It's been a busy week in the news. Let's check out which stories made our Top Five list below.
The year 2016 saw an increase in focus on accessibility features to allow people with disabilities to access technology. The Microsoft Event that saw the launch of the Surface Studio on October 26, and the Apple event a day later on October 27 which saw the launch of the new Macbook Pro laptops, both opened with a video showcasing the efforts by the two companies at making their products more universally accessible. Earlier in the year, during the Facebook F8 conference, Facebook demonstrated a a new API with features for making user interfaces built using the React library more accessible to visually impaired users.
Read the full story here: http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/how-major-technology-companies-are-improving-accessibility-for-people-with-disabilities-352105.html
A Toronto teen is hoping to change the lives of visually impaired people around the world with a new app that can identify virtually any object with the quick tap of an iPhone or iPad. Anmol Tukrel, a 17-year-old grade 12 student at Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill, has always been fascinated with technology, particularly artificial intelligence. By the time he was in grade 7, he was already teaching himself how to code.
Read the full story here: https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-swift-playgrounds-voiceover-helps-blind-write-software/
Suffering from cone-rod dystrophy has prevented Everett Hiebert from being as active as he wants to be, but it hasn’t stopped him from playing the game he cherishes the most – hockey. Day to day, the Altona, Man., teenager has a hard time seeing anything past the tip of his nose. But despite the struggles that sometimes accompany his blindness, Hiebert always flashes a grin wherever he goes. That smile is at its widest when he’s able to lace up his skates and step onto the ice at the Sunflower Gardens. Now in his second year enrolled in the Hockey Canada Skills Academy at W.C. Miller Collegiate, Hiebert feels not only fortunate to be able to practice his skills, but appreciative that he gets to do what he loves.
Read the full story here: http://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/news/hcsa-student-is-more-than-meets-the-eye
While Microsoft is still months away from rolling out the Creators Update for Windows 10 in the spring of 2017, the software giant keeps pushing out details about what to expect from the update. The latest word from Microsoft now suggests the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update will help improve accessibility for the visually impaired. Some of the huge improvements coming to the Narrator tool in Windows 10 include support for Braille and new text-to-speech capabilities. The Braille input and output support will initially roll out in beta through customized Braille displays from more than 35 manufacturers. The support will pack more than 40 languages and multiple Braille variants.
Read the full story here: http://windowsreport.com/windows-10-creators-update-braille/
Every year, Maycie Vorreiter bought her high school’s yearbook and asked her friends to sign it. She could never read it herself, though, having been born blind, so her assistant or her twin brother had to read it to her. “I’ve ordered a yearbook every year, basically just to be included in the whole end-of-year yearbook signature stuff,” the California teen told The Press Democrat. So when Windsor High School’s yearbook club surprised her with a Braille yearbook, Vorreiter was thrilled that she could read her senior yearbook all on her own.
Read the full story here: https://www.the74million.org/article/ca-high-school-creates-gift-for-blind-senior-a-one-of-a-kind-braille-yearbook-she-can-read