Technology

Tech Innovators Honored For Helping Those With Special Needs

In an often self-absorbed Silicon Valley, a handful of entrepreneurs are being honored for working to solve problems faced by many with disabilities.

Tech Giants Team Up To Boost Accessibility

Some of the biggest names in technology are banding together with a new commitment designed to make their products more accessible for people with disabilities.

Google Putting Up Millions For Disability Initiative

Google is looking to address the needs of a billion people with disabilities worldwide and it’s putting big bucks behind the effort.

Technology Breaks Silence For Nonverbal Students

For years, educators and parents have reported promising results with iPads among kids with special needs. Now, the technology is proving useful for older students with disabilities too.

Teen Lands Venture Capital For Accessibility Device

A 13-year-old has become the world’s youngest tech entrepreneur to receive venture capital, all for a device he designed to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.

Technology Gaining Foothold In Special Education

Special education programs are increasingly relying on tablets, apps and other technology to help students with disabilities despite scant research to support the practice.

DynaVox Affiliates File For Bankruptcy

Three affiliates of DynaVox filed for bankruptcy this week, but the entity responsible for the assistive technology products long used by people with disabilities says it is unaffected.

iPads Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Speak

Kids with autism may be able to learn to speak later than previously thought and researchers say that iPads could be key.

Airlines Told To Improve Accessibility

Airlines will soon be required to improve access to their websites and airport kiosks and make other changes to better accommodate travelers with disabilities under new federal regulations.

With Talking Guide, TV Becoming More Accessible

How does a person who’s blind find what to “watch” on a TV with 200 channels and 46,000 video-on-demand choices? A Comcast executive who’s visually impaired thinks he has the answer.

Sony, Amazon Want Accessibility Exemption

Some of the biggest names in technology are asking the Federal Communications Commission for a pass when it comes to making all of their products accessible to people with disabilities.

Facebook Hate Speech Problematic, Advocates Say

Under pressure, Facebook recently said it will improve its efforts to weed out hate speech on the social network. Disability advocates say the move is long overdue.

Treatment Of Boy With Autism Prompts Facebook Uproar

When a Michigan boy with autism cried during a recent haircut, his mother reportedly got an earful from the salon owner. Now, the story has gone viral prompting a boycott of the business.

Robots Show Promise For Social Skills Development

New research suggests that robots could offer a remarkable tool to help children with disabilities master social skills.

Birthday Wish For Man With Special Needs Goes Viral

Zack Prince loves receiving snail mail. So for his birthday, Prince’s mom put out a Facebook request for cards and boy have people responded.

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