Rochester Institute of Technology: RIT/NTID wins coveted prize to create accessible books as part of global reading initiative

Rochester Institute of Technology: RIT/NTID wins coveted prize to create accessible books as part of global reading initiative . “Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of four international innovators selected to create cost-effective packages of high-quality accessible children’s books in languages children use and understand. The initiative, from All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development and the Global Book Alliance’s Begin With Books, enables the prize winners to collectively create thousands of leveled books in seven underserved spoken languages and nine sign languages, serving regions of the world where children have few or no books for preschool or kindergarten.”

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.”

PRWeb: Communication Service for the Deaf Expands “SignVote” to Empower America’s Deaf Voters for 2020 Elections

PRWeb: Communication Service for the Deaf Expands “SignVote” to Empower America’s Deaf Voters for 2020 Elections (PRESS RELEASE). “Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) announced today the expansion of its SignVote campaign designed to help inform and increase voter engagement among the deaf community throughout the 2020 elections. SignVote is a nonpartisan platform that spotlights and features accessible voter content and resources made available in American Sign Language (ASL).”

Science Bulletin: Interdisciplinary study reveals new insights into the evolution of sign languages

Science Bulletin: Interdisciplinary study reveals new insights into the evolution of sign languages. “A new study, published in Royal Society Open Science, sheds light on the origins and evolution of European sign languages. Using phylogenetic network methods to compare dozens of sign languages, the scholars identify five main European sign language lineages that dispersed to other parts of the world beginning in the late 18th century.”

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.”

Google Blog: Google Disability Support now includes American Sign Language

Google Blog: Google Disability Support now includes American Sign Language. “There are 466 million people in the world who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, and products like Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier help them communicate and interact with others. If people with disabilities need specialized technical support for Google’s products and services, they can go to Google Disability Support, and starting today, there will be American Sign Language (ASL) specialists to help people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing through video chat, with help from Connect Direct through TELUS international.”

Google Blog: Chord Assist makes playing the guitar more accessible

Google Blog: Chord Assist makes playing the guitar more accessible. “Joe Birch, a developer based in the UK, has a genetic condition that causes low vision. He grew up playing music, but he knows it’s not easy for people who have visual impairments or hearing loss to learn how to play. He wanted to change that, so he created Chord Assist, which aims to make learning the guitar more accessible for people who are blind, Deaf and mute.”

Google Blog: If it has audio, now it can have captions

Google Blog: If it has audio, now it can have captions. “With the launch of Pixel 4, Live Caption is now officially available to make digital media more accessible. With a single tap, Live Caption automatically captions videos and spoken audio on your device (except phone and video calls). It happens in real time and completely on-device, so it works even if you don’t have cell data or Wi-Fi, and the captions always stay private and never leave your phone.” There are plans to work with other Android phone manufacturers to roll out this feature to other phones besides Pixel.

Make Tech Easier: 7 of the Best Websites to Download Subtitles for Your Movies

Make Tech Easier: 7 of the Best Websites to Download Subtitles for Your Movies. “While many hate subtitles because they tend to cover some content, there are those of us who can’t watch a movie without them. Watching movies with subtitles is great because subtitles help you understand better what the actor is saying, especially when watching foreign movies or movies with a heavy accent.”

Ars Technica: Facebook’s auto-captions for a recent launch video are hilariously bad

Ars Technica: Facebook’s auto-captions for a recent launch video are hilariously bad. “An Antares rocket built by Northrop Grumman launched on Wednesday afternoon, boosting a Cygnus spacecraft with 3.4 tons of cargo toward the International Space Station. The launch from Wallops Island, Virginia, went flawlessly, and the spacecraft arrived at the station on Friday. However, when NASA’s International Space Station program posted the launch video to its Facebook page on Thursday, there was a problem. Apparently the agency’s caption service hadn’t gotten to this video clip yet, so viewers with captions enabled were treated not just to the glory of a rocket launch, but the glory of Facebook’s automatically generated crazywords.”

Mashable: Here’s how to add captions to your Instagram Stories to make them more accessible

Mashable: Here’s how to add captions to your Instagram Stories to make them more accessible. “Instagram’s Stories, for example, don’t come with closed captioning, which presents a challenge for the 466 million people in the world who are deaf or hard of hearing. But while Instagram itself has yet to provide in-app Story captioning, third party apps exist that can help you transcribe your videos and add captions at the bottom of the screen.”

World Health Organization: WHO launches the hearWHO app for mobile devices to help detect hearing loss

World Health Organization: WHO launches the hearWHO app for mobile devices to help detect hearing loss. “Ahead of the annual World Hearing Day (3 March), the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched ‘hearWHO’, a free application for mobile devices which allows people to check their hearing regularly and intervene early in case of hearing loss. The app is targeted at those who are at risk of hearing loss or who already experience some of the symptoms related to hearing loss.”

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.”

MakeTechEasier: Five Ways to Easily Convert Audio Files to Text

MakeTechEasier: Five Ways to Easily Convert Audio Files to Text. “There are so many uses out there for text-to-speech software as well as speech-to-text software. Whether you want to narrate stories, give dictation or use voice search, these apps help you do a good job. However, there are times when you need to convert an audio file to text. For example, it could be about documenting text notes of an interview or transcribing a video for uploading on YouTube. Here are a few options to help you achieve audio-to-text conversion in quick and easy steps.”