A new year calls for new features in accessibility!
Throughout the years, industries have become more inclusive and we are grateful to be part of the advance.
I mean, can you believe that we have been making your documents compliant for nearly 30 years? We cant, either!
As we enter 2023, we recognize and thank the many organizations that have and continue to trust us as experts in document accessibility.
Now, let’s look at other organizations that are making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
Over the past year, Braille Works wasn’t the only organization putting people with disabilities first. Many organizations and individuals championed people with disabilities.
New advances in assistive technology and inclusiveness within the industry have brought accessibility front and center this year.
Apple made positive updates to the iPhone’s accessibility features. These updates include:
Netflix’s head of accessibility, Heather Dowdy, states, “I’ve been so challenged with how to take a person’s personal experience and open up access for them and more folks like them — and then for everyone.”
This challenge led her to help create detailed captions across Netflix original shows and movies. The most notable was found in season 4 of Stranger Things’ subtitles. Descriptions like [wet footsteps squelch] or [tense music intensifies] helped create an immersive atmosphere.
Dowdy’s accomplishments came by conducting focus groups involving people with disabilities, a first for Netflix. Her next endeavor is to make subtitles and audio descriptions accessible in Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and French. Her goal is to have the feature be accessible in 20 languages.
“It really is a journey and it isn’t going to be perfect – it is constant iteration.”
On December 8th, 2022, The Game Awards recognized and awarded “God of War: Ragnarök” for Innovation in Accessibility. With more than 70 options to customize the game, ALL players can have an enjoyable experience. A few of their features include:
The gaming world has seen improvement in accessibility over the past couple of years. This news only makes us more excited for the future of gaming.
We also have new businesses making a name for themselves in the world of accessibility! Companies like Seleste aim to perfect smart glasses for people with visual impairments. Its release in 2023 will offer new features that will set them apart from other smart glasses on the market. These features will include:
From well-known industries to up-and-coming businesses, we can expect great things in 2023 with these new accessibility features.
Braille Works welcomes these and many other industries that understand accessibility. We are proud of our commitment to helping others reach the same goal.
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