Since the first announcement of Google Glass, tech junkies have been intrigued by its possibilities. The accessibility community especially is interested in what it could mean to helping those with disabilities. When Google Glass unveiled its Explorer campaign, inviting people to apply for the chance to be among the first users, over 145,000 people responded to the #ifihadglass hashtag, explaining just what they would do… Continue Reading Google Glass: Accessibilty for the Deaf?
Local establishments in one DC neighborhood are taking customer service to a whole new level by taking measures to ensure an accessible experience. DC's H Street district is home to Gallaudet University, the world's largest higher education institution designed for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. A recent Washington Post article, "DC's H Street Embedded With Deaf Culture", discussed the ways local businesses… Continue Reading Accessible Businesses Thrive in DC Neighborhood
Layers Upon Layers Fans of Arrested Development rejoiced recently at the long-awaited release of season 4, available exclusively from Netflix. The widely hailed comedy series was cancelled in 2006 by Fox but reached cult status via DVD sales and digital streaming. Netflix revived the series and all 15 episodes of the new season were made available for download on May 26th. Since the release, many… Continue Reading Closed-Caption Viewers Find More Laughs in Arrested Development
The Royal Treatment More and more companies are recognizing the importance of making their content accessible to customers regardless of ability. This trend towards accessibility has now gone Hollywood: Regal Cinemas, the largest movie theater chain in the United States, is rolling out assistive technology glasses nationwide. Sony Entertainment Access Glasses are a breakthrough technology which enables instant closed-captioning as well as an audio headset… Continue Reading Coming soon to a theater near you: Accessibility!
Radio for All The first radio program to use a new radio captioning technology broadcast to more than 100 public radio stations using the Latino USA program for the first time on February 22. Captioned-radio broadcasts allow an audience of nearly 7 million people in the United States who are deaf and hard of hearing to "listen" to the radio. Towson University associate professor Ellyn… Continue Reading Closed Captioned Radio for the Deaf Now Available
It's not often a sign language interpreter gets publicity for their work, but in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, American Sign Language Interpreter Lydia Callis got a great deal of unexpected attention. In addition to a spoof on Saturday Night Live (SNL), her work as New York City Mayor Bloomberg's interpreter was covered by NYMag, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times, to name… Continue Reading Lydia Callis, ASL Hero