Mexican DPOs Present Critical Rights Issues to the CRPD Committee
This week, representatives of the Disability Rights (Advocacy) Fund grantee – the Coalición México por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (COAMEX) – will participate in the interactive dialogue between the Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) and the Mexican government regarding conditions for people with disabilities in Mexico.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/15/mexican-dpos-present-critical-rights-issues-to-the-crpd-committee/, September 15, 2014
App Enables People With Vision Disabilities to Identify US Currency Notes With Android Smartphone
Apps4Android today announced the release of an updated version of their no-cost-to-the-user, U.S. currency note identification app called “IDEAL Currency Identifier (ICI).”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/09/app-enables-people-with-vision-disabilities-to-identify-us-currency-notes-with-android-smartphone/, September 11, 2014
New iBooks Textbook Helps People With Vision Disabilities Visit the Stars Through Touch and Sound
Children with visual disabilities can experience striking deep-space images like never before in a free, multi-touch iBooks textbook for the iPad entitled “Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn.” Astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) have teamed up with the SAS Corporation, the National Braille Press, and the National Federation of the Blind to create a book to inspire students of all abilities to pursue future careers in science. The book incorporates new assistive technologies to help the seeing impaired.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/08/new-ibooks-textbook-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities-visit-the-stars-through-touch-and-sound/, September 11, 2014
European Universities Accessibility Map Launched
On August 28, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is celebrating the launch of MapAbility platform, a ground-breaking online map designed to inform students with disabilities about the accessibility level of European Higher Education Institutions.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/04/european-universities-accessibility-map-launched/, September 11, 2014
Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity
The 31st Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity, 2015 will be held on May 18-19, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/03/pacific-rim-international-conference-on-disability-and-diversity/, September 11, 2014
DEWA Starts ‘Live’ Sign Language Video Chat
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has launched the Ash’ir (Arabic for ‘to signal’) service to support customers with hearing disabilities. The service was announced at DEWA’s headquarters in the presence of Executive Vice-Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and DEWA employees.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/01/dewa-starts-live-sign-language-video-chat/, September 10, 2014
Infographic: Discover the Smart House of the Future
How will be our house in the future? Will the washing machines be connected? The light bulbs? The plants? Thousands of smart projects are being developed to automate the houses, to make them more efficient, more useful and easier for the users.
From http://mobileworldcapital.com/en/article/663, September 09, 2014
How to Use Accessibility for iPhone and iPad: The Ultimate Guide
Accessibility — also referred to as inclusivity — is all about making the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad work for as wide a range of people as possible. That can include the very young, the very old, people brand new to computers and mobile devices, and also people with disabilities and special needs. With iOS, Apple has added features to specifically help those with visual impairments, including blindness, color blindness, and low vision, with auditory impairments including deafness in one or both ears, physical or motor skill impairments, including limited coordination or range of motion, and learning challenges, including autism and dyslexia.
From http://www.imore.com/how-use-accessibility-iphone-and-ipad-ultimate-guide, September 04, 2014
Dragon Naturally Speaking and ARIA
The latest and greatest Dragon Naturally Speaking (version 13) finally catches up, at least partially, with a critical web standard: WAI-ARIA.
From http://simplyaccessible.com/article/dragon-aria/, September 03, 2014
Live Subtitles: How Smart Technology Could Help Deaf People
There are many new technologies that can help people with disabilities, like live subtitling 24/7 for deaf people, but how well do they work? Tina Lannin of 121 Captions and Tim Scannell of Microlink have been working to make Google Glass for deaf people a reality.
From http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-ouch-28672182, September 03, 2014