NTA Blog: Improving Services to Taxpayers With Visual Disabilities (National Taxpayer Advocate Blog)

National Taxpayer Advocate Blog: NTA Blog: Improving Services to Taxpayers With Visual Disabilities. “Millions of U.S. taxpayers are visually impaired and unable to read print material in a standard font size. As a result of a settlement agreement between the IRS and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) on July 10, 2020, the IRS agreed to develop a process for taxpayers to request post-filing tax notices in a variety of acceptable formats, including Braille and large print.”

Newswise: Baylor Study Combines Lithophane, 3D Printing to Enable Blind Individuals to “See” Data

Newswise: Baylor Study Combines Lithophane, 3D Printing to Enable Blind Individuals to “See” Data. “In an article published today in Science Advances, the researchers detail how they used lithophane – an old-fashioned art form – and 3D printing to turn scientific data into tactile graphics that glow with video-like resolution, enabling universal visualization of the same piece of data by both blind and sighted individuals.”

Texas A&M Today: Texas A&M Team Translates Thousands Of Pages Of Math Into Braille

Texas A&M Today: Texas A&M Team Translates Thousands Of Pages Of Math Into Braille. “When Texas A&M University Mathematics Lecturer Vanessa Coffelt wanted to further accommodate coursework for students who are blind or visually impaired, the staff at Texas A&M’s Department of Disability Resources accepted the challenge. They worked closely with the Department of Mathematics to create a Braille translation — more than 2,300 pages worth.”

New York Times: For Blind Internet Users, the Fix Can Be Worse Than the Flaws

New York Times: For Blind Internet Users, the Fix Can Be Worse Than the Flaws. “[Patrick] Perdue is one of hundreds of people with disabilities who have complained about issues with automated accessibility web services, whose popularity has risen sharply in recent years because of advances in A.I. and new legal pressures on companies to make their websites accessible.”

BusinessWire: CYBER. ORG Launches Project Access, a National Effort to Increase Access to Cybersecurity Education for Students with Disabilities (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: CYBER.ORG Launches Project Access, a National Effort to Increase Access to Cybersecurity Education for Students with Disabilities (PRESS RELEASE). “Through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Cybersecurity Education and Training Assistance Program (CETAP) grant, CYBER.ORG is pioneering a series of camps this summer in Arkansas, Maine, Virginia, and Michigan to introduce blind and vision impaired students to key cybersecurity topics, help them develop cybersecurity skills, and explore the possibility of a career in a growing industry.”

VoxLens: Adding one line of code can make some interactive visualizations accessible to screen-reader users (University of Washington)

University of Washington: VoxLens: Adding one line of code can make some interactive visualizations accessible to screen-reader users. “University of Washington researchers worked with screen-reader users to design VoxLens, a JavaScript plugin that — with one additional line of code — allows people to interact with visualizations. VoxLens users can gain a high-level summary of the information described in a graph, listen to a graph translated into sound or use voice-activated commands to ask specific questions about the data, such as the mean or the minimum value.”

XDA: Android 13 Beta 3 will bring native support for braille displays

XDA: Android 13 Beta 3 will bring native support for braille displays. “In a blog post on Thursday, Google announced that the upcoming Android 13 beta release would bring out-of-the-box support for braille display. For the unaware, a refreshable braille display is an electro-mechanic device that surfaces information by raising round-tipped pins through holes in a flat surface. It enables blind and deafblind users (who can’t use a screen reader) to access smartphones or computers.”

Chula UDC Creates QR Braille: a QR Code Locator for the Blind (Newswise)

Newswise: Chula UDC Creates QR Braille: a QR Code Locator for the Blind. “QR Braille for people with visual disabilities, adding braille beads into a frame around the QR Code, will make QR codes truly accessible to all. Ms. Suchitra Jirawanichkul, from the Center of Excellence in Universal Design, designed the QR Braille so that people can touch and spot a QR code’s position, then use a smartphone to scan for information, as well as listen to sounds. This helps increase and promote learning opportunities for those are visually impaired or blind.”

Lifehacker: How to Write Alt Text on Twitter That Doesn’t Suck

Lifehacker: How to Write Alt Text on Twitter That Doesn’t Suck. “Twitter has had the ability to add alt text to your images for years, but if you don’t use a screen reader, you probably weren’t able to read what anybody else’s alt text says. Recently, though, the ‘ALT’ icon began appearing in the corner of images, and now anyone can tap it to see the alt text for an image. So what is alt text, and what should you put there?”

Appears to say: Microsoft Edge now provides auto-generated image labels (Windows Blog)

Windows Blog: Appears to say: Microsoft Edge now provides auto-generated image labels. “Alt text is critical to making the web accessible, yet it’s often overlooked. Our data suggests that more than half of the images processed by screen readers are missing alt text. To help fill that gap, Microsoft Edge will now provide auto-generated alt text for images that do not include it. Auto-generated alt text helps users of assistive technology such as screen readers discover the meaning or intent of an images on the web.”

Laptop Magazine: Google-inspired smart glasses for the blind adds eye-catching new features — here’s how it works

Laptop Magazine: Google-inspired smart glasses for the blind adds eye-catching new features — here’s how it works. “AI-powered smart glasses, tailor-made for the blind and visually impaired, made a splash in the adaptive tech industry when Envision, an award-winning assistive technology innovator, debuted the snazzy, tech-infused eyewear at the 2020 CSUN Conference. Today, Envision announced that it packed its high-tech spectacles with brand spankin’ new, eye-catching features that will enhance the day-to-day lives of low-vision users.”