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Updated no 7 - 2020

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Are you ready for September 23? Funka is here to help!

There is a great focus on the legal requirements in Europe right now. Our clients have the same requirements but different opportunities to meet them. To best support our clients, we therefore offer products and services at different levels.

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Funka Accessibility Days 24-25 November 2020

Due to the Corona situation, the Accessibilty Days have been postponed. But in November, we will make sure the most important event of the year is happening no matter what! Let yourself be inspired by end users with disabilities revealing their personal experiences, international experts in technology, graphic design, UX and content creation giving their best pro tips and researchers sharing the latest knowledge in the field. Welcome to our world!

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Funka educates young people with disabilities

In order for more people to understand what the new legislation on digital accessibility means from a user perspective, Funka offers free education for young people with disabilities. The European Commission is funding the project.

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Funka promoted as key innovator by the European Commission

One of the research projects Funka is working in has been analysed by the Innovation Radar and Funka has been listed as key innovator together with Texthelp and the University of Linz.

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Digital payment services for everyone!

Funka has won an innovation competition with a service that will help more people use online payment services. The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority is funding the project and the Skåne County Administrative Board is our partner.

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Norwegian agency chooses Funka to test automatic translation

Does automatic translation work well enough to be used by public sector bodies? The Brønnøysund Register Centre wanted to find out and had Funka investigate the matter.

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July tip: Landmarks and ARIA

What can you as a developer do to help a screen reader user? This month, Funka's Christer Janzon gives tips to developers who want to do the right thing before 23 September.

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Three questions for Alf Lindberg, responsible for policy work at the Swedish Assocation of Hard of Hearing People, who has succeeded in making a new symbol for captioning accepted by the Swedish Standards Insitute (SIS)

Why is it important to have a symbol for captions in languages where “cc” (closed captioning) doesn’t work?

Getting the spoken word in text in real time gives hearing impaired people the opportunity to be involved in many contexts where you would otherwise be completely excluded. Lectures, video meetings, association meetings, televised press conferences, webcast council meetings - there are many use cases. A standardized symbol makes it easy to show that written interpretation exists.

How does the Federation work to ensure that the symbol is accepted internationally?

Captions are increasing in many countries. National standardisation is the first step, the next being getting the symbol accepted by the European and international standardisation organisations, CEN/CENELEC and ISO. As the symbol doesn’t use letters, it has the potential to work everywhere.

What is the most important issue for the Association of Hard of Hearing People right now?

The pandemic has shown that digital accessibility needs to be improved in many areas. There is good technology, but it must be used - healthcare must have chats and video receptions, public information such as press conferences must be subtitled in real time, the parliament and other democratic assemblies must put captions on their broadcasts.

Other news
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German grandma builds wheelchair ramps from Lego

Faced with rows of inaccessible shops and cafes, wheelchair user Rita Ebel has devised a low-tech high-fun solution - ramps made of Lego.

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Google’s AI can translate sign language into speech

Google Translate already does a pretty decent job at translating one language to another, but what about non-written methods of communication, such as sign language?

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Airbnb introduces virtual experiences for persons with disabilities

Airbnb has partnered with various organizations to launch virtual activities for guests with accessibility requirements and to educate persons about improved accessibility for communities.

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