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Is Banking Accessible to Persons with Disabilities?
According to WHO and World Bank, about 15.3 percent of the world’s population or one billion persons live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities tend to be acutely vulnerable to exclusion. Yes! 1 billion in number around the world are a significant percentage of the world’s population. Unfortunately, many of them are not provided with equal opportunities in financial inclusion, in financial products and services as their peers and are denied their rights of being an integral part of the financial inclusion community.
From http://community.telecentre.org/profiles/blogs/is-banking-accessible-to-persons-with-disabilities, June 25, 2015

IBM on the Importance of Accessibility for All Users
Making technology more accessible for a few makes it easier and more practical for everyone. In an economy increasingly reliant on brain power rather than brawn, being able to harness the potential of workers regardless of their physical impediments is a situation both empowering for those employees and good for the company’s bottom line.
From http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150609/policy/ibm-on-the-importance-of-accessibility, June 25, 2015

IBM Uses Big Data to Help Seniors in Italy
Nicola Palmarini, a technology advocate with IBM Accessibility, helps the technology powerhouse leverage the power of big data. At the 2015 M-Enabling Summit, he sat down with RCR Wireless News to talk about some of the ways IBM has started to leverage big data analytics in smart and effective ways, helping to increase public safety and quality of life while maintaining the delicate balance of privacy.
From http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150611/big-data-analytics/big-data-to-help-seniors-in-italy, June 25, 2015

W3C Prepping Technical Report on Mobile Accessibility
Judy Brewer, director of the Web Accessibility Initiative at W3C, said it's unlikely the organization will publish a standard on mobile accessibility. Instead, the guidance will outline how Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or WCAG, 2.0 applies to mobile and best practices for addressing gaps in WCAG standards and the mobile environment, she said at an event earlier this month.
From http://www.fiercemobilegovernment.com/story/w3c-prepping-technical-report-mobile-accessibility/2015-06-24, June 25, 2015

Zero Project Launches Call for Nominations on Inclusive Education and/or ICTs
Education is the fundamental process by which societies transmit their accumulated information and knowledge, in which Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play an increasingly important role. Hence, the Zero Project 2016 is focusing on Inclusive education and/or ICTs, and our call for nominating innovative practices and policies has just been launched!
From http://zeroproject.org/inclusive-education-icts/, June 24, 2015

France: E-learning for Deaf People Who Want to Study Computer Science
X2000, a French association specialized in information technology, has decided to create Sourdstic, an e-learning platform dedicated to those who have hearing loss. Created to promote the integration of deaf people in professional life, the course offers the opportunity to acquire basic skills for free. As word processing, Internet use, antivirus, social networks personal data protection. All of these topics are explained step by step on the platform through videos translated into sign language. The X2000 team has also created a glossary with all specific terms translated into sign language dedicated to the cyberspace’s professionals.
From http://www.west-info.eu/e-learning-for-deaf-people-who-want-to-study-computer-science/, June 23, 2015

Spain: A guide to Discover if Universities are Accessible for Students with Disabilities
The website provides information about the accessibility of the different centers of universities, support products and adaptations that provide both learning and assessment activities, and other programs of action undertaken by universities.
From http://guiauniversitaria.fundaciononce.es/, June 23, 2015

Myanmar: Union Election Commission to Adjust Polling Policies for Persons with Disabilities
Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has vowed to implement new measures to enhance voting rights for persons with disabilities during the country’s upcoming general election, to be held in November. Following a meeting with disabled rights advocates, lawmakers and government officials in Naypyidaw on Wednesday, the UEC agreed to a number of polling practices meant to improve fairness and access for persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/06/22/burmas-union-election-commission-to-adjust-polling-policies-for-persons-with-disabilities/, June 23, 2015

USA: FDA Approves Device to Help People with Vision Disabilities See by Using Their Tongues
The Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of a new device Thursday that when used along with other assistive devices, like a cane or guide dog, can help orient people who are blind by helping them process visual images with their tongues. The BrainPort V100 is a battery-powered device that includes a video camera mounted on a pair of glasses and a small, flat intra-oral device containing a series of electrodes that the user holds against their tongue.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/06/19/fda-approves-device-to-help-people-with-vision-disabilities-see-by-using-their-tongues/, June 23, 2015

M-Enabling Highlights Forward Thinking Innovation to Benefit All Users
As someone fairly new to the digital accessibility industry, it was a great learning experience to be able to attend the 4th Annual M-Enabling Summit last week. I was amazed to see how forward thinking innovations like Wearables and the Internet of Things are being used by people across all abilities. There’s no surprise why large companies like IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon were in attendance along with progressive disruptive newcomers like Uber. The M-Enabling Summit offers a snapshot in time of where technology is headed for the masses.
From http://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/m-enabling-highlights-forward-thinking-innovation-to-benefit-all-users/, June 15, 2015

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