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Are There Any Cell Phones for the Visually Impaired?
Modern cell phones are important tools which are needed to maximize productivity and security, thus, enhancing our lives with effective communication. Alas! This is gift of technology that cannot be used effectively by the visually impaired or blind people. For them, it is difficult to identify the keys on the keyboards, and go through the navigation process. Having said this, it is needless to say that using touch-screen phones is a distant reality for the visually impaired, because those do not even allow them to feel the keys with their thumbs. Nonetheless, modern technology has come up with cell phones for visually impaired people. These are meant to give all kinds of cell-phone facilities to the blind by overcoming the obvious barriers. Following are some technologies that can help blind people use mobile phones.
From http://www.project-ray.com/blog/visualy-impaired/cell-phones-visually-impaired, March 23, 2016

India: G3ict Workshop on ICTs, SDGs and Accessibility in New Delhi
The G3ict Workshop on ICTs, SDGs, and Accessibility will take place in New Delhi, India on April 11, 2016. It is now widely accepted that technology will play a critical role in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In fact, Goal 17 specifically talks about technology, particularly information and communications technology. It is therefore imperative to ensure that as governments and other agencies walk the path towards 2030, technology must become inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. It is also important to promote greater cohesion between the work towards implementation of Article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and that towards Agenda 2030. With this in mind, the DPI World Assembly is collaborating with the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, G3ict, for a workshop on accessibility and disability rights.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/22/g3ict-workshop-on-icts-sdgs-and-accessibility-in-delhi/, March 22, 2016

USA: Humanoid Robot Used as a Tool in Therapy for Children with Autism
TecO is the name of the humanoid robot that detects neural signals thanks to an operational amplifier using a headset or a hood, which has electrodes mounted on the child’s head and records this signals; then they are sent to a computer that translates them into information that is interpreted by a psychologist or a neurologist. Children with autism have special difficulty in expressing emotions, usually have no social skills and face major problems when communicating. In order to help children with this problem learn to recognize facial expressions in themselves and in others, a group of researchers at the Tec de Monterrey, in Mexico, created a robot using artificial intelligence.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/22/humanoid-robot-can-be-used-as-a-tool-in-therapy-for-children-with-autism/, March 22, 2016

Call for Abstracts: 3rd International Universal Design Conference
The 3rd International Conference on Universal Design (UD2016), which will take place in the historic city of York, UK, August 21 – 24 2016. The conference will address all aspects of universal design, design for all, and inclusive design, including universal design of the physical environment, of products and of the digital world.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/21/call-for-abstracts-3rd-international-universal-design-conference/, March 21, 2016

Illustration-Based Graphic Language Helps Persons with Intellectual Disabilities to Read and Understand Stories
A researcher from the University of Granada (UGR) has designed an accessible tale aimed at people with intellectual disabilities, which allows them to “read a story even if they cannot read”, since it has been ‘written’ using an illustration-based graphic language as the only narrative thread. Clara Luna, illustrator and researcher at the Department of Drawing, defends the necessity of making ‘accessible pictures’ which allow people that lacks good reading and writing skills to understand the story told through them.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/21/illustration-based-graphic-language-help-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-to-read-and-understand/, March 21, 2016

India: Braille Handbook for Voters with Vision Disabilities Released
An election handbook in Braille for voters with vision disabilities was released by District Election Officer Sajjansingh R. Chavan in the south Indian city of Nagercoil. After releasing the handbook, Mr. Chavan appealed to the voters to ensure cent per cent voting in the Assembly election to be held on May 16. For the benefit of voters with vision disabilities, guidelines for enrollment of voters, deletion of names, online registration and website/ e-mail address were printed in Braille in the handbook.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/20/braille-handbook-for-voters-with-vision-disabilities-released/, March 21, 2016

DPI 9th World Assembly Scheduled to be Held in India from April 11-13 in New Delhi; G3ict Participates with Key Workshops on ICT Accessibility and Public Procurement
There's less than a month to go for the 9th World Assembly of Disabled People's International (DPI) in New Delhi, India. More than 200 participants from over 100 countries will gather to speak the new language of disability rights! Ambassador Luis Gallegos is a Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). He also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict). He has also been serving on the Special Olympics’ International Board of Directors since April 2012.
From http://dpiworldassembly2016.com/, March 17, 2016

USA: Wearable Tech That Can Translate Sign Language Into Text
A smart device that translates sign language while being worn on the wrist could bridge the communications gap between people who are deaf and those who don’t know sign language, says a Texas A&M University biomedical engineering researcher who is developing the technology. The wearable technology combines motion sensors and the measurement of electrical activity generated by muscles to interpret hand gestures, says Roozbeh Jafari, associate professor in the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and researcher at the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/16/wearable-tech-that-can-translate-sign-language-into-text/, March 16, 2016

South Africa Collects Data on Disability
The Department of Social Development, Pretoria, says it has started a project to collect more data on disability in the country. The project includes tracking statistical disability trends, including development indicators and investigating whether people with disabilities are considered and integrated in government programs and policies. It will also include the development of a Disability Inequality Index – a comparison between people with disabilities and those without.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/14/south-africa-collects-data-on-disability/, March 15, 2016

How to Make Videos Accessible for Blind, Disabled Users
Making videos accessible for blind and disabled users involves three components: the visual content, the audio content, and the player itself. PayPal offers an accessible HTML5 video player, as does YouTube and several others.
From http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/97439-How-to-Make-Videos-Accessible-for-Blind-Disabled-Users, March 15, 2016

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