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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…
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Making gardening accessible through new inventions

A gardening tool is currently being used as an assistive device for blind people. The invention is called Seed and Weed, and was created by Earl Senchuk, who has also invented several other gardening tools. ABC 10 News spoke with…
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You can now buy Princess Ariel decorations for your hearing device

Most people have felt the fear of being ‘different’ at some point in their life. As adults, we learn that differences are often the parts of our lives or personalities that make us fun and interesting. As children, however, it…
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How everyday technology can be adapted to make independent living possible – the life and times of Richard Devylder

This month the community of people with disabilities lost a valued member and friend to many. Called “a long time disability advocate and former appointee at the U.S. Department of Transportation,” by the National Council on Disability, Richard Devylder…
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National Federation of the Blind slams proposed education contract with Amazon

In letters sent to the New York City Department of Education on August 7 and August 13, the National Federation of the Blind criticized a proposed contract with Amazon Digital Services that would provide inaccessible e-readers to students. At…