FCC Extends Waiver of Disability Access Requirements for Basic E-readers
The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) granted a distinct and narrow class of e-readers a one year extension [CG Docket No. 10-213], waiving their compliance requirements for the advanced communications services (ACS) accessibility rules. Though capable of accessing ACS, the specified e-readers are designed primarily for reading text-based digital works and will not have to comply with ACS rules until January 28, 2016.
From http://www.commlawmonitor.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/512/2015/01/E-Reader-Waiver-Extension-Order-DA-15-117.pdf, February 10, 2015
Mobile Tech Combines Key Components for Special Education Success
In the last decade and a half, extraordinary measures have been taken to improve the identification, diagnosing, and treatment of students with learning disabilities (LD), including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD. Educators have gotten better at catching signs of LD in students earlier, and new technologies, strategies, and programs have helped to ensure that students with LD get the help they need. Today, LD is the largest category of students receiving special education services, according to the National Center of Learning Disabilities.
From http://insights.wired.com/profiles/blogs/going-mobile-utilizing-mobile-technology-in-special-education#ixzz3RK76k6mb, February 10, 2015
Mobile Accessibility: How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C-WAI Guidelines Apply to Mobile
This document, “Mobile Accessibility: How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C-WAI Guidelines Apply to Mobile” describes how the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 [WCAG20] and its principles, guidelines, and success criteria can be applied to mobile web content, mobile web apps, native apps, and hybrid apps using web components inside native apps. It provides informative guidance, but does not set requirements. It also highlights the relevance of the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 [UAAG20] in the mobile context. This document is intended to become a Working Group Note and is part of a series of technical and educational documents published by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
From http://w3c.github.io/Mobile-A11y-TF-Note/, February 07, 2015
Apple Leads the IoT Revolution - Will Be a Long-Term Winner
Apple is actually leading another new marketplace development that may well be bigger than any previous market development (digital music, smartphones, tablets), and which could well send its value much, much higher. This new market success revolves around developers, beacons, consumers, retailers and payments. Just like we didn’t know we wanted an iPod until we saw one, or an iPhone, new solutions that exploit the Internet of Things (IoT) is where Apple is again leading the creation of new products and markets.
From http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2015/02/06/apple-leads-the-iot-revolution-will-be-a-long-term-winner/, February 07, 2015
Bat-inspired Technology Helps the Visually Impaired
Students at Wake Forest University are working on a device to help the blind. They're using bats as a model. The device, like bats, uses echo location to determine the proximity of objects. A sensor in the wristband vibrates as the person wearing it approaches an obstacle. The closer they get, the faster the vibration.
From http://www.wkow.com/story/28040282/2015/02/06/bat-inspired-technology-helps-the-visually-impaired, February 07, 2015
Making Real Progress in Digital Accessibility in Higher Education
We were delighted to see the University of Colorado at Boulder recently announce the appointment of a Chief Digital Accessibility Officer, and also announce recruitment for an IT Accessibility Manager. The TPG UX team has been working with CU-Boulder for the past few months to help them create a roadmap and strategy towards a culture and practice of excellence in digital accessibility, and we’re really excited to see their thoughtfulness, enthusiasm and determination in taking such a progressive approach, documented on their Accessible Technology web site.
From http://www.paciellogroup.com/blog/2015/02/making-progress-in-digital-accessibility-in-higher-education/, February 07, 2015
ITU SG Commends Rwanda’s ICT Advancement
The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Zhao Houlin on a three-day official visit in Rwanda has commended the Rwandan Government for efforts invested in promoting the use ICT in speeding the country’s economic transformation.
From http://www.spyghana.com/itu-sg-commends-rwandas-ict-advancement/, February 06, 2015
Australia: New Alliance for People With Disability
Disability advocates have welcomed an announcement that the Federal Government will establish the National Cross Disability Alliance. The Alliance will be made up of five peak disability organisations that will provide advice to the Government on improving social and economic participation. Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield, said the move would help create a clearer voice for people with disability.
From http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2015/02/new-alliance-people-disability#, February 06, 2015
Research and Markets: Top 10 ICT Trends for Africa in 2015
The year 2014 has witnessed continued upheaval in the ICT industry, including an upsurge in over-the-top (OTT) activity, the launch of viable low-cost smartphones, and major changes in the competitive landscape as a result of both partnerships and mergers. Our ICT research team has conducted an extensive analysis, including a combination of local industry and process expertise, in order to select and prioritize the top trend predictions, based on the latest regional and international research, and taking industry benchmarks and developments into account. These trends are anticipated to have an impact on both enterprise and consumer markets in Africa next year.
From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150203006371/en/Research-Markets-Top-10-ICT-Trends-Africa#.VNQvVi47lmM, February 06, 2015
Kenya's Public Officers to Acquire ICT Skills From Microsoft's School of Government Program
Microsoft and an American-based university have partnered to offer executive level training programs to Kenyan government leaders. The firm has collaborated with University of Albany's Center for Technology in Government (CTG) to execute its School of Government (SOG) program, an initiative by Microsoft 4Afrika.
From http://allafrica.com/stories/201502050327.html, February 06, 2015