December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) comes as over a billion people live with some form of disability. This year’s theme, ‘Sustainable Development: The promise of technology’ seeks to harness technology to promote inclusion and accessibility to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society. The promise of technology” is timely, the UN says, as it marks the conclusion of the period of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) in 2015 and the launch of a new development framework of sustainable development goals (SDGs).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/01/december-3-international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities/, December 01, 2014
Disability Inclusion in Post-2015 Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies
The Preparatory Committee of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR) met for its second session from 17 to 18 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, to negotiate a zero draft of the post-2015 disaster risk reduction strategy (HFA2). The Disability Risk Reduction Network that has worked to ensure a disability-inclusive post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction process, established “persons with disabilities” as a recognized stakeholder group.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/29/disability-inclusion-in-post-2015-disaster-risk-reduction-strategies/, December 01, 2014
Gaming Technology Makes its Way Into Headsets for People with Vision Disabilities
EU researchers have developed a 3D headset that could help people who are blind or have low vision move around more safely and easily. The DIGIGLASSES project, which kicked off in 2012, set out to develop a marketable digital tool for the visually impaired using stereoscopic vision, corrected and customised for the specific symptoms of the user’s eye disease. The project’s latest YouTube video announces the opening of product lines for participating SMEs. The project hopes it can be on market at the end of 2015.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/26/gaming-technology-makes-its-way-into-headsets-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, November 26, 2014
Samsung Introduces Eye-Tracking Mouse for People with Disabilities
Samsung Electronics introduced EYECAN+, the company’s second-generation eye-tracking mouse that allows people with disabilities to compose and edit documents as well as browse the web through simple eye movement. EYECAN+ is the first of its kind, as it does not require users to wear any device, such as glasses. Instead, EYECAN+ is a single-unit, portable box that sits below the monitor, and works by wirelessly calibrating with the user’s eye.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/26/samsung-introduces-eye-tracking-mouse-for-people-with-disabilities/, November 26, 2014
India: ICT Can Help Government Empower Persons with Disabilities and Lead to Inclusion
Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, at the UNESCO’s International Conference said, “Government is focusing on a seven point agenda relating to the disability sector.” Gehlot further said, it includes enactment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill to fulfil our international obligation post ratification of the UNCRPD; using technology to deliver low-cost, home-based education through e-learning; issue of Universal ID to each and every person with disability for availing government benefits; developing income generations models to ensure economic independence; ensuring access to public facilities, public buildings and transport; aid and support to voluntary organizations; and tax relief to the family members taking care of persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/26/ict-can-help-government-empower-persons-with-disabilities-and-lead-to-inclusion-minister/, November 26, 2014
Rwanda: Persons with Disabilities Call for Accessible ICT Equipment
The National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) will soon embark on an advocacy campaign to agitate for the welfare of persons with disabilities through increased access to technology based services. The remarks were made by the Executive Secretary of NCPD, Emmanuel Ndayisaba, at the launch of the Disability Week, ahead of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities due on December 3. Ndayisaba said technology is crucial for development in today’s world, hence the need for persons with disabilities to get easy access to it.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/25/persons-with-disabilities-call-for-accessible-ict-equipment/, November 25, 2014
USA: ASAP Systems Establishes a Smart Inventory System for Tracking Assistive Technology in School Districts
ASAP Systems, a prominent provider of stock inventory and fixed asset tracking solutions, makes a breakthrough in Educational Services by effectively automating MCES’s inventory management and record keeping processes. Using Passport in combination with a mobile barcode scanner has allowed MCES to easily distribute and accurately track government funded assistive technology (assets) throughout county schools.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/22/asap-systems-establishes-a-smart-inventory-system-for-tracking-assistive-technology-in-school-districts/, November 25, 2014
Japan to Improve Accessibility for People with Disabilities as Part of Olympic Preparations
The government plans to dramatically expand accessibility for people with disabilities at train stations, bus terminals and airports by fiscal 2020 in preparation for the Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of the new basic transportation policy, an advisory body to the transport minister compiled a list on Nov. 17 of 56 items in need of improvement at these facilities used by more than 3,000 people a day.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/21/japan-to-improve-accessibility-for-people-with-disabilities-as-part-of-olympic-preparations/, November 25, 2014
Comcast Introduces Talking TV Guide for People with Vision Disabilities
Comcast today announced the industry’s first voice-enabled television user interface, a solution that will revolutionize the way its Xfinity TV customers, especially those who are blind or low vision, navigate the X1 platform. The “talking guide” features a female voice that reads aloud selections like program titles, network names and time slots as well as DVR and On Demand settings. The feature will be available to all X1 customers in the next few weeks.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/13/comcast-introduces-talking-tv-guide-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, November 25, 2014
Disabilities vs Digital Inclusion: ITU-G3ict Model ICT Accessibility Policy Report
The report which is jointly published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) notes that although many countries have information and communication technology (ICT) laws, policies and regulations that generally support the principles of universal access to ICT, the needs of the disability community are different and require a deliberate additional focus on ICT accessibility by legislators, policy-makers and regulators aimed at removing barriers to ICT use.
From http://www.gadget.co.za/pebble.asp?relid=9182, November 24, 2014