National Federation of the Blind and Amazon reach agreement on accessible Kindles

The National Federation of the Blind and Amazon released a brief statement March 2, announcing a new initiative to “collaborate on improvements to Amazon’s education content, platforms, and application,” as well as meet on an “ongoing basis” to address the…
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Gogo to make its in-flight video services closed captioned

The National Association of the Deaf announced January 26 a first-of-its kind agreement with Gogo LLC, requiring the in-flight entertainment company to make its services accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. “This is a monumental step…
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Smartphone app identifies objects and colors for people with visual impairments

The technologically-advanced world that we live in seems to be constantly expanding – and three individuals based in northern California are working to directly contribute to that growth. Alberto Rizzolo, Marita Cheng, and Simon Edwardsson have created the smartphone application…
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DOJ again delays website accessibility regulations

The Department of Justice announced November 19 that it would put off proposing new website regulations for places of public accommodation until after the completion of President Obama’s presidency, much to the disappointment of disability advocates and business groups alike.…
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FCC moves forward on cell phone accessibility rules

The Federal Communications Commission released new rules, and proposed others, November 19, aimed at making cell phones more accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more than a decade, FCC regulations have required cell phone…
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Lawsuit prompts GSA to improve website accessibility

The General Services Administration and the American Council of the Blind announced a settlement November 12, require the government agency to overhaul its website for federal contractors. “I am very pleased that GSA is being held accountable for making…
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Adaptive PE teacher invents assistive device for children in the playground

As part of their October Bay Area Proud feature, NBC Bay Area News highlighted a teacher who is working to advance the disability rights movement through improving playground accessibility. Melissa Abadia is an Adaptive Physical Education Specialist who had an…
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Lawsuit targets inaccessible music lyrics in movies

Hollywood is under fire for failing to provide closed captioning and subtitles for music lyrics in its movies and television shows, including such blockbusters as Captain America, Skyfall, X-Men and Netflix’s House of Cards series. Filed in Los Angeles Superior…
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Amazon agrees to expand catalog of closed captioned films

The National Association of the Deaf and Amazon.com announced an agreement October 14 to expand the online retailer’s collection of film equipped with closed captioning services to more than 190,000 titles. “This is an enormous step in making online entertainment…