For the Disability Community, Tech is the Great Equalizer
Amidst the plethora of stories on technology, what often gets lost are conventional innovations happening on the periphery of the tech world. CNET launches 'Tech Enabled' series to highlight these stories and chronicle the role that tech plays in meeting the particular needs of the disability community or ensuring that something many of us take for granted -- such as simply using a phone -- is an option for everyone. The goal is to bring attention to an area that too often gets ignored.
From CNET, October 24, 2016
Technology to Help Kids with Dyslexia Develop Love of Reading
An elementary school teacher is leading the way in using technology to help some of her students with dyslexia develop a love for reading. Using Bookshare, which, with 480,000 books is the world's largest digital library, she is helping her students access books they can read, using their eyes and ears, by listening to and seeing highlighted text.
From Dallas News, October 23, 2016
Can a Docudrama Change the Way Streaming Caters for People with Disabilities?
On-demand video may be ubiquitous, but it’s often inaccessible to many viewers. Now the release of John Hull’s docudrama looks set to turn the tide. The film is available with subtitles, and comes with a range of different audio tracks specially designed for blind and partially sighted audiences. In the film, the late academic John Hull describes the physical and psychological sensation of losing his sight at age 45, through a series of archived audio diaries he made along the way.
From The Guardian, October 22, 2016
Model Policy on Inclusive ICTs in Education for Persons with Disabilities Used in Framing Policy Guidance in Uganda
The Model Policy on Inclusive ICTs in Education for Persons with Disabilities prepared by UNESCO, G3ict & the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education is being used in Uganda to develop policy guidance on ICT. This is part of the work being done under the UNPRPD project by Ministry of Education and Sports and UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa.
From European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education, October 21, 2016
Learn How You Can Make Your City More Inclusive at SCEWC
The Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) will be held from November 14 -17 in Barcelona, Spain. Microsoft is showcasing its Cities Unlocked initiative - a program that came together through the collaboration between Microsoft and Guide Dogs at SCEWC. Cities Unlocked is just one example of Microsoft's commitment to help cities become more digitally inclusive through their CityNext initiative. They also support Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) and World Enabled in their Defining Accessible Smart Cities Initiative.
From Microsoft, October 19, 2016
WCAG 2.1 Under Exploration, Comments Requested by November 1
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has decided to work on an updated version of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This dot-release, WCAG 2.1, will build on WCAG 2.0 to provide guidance urgently needed for today’s technologies but does not supersede WCAG 2.0. The group is seeking inputs from stakeholders on this plan. Deadline to send in comments is November 1.
From W3C, October 19, 2016
FCC White Paper on ICT Access for People with Cognitive Disabilities
This White Paper discusses the need for access to information and communications technologies by people with cognitive disabilities, and what that access entails. It defines the various categories of “cognitive disability” and discusses the prevalence in America. It highlights the importance of ICT, and the particular benefits that these technologies can afford individuals with cognitive disabilities and identifies a few reasons why people with cognitive disabilities have not adopted ICT at the same rate as Americans without disabilities. With this White Paper, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau recommends several solutions and adaptive tools to address barriers to access and adoption.
From Federal Communications Commission (FCC), October 18, 2016
Tech For The Blind: How App Developers Can Help End ‘Disturbing Touchscreen Trend’
At their introduction, touchscreens were refreshing and people rushed to get those touch devices. Meanwhile, not many may have thought how touchscreens almost ended the messaging ability of visually impaired. Now, with services moving from phone calls to online (services and apps), it’s getting more difficult.
From Firstpost, October 12, 2016
Technology Is Helping Disabled Women in India Stand up Against Violence & Demand Their Rights
Thanks to the app 'Azadi Ki Udaan', persons with disabilities across the four blocks of Puri district in Odisha, India have easy access to everything they need to know about state and national schemes, apart from crucial information on domestic violence and abuse, which countless disabled people encounter on an everyday basis.
From The Better India, October 04, 2016
The Marrakesh Treaty comes into effect
The Marrakesh Treaty eases the production and transfer across national boundaries of books that are specially adapted for use by people with visual impairments, most of whom live in lower-income countries. WIPO member states agreed to the text of the “books for the blind” treaty in 2013 in the Kingdom of Morocco and the agreement comes into effect on September 30, 2016
From World Intellectual Property Organization, October 02, 2016