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Google Maps Enhances Accessibility with New Features for Users with Disability

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By Laetitia L. Thompson, Senior Digital Content Editor at the Centre for Accessibility, Australia

In a significant move toward enhanced accessibility, Google Maps introduces new features designed to simplify navigation for users with disability. These updates include wheelchair-accessible walking routes and Live View improvements tailored for users who are blind or with low vision. A notable addition is the introduction of an identity attribute label for disabled-owned businesses, represented by a distinctive blue and yellow icon on Maps and Search business pages.

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Accessibility December 2023

Celebrating Success: Gala Dinner, 2023 Australian Access Awards.

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In a night filled with recognition, applause, and a celebration of digital inclusivity, the Centre for Accessibility Australia orchestrated a triumphant Gala Dinner celebrating the 2023 Australian Access Awards. Whether you were basking in the ambiance of ANZAC House or virtually joining the festivities from the comfort of your home (as did Jennifer), we extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who contributed to making this evening an unforgettable success.

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Amazon Unveils Latest Accessibility Features: Eye Gaze on Alexa and Call Translation.

By Laetitia L. Thompson, Senior Digital Content Editor at the Centre for Accessibility, Australia.

Amazon, with its latest 2023 Devices Event, have unveiled two innovative accessibility features set to enhance the user experience on its devices.

The first, known as “Eye Gaze on Alexa,” marks a significant step forward in inclusivity.

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Innovative QR Codes Transform Packaging Accessibility for People Who Are Blind or with Low Vision.

By Laetitia L. Thompson, Senior Digital Content Editor at the Centre for Accessibility, Australia.

A pioneering solution is transforming packaging accessibility for individuals who are blind or with low vision. Developed by UK-based Zappar, these groundbreaking QR codes are tailored to provide essential product information with ease. These specialised ‘accessible QR codes’ have made their debut on UK store shelves, marking the collaboration of technology and social responsibility.

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Google Introduces Image-to-Text Feature for Enhanced Accessibility in Chrome on ChromeOS.

By Laetitia L. Thompson, Senior Digital Content Editor at the Centre for Accessibility, Australia.

Google has unveiled a new image-to-text feature in Chrome on ChromeOS. This functionality aims to assist screen readers in working with PDFs, particularly when images lack alt-text descriptions. With the ability to analyze image contents and convert text saved as an image back into machine-accessible text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, this feature enables users who are blind or with low vision, to access PDF content more effectively.

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Scott’s Accessibility Update

Dr Scott Hollier

New International Plain Language Standard being Introduced

A major challenge in reading information online is the use of language. With new terms and acronyms it can seem like things are getting more complicated all the time. Fortunately on 20 June a new international plain language standard will be released which can help make the web an easier to understand place.

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Scott’s Accessibility Update

Dr Scott Hollier

Accessible Gaming

Many of our children and grandchildren often tell us how much they enjoy gaming online. Whether it’s using a video game console, a powerful Windows PC or casual gaming on a mobile phone or tablet, it has definitely got their attention. Seniors often ask themselves if this is an area where they can join in, and this is even more true of seniors with disabilities.

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CSUN Accessibility Conference

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Exciting Highlights from CSUN, the World’s Largest Assistive Technology Conference.

By Laetitia L. Thompson, Senior Digital Content Editor at the Centre for Accessibility, Australia.

The California State University, Northbridge Centre of Disabilities (CSUN), once again held its annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference this month in California at the Anaheim Marriott.

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