Singapore: SingTel Expands CSR Program
SingTel expands its Corporate Social Responsibility Community Program with the launch of a mobile plan that specially caters to the needs of persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/06/30/singtel-expands-csr-program/, June 30, 2014
USA: Capti Narrator Receives FCC Chairman’s Award
Stony Brook tech startup Charmtech Labs LLC, which last week received an award from the Federal Communications Commission for making the Internet more accessible to disabled people, announced Tuesday the first major expansion of its free text-to-speech iPhone and iPad application, Capti Narrator. Capti allows users to listen to a variety of text documents across Web sources, including news sites, Google Drive and Dropbox. Tuesday's update expands the app's functionality from one language -- English -- to 26, and adds more than 125 voice options to its original roster of 25.
From http://www.newsday.com/business/li-startup-charmtech-gets-fcc-award-rolls-out-expansion-1.8474143, June 19, 2014
Amazon Unveils New Fire Smartphone with Accessibility Features
Amazon has revealed its first smartphone Fire Phone, and yes, it has accessibility options. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduces the device in front of hundreds of customers, executives and reporters Wednesday at an event in Seattle, Washington. The Amazon Fire Phone will be available exclusively through AT&T Inc. and will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract for a 32GB device.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/06/19/amazon-unveils-new-fire-smartphone-with-accessibility-features/, June 19, 2014
Sprint Launches Neurodiversity ID Pack, Offers Mobile Solutions for Customers with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Sprint launched the Neurodiversity ID pack, a unique bundle of best-in-class mobile applications targeted at helping individuals with cognitive and neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/06/19/sprint-launches-neurodiversity-id-pack-offers-mobile-solutions-for-customers-with-neurodevelopmental-disabilities/, June 19, 2014
Tokyo Haneda Airport Sets “Universal Design” Standards for Barrier-free Airports
The universal design principles incorporated into the passenger areas at Haneda Airport’s new international terminal have been acclaimed as world class and can serve as a blueprint for integrated “barrier-free” facilities in similar facilities around the world. So much thought has gone into the design of the airport, which serves Tokyo, that it even has dedicated indoor toilet facilities for people who are accompanied by a guide dog.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2011/04/26/tokyo-haneda-airport-sets-universal-design-standards-for-barrier-free-airports/, June 16, 2014
USA: DLA Aviation Migration to Videophones for Hearing Impaired Complete
Two years ago, DLA Aviation began the process of upgrading all of its deaf and hearing-impaired employees from the old and obsolete telephone typewriter, or TTY communications device to the more technically advanced videophones. Recently, the last three DLA Aviation deaf employees received their videophones, completing the issue of the phones to all who need them right now. “Equal Employment Opportunity pushed for the videophones here, but it took two years before the other installations got them,” said Ellen Trimble, DLA Aviation sign language interpreter and EEO counselor.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2011/04/20/dla-aviation-migration-to-videophones-for-hearing-impaired-complete/, June 16, 2014
AT&T: Working to Make Accessibility Universal
AT&T’s Corporate Accessibility Technology Office was launched in December 2012 to lead AT&T’s efforts to meet the needs of customers with disabilities. This team serves as AT&T’s hub for accessibility-related issues, working throughout the company to assess accessibility implications and provide counsel on the design and development of products and services. While the team’s primary responsibility is to ensure compliance with accessibility regulations for all of AT&T’s products and services, it also has a bonus effect of raising awareness of disability-related issues and creating a culture of accessibility throughout AT&T.
From http://3blmedia.com/News/ATT-Working-Make-Accessibility-Universal, June 10, 2014
M-Enabling Summit: A Conversation with Organizer Axel Leblois on Biometrics for Persons with Disabiltiies at the M-Enabling Summit 2014
Biometric authentication is a far-reaching technology, and the organizers of the M-enabling Summit 2014 are excited to see the accessible and assistive properties of recognition systems making their way to the forefront through new mobile devices. “The ability to automate the recognition of users is becoming central to everything,” Axel Leblois, the Executive Director of G3ict, an organizer of the M-Enabling Summit said in an interview with BiometricUpdate.com.
From http://www.biometricupdate.com/201406/m-enabling-summit-a-conversation-with-organizer-axel-leblois, June 10, 2014
Maintaining Momentum Through Efficient Mobile Design
When interacting with mobile devices, users have little patience for confusing interfaces or unnecessary steps that impede their progress. As designers, we must understand the role of momentum in effective user interface design and create experiences that keep our users moving forward.
From http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/06/10/maintaining-momentum-through-efficient-mobile-design/, June 10, 2014
Canada: Launch of New Library Service Provides Accessible Books to Over Three Million Canadians with Print Disabilities
The Centre for Equitable Library Access officially launched its new national service which provides accessible library services and materials to Canadians with print disabilities. The announcement was made at the Canadian Library Association’s National Conference in Victoria, BC.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/30/launch-of-new-library-service-provides-accessible-books-to-over-three-million-canadians-with-print-disabilities/, May 30, 2014