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  • IAP 2019-E1: Interview with Daniel Castro the VP of ITIF

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Jan 13, 2019 | 17:51 pm

    IAP 2019-E1: Interview with Daniel Castro the VP of ITIF In this episode:Mark and Derek interview Daniel Castro, VP of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Earlier this year ITIF published a report benchmarking federal and government sites on eight factors including accessibility, security, and mobile friendliness, among others. All three discuss the results of the study as well as reasons for the wide variabilities between the state ratings. The podcast concludes with Daniel’s broad recommendation to states for improving the accessibility of their websites. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: IAP Podcasts, Industry News, What is Web Accessibility

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  • Florida beach festival seeks to shatter misconceptions about people with disabilities

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Jan 4, 2019 | 14:14 pm

    South Beach Jazz Festival founder R. David New was sick of the stigma surrounding people with disabilities, especially in the performing arts, so he decided to do something about it. Thus, the South Beach Jazz Festival was born. All groups must have at least one person with a direct relationship with a disability, be it physical, mental, or even an illness. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, People with Disabilities

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  • The travels of the “human backpack”

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Dec 18, 2018 | 13:37 pm

    Kevan Chandler loves traveling but his spinal muscular atrophy makes it difficult: he has never been able to walk on his own and all too many destinations around the world are not wheelchair-friendly. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Assistive Technology, Industry News, Mobility Impairments

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  • British protesters rail against poor train accessibility

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Dec 6, 2018 | 13:33 pm

    According to the charity Leonard Cheshire, over 1,000 railway stations in Britain––more than 40% of the total in existence––are inaccessible to people with disabilities. In addition to this shameful figure, even determining whether the station is accessible or not is hard, which makes planning traveling extremely frustrating for those with disabilities. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, People with Disabilities

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  • Breda, Netherlands wins Europe’s 2019 Access City Award

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Dec 5, 2018 | 13:33 pm

    Breda beat out 51 other cities other cities for this coveted award, such as Évreux, France, (which chose to focus on supporting invisible disabilities) and Gydnia, Poland, which was lauded for its efforts towards including people with intellectual disabilities. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, People with Disabilities

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  • New study claims autism affects 1 out of 40 children in the United States

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Dec 4, 2018 | 13:33 pm

    Results released from a recent study conducted by the journal Pediatrics revealed that autism could potentially affect 2.5% of children in the United States. This is significantly higher than the 1.7% estimated by the CDC using 2014 data. Thomas Frazier, chief science officer of the advocacy organization Autism Speaks attributes the discrepancy to "... Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, Intellectual Disabilities, People with Disabilities

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  • Playboy becomes the latest target for an ADA-related lawsuit

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Dec 3, 2018 | 18:52 pm

    Men used to explain their interest in Playboy magazine by citing the great literary content––not the images of scantily clad women. A legally blindman, Donald Nixon, recently took that argument to the next level by filing a lawsuit against the iconic publication alleging that neither Playboy.com nor Playboyshop.com were compatible with his screenreader. It turns out Mr. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Assistive Technology, Blind, Industry News, Screen Readers

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  • Uber partners with MV Transportation for wheelchair-accessible service in six cities

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Nov 27, 2018 | 13:40 pm

    It’s illegal for taxi drivers to choose whom to transport, but that doesn’t stop them from avoiding picking up people with disabilities. Some cities offer subsidized trips for those with disabilities, but they require advance booking and take longer than a direct trip because of multiple passengers. Even ride-sharing services have had their share of growing pains, with lack of wheelchair accessible vehicles markedly increasing wait times. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, People with Disabilities

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