabilities

ScienceBlog: Interactive Game For Kids With And Without Disabilities. “The goal of iGYM, an augmented reality game system created by a team of University of Michigan researchers led by Roland Graf, associate professor at U-M’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, is to create a truly inclusive environment for children to play and exercise together.”

The Better India: Pune MIT Alumni Turn College Project Into Startup That Impacts 12000+ Deaf Users

The Better India: Pune MIT Alumni Turn College Project Into Startup That Impacts 12000+ Deaf Users. “While the WHO estimates that there are at least 63 million people in India who live with significant hearing loss, India’s National Association of the Deaf, estimates that 18 million people—roughly 1 per cent of the Indian population—are deaf. Whatever the numbers may be, it is a struggle for the deaf to access appropriate education in India, and the learning gap that begins in childhood continues during the formative years and even beyond.”

The Art Newspaper: How to make museums more accessible for disabled people? Ask them

The Art Newspaper: How to make museums more accessible for disabled people? Ask them. “Museums can be hostile places for disabled visitors, with buildings that are hard to navigate by wheelchair and exhibits presented with few concessions to those with sensory or cognitive impairments. But a handful of European institutions have conducted access studies that promise to transform this dispiriting experience, drawing on expert advice from participants with diverse lived experiences of disability.”