Nasscom Foundation Calls for Efforts to Promote ‘Digital Accessibility’
In an effort to further strengthen its vision to mainstream employment of Persons with Disabilities and making ICT accessible to all, NASSCOM Foundation hosted a Roundtable session - “Promoting Accessible Products-Bit-by-Bit” at the recently concluded NASSCOM Product Conclave.
From http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/nasscom-foundation-calls-for-efforts-to-promote-2018digital-accessibility2019#.UnEU_2bkaAU.twitter, October 31, 2013
UK: Commission Asks for Inputs from Persons with Disabilities to Compile Key Disability Issues for UN
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a questionnaire on its website today to get disabled people’s views on the priority disability issues that need to be reported to the United Nations in their examination of the rights of disabled people.
The questionnaire, for disabled people and disabled people’s user-led organizations in England and Wales, is part of the Commission’s ongoing work on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
From http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/news/2013/september/commission-asks-for-disabled-people-s-input-to-compile-list-of-key-disability-issues-for-un/, October 31, 2013
FCC Adopts New Video Accessibility Rules
he Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules that will enable people who are blind or visually impaired to have easier access to digital video
programming on a wide range of electronic devices. The rules will also enable consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing to activate closed captioning on their devices with greater ease. This action represents the final major step in the FCC’s implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), enacted in 2010 to
bring people with disabilities access to the modern and innovative communications technologies of the twenty-first century. The CVAA is the most significant accessibility legislation since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
From http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-new-video-accessibility-rules, October 31, 2013
Inclusive Publishing on the Horizon: Introducing the AAP EPUB 3 Implementation Project White Paper
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has been engaged in every aspect of the publishing marketplace to ensure that we continue to move toward the standard of "same book, same time, same price!" In other words our vision for the future is that a blind person (or anyone else requiring specific design features is a digital book to gain access to the content) will be able to buy the same digital copy of the book at the same time as everyone else and for the same price. At the 2013 NFB National Convention in Orlando, Thomas H. Allen, President and CEO, Association of American Publishers (AAP), announced the EPUB 3 Implementation Project (listen to the audio of his presentation, "A Collaboration That Enhances Opportunity: The Association of American Publishers and the National Federation of the Blind Change Possibilities for Literacy"). The NFB was pleased to receive news of this project as we have been a leading champion for EPUB 3 and the promise of accessibility that it represents.
From https://nfb.org/blog/vonb-blog/inclusive-publishing-horizon-introducing-aap-epub-3-implementation-project-white, October 30, 2013
New Website Aims to Connect People with Accessible Businesses
A new website launched just this week allows people to rate and review businesses based on the level of accessibility they provide to those with mobility, hearing, sight or cognitive disabilities. Ableroad.com was spear-headed by Kevin McGuire, Chairman & CEO of McGuire Associates, Inc., who I recently had the opportunity to hear speak at the Association of Workplace Investigators 2013 Annual Conference in Glendale, California.
From http://donnaseale.ca/new-website-aims-to-connect-people-with-accessible-businesses/#!, October 30, 2013
Make Electric Cars Loud and Safer for Visually Impaired Pedestrians
Electric and hybrid cars should be made louder to protect people with eyesight problems, an MP and charities have urged. Mary Glindon (North Tyneside) said the Government should first ensure the vehicles are safe for all road users after pledging millions of pounds in subsidies for the ultra-low emissions market. She believes sound generators should be fitted to the vehicles to ensure visually-impaired (VI) pedestrians are aware of them.
From http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/motoring/motoringnews/make-electric-cars-loud-and-safer-11363845510051#!, October 30, 2013
The Internet Of Things: Sensor-laden Intelligent Devices that can Communicate with the Other Gadgets
The Internet Of Things represents a major departure in the history of the Internet, as connections move beyond computing devices, and begin to power billions of everyday devices, from parking meters to home thermostats.
From http://www.businessinsider.in/Heres-Why-The-Internet-Of-Things-Will-Be-Huge-And-Drive-Tremendous-Value-For-People-And-Businesses/articleshow/24615352.cms#!, October 30, 2013
Infographic: Technology in Special Education Goes High-Tech
Students with severe learning disabilities can still benefit from technology to advance their learning. It can allow them to communicate with others in ways not available to them before. Technology can make it possible for a student to stay in his or her classroom instead of being sent away to a special program.
From http://elearninginfographics.com/educational-technology-in-special-education-infographic/#!, October 30, 2013
Financial Inclusion Global Forum: Talya Bosch on Mapping the Invisible Market
With Mapping the Invisible Market, we started off looking at data that shows that financial inclusion is possible by the year 2020, which is really quite a provocative and radical concept given where we are today. We also looked at what that data shows about the key populations that we’ll need to reach. Through this, we found that two things really stood out and were discussed by the panel today. Despite this focus on the youth bubble, even in the developing world we are seeing the demographic of ageing populations increasing more rapidly than we had anticipated.
From http://cfi-blog.org/2013/10/28/talya-bosch-mapping-the-invisible-market/, October 29, 2013
Combatting Exclusion for Persons With Disabilities in India and Mexico
Most persons with disabilities (PWDs) don’t have an account at a formal financial institution. In India, 5 – 6 percent of the population (roughly 66 million) are estimated to have a disability, and three-quarters of Indian PWDs live in rural areas where access to banking services is limited. In India on the whole, about 35 percent of the adult population has a formal bank account. In Mexico, about 10 percent of households have at least one member with a disability, and about 27 percent of the country’s adult population has an account at a formal financial institution. These two countries present huge financial inclusion opportunities for PWDs. Encouragingly, significant PWD inclusion in-roads in both are underway.
From http://cfi-blog.org/2013/10/22/combatting-exclusion-for-persons-with-disabilities-in-india-and-mexico/, October 29, 2013