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10 Tips for Reducing Sign Language Interpreter Costs
Paying for interpreters or speech-to-text providers for an international exchange participant won’t necessarily cost more than it does at home. The University of Missouri’s disability services office requested bids from multiple agencies that provided interpreter services.
From http://www.miusa.org/resource/tipsheet/reduceinterpretercosts?utm_content=25856769, February 03, 2016

Microsoft Shuffles Staffers in Renewed Accessibility Push
The software giant names a new chief accessibility officer as part of an initiative to make Microsoft's products more accessible to users of varying abilities. Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chair of the Disability Employee Resource Group at Microsoft, has been named the company's new chief accessibility officer as the Redmond, Wash., corporation turns its attention to making technology more accessible to people with disabilities.
From http://www.eweek.com/it-management/microsoft-shuffles-staffers-in-renewed-accessibility-push.html, February 01, 2016

How To Create A Disability-Friendly Workplace
In 2011, World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that there are one billion people with disabilities (PWDs), which is equivalent to 15 per cent of the world’s population. If you go by WHO’s data, India should have more than 150 million disabled people. Javed Abidi, director of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), said: "Out of the 150 million, at least 60 to 70 million must be of employable age but the cold and bitter truth is that not even two per cent of them are employed.”
From http://www.businessworld.in/article/How-To-Create-A-Disability-Friendly-Workplace/23-01-2016-90561/, February 01, 2016

Dedication to Access on a Global Scale – Interview with James Thurston, G3ict
Welcome to 2016! There's nothing like a new year to start thinking about the changing needs of accessibility on a global basis. To kick things off, it's my great pleasure to introduce James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development in the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict). James very kindly took some time out of his busy schedule to explain his remarkable work in supporting the access needs of people with disabilities around the world and the goals of G3ict.
From http://www.accessiq.org/news/w3c-column/2016/02/dedication-to-access-on-a-global-scale-an-interview-with-james-thurston, February 01, 2016

Media Access Australia: Web Accessibility Training and Certification for Developers
Australia’s only university-accredited web accessibility certificate for web professionals. Students first gain an understanding of the challenges faced by users with a disability through hands-on experience with assistive technologies. This module provides the ethical, practical and financial arguments for implementing accessibility across your organization.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/digitalaccessibilityservices/services/education-and-training/pcwa/, February 01, 2016

Georgia Tech Partners with edX to Offer Course on Disabilities in the Workplace
The Georgia Institute of Technology has signed an agreement with edX, the nonprofit online learning destination, to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) for learners around the world. The first Georgia Tech class, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility, is open for enrollment and will address the importance of developing an inclusive workplace for employees and customers with disabilities. The Institute AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center is launching the course in partnership with the United Nations Global Initiative on Inclusion.
From http://www.news.gatech.edu/2016/01/26/georgia-tech-partners-edx-offer-online-courses, February 01, 2016

Apple Stores to Begin Selling Accessibility Accessories in Early 2016
Monday December 21, 2015 5:56 AM PST by Mitchel Broussard Apple is rumored to begin selling accessibility-related accessories and peripherals in its retail stores sometime in early 2016. The report, from Mac Otakara [Google Translate], states that the new iOS- and OS X-supported devices will go on sale between January and March of next year.
From http://www.macrumors.com/2015/12/21/apple-stores-selling-accessibility/, January 17, 2016

Facebook Plans to Improve Accessibility for Visually Impaired Users
Odds are you’ve checked your Facebook account in the last few hours. Odds are even pretty good that you have Facebook open on your desktop or smartphone at this very moment. In its 11+ years, Facebook has gone from cyber novelty to internet tentpole—a (if not *the*) hub around which a tremendous number of people orient their everyday online activity. For seeing-impaired users, however, Facebook’s inherently visual offerings can make using the social network a difficult proposition. And while Facebook has long worked on tools to make the site—particularly its “photos” functionality—more accessible to those with visual impairments, reports of a new feature indicate the company is preparing to up their usability in a significant way.
From https://magazine.good.is/articles/facebook-visually-impaired-blind-tools, January 17, 2016

W3C Releases Guidelines to Help Make User Agents More Accessible
The W3C has released new guidelines that will assist developers in making the Internet more accessible for people with disabilities. Almost thirteen years to the day after its first iteration became a formal recommendation, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has released Working Group Notes for the second version of the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG). Included in UAAG 2.0 are 26 guidelines across 5 principles (perceivable, operable, understandable, programmatic access and specifications and conventions) which aim to provide developers with a greater understanding of the objectives of included success criteria. The guidelines also are linked to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, and the Authoring Tools Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0, all of which sit under the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative.
From http://www.accessiq.org/news/news/2015/12/guidelines-to-help-make-user-agents-more-accessible-released, January 17, 2016

The High Cost of Digital Discrimination: Why Companies Should Care About Web Accessibility
Netflix, Disney and Target have all faced lawsuits alleging their websites offer poor accessibility for the disabled. It makes no sense to wait for US guidelines, now expected in 2018, to end an era of digital discrimination. Every few months, a new lawsuit involving internet accessibility pops up. In November, a legally blind man sued the National Basketball Association, claiming its website did not accommodate the visually impaired. Over the summer, cruise operator Carnival Corp agreed to pay $405,000 in damages and penalties in a settlement with the US justice department over a variety of accessibility issues, including ones with its website and apps.
From http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/dec/31/digital-discrimination-netflix-disney-target-web-accessibility-doj, January 17, 2016

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