Combatting Exclusion for Persons With Disabilities in India and Mexico
Most persons with disabilities (PWDs) don’t have an account at a formal financial institution. In India, 5 – 6 percent of the population (roughly 66 million) are estimated to have a disability, and three-quarters of Indian PWDs live in rural areas where access to banking services is limited. In India on the whole, about 35 percent of the adult population has a formal bank account. In Mexico, about 10 percent of households have at least one member with a disability, and about 27 percent of the country’s adult population has an account at a formal financial institution. These two countries present huge financial inclusion opportunities for PWDs. Encouragingly, significant PWD inclusion in-roads in both are underway.
From http://cfi-blog.org/2013/10/22/combatting-exclusion-for-persons-with-disabilities-in-india-and-mexico/, October 29, 2013
Accessibility of Text on Images on Websites
People perceive the content of the web in various ways. Some use text to speech technologies called screen readers, some users increase the font size for better visibility, some users prefer loading user preferred style sheets. The screen reading technologies do not have the capability to read aloud the text on images except with some settings with latest versions of JAWS. The font size can be adjusted only if the content is real text instead of text on images. Similarly the user specified styles apply only to the content and its back-ground but not the text on images and its background. Due to all the reasons specified above certain user groups cannot perceive the content on images.
From http://www.maxability.co.in/2013/10/1-4-5-images-of-text/, October 29, 2013
Access to the Internet by Older People and Mobile Tips at Heart of e-Access 2013
Access to the internet in homes for the elderly and developing inclusive services on smartphones and tablet computers are among topics on the agenda
at e-Access 13, the UK’s leading event on access to technology by people with disabilities. Delegates will hear about the Connecting Care project, looking at how care homes for older people can make the most of new technology to support their organisation, carers and service users. The project is run by Lasa, a technology support group for charities and public sector bodies, with funding from the Department of Health.
From http://www.headstar.com/eaccess13/, October 28, 2013
‘3D Search Engine’ Tested by Blind Tokyo Schoolchildren
A voice-activated machine combining web search engine technology with 3D printing is giving visually impaired school children in Tokyo the chance to
experiment with what could be a glimpse into the future for the creation of live tactile teaching aids.
Called the ‘Hands On Search’, users speak the name of an object into the machine which then searches the internet for modelling data. The 3D printer
then creates a miniature model of it, using materials such as plastic, carbon and metal.
From http://www.headstar.com/eablive/?p=946, October 28, 2013
Digital Inclusion: Why Older People Should be Getting Online
Almost half of people who don't use the Internet aren't going online because they're unaware of the benefits it could offer them. The research comes from ILCUK's Nudge or Compel report into whether behavioural economics could help to tackle the digital exclusion of older people.
From http://www.choose.net/media/guide/features/digital-inclusion-reasons-older-people.html, October 28, 2013
The Viscardi Center Announces Call for Nominations to Honor Distinguished Leaders of the Disability Community
The Viscardi Center today issued a "Call for Nominations" for the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, which pay tribute to exemplary leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. The Award recipients will be announced on Monday, May 5, 2014.
From http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1548820, October 28, 2013
Microsoft Wins a National TDI Award for Its Commitment to Making Technology Accessible
TDI is recognizing Microsoft for adopting a worldwide strategy over the years to develop software that makes it easier for people of all ages and abilities to see, hear, and use their computers. It has created technology that is accessible to everyone, and its Windows operating system now drives the computers of about 400 million people worldwide,” the organization said.
From http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2013/10/18/microsoft-wins-a-national-tdi-award-for-its-commitment-to-making-technology-accessible.aspx, October 25, 2013
It’s Time to Update the U.S. Public Accessibility Procurement Standard
Public procurement policies have been powerful tools in efforts to make information technology more accessible, helping to leverage the tremendous purchasing power of governments to encourage accessibility development. For more than a decade Section 508, a policy that requires the U.S. government to consider accessibility when buying any information technology, has been the de facto accessibility standard around the world. While Section 508 has been responsible for a lot of progress, the twelve-year-old standard has become hopelessly outdated in the digital age. To address this, the U.S. Access Board created the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC) in 2006 and charged it with developing ways to update the policy. Two years later, TEITAC issued its recommendations and the federal government followed with two proposed rules, or advance notices of proposed rulemaking. But, we are still waiting for a new standard.
From http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2013/10/23/it-s-time-to-update-the-u-s-public-accessibility-procurement-standard.aspx, October 25, 2013
RNIB Works with Amazon to Deliver Mainstream Breakthrough for Blind and Partially Sighted People
The UK's leading sight loss charity Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), has collaborated with global technology giant Amazon to ensure that people with sight loss can enjoy the features in the latest range of tablet devices. Blind and partially sighted people will be able to enjoy improved access to the UK's largest source of e-books thanks to new accessibility features which have been incorporated into the new Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets.
From http://www.daisy.org/news-detail/1298, October 25, 2013
A Global Challenge: Can We Achieve Financial Inclusion by 2020?
The issue of financial inclusion seems to be everywhere – from the World Bank Annual Meetings to the new UN post-2015 development goals. It’s got buzz in the private sector, public sector and development organizations big and small. Policymakers are increasingly making financial inclusion a priority through specific financial inclusion targets and commitments, such as the Alliance for Financial Inclusion’s Maya Declaration. In fact, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim recently launched an initiative “to provide universal financial access to all working-age adults by 2020.”
From http://cfi-blog.org/2013/10/23/a-global-challenge-can-we-achieve-financial-inclusion-by-2020/, October 25, 2013