IBM’s Frances West Says Demand is Rising for Easy-to-Use Technology
Here’s a C-suite role you may never have heard of: chief accessibility officer. But as demographic and regulatory developments bring disability issues squarely into the workplace—and the marketplace—companies will find themselves paying closer attention, says Frances West, who was appointed CAO at International Business Machines Corp. IBM in July. The 57-year-old Ms. West, who began her career as an engineer at IBM in 1979, is responsible for making sure IBM delivers products and services that people of all ages and abilities can use. She also guides efforts to make IBM’s own workplace accessible.
From http://online.wsj.com/articles/new-c-suite-mandate-accessibility-1413751560, October 22, 2014
Removing Barriers and Advancing Digital Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities
G3ict’s mission is to facilitate and support the implementation of the CRPD on the accessibility of Information Communication Technologies and assistive technologies. Their recent article focuses on removing barriers and advancing digital accessibility, and highlights that persons with disabilities must participate in the active evaluation and monitoring of their country’s implementation of the CRPD.
From http://zeroproject.org/how-to-advance-digital-accessibility-by-the-g3ict/, October 22, 2014
US DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy Announces Launch of Web Portal on Accessible Workplace Technology
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced the launch of http://www.PEATworks.org — a comprehensive Web portal spearheaded by ODEP’s Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology. From educational articles to interactive tools, the website’s content aims to help employers and the technology industry adopt accessible technology as part of everyday business practice so that all workers can benefit.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/10/16/us-dols-office-of-disability-employment-policy-announces-launch-of-web-portal-on-accessible-workplace-technology/, October 20, 2014
USA: SafetySign Offers New NY Accessibility Signs
SafetySign.com, a leading source of official safety signs, traffic signs, and parking signs, and a division of Brimar Industries, Inc., has recently added new accessibility signs that comply with New York’s updated sign design. The signs can be purchased at http://www.safetysign.com/new-york-accessibility-parking-signs. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law on July 25, 2014, that updates the state’s accessibility signage and symbols. The new accessibility design portrays a more active symbol, where the figure in the wheelchair is leaning forward and has arms bent in a way that suggests independent motion.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/10/17/safetysign-offers-new-ny-accessibility-signs/, October 20, 2014
UAE: Sign Language Customer Service for People with Hearing Disabilities
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has announced that it is to provide live video connections to people with hearing disabilities to allow them to make inquiries about ministry services using sign language. The service was created in cooperation with the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care, which will provide a trained staff member to communicate with customers with hearing disabilities. Customer service staff will later be trained on sign language communication.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/10/16/sign-language-customer-service-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, October 20, 2014
UAE: Abu Dhabi to Offer Tourist Information in Braille
Tourists and residents with vision disabilities visiting Abu Dhabi are now being offered information on the destination in Braille. A brochure outlining ‘Ten Things to Know about Abu Dhabi, its Al Gharbia Western Region and heritage heartland of Al Ain’ has been produced in Braille and is now ready to circulate through the emirate’s tourism authority’s 10 overseas offices, its visitor centers in the emirate, and at key events.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/10/15/abu-dhabi-to-offer-tourist-information-in-braille/, October 20, 2014
The Importance of Information and Communication Technologies in Building an Inclusive Society
Over the coming weeks, ITU’s 193 Member States will be meeting in Busan, Republic of Korea for the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference. This event is of great importance for the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, as ITU Member States will approve a Strategic Plan which ITU will implement over the next four years with the aim of achieving further progress towards a fully connected global society.
From http://itu4u.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/the-importance-of-information-and-communication-technologies-in-building-an-inclusive-society/, October 20, 2014
India: Mobile Technology Could Open New Possibilities for People with Disabilities
On Monday, the School of Information hosted Dr. Samuel N. Mathew, executive director of the National Institute of Speech & Hearing and director of the Regional Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Kerala, India, who delivered a lecture on access to technology for people with disabilities. During the talk, Mathew highlighted the necessity of mobile technology platforms for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in India. He said these platforms can be especially beneficial for the visually challenged, speech-impaired, hearing-impaired, those with limited cognition and agility impairment and people on the autism spectrum.
From http://www.michigandaily.com/news/technology-access-people-disabilties, October 20, 2014
USA: SSB BART Group CEO Recognized by White House
On Tuesday, October 14, one of SSB’s own, Tim Springer will be honored by the White House as a Disability Employment Champion of Change. The White House Champions of Change program recognizes every day Americans who are making positive changes in their communities, and this event will honor those doing extraordinary work to make workplaces more accessible and create employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
From https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/2014/10/13/ssb-bart-group-ceo-recognized-at-white-house-event/, October 14, 2014
Million Dollar Boost for Low Cost Braille Display
An international project to build a low-cost refreshable braille display for computers is reaching fruition, with new plans announced for a technology retailing at less than 20% of current prices. Refreshable braille devices are formed of plastic “cells”, small grids of holes through which rods rise and fall, triggered by an electric current using a technology known as “piezoelectric”. A line of Braille forms as a computer reads across text.
From http://www.headstar.com/eablive/?p=1061, October 10, 2014