USA: College in Boston Becomes First in America to Comply with ADA Laws for Website Accessibility
AudioEye, today announced that its patented Web A11y Management Platform technology has been launched at www.wheelock.edu, the official website of Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, which serves both graduate and undergraduate students. Wheelock College also offers Online education that allows students to attend class from anywhere with an Internet connection.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/24/wheelock-college-in-boston-becomes-first-private-college-in-america-to-comply-with-ada-laws-for-website-accessibility/, November 24, 2014
USA: InventHelp Inventor Develops Cell Phone for People with Vision Disabilities
“I thought that people who are blind should have special cell phones that they could use to stay close to their family, friends and physicians,” said a 16-year-old from Morris Plains, N.J. “This phone will make them feel more secure, confident and safe, as it is designed with their needs in mind.” She developed the Cell Phone for People who are Blind especially to meet the needs of people who are blind or have low vision. The phone enables the user to place and receive phone calls easily. This offers added peace of mind and helps the user stay in touch with friends, family, and physicians. Additionally, it is designed to enhance personal safety and can be located easily if lost or misplaced.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/14/inventhelp-inventor-develops-cell-phone-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, November 24, 2014
Indonesia: Media Guidelines for Reporting on People with Disabilities to be Launched Early 2015
In a bid to publicize issues related to people with disabilities and their access to the democratic process, the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) is planning to publish a set of media guidelines. “We will launch the guidelines during a regional dialog in January 2015,” AGENDA researcher Muhammad Afifuddin told a forum group discussion in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday. Diffa Magazine, a periodical concerned with people with disabilities, said that the number of news items related to the issue only reached 60 between 2011 and 2012.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/20/media-guidelines-for-reporting-on-people-with-disabilities-to-be-launched-early-2015/, November 20, 2014
T4F KIT to Empower People with Disabilities
The Tech4freedom kit is the most complete wireless system of sensors in the world, specifically designed for people with vision loss, to provide them with greater autonomy and security in everyday life, home, health care, leisure, games, sports, and other activities!
From https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/t4f-kit-to-empower-people-with-disabilities, November 19, 2014
USA: Verizon Partners with Georgia Tech on Connected Car, Wearables Research
Verizon Wireless is teaming up with Georgia Tech on a multi-year research partnership to tap into the engineering powerhouse's talent pool. The deal will include hardware and software research in several emerging technologies including wearables, the "connected car" and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
From http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/blog/atlantech/2014/11/verizon-partners-with-georgia-tech-on-connected.html, November 19, 2014
Philippines: Department of Tourism Gears up for Accessible Tourism
The Department of Tourism-Western Visayas is gearing up for accessible tourism awareness program for persons with disabilities in all tourism facilities and destinations in the Philippines. DOT Regional Director Helen Catalbas said, that in line with the agency’s commitment to promote a barrier-free tourism industry, the Office of Tourism Standards and Regulations, DOT central office, the regional office, and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) will conduct a two-day seminar workshop on November 17 and 18, 2014 at the Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/11/department-of-tourism-gears-up-for-accessible-tourism/, November 19, 2014
Catalina Devandas Appointed by HRC as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The President of the Human Rights Council (HRC), Mr Baudelaire Ndong Ella, announced today that Ms Catalina Devandas, from Costa Rica, was appointed as Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. After a successful process of interviews and consultation, the Consultative Group decided to unanimously recommend Ms Devandas to the position of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities (SRPD). The Consultative Group wanted to demonstrate value-added vis-à-vis the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility and other United Nations system actors working on disability related matters.
From http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/en/article/persons-disabilities-finally-join-special-procedures-family-under-hrc, November 19, 2014
Microsoft Research: Rapid Progress in Automatic Image Captioning
This summer, about 12 interns and researchers at Microsoft Research decided to “go for it” and create an automatic image captioning software system. Given all of the advances in deep learning for object classification and detection, we thought it was time to build a credible system. Here’s an example output from our system: which caption do you think was generated by a person and which by the system?
From http://blogs.technet.com/b/machinelearning/archive/2014/11/18/rapid-progress-in-automatic-image-captioning.aspx, November 19, 2014
ITU Wants to Encourage New Policy for ICT Inclusion and Accessibility
According to a World Health Organisation report in 2011, one billion people – or 15 per cent of the global population – are registered as disabled. The ITU, recognising that very few nations have acted to ensure that persons with disabilities have full access to our digital society, has published a new report on ICT accessibility, in partnership with the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict).
From http://www.telecomtv.com/articles/policy-and-regulation/itu-wants-to-encourage-new-policy-for-ict-inclusion-and-accessibility-11971/, November 18, 2014
Nigeria: FirstBank launches 20 Accessible Branches
FirstBank of Nigeria Limited has said it recently designated over 20 branches with access to wheelchairs across the country. Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, FirstBank, Mr. Bisi Onasanya stated this at the recently concluded FirstBank’s International Sustainability Conference.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/18/firstbank-launches-20-accessible-branches/, November 18, 2014