W3C to be Honored with Emmy Award for Standards Work on Accessible Video Captioning and Subtitles
W3C is delighted to announce that it will receive a 2016 Technology & Engineering Emmy ® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for its work on the Timed Text Mark-up Language standard that makes video content more accessible with text captioning and subtitles. Representatives from W3C staff and the Timed Text Working Group will attend the awards ceremony on 8 January at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
From https://www.w3.org/blog/news/archives/5253, January 06, 2016
USA: Researchers Find Way to Improve Image Sharpness for People with Vision Disabilities
Retinal implants that deliver longer pulses of electrical current may noticeably improve image sharpness for individuals who have lost their sight due to retinitis pigmentosa, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) Eye Institute and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The research was published online in the peer-reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/01/05/researchers-find-way-to-improve-image-sharpness-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, January 05, 2016
UAE: Law Books Released in Braille
Dubai Police Academy has released seven law books to Braille to encourage reading by people who are blind. The newly-published Braille books can be borrowed by anyone, including students not attending the academy.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/01/05/law-books-released-in-braille/, January 05, 2016
India: All India Radio Creates History with Braille News Bulletin
The All India Radio in Pune created history on Monday when its morning bulletin was read out by a newsreader with vision disability, officials said. The second half of the regular regional news bulletin at 7.10 a.m. was typed out in Braille script and Dhanraj Patil read it out during a live broadcast in Maharashtra to Marathi audiences.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/01/05/all-india-radio-creates-history-with-braille-news-bulletin/, January 05, 2016
Dubai Airports to Have Counters for Persons with Disabilities
The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) is considered the first in the Middle East to offer services for persons with disabilities at Dubai Airports. Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director-General of GDRFA-Dubai, said that the directorate has made significant progress in caring for persons with disabilities by adopting modern techniques in the field of services offered for them. GDRFA is keen to play its role in making Dubai a disability-friendly city by 2020, he added.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/01/05/dubai-airports-to-have-counters-for-persons-with-disabilities/, January 05, 2016
USA: Device Helps People with Vision Disabilities See Sound
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) researchers have discovered that intrinsic neural connections—called crossmodal mappings—can be used by assistive devices to help people who are blind or have low vision detect their environment without requiring intense concentration or hundreds of hours of training. This new multisensory perspective on such aids (called sensory substitution devices) could make tasks that were previously attention-consuming much easier, allowing nonsighted people to acquire a new sensory functionality similar to vision. The work is described in a paper published in the October 22 issue of the journal Scientific Reports.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/01/04/device-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities-see-sound/, January 04, 2016
Kuwait Marks World Braille Day
Kuwait on Monday will join the world in celebrating the World Braille Day to commemorate Braille system’s role in spreading knowledge among people with vision disabilities. Kuwait has been leading in introducing and distributing Braille system to help people with vision disabilities get easy access to language and literacy and to better integrate into the society. Kuwait has been active in republishing Braille books and for this end it established a special printing house the biggest in the Middle East.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/01/03/kuwait-marks-world-braille-day/, January 04, 2016
China: 3D Printing Comes to Help Children with Disabilities
A British couple now reckons they’ve found a way to revolutionize the industry using 3D printing. CRI’s Fei Fei reports. Andiamo’s co-founder Naveed Parvez introduces their innovation using 3D printing that is a simpler and more comfortable solution to making braces and supports instead of the old plastic molds. The London-based company feels they can fill the gap by making orthotic supports for people with disabilities, especially children.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/31/3d-printing-comes-to-help-children-with-disabilities/, January 04, 2016
G3ict Expresses Heartfelt Condolences on the Demise of AMI Accessibility Officer Robert Pearson's
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Robert's family, Shannon, Emma and Maxwell and his colleagues at Accessible Media Inc (AMI), Toronto, on behalf of our G3ict colleagues from around the world. Robert will be terribly missed. His dedication to advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, passion for innovation in accessibility and support for our work were truly exceptional. We are also losing a very dear friend, and a compassionate and dependable companion. As we worked together, Robert always shared how much joy his family life and fatherhood brought to him. There are no words to express our sense of loss. We are confident that his legacy will endure through his family, friends and colleagues, and that Robert's cherished personal and advocacy aspirations will be fulfilled.
From http://www.ami.ca/about/Pages/default.aspx#Message from the President & CEO, December 31, 2015
How the W3C Text Alternative Computation Works
Over the years, there has been a lot of confusion about the W3C Text Alternative Computation and how this works, especially when influenced by the addition of CSS and ARIA attributes. As a bit of forewarning, this article is not primarily meant for general web developers, though having an understanding of these concepts will aid their efforts in building accessible software. Instead, this article is meant to aid browser and assistive technology vendors, as well as those who test and evaluate web technologies for accessibility, in order to identify where the breakdown is between the W3C User Agent Implementation Guide, how browsers implement the naming calculation in the accessibility tree, and how assistive technologies then use this information to convey it to their users.
From http://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/how-the-w3c-text-alternative-computation-works/, December 22, 2015