Author: Katie Campbell

Getty pledges better disability representation

Media giant Getty, known worldwide for their photography which appears frequently in print and online, have announced that they have partnered with the National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) and Oath, a global technology and media company, to ensure better representation of disabled people across their images. “At a time when imagery is the most widely spoken global language, it has never been more important to produce and promote a visual language that is progressive and inclusive, and to support diverse voices in doing so,” said Rebecca Swift, Director of Visual Insights at Getty Images. “While we cannot change what...

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Microsoft unveil adaptive Xbox ONE controller

Gaming giants Microsoft have unveiled a new adaptive controller designed to work with both their Xbox One console and Windows 10. The controller is recognised as a standard controller by devices, meaning it is compatible with every game on both systems. The highly programmable controller can be further adapted in many ways: it can be used in combination with the standard Xbox gamepad, with a thumb joystick, or with pedals and buttons for those who may wish to use parts of their body other than their hands to game. It also features two large, programmable buttons, and a rechargeable...

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FinalStraw smashes Kickstarter goal

With seven days remaining in their crowdfunding campaign, the FinalStraw, the world’s first foldable metal straw, has reached its goal, with a whopping $1,247,601 (£922,164) of its $12,500 (£9,239) goal. The collapsible straw is made of steel and features medical-grade TPE tips at each end, making it completely safe to be used by anyone, and comes with its own cool case (available in one of four hilarious colours, like Shark-Butt Grey) that can attach to your keyring, making the product truly portable. Dishwasher safe, the case also features a so-called “squeegee,” a pipe cleaner-esque device that can be used...

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Lewis Hine releases new book Looking at the Stars

Global social media sensation Lewis Hine has released his new memoir, Looking at the Stars, which chronicles his life with a an ongoing illness. At 17 months, Lewis was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour and water on the brain, and his parents were told he wasn’t expected to survive. Now 17, Lewis is thriving as a disability campaigner and social media star, reaching out to other people in his situation to help them with support and guidence. The memoir chronicles his experiences daily challenges and struggles; after 13 brain surgeries and ongoing health problems, Lewis is also at...

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Revitalise praise Airbnb accessibility filters

Revitalise have praised Airbnb on the launch of their new accessibility search filters, which allow disabled users to choose accommodation which will suit their needs. After acquiring accessible accommodation platform Accomable last year, Airbnb has revealed 21 new filters which will be available for users and allow them to better tailor the experience they require from their accommodation. The filters include allowing users to search for accommodation with wide doorways, hoists, and lift access. Revitalise CEO Chris Simmonds praised the company, saying: “Revitalise wholeheartedly welcomes the move from Airbnb to launch a new range of accessible search filters. As the largest...

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