Zero Project Receives 337 Nominations from 98 Countries
The Zero Project researches the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) around the world and, this year, is focusing on inclusive education and ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). The research process started in June 2015 and the Call for Nomination has now been closed. Currently, all nominations are being carefully screened. This is one step in the selection process that will eventually result in the “Innovative Practices and Policies of the Zero Project 2016” being announced at the beginning of 2016.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/26/zero-project-receives-337-nominations-from-98-countries/, September 08, 2015
New Zealand: AUT Welcomes Accessible Education Measures Through Specific Design Changes
The Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has been working with social change agency Be Accessible on changing the university's signage, publications and learning and promotional materials to make them more user-friendly for people with disabilities. The aim is to be the country's first tertiary institute to achieve a gold rating based on Be Accessible's rating system. Gold is the second highest ranking after platinum.
From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/better-business/70635607/aut-welcoming-all-to-education-through-accessibility, September 07, 2015
How to Manage Accessibility Features in Windows 10
Accessibility options are built into Windows to help users who may have trouble using their computers normally get a little more functionality out of their favorite OS. Though Windows 10 does innovate on many features we’ve come to expect from older versions of the operating system, for the most part Microsoft has opted to keep much of the core functionality of its accessibility features the same to make it easier both on users and developers to adapt without much trouble in between the old system and the new.
From http://www.howtogeek.com/223319/how-to-manage-accessibility-features-in-windows-10/, September 07, 2015
User Research with People Who are Deafblind: Importance of Assistive Technology
The way the users interacted with our digital service varied. Marcus and Atif had helpers who would read the content of a page out or type for them; Steven and Margaret relied on screen readers; Norman, Marcus and Atif used screen magnifiers; Atif had a hands-on sign language interpreter (he would touch the interpreters hand to understand what was being signed); and Marcus would print a page out, memorize the order of the questions, hand-write the answers, before then completing it online.
From https://dwpdigital.blog.gov.uk/2015/08/07/user-research-with-people-who-are-deafblind-it-makes-sense/, September 07, 2015
Accessibility in Game Design: Making Games Accessible for Users with Disability
I met Erin Hawley via her Twitter feed and have enjoyed following her posts and podcasts. Erin has Muscular Dystrophy, scoliosis, and a trach, along with a passion for geekdom and tabletop games. She has a beautiful personality and is an amazing advocate for disability in geek culture. With my wife’s Multiple Sclerosis causing her mobility and dexterity to slowly decline, I have a strong personal interest in the need for accessibility awareness in game design. Today, you get a glimpse of Erin’s passion in a heartfelt letter to game publishers regarding accessibility in their games. Thanks, Erin!
From http://www.freelanceknight.com/accessibility-in-game-design-guest-post-by-erin-hawley/, September 07, 2015
Canada: Ontario Showcasing Cutting-Edge Accessibility Technology
Ontario is hosting the first ever Accessibility Innovation Showcase, an official event of the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games at the MaRS Discovery District. Over 50 companies will demonstrate innovations in technologies and assistive devices that can benefit people with disabilities, their families and employers across Ontario. Companies will have an opportunity to connect with key investors and pitch ideas to help speed up the development of their products, such as exoskeletons and wearables, prosthetics, specialized applications, personalized robotics, and treatments and therapies delivered by smartphone.
From http://news.ontario.ca/medt/en/2015/08/ontario-showcasing-cutting-edge-accessibility-technology.html, September 04, 2015
USA: Eight Brilliant New Accessibility Inventions
Inventors and coders from around the world have put their heads together in the global ConnectAbility Challenge – a three month software competition to find the best new mobile and wireless technology to support people with disability live their lives. US$100,000 was up grabs in the challenge, with winners announced in New York on Monday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The CollectAbility Challenge was set by telco AT&T and the New York University ABILITY Lab.
From http://www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/8-brilliant-new-accessibility-inventions/, September 04, 2015
USA: Looking ahead at the United Nations Post-2015 Summit
More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from 25-27 September at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the summit “will chart a new era of sustainable development in which poverty will be eradicated, prosperity shared and the core drivers of climate change tackled”.
From http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/newsletter/desanews/feature/2015/09/index.html, September 04, 2015
Microsoft Office for Mac 2016: A First Look at Accessibility
For millions around the world, Microsoft Office is a must-have productivity suite. It's used by most workplaces--it is, after all, called Office--and by students everywhere. There are many alternatives, from Open Office to the iWork suite for Mac, but if you are working with a document which uses advanced Office features, or is highly formatted, it may not look the same if you import it into a different productivity suite, or export and save your work into a MS Office compatible format.
From http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw160902, September 03, 2015
Google Docs Gets Voice Typing, Templates, Smart Sheets And More
The company says that its Google Apps for Education platform sports 40M active teachers and students. The program was introduced in 2007 and just nabbed the 10th-largest school district (Fairfax, Virginia) in the company as a client. In preparation for students and teachers going back to schools, Google Apps has unleashed a few features that surprisingly haven’t been put into the product until now.
From http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/02/can-you-tell-me-how-to-get-to-google-street/, September 03, 2015