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Advocates demand Lyft provide similar ride share accessibility accommodations

18 Dec 2017

Toronto disability advocates are pushing Lyft match wheelchair ride share accessibility services that Uber recently rolled out. “Whether it’s Uber or a competitor, looking hard at accessibility is a vital component for any business. Regardless of who you are, you should not be restricted from a service” says Maayan Ziv, founder of accessibility-based technology firm […]

Uber has wheelchair friendly options for disabled passengers, it may not be enough

11 Dec 2017

Uber has improved its accessibility options with the adoption of its Wheelchair friendly UberWAV service, available in 27 cities and counting. Beginning in January 2016, Uber began its UberWAV program (WAV for wheelchair accessible vehicle) in Toronto. The company began to offer wheelchair accessible vehicles in limited locations by partnering with paratransit agencies, and Uber […]

Accessibility Tools with Voice Assistant Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echo, and Amazon Dot

5 Dec 2017

Popular Voice Assistant product Amazon Alexa includes several useful features for users with accessibility needs related to vision, hearing, mobility, and speech. Included in both app and the physical device, Alexa can help support users by not only controlling their appliances, but help them navigate and interract with their devices, too. Tools offered by Alexa […]

Google to remove Andriod apps that misuse Accessibility features

28 Nov 2017

Popular Android applications like LastPass and McAfee might be removed from the Google Play store because of a change in policy. Though at first glance they seem to work as intended, these applications utilize features from the Google Accessibility Services API, originally built to allow software developers to easily incorporate Accessibility affordances into their apps. […]

Airbnb to purchase Accessible Hospitality startup Accomable

21 Nov 2017

Accessibility hospitality service Accomable has been acquired by Airbnb. Accomable provides a similar service but with a focus on accessible and disability-accommodating spaces, covering over 60 countries. Accomable will phase out service and key team members will transition into the Airbnb product team, expanding their service to be more inclusive and accessible. As part of the […]

Google uses Local Guides to tell you if locations are Wheelchair Accessible

14 Nov 2017

Google Maps started displaying wheelchair accessibility data for locations at the end of 2016, but with a recent update to their Local Guides program they’re moving to a more holistic approach. By engaging with their Local Guides program you can help Google curate their search results to provide more detail on locations and identify specific accessibility […]

Twitter update increases character limit, but some users are still left out

7 Nov 2017

Social media platform Twitter recently updated their service to display messages of 280 characters. Product Manager Aliza Rosen explains this update is meant to build a better user experience, in a blog post she details: “Historically, 9% of Tweets in English hit the character limit. This reflects the challenge of fitting a thought into a […]

It’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

18 May 2017

Join us in Celebrating Inclusivity and Diversity Did you know that Thursday, May 18 2017, is the sixth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)? Today we celebrate diversity and recognize the technological achievements made to build a more inclusive internet. By embracing assistive technology, utilizing robust UI/UX testing, and making web brand considerations, we’re able to build websites […]

Is Japan the Most Accessible Country?

7 Apr 2017

Traveling to another country can be a nerve wracking experience for even the most seasoned adventurers. Now imagine doing it with a vision and hearing impairment. Recently Cristina Hartmann did so while spending two and a half weeks in Japan, the last destination on her 4-month trip around the world. She tells her story on the […]