Dutch Ministry Begins Consultation on Digital Accessibility of the Government
The Dutch Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations has begun consultation concerning the accessibility of the government. The decision is in line with the implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/2102 and mandatory governmental directives to apply accessibility standard EN 301 549. The ministry expects the scheme to ensure that government agencies make their websites and apps accessible to the elderly and persons with disabilities.
From Telecom Paper, October 02, 2017
Technology Must Empower People, Be Accessible Says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
As part of the keynote address at the Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the need for technology to offer more than just productivity and efficiency. Emphasizing on digital transformation that is focused on human capabilities, he said that technology now needs to provide new levels of inclusiveness through accessibility and empower people.
From The Economic Times, October 01, 2017
EU Moves Toward Mandated Mobile App Accessibility
In April 2017, the European Commission advised the European Standards Organizations (ESOs) through Mandate 554 to develop digital accessibility standards for both public sector websites and mobile applications. These new standards build on the EU’s 2016 Web and Mobile Accessibility Directive and go further by extending the standards to specifically address mobile apps, but also by making the standards binding for member states.
From Bureau of Internet Accessibility, September 30, 2017
Accessible Tech for Persons with Visual Disabilities
The use of technology by the blind has been a mix of clunky software and chunky hardware. Gradually, however, artificial intelligence is powering rapid developments in computer vision and voice recognition, taking much-needed accessibility features mainstream.
From Wired, September 28, 2017
The HAWRAF Design Platform Allows Designing and Reading Books with Accessibility Features
The New York-based design studio HAWRAF has designed a new digital book platform that lets users read in the web browser. It allows users to adjust font, text size, line spacing, and background color along with other accessibility features including a text-to-speech mode.
From Co Design, September 28, 2017
Text-Only News Sites are Making a Comeback with Major Accessibility Gains
ext-only sites — which used to be more popular in the early days of the Internet, when networks were slower and bandwidth was at a premium – are incredibly useful, and not just during natural disasters. They load much faster, don’t contain any pop-ups or ads or autoplay videos, and help people with low bandwidth or limited Internet access. They’re also beneficial for people with visual disabilities who use screen readers to navigate the Internet.
From Poynter, September 28, 2017
Dubai to Host AccessAbilities Expo
Dubai will be hosting a three-day AccessAbilities expo that will cater to the increasing demand from the global market for older persons and persons with disabilities. It will bring together more than 150 exhibitors showcasing the world’s latest assistive technology and robotics, focused on facilitating the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities in society and empowering them.
From Gulf Today, September 27, 2017
Natural Disasters Encourage Web Accessibility Discussion
Social media and other online platforms have proven essential for both the dissemination of information and for the rescue of stranded individuals during catastrophic natural disasters. Unfortunately, many apps and websites may not be accessible leaving those with a disability in a potentially perilous state. This article looks at this issue and recent efforts to build apps and online platforms designed to help those with disabilities during disasters.
From BioSpace, September 27, 2017
ADA Accessibility, a Must for All Websites?
While many business owners may be familiar with physical accessibility improvements such as wheelchair ramps and Braille signs, fewer are aware that some federal courts alike have reinterpreted ADA accessibility regulations to apply to website operators. As a result, an increasing number of lawsuits on website operators who do not meet WCAG 2.0 standards have been on the rise.
From Lexology, September 26, 2017
Hanoi Builds Website with Information on Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities
The Hanoi People’s Committee is building a website with information on accessibility for persons with disabilities. The website will list accessible tourist attractions and rate the accessibility of these sites for people with disabilities.
From Communist Party of Vietnam, September 26, 2017