World Bank Partners with ONCE Foundation to Advance Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
The World Bank and ONCE Foundation are joining forces to advance the social and economic development of persons with disabilities through education, employment, skills development, training, and universal design and accessibility for all. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today, the World Bank and ONCE Foundation will focus their collaboration on joint research, capacity-building, and building on successful models.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/09/world-bank-partners-with-once-foundation-to-advance-inclusion-of-persons-with-disabilities/, June 09, 2016
Delhi University to Provide Accessible Smartphones, Hearing Aid for Students with Disabilities
Delhi University will provide accessible smart phones, white canes, hearing aid and wheelchairs to students with disabilities from this year. In a move to empower students, the university’s Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) is working to provide students with disabilities with such facilities. “The students have already been provided laptops and now we will give them accessible smartphones, canes, wheelchair and hearing aid. These will be provided through the central government’s Assistance for Person with Disability (ADIP) scheme,” said Anil Aneja, officer on special duty (OSD), EOC.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/08/delhi-university-to-provide-accessible-smartphones-hearing-aid-for-students-with-disabilities/, June 09, 2016
USA: Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards
The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards recognize leaders who have helped improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in all areas of community life, including employment. These international Awards, first bestowed in 2013, recognize exemplary leaders within the disability community and their extraordinary societal contributions, while remembering the spirit and legacy of The Viscardi Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who was a leading advocate for persons with disabilities and a disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/08/nominations-now-being-accepted-for-2016-henry-viscardi-achievement-awards/, June 09, 2016
USA: Partnership to Provide Accessibility & Web Enhancement Technology Option to Community Financial Institutions
Award-winning financial technology and marketing provider, Kasasa, formerly BancVue, announced a strategic partnership with AudioEye, Inc., a provider of technology designed to optimize the user experience for individuals with disabilities. The AudioEye Technology will allow FIRSTBranch clients to reach the broadest audience possible, including the 5 to 10 percent of the population with a disability or physical limitation otherwise denied full access to websites and digital content. Through the partnership, AudioEye’s patented and flexible technology will now be fully integrated into Kasasa’s FIRSTBranch websites for new community financial institution (CFI) clients. Additionally, existing FIRSTBranch clients will have the option to add the technology to their current websites, providing a strong competitive advantage over megabanks, as well as an opportunity to drive even deeper relationships with customers.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/08/partnership-to-provide-accessibility-web-enhancement-technology-option-to-community-financial-institutions/, June 09, 2016
Nepal Plans to Make Public Infrastructure Accessible
The government has announced to make all state infrastructure accessible for persons with disabilities. The budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017 has a programme to make public places accessible for persons with disabilities but it falls short of spelling out the operational time frame.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/05/30/nepal-plans-to-make-public-infrastructure-accessible/, May 31, 2016
Philippines Marks First Disability-Inclusive Elections
The May 9 Philippine election not only set a new record for voter turnout, it also marked the first time that Republic Act 10366 – which mandates that polling stations be fully accessible for persons with disabilities – was implemented in full. In his speech during the proclamation of senators-elect, the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chair cited that there were over 300,000 people with disabilities and senior citizens who were able to vote at the ground floors of voting centers in the elections. He also mentioned the efforts of the COMELEC in making the voting process accessible and convenient for persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/05/31/philippines-marks-first-disability-inclusive-elections/http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/05/31/philippines-marks-first-disability-inclusive-elections/, May 31, 2016
Research Investigates How Mobile Apps Can Help People with Disabilities
Curtin University researchers have been awarded the 2016 Dr Louisa Alessandri Research Grant to investigate how smartphone applications could be used by people with disabilities to mitigate the effects of their disabilities and potentially improve social inclusion. Dr Mike Kent, Curtin’s Head of Department of Internet Studies and lead on the study, said smartphones could enable people with disabilities to more effectively traverse the urban environment.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/05/31/research-investigates-how-mobile-apps-can-help-people-with-disabilities/http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/05/31/research-investigates-how-mobile-apps-can-help-people-with-disabilities/, May 31, 2016
Accessibility Online: A Neglected Frontier for People with Disabilities
When we think accessibility, we usually think about doors that open automatically, or ramps that lead up to buildings. But what about accessibility online? Ottawa tech leaders say web development needs to catch up and improve online accessibility for people with disabilities. “I think we have a long way to go,” says Mike Gifford, president of the web accessibility consultant company OpenConcept Consulting Inc. Gifford helped organize a11yYOW’s third annual Accessibility Camp Ottawa for techies to discuss online accessibility on Thursday. “I think there are ways to accommodate all kinds of people (online),” he says. “The Internet should be accessible for everyone.”
From http://ottawacitizen.com/storyline/accessibility-online-a-neglected-frontier-for-people-with-disabilities?platform=hootsuite, May 25, 2016
USA: University of Massachusetts Boston Creating an Accessible Campus with IBM Mobile Technology
University campuses are complex and busy mazes of hustle and bustle. At times, they might be under-construction, experiencing changes, or lack signage or symmetry that makes them difficult to navigate, even for those familiar with the layout. Blind, wheelchair-bound, and cognitively impaired persons may have many additional difficulties. At University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston), where approximately three percent of the student population has some form of disability, we value diversity and access for our students, faculty and staff as critical to the achievement of our academic programs. This is why we are working with IBM to continue our mission of inclusion by ensuring that all of our students have access to both the digital and physical environments of our campus. To achieve this, we are deploying IBM Accessible Location-based Services, a cognitive way-finding application that is designed to provide contextual understanding about someone’s location in a building and then direct them with an accessible route to their destination.
From http://ageandability.com/2016/05/23/university-of-massachusetts-boston-creating-an-accessible-campus-with-ibm-mobile-technology/#prclt-8e4sKg2v, May 25, 2016
New App Launched to Help People with Hearing Disabilities in India
A Pune-based startup has launched an app that uses mobile technology to enable people with hearing disabilities customize their listening experience by using results of a simple, interactive hearing test. The app ‘Q+’ developed by Quadio Devices Pvt Ltd offers different modes which optimise hearing in different situations like when at a restaurant, or while driving. It also has a mode which makes it easier to watch TV, or watch videos. According to the company, the hearing test in the app is calibrated for accuracy, as per ANSI standards of audiometry.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/05/23/new-app-launched-to-help-people-with-hearing-disabilities-in-india/, May 25, 2016