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FCC Extends Comment Deadline: Rulemaking on Closed Captioning of IP-Delivered Video Programming
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order in the Matter of Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 [MB Docket No. 11-154]. The Order extends the comment deadline for the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released on December 13, 2013, wherein the FCC requested comments on rules regarding the closed captioning of IP-delivered video programming.
From http://www.wirelessrerc.org/content/newsroom/fcc-extends-comment-deadline-rulemaking-closed-captioning-ip-delivered-video, January 31, 2014

USA: Voting Poses Ongoing Accessibility Challenges for Persons with Disabilities
Former Columbia County Supervisor Neil Ford says he votes absentee, always. Ford, of the town of Lodi, is legally blind. And, while Columbia County’s polling places have a device that allows people with visual impairments to mark their ballots utilizing audio cues, Ford said the availability of those devices doesn’t solve his fundamental polling place accessibility challenge — transportation. There are numerous people, like Ford, who find it difficult to vote in elections because of accessibility problems.
From http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/local/article_4ae3a6ec-3dd4-56ae-b528-f67300fd459e.html, January 31, 2014

USA: Broadway Theaters to Make Disabled Accessibility Changes
Nine of Broadway’s most famous theaters in a settlement with the feds agreed Wednesday to make massive changes to boost accessibility for disabled patrons. Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara announced the filing and simultaneous settlement of a lawsuit his office brought against the Nederlander Organization, which owns and operates the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Neil Simon, Palace and ­Richard Rodgers theatres.
From http://nypost.com/2014/01/30/broadway-theaters-to-make-disabled-accessibility-changes/, January 31, 2014

Accessibility Awards for 2013 Including Mainstream Accessible Game of the Year
The AbleGamers Charity Annual List of the Year’s Best Accessibility Achievements Including Media Champion, Innovator, Device, Publisher, Indie Game and Mainstream Game of the Year. The AbleGamers Charity enters a new era of recognizing the greatest accessibility achievements of the year in the gaming industry. In addition to this year’s mainstream accessible game of the year award, AbleGamers will also be recognizing media champion, innovator, device, publisher, and indie game of the year.
From http://www.ablegamers.com/ablegamers-news/accessibility-awards-for-2013-including-mainstream-accessible-game-of-the-year, January 31, 2014

App Lets Blind People See What's in Front of Them
For nearly a year, Rose Wagan has been using an app called Tap Tap See, which in its unique way lets blind people see what's in front them. The app uses an iDevice's camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them out lout for the user. Rose Waagan, blind since birth, uses her iPhone 5.
From http://www.komonews.com/news/local/App-Lets-Blind-People-See-Whats-in-Front-of-Them-241752171.html, January 30, 2014

The mHealth Movement: Mobile Apps and the Rise of Portable Care
an a text message or a smartphone app make you a better patient or keep you out of the ER? The rise of mHealth — the catchall term for medical services delivered via mobile devices — is showing promise for people who struggle to manage an array of health and lifestyle challenges. Mobile technology can be used to remotely monitor and report data on patient indicators such as blood pressure, oxygen levels, cholesterol and other vitals. Data streams fed into tracking software can help doctors detect problems when they start, leading to earlier intervention. And for patients, smartphones can relay physician feedback and promote healthy behavior.
From http://www.theatlantic.com/sponsored/cvs-innovation-care/2014/01/mhealth-movement-mobile-apps-and-rise-portable-care/97/, January 30, 2014

USA: FCC Grants Waiver of Accessibility Rules to e-Readers
On January 28, 2014, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau granted a one-year waiver of its ACS accessibility rules for “basic e-readers” that are designed primarily for the purpose of reading text-based digital works, such as books, and that meet each of the following requirements, including that the device has no LCD screen, but rather utilizes a screen that is designed to optimize reading.
From http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/politics/fcc-grants-waiver-of-accessibility-rules-to-e-readers/article/367988, January 29, 2014

Munich Airport Sets New Accessibility Benchmark
Munich International is the first German airport to offer a changing place for adults with severe mobility limitations. The 14 square foot (approximately 4 square metres) fully accessible changing place is equipped with an accessible toilet, a height adjustable bed with side rails and an overhead hoist to help passengers with restricted mobility. The special equipment allows the user easily to reach from the wheelchair to the bed or to the toilet.
From http://www.reducedmobility.eu/20140129425/The-News/munich-airport-sets-new-accessibility-benchmark.html, January 29, 2014

UK: Disability Groups Welcome Improvements to the Accessibility at Swansea High Street Station
Disability groups have welcomed improvements to the accessibility at Swansea High Street station. Many of the elements to improve accessibility in the £7.6m refurbishment project, funded by the Welsh Government and Network Rail, have been praised by disability groups for making the station easier to navigate. Some of the improvements have included a tactile guidance path for blind and partially sighted people, improved natural lighting, use of colour contrast and reduction of clutter around the station.
From http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Disability-groups-welcomed-improvements/story-20519997-detail/story.html, January 29, 2014

Project RAY - Smartphones for People With Vision Loss
Boaz Zilberman and the Project RAY team saw that smartphones were changing the way that people lived and decided that people with vision loss needed a device that could perform the same functions.
From http://www.engineering.com/DesignerEdge/DesignerEdgeArticles/ArticleID/7028/Project-RAY--Smartphones-for-People-with-Vision-Loss.aspx, January 28, 2014

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