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Alligator clips make for accessible gaming

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Two graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who live by the belief that ‘everyone is an inventor’ have come up with an invention kit that will potentially make different technologies accessible to people with a disability.

The invention kit, called MaKey MaKey, is a circuit board that can be attached to different objects through alligator clips, turning anything into a keyboard or touch pad. Posted on crowd funding website Kickstarter, MaKey MaKey can be used to create customised keyboards to surf the web, type or play games.

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Court upholds ruling against Canadian government’s website

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The Canadian government has lost its appeal against a court ruling that said its website was in breach of charter rights of people with vision disabilities.

The Federal Court of Appeal last week upheld a court decision in 2010 that said the Canadian government failed to comply with website accessibility standards when Donna Jodhan, a blind woman from Toronto, could not apply for a job through a government website or complete the 2006 census online.     


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US Government sets assistive app challenge

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A challenge announced last week by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) could see a suite of apps developed to help boost employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The goal of the app challenge is to increase employment levels for people with disabilities by promoting resources using accessible mobile technology to assist both employers and job seekers. 

Each app submitted to the challenge should achieve at least one of the following goals:

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