Author Archives: Jim Tobias

Updates on Section 508

The Access Board has approved its revised rule for Section 508; final review by OMB will soon be followed by publishing the new regulations. The Information Technology Industry Council is updating its Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) to reflect the new rule … Continue reading

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How About Some Better Stats for Accessible Technology?

We’ve got a great opportunity to improve our understanding of the ICT needs and preferences of people with disabilities: the US federal government is performing a study of computer and Internet use, and the time is right to widen the … Continue reading

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US Department of Labor Launches New Accessibility Resource

The US Department of Labor’s Office on Disability Employment Policy has launched a new online resource called the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT). The PEAT website gives employers, ICT providers, and employees/applicants with disabilities a way to move forward … Continue reading

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NIST Project on Cloud Computing Accessibility

Inclusive Technologies has a new role in a new project at the National Institute on Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST, as technology guide for the federal government, is developing standards for cloud computing. Part of that work requires attention to accessibility. We’re … Continue reading

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New Chrome Extension Does Image Magic With Text

Project Naptha can recognize the text found inside images and expose it for normal uses, such as copying and pasting, or routing to a screen reader. Pretty amazing. This could transform how scanned PDFs are handled for accessibility, and lower the … Continue reading

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Audio Aware App Amplifies Alerts, Alarms, Accidents

Say you’re walking down the street, distractedly listening to the music on your mobile device, just about to step off the curb. Wouldn’t you want to be aware of any nearby sirens or alarms going off? One Llama has developed … Continue reading

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