Curated Accessibility News

These are the news items that I have curated during the monitoring of the API space that have some relevance to the Accessibility conversation and I wanted to include in my research. I am using all of these links to better understand how the space is defining not just their APIs, but their schema, and other moving parts of their API operations.

Lego offers instructions for visually impaired builders (08-28-2019)
Splunk Moves into Microservices Monitoring with SignalFX Acquisition (08-21-2019)
Google Docs 'live edits' feature helps the visually impaired (08-21-2019)
New Los Angeles County voting system highlights trade offs between security and accessibility (08-20-2019)
Report: Majority of websites are inaccessible to blind users (08-15-2019)
UK High Court rejects human rights challenge to bulk snooping powers (07-29-2019)
Google is phasing out the old Voice Search in favor of Assistant (07-28-2019)
Google will give 100,000 Home Minis to people with paralysis (07-26-2019)
Microsofts Code Jumper makes programming physical for children with visual impairments (01-22-2019)
A Guide to Software Engineering for the Visually Impaired (10-28-2018)
Price hike to Google Maps API could hit some brokerages hard (05-04-2018)
Google Maps launches a 'wheelchair accessible' option for 6 cities (03-16-2018)
Google Maps can now create transit routes that take wheelchair accessibility into account (03-15-2018)
Airbnb makes service more accessible to people with disabilities (03-15-2018)
FCC extends waiver for video game accessibility for the last time (12-28-2017)
Facebook improves how blind can "see" images using AI (12-19-2017)
Facebook's new facial recognition efforts help blind users know exactly who's in photos (12-19-2017)
Hulu sued for not offering audio service for blind customers (11-21-2017)
Talend Boosts Data Sharing Capabilities With Acquisition Of API Technology Developer Restlet (11-21-2017)
Airbnb buys Airbnb for disabled people startup Accomable in accessibility upgrade (11-16-2017)
Accessibility Services: What they are and why Google is cracking down on their misuse (11-15-2017)
Mapbox API Consumption Soars as Developers Demand More (09-12-2017)
Google Maps is getting friendlier to people with wheelchairs (09-07-2017)
Uber is getting sued by disability advocates again (07-18-2017)
A lawsuit filed in NYC claims Uber is in violation of human rights laws (07-18-2017)
Planet, People and Pixels: A Data Pipeline to link Planet API to Google Earth Engine (07-10-2017)
Pinterest head of design on accessibility through better design (07-10-2017)
Help improve Google Maps by adding accessibility info for your favorite spots (07-06-2017)
Google Maps crowdsources info for wheelchair (07-06-2017)
Google Maps is making it easier to flag if places are wheelchair (07-06-2017)
Accessibility and communication apps take FCC honors (06-13-2017)
Facebook Live introduces closed captions for deaf and hard of hearing users (06-06-2017)
API Document Generators Can Fall Woefully Short on Meeting Accessibility Guidelines (06-05-2017)
How to Document an API with Swagger UI (06-04-2017)
MIT develops a vibrating wearable to help people with visual impairments navigate (06-02-2017)
Voiceitt lets people with speech impairments use voice (06-01-2017)
The Dot Braille Smartwatch | Reading Time And Texts By Touch (03-22-2017)
Accessibility Standards Get a Much-Needed Refresh (03-14-2017)
How Blind People See the iPhone With Their Fingers (03-11-2017)
How iBeacons could help blind people navigate roadworks (02-23-2017)
Accessibility features on the Roku platform (02-02-2017)
A group of Google employees spent their '20% time' making Google Maps wheelchair-friendly (GOOG) (12-15-2016)
Accessibility Gotchas at Duo (10-14-2016)
Securing the right to read for the visually impaired (09-30-2016)
FCC approves real-time text proposal to aid people with disabilities (04-28-2016)
From Nieman Reports: Why your news site should be more readable for the visually impaired (04-06-2016)
Twitter Enables Visually Impaired People To Feel Images (03-30-2016)
Accessible images for everyone (03-29-2016)
Twitter makes images better for the visually impaired (03-29-2016)
Facebook outfits React with Accessibility API (11-24-2015)
Using Section 508 Guidance to Improve the Accessibility of Government Services (06-05-2015)
Facebook Scrambles to Meet Security and Accessibility Needs (04-13-2015)
Working Toward An API Definition Driven, SEO, and Section 508 Compliant API Documentation Interface (04-09-2015)
Accessibility APIs: A Key To Web Accessibility (03-16-2015)
Accessibility Is (Not) Scary (02-20-2015)

These are curated as part of my daily work to understand what is happening across the space, and I regularly use them to track on what has occurred overtime, and include them in my guides, whitepapers, and other outputs.

Featured Accessibility Companies and Organizations

These are the organizations I come across in my research who are doing interesting things in the API space. They could be companies, institutions, government agencies, or any other type of organizational entity. My goal is to aggregate so I can stay in tune with what they are up to and how it impacts the API space.

Other Accessibility Companies and Organizations

These are additional companies who have APIs, but do not have as much detaila nd resources available to rank with the others.