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Ethiopian Federation of Persons with Disabilities
Location: Ethiopia
Abstract:

The Ethiopian Federation of Persons with Disabilities (EFPD) and the Tigray Disabled Veterans Association (TDVA), in cooperation with the Ireland-funded International Labor Organization (ILO), are working with women with disabilities and mothers of children with disabilities in Ethiopia to provide entrepreneurial assistance for economic empowerment. Based on analyzed case studies, the organizations developed basic business skills training workshops, follow-up business advisory services, and programs to improve access to credit. The initiative has not only been successful in assisting and empowering women with disabilities to be small business owners, but it has also significantly promoted awareness in the region about the abilities and potential of women with disabilities.



Website: Ethiopian Federation of Persons with Disabilities
Practitioner Name: Mr Alemayehu Teferi
Practitioner Tel: +251-111-555158
Practitioner E-mail: efpd@ethionet.et

EZ Access
Location: United States
Abstract:

EZ Access® is a simple set of interface enhancements which can be applied to existing electronic products and devices to increase accessibility. EZ Access enhancements can be applied to a wide range of interactive electronic systems – from public information and transaction machines, such as kiosks, to personal handheld devices like cellular phones. By using EZ Access, developers can create products and devices that are more usable in a wider range of environments and contexts. The blue diamond EZ Help button only appears on devices that have approved implementations of access features and techniques belonging to the EZ Access system.



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• Nominations Open for U.S. FCC Chairman’s Award for Advancement in Accessibility (AAA)

• UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Address

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Website: EZ Access
Practitioner Name: n/a
Practitioner Tel: +1-608-263-2500
Practitioner E-mail: EZ@trace.wisc.edu

Full Access Through Technology
Location: United Kingdom
Abstract:

FATT or Full Access through Technology, is a program which works to make more effective use of interpreters for the deaf. Since there is just one interpreter for every 140 deaf persons in the United Kingdom, FATT seeks to leverage emerging technology to maximize this finite commodity. The project hopes to set up a system for locating and booking an interpreter that is more than ad-hoc, by establishing an emergency call-out system and central administration. By using a bespoke database and a messaging system, a uniform method of booking is possible. The project is being carried out by Just Communication.


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• Nominations Open for U.S. FCC Chairman’s Award for Advancement in Accessibility (AAA)

• UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Address

• Access Israel’s International Convention on “Accessibility for All in the Technological & Digital Era", Tel Aviv, Israel


Website: Full Access Through Technology
Practitioner Name: Mr Richard Weaver
Practitioner Tel: +44-1527-582080
Practitioner E-mail: richard.weaver@justcommunication.co.uk

GameON
Location: United Kingdom
Abstract:

The British-based Ace Center Advisory Trust has developed a program called GameON!, which gives children with disabilities the ability to play computer and video games in the same way that their friends without disabilities do. GameON! provides accessibility information on games, adapts them for use by children with disabilities, and offers support and information about parallel technologies, such as joysticks, rollerballs, speech recognition software, etc.

The principal issue with the gaming software that is currently on the market is that, before purchase, insufficient information is available about the level of the game's accessibility. As such, many consumers are forced to buy the game, only to subsequently realize that it is missing functions necessary for a disabled child's use.

GameON!'s service is centered around a website which contains a huge database of accessibility information on pre-existing games and numerous downloadable games specifically formatted for use by children with certain disabilities, as well as reviews of games and devices written by the GameON! team and by the users themselves. GameON! was designed as a three-year initiative (from 2004-2007) and remains active thanks to donations from individuals and organizations. Responsibility of the project is now handed over to the new charitable organisation, SpecialEffect.



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Website: GameON
Practitioner Name: n/a
Practitioner Tel: 01608-811909 or 0791-807-7177
Practitioner E-mail: info@specialeffect.org.uk
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Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL)
Location: United States
Abstract:

The GDRL is a joint initiative of the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project. The project is a global effort to enable disability rights advocates to transform society. The GDRL team is working to build a large collection of digital knowledge on disability rights and related topics for its library. This library will be an enhanced version of WiderNet’s eGranary Digital Library, an off-line information storage and collaboration platform that provides Internet-like access to digital resources without requiring Internet connectivity.  

An eGranary is a 2-terabyte server or hard drive about the size of a paperback book that contains many websites, electronic publications and videos, and other materials. The eGranary can be connected to a single desktop or laptop computer, to a LAN network to be shared with a university, or even connected to a wireless router to function as a free public wireless library for an entire community. People with disabilities in developing countries are a crucial audience for the GDRL. To accommodate a wide range of needs, the GDRL will include open source software to meet the accessibility needs of people with a wide range of disabilities. For example, screen readers for people with print disabilities and software designed for people with mobility impairments. We welcome suggestions for additional accessibility software programs to include in the GDRL.

The GDRL may be deployed in a wide range of contexts, including at disabled people’s organizations (DPOs), universities, government agencies, and other places. Users will include people with all disabilities, policy makers, government personnel, employers, students, educators, businesses, and families of people with disabilities.



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• USICD Gala Dinner Honoring Professor Gerard Quinn, Global Disability Rights Champion, Washington, D.C., USA


Website: Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL)
Practitioner Name: Ms Andrea Shettle
Practitioner Tel: +1-202-347-0102
Practitioner E-mail: info@usicd.org

House of Windows
Location: Israel
Abstract:

Historically, being a person with a disability in Israel has meant extremely limited access to accessible technology, including access to Internet-based resources. In 2004, Microsoft launched the “House of Windows” program in Israel to make existing community technology centers (CTCs) accessible for persons with disabilities. The program outfits these existing centers with the technology (i.e. special hardware to promote comfort, software for those with visual or hearing disabilities, etc.), and computer and Internet training programs which provide individuals with disabilities access to technology that had previously never been available to them.

Open to the public and serving individuals with a wide range of disabilities – from autism to physical and age-induced handicaps – the centers have provided hundreds of citizens with the skills and knowledge to participate effectively in modern society. Currently in five CTCs throughout the country, Microsoft provides funding and software while partnering with Access Israel and the Israel Association of Community Centers to aid the estimated 13% of the population with disabilities.



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• Launch of UNICEF Flagship Report: State of the World’s Children 2013, New York, USA


Website: House of Windows
Practitioner Name: n/a
Practitioner Tel: +972-57-239239
Practitioner E-mail: hadar@aisrael.org

HumanWare's Trekker
Location: United States
Abstract:

Built from a concept originally conceived by the European Space Association, HumanWare’s Trekker is a revolutionary new travel tool for the blind that uses GPS and talking menus to give directions, pinpoint user location, and provide real-time information on surroundings. The Trekker is the first GPS-based product to offer digital maps to the visually impaired in a fully portable application. The device is made up of a lightweight pocket PC comfortably worn over the shoulder on a strap. It announces the names of streets, intersections, addresses, stores, businesses, restaurants, and area attractions as they come up. There is also a search function and a “where am I?” key that can pinpoint one’s location. The Trekker even warns of dead ends and allows the user to take notes through a built-in microphone or Braille entry, which are then stored for future reference. The Trekker is the most widely used GPS system for the blind today.



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• 2016 World Blind Union (WBU) / International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) General Assembly, Orlando, FL, USA


Website: HumanWare's Trekker
Practitioner Name: n/a
Practitioner Tel: +1-925-680-7100
Practitioner E-mail: us.info@humanware.com

Inception Workshop on Disability
Location: India
Abstract:

The first ever Inception Workshop on Disability took place on the 2nd of May, 2003 at the MCR HRD Institute (Dr Marri Channa Reddy Human Resource Development Institute) in Hyderabad, India. This workshop brought together a total of 63 participants, including District Project Managers of Disability in the Velugu Districts (the largest poverty project in India), representatives from local NGOs chosen by the regions, and 18 selected leaders with disabilities from Kosgi, Karimnagar, and Hyderabad.

The workshop evolved as a forum for the discussion of social problems for individuals with disabilities and their families. A need for a state-run program on disability was overwhelmingly noted – whether in the form of social mobilization or rehabilitation services. The key tenet of self-advocacy by persons with disabilities and their families was particularly encouraged.

Shri Heeralal Samaria, the Chief Executive Officer of the Indian Administration Service, opened the conference by emphasizing the Service’s dedication to the promotion of the welfare of persons with disabilities and to that of their families through employment, inclusive building strategies, and the promotion of community-based rehabilitation programs to promote the basic livelihoods of persons with disabilities.



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• IEEE Workshop on Multimodal and Alternative Perception for Visually Impaired People (MAP4VIP), San Jose, USA


Website: Inception Workshop on Disability
Practitioner Name: n/a
Practitioner Tel: +91-40-23298981
Practitioner E-mail: casestudies@g3ict.com

LIA - Libri Italiani Accessibili (Italian Accessible Books)
Location: Italy
Abstract:

LIA is a project coordinated by the Italian Publishers’ Association, through its service company Ediser, and is funded by the Italian Ministry for Culture.

The project aims at creating a service to increase the availability of e-books for blind and visually impaired readers, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by technologies.

The main goal of the project is promoting a cultural change in the way all the actors involved in the publishing value chain deal with the issue of accessibility. One of the fundamental elements distinctive of the LIA project is the promotion of dialogue and collaboration among the different actors of the publishing value chain, aimed at favoring a substantial improvement of the present situation. The project foresees the collaboration of the main organization representing visually impaired people, in particular the Italian Blind Union and the Istituto per i Ciechi Cavazza.

The efforts of the LIA project are focused on the following aspects: 

  • the promotion all over the publishing value chain of attention to the issue of accessibility, realizing a model for production, cataloguing and distribution of accessible e-books based on the adoption of the EPUB standard and integrating accessibility as much as possible within the present production and distribution flows of traditional publishing industry; 
  • the creation of an online bookstore allowing blind and visually impaired readers to search a catalogue of accessible titles and purchase them through the participating online stores;  
  • grant that bibliographic information of accessible titles is present in the main online bookstores, thanks to the use of the accessibility code list 196 of the Onix standard metadata and their integration in the catalogue of books in trade; 
  • Analyze and certifiy the accessibility of the e-books assigning a specific LIA label to all accessible titles to make them identifiable in the distribution channels used for ebooks
  • Create awareness and knowledge on the relevance of accessibility and on the advantaged of new e-ereading technologies respectively among publishing value chain and visual impaired people
Accessibility features of the EPUB standard http://idpf.org/epub/30 and http://idpf.org/forums/epub-accessibility 

 



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Website: LIA - Libri Italiani Accessibili (Italian Accessible Books)
Practitioner Name: Cristina Mussinelli
Practitioner Tel: +39.02.89280808
Practitioner E-mail: segreteria@progettolia.it

Making Advanced Technology Useful for Independent Living for Disabled People at Home
Location: United Kingdom
Abstract:

MATILDAH, or Making Advanced Technology Useful for Independent Living for Disabled People at Home, brings technology developers and persons with disabilities together in order to develop systems that can be both more effective and more widely-used. The premise of MATILDAH holds that though there exists a wide range of advanced technology to help Persons with Disabilities (PWD) live independently at home, these products and services are designed without the input of PWD themselves. MATILDAH thus strives to examine the use, role and application of various ICT-based solutions for those with disabilities in order to make practical recommendations and provide input for future design processes. The project runs from 23 October 2006 to 22 October 22 2008.


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Website: Making Advanced Technology Useful for Independent Living for Disabled People at Home
Practitioner Name: Jennifer Harris
Practitioner Tel: +44-1382-381403
Practitioner E-mail: j.a.z.harris@dundee.ac.uk

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