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By Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press/TNS | December 1, 2014

When Comcast rolled out its Xfinity X1 cable boxes a few years ago, customers’ viewing experience took a major leap with a more-attractive interface, easier-to-navigate menus and other on-screen cues.

But such eye candy is of limited use to Comcast users who are blind or visually impaired.

Now the cable-television provider is taking a huge step to remedy this with the “X1 Talking Guide,” which it describes as “the industry’s first voice-enabled television user interface.”

The University of Massachusetts Boston and computer giant IBM Corp. are teaming up to devise new ways for people with disabilities and the elderly to benefit from technological advancements.

Lawsuit by Four Blind Patrons Over Inaccessible E-readers Resolved

(Chronicle of Higher Education) Teaching and learning is a shared responsibility, where diversity leads to success. For accessibility to be included effectively in teaching efforts on campus, it is clear that there must be buy-in from high levels of governance.

On June 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education sent out a "Dear Colleague Letter" (DCL) to college and university presidents across the nation. The letter expressed their concern regarding the use of "electronic book readers that are not accessible to students who are blind or have low vision." More specifically they state there is "a serious problem with some of these devices [in that] they lack an accessible text-to-speech function."