The journey towards inclusivity and accessibility continues to gain momentum as we enter the second half of the year. May has brought forth remarkable developments, including notable appointments, groundbreaking tech innovations, and exciting expansions in the entertainment industry. Let’s delve into the latest highlights that are driving positive change for the disability community.
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May welcomed the confirmation of Glenna Wright-Gallo as the Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education. With an extensive background in supporting students with disabilities, Glenna’s commitment to improving outcomes and meeting the needs of the special education community is set to make a significant difference.
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Tech Innovations for Accessibility:
Innovation took center stage as Apple introduced new software features slated for release later this year. These features cater to cognitive, speech, and vision accessibility, empowering users with inclusive solutions. From the groundbreaking “Personal Voice” that allows individuals at risk of losing their ability to speak to create a voice that sounds like their own, to “Live Speech” for typing to speech functionality and “Assistive Access” streamlining the user interface, Apple is aiming to drive accessibility forward.
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In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 18th, Netflix unveiled its “Celebrating Disability with Dimension” collection. This collection showcases a diverse range of series and films that tell stories of individuals living with disabilities. Newly added titles such as “I Used to Be Famous” and “True Spirit” join beloved favorites like “Love on the Spectrum” and “Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” further enriching the landscape of inclusive entertainment.
May 2023 has been a month of significant advancements in the realm of disability news. Stay in the loop with future disability news! Sign up for our newsletter to receive regular updates on the latest advancements, inspiring stories, and inclusive initiatives. Together, we can create a more accessible and inclusive world.