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Many people with sweaters and jackets walk on a street
 

Last Thursday, Google released a new version of Google Maps developed by and for People with Visual Impairment. This new version includes detailed audible walking directions for people with visual impairment.

Eyes of a girl looking at the distance.
 

Comcast is offering a new fantastic accessibility feature for people with limited mobility . Its new remote control allows viewers to change the channel with their eyes, set a recording, search for a show and more.

A light bulb powered on rests over a wood surface
 

Last night during the M-Enabling Summit the FCC's Chairman, Ajit Pai, announced the winners of this year's Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility. These awards provide the opportunity to give recognition to notable innovations, improvements, and initiatives in accessibility that were introduced into the market during 2019.

Gold medal with a number 1 in relief
 

Last week the winners of the Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility (AAA) were recognized at an awards ceremony in Arlington, VA. The 4 winners are all very exciting technologies that benefit people with vision impairment, hearing impairment, cognitive disabilities and even for those learning English as a Second Language. Let's take a look at this year's winners.

Eclipse. The dark moon covers the sun leaving only visible a ring of fire.
 

Not being able to see is not an excuse to miss the upcoming eclipse. NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium created the Eclipse Soundscapes Project, which will allow people to experience the eclipse in a different way. It will include “audio descriptions of the eclipse in real time, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app that will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch.” Isn’t it awesome

YouDescribe symbol.
 

The public beta of the new YouDescribe platform was released on May 18th. The team at YouDescribe has been working very hard for months to create this new version of their describing platform for YouTube videos.

Partido de fútbol americano.  Graderías llenas de gente. Subtítulo: Audiencia gritando.
 

On March 23rd, YouTube launched its improved automatic captioning system that now includes sound effects. This first release of their new system includes the following sounds: [APPLAUSE], [MUSIC] and [LAUGHTER].

Several icons (laptop, shopping cart, etc) float on a white background
 

The first draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 was published on February 28th by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and is available for comments until the end of this month.

Icons on a TV screen. Some of them are Netflix, YouTube and Pandora
 

The deadline to implement the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) accessibility requirements for controls, menus, and program guides for TVs, set-top boxes and other devices was reached on December 20th.