Over 1 Billion YouTube Videos Now Have Captions

“I envision a future where everything will be captioned, so the more than 300 million people who are deaf or hard of hearing like me will be able to enjoy videos like everyone else,” said Liat Kaver, a YouTube Product…

Netflix Adds Narration for Blind Users – Starting with Daredevil

Subtitles for the hearing impaired are commonplace in streaming media, including Netflix. But descriptive narration for the visually impaired is not nearly as ubiquitous. Netflix is taking the first steps to remedy this, announcing a new audio description feature that…

Facebook Wants Your Business To Learn From Its Accessibility Efforts

This week, Facebook announced the launch of the Accessibility Toolkit, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s efforts in product usability for the blind and vision-impaired, and offers resources for helping other companies approach the subject. “When Facebook formed…

Twitter’s Latest Acquisition Could Help Advertisers

Twitter announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Bangalore-based ZipDial in an effort to make Twitter more accessible around the world. The company says the deal “significantly” increases its investment in India where Twitter is already seeing great…

LinkedIn Adds Accessibility Features

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, LinkedIn announced a few things it’s been doing to make the social network more accessible. These include improved site navigation, improvements to interaction with the service, and the addition of image descriptions. “What…

Flipboard Gets Audio On Android Phones

Flipboard has launched an update to its Android app, which will enable users with Android smartphones to take advantage of the service’s audio category. “This means that you can now enjoy everything featured in our Audio category in the Content…

Google Talks About Its ChromeVox Accessibility Extension [Video]

Google has posted a video about ChromeVox, the company’s screen reader Chrome extension. “Unlike most accessibility software, it is built using only web technologies like HTML5, CSS and Javascript. ChromeVox was designed from the start to enable unprecedented access to…

Google Launches Much Needed Google+ Hangout Accessibility App

Google is working on making Google+ more accessible. The company announced that it is launching a new app called Hangout Captions to help inegrate live transcription into Google+ Hangouts. The following update from Google just hit Google+: Hangout Captions26 minutes…

Google Schools You On Making Your Web Apps More Accessible

Google has posted numerous sessions from Google I/O on YouTube. This one looks specifically at making your web apps more accessible: The sessions starts with testing for accessibility, followed by advanced screen reader accessibility, then ChromeVox extensions, and APIs for…

Apple Announces More Accessibility For iOS

The new iOS 6 was announced this afternoon at Apple’s Worldwide Developers conference, and the updated operating system looks to have gotten tons of new integrated features. One new feature that might be overlooked, but certainly deserves some attention, is…

Google Self-Driving Car Takes Blind Man To Taco Bell

Google uploaded a video of a self-driving car test, showing Steve Mahan, a legally blind man behind the wheel, and stopping at Taco Bell for a burrito. Google says in the video description, “We announced our self-driving car project in…

Google+ Hangouts Made More Accessible For The Blind

Mohamed Mansour, who’s actually a software engineer for RIM, has created a Chrome extension to make Google+ hangouts more accessible to blind people. It uses text to speech technology, reading content from the chat box to the user. “Today I…

Google Continues to Improve Accessibility

Earlier this week, we looked at some improvements Google made to its Hangouts feature in Google+, specifically in terms of accessibility and sign language. They improved video quality and made it so it’s easier to see signing. Google has also…

Google+ Hangouts Improve for Sign Language

Google has made some improvements to Hangouts, specifically around sign language. Google engineering director Chee Chew said in a Google+ post that Google has been “aggressively improving video quality and stability.” “It’s still a huge challenge to transmit 10 video…

IBM Looks Into Accessible Mobile Interfaces, Google Giving up on Wave?

IBM has partnered with the Industrial Design Centre at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay on mobile web research. The initiative will focus on development of new designs of mobile device interfaces that can be used by people who are semiliterate or illiterate, as well as individuals who have limited or no access to information technology.

Google Improves Chrome’s Accessibility

Unless you count the time Ford arranged for a blind man to drive a Mustang on the company’s proving grounds, speed and special nods to accessibility don’t often go together.  Today, however, Google made its speedy browser, Chrome, more accessible by introducing a new category of featured extensions.