Sky News: Online abuse of those with disabilities increases more than 50 percent during lockdown

Sky News: Online abuse of those with disabilities increases more than 50 percent during lockdown. “According to Freedom of Information data requested from 39 police forces in England and Wales by charities Leonard Cheshire and United Response, there were 9,200 disability hate crimes reported to police in 2020-21, both online and in person. Of those, 44% were classed as ‘violent’, involving assault or possession of weapons, up 4.4% from the previous 12 months. But with lockdowns forcing people to stay at home for much of the year, it was in online abuse that the biggest increase was seen with 981 cases, up 52% on 2019-20.”

Sarasota Tribune: Sarasota special-needs mom goes viral on TikTok, sparks positive gamer movement

Sarasota Tribune: Sarasota special-needs mom goes viral on TikTok, sparks positive gamer movement. “A Sarasota mother and a dog food factory worker from Pennsylvania have teamed up to create a safe haven for children with disabilities to play video games online. Fed up with her special-needs son being ignored, Linda Espada sparked the movement after a TikTok rant went viral.”

PR Newswire: accessiBe, The Web Accessibility Market Leader, Announces New Search Engine accessFind to Help People with Disabilities Find Accessible Websites (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: accessiBe, The Web Accessibility Market Leader, Announces New Search Engine accessFind to Help People with Disabilities Find Accessible Websites (PRESS RELEASE). “Through partnerships with organizations including United Spinal Association, Columbia Lighthouse For The Blind (CLB), The Viscardi Center, The IMAGE Center of Maryland, Earle Baum Center of the Blind, Determined2Heal, Senspoint, and others, accessFind will be the first search engine designed to enhance how people with disabilities navigate the internet through the creation of an accessible-friendly index of websites.”

Stuff New Zealand: Google blocks ads for disability documentaries, labelling them ‘shocking content’

Stuff New Zealand: Google blocks ads for disability documentaries, labelling them ‘shocking content’. “An Auckland production company is calling on Google and YouTube to change their ad policies after adverts for documentaries about medical conditions and people with disabilities were blocked for breaching rules around ‘shocking content’.”

USA Today: My brother has daily seizures. COVID-19 restrictions are making him sicker.

USA Today: My brother has daily seizures. COVID-19 restrictions are making him sicker.. “My brother has seizures every day. Sometimes focal ones, where his eyes dart back and forth like he’s rapidly scanning a novel. But lately, they’ve become more violent as my brother’s routine, so tethered to his mental and physical health, has been suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic. The novel coronavirus has seen hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities removed from their routines and become more isolated. In some cases, the disruption has contributed to them becoming sicker.”

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.”