Accessibility Solutions: Lack of Information to Consumers Remains Barrier
The 3rd M-Enabling Summit, which took place 9-10 June 2014 in Washington, gathered over 500 stakeholders in mobile accessibility and was the forum for many interesting discussions. Participants that had also been at the first and second Summits, noted that the center of discussions has shifted from explaining what accessibility is and why we need it, to concrete exchanges on how to achieve it. Indeed, this 3rd Summit seemed marked by the acceptance amongst regulators, industry and consumers that accessibility is happening.
From http://blog.mobileaccessibility.info/2014/06/accessibility-solutions-lack-of.html, July 01, 2014
India Becomes First Country to Ratify the Marrakesh Treaty
Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO said that the Marrakesh Treaty received 79 signatures in the twelve month period that the treaty was open for signatures. He further said that India’s ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty one year from its conclusion was a “WIPO record of sorts” and a “great example from a major country” of the importance attached to the Marrakesh Treaty.
From http://cis-india.org/accessibility/blog/indias-ratification-of-marrakesh-treaty-celebrated, July 01, 2014
Bangladesh: 2nd International Conference on Inclusive Education in Dhaka
The 2nd International Conference on Inclusive Education under the banner of Asian Centre for Inclusive Education (ACIE) that is going to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 9-11 January 2015.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/06/30/2nd-international-conference-on-inclusive-education-in-dhaka/, June 30, 2014
USA: Austin Startup Launches World’s Largest Hearing Provider Directory
Local internet startup company, Hearing Tracker, Inc., has introduced HearingTracker.com at the 2014 Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) convention.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/06/30/austin-startup-launches-worlds-largest-hearing-provider-directory/, June 30, 2014
Singapore: SingTel Expands CSR Program
SingTel expands its Corporate Social Responsibility Community Program with the launch of a mobile plan that specially caters to the needs of persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/06/30/singtel-expands-csr-program/, June 30, 2014
USA: Capti Narrator Receives FCC Chairman’s Award
Stony Brook tech startup Charmtech Labs LLC, which last week received an award from the Federal Communications Commission for making the Internet more accessible to disabled people, announced Tuesday the first major expansion of its free text-to-speech iPhone and iPad application, Capti Narrator. Capti allows users to listen to a variety of text documents across Web sources, including news sites, Google Drive and Dropbox. Tuesday's update expands the app's functionality from one language -- English -- to 26, and adds more than 125 voice options to its original roster of 25.
From http://www.newsday.com/business/li-startup-charmtech-gets-fcc-award-rolls-out-expansion-1.8474143, June 19, 2014
Amazon Unveils New Fire Smartphone with Accessibility Features
Amazon has revealed its first smartphone Fire Phone, and yes, it has accessibility options. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduces the device in front of hundreds of customers, executives and reporters Wednesday at an event in Seattle, Washington. The Amazon Fire Phone will be available exclusively through AT&T Inc. and will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract for a 32GB device.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/06/19/amazon-unveils-new-fire-smartphone-with-accessibility-features/, June 19, 2014
Sprint Launches Neurodiversity ID Pack, Offers Mobile Solutions for Customers with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Sprint launched the Neurodiversity ID pack, a unique bundle of best-in-class mobile applications targeted at helping individuals with cognitive and neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/06/19/sprint-launches-neurodiversity-id-pack-offers-mobile-solutions-for-customers-with-neurodevelopmental-disabilities/, June 19, 2014
Tokyo Haneda Airport Sets “Universal Design” Standards for Barrier-free Airports
The universal design principles incorporated into the passenger areas at Haneda Airport’s new international terminal have been acclaimed as world class and can serve as a blueprint for integrated “barrier-free” facilities in similar facilities around the world. So much thought has gone into the design of the airport, which serves Tokyo, that it even has dedicated indoor toilet facilities for people who are accompanied by a guide dog.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2011/04/26/tokyo-haneda-airport-sets-universal-design-standards-for-barrier-free-airports/, June 16, 2014
USA: DLA Aviation Migration to Videophones for Hearing Impaired Complete
Two years ago, DLA Aviation began the process of upgrading all of its deaf and hearing-impaired employees from the old and obsolete telephone typewriter, or TTY communications device to the more technically advanced videophones. Recently, the last three DLA Aviation deaf employees received their videophones, completing the issue of the phones to all who need them right now. “Equal Employment Opportunity pushed for the videophones here, but it took two years before the other installations got them,” said Ellen Trimble, DLA Aviation sign language interpreter and EEO counselor.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2011/04/20/dla-aviation-migration-to-videophones-for-hearing-impaired-complete/, June 16, 2014