Australia: Best Practice Web Accessibility and Mobile Webinars in September
With the deadline rapidly approaching for Government organizations in Australia to be WCAG 2.0 Level A compliant; it’s pertinent for marketing, web, digital and strategic level managers to start putting their web compliance strategy in motion if they have not already done so. Leading enterprise web content management provider, Elcom, has partnered with usability and accessibility experts, Stamford Interactive, to deliver two complimentary webinars in September 2012.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/08/27/best-practice-web-accessibility-and-mobile-webinars-in-september/, August 27, 2012
USA: TxDOT to hold Persons with Disabilities Transportation Program Workshop
A workshop regarding TxDOT’s Elderly Persons & Persons with Disabilities Transportation Program is scheduled for August 30, 2012 in the TxDOT Paris District Training Room, 1365 N. Main Street, in Paris, Texas beginning at 10:00 am. The purpose of the workshop is to provide public involvement in the identification of transportation barriers, restrictions and unmet needs as it pertains to seniors and persons with disabilities who reside in the nine counties served by TxDOT’s Paris District. The Stakeholders will evaluate the current year’s activities, review plans and goals for the next two years, and to select projects for FY 2013. Anyone who is aware of transportation related needs, services or solutions for the elderly and/or persons with disabilities living in Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Rains and Red River counties are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/08/20/txdot-to-hold-persons-with-disabilities-transportation-program-workshop-aug-30/, August 27, 2012
USA: Allsup Provides Voting Resource for Persons with Disabilities
Deadlines for submitting new or updated voter registrations to vote in the November 6th, 2012 presidential election are fast approaching. Recognizing that the voting rate for citizens with disabilities has traditionally been lower than that for the general public, Allsup, a nationwide Social Security disability representation company, offers an online resource of voter information that is particularly important for persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/08/20/allsup-provides-voting-resource-for-persons-with-disabilities/, August 27, 2012
Fiji: School Teachers Learn about Inclusive Education in Three-Day Workshop
The teaching of children living with disabilities will soon become part of Fiji's education system. Sixty-seven teachers from around the country are attending a three-day workshop at Suva's Holiday Inn to familiarize themselves with a pilot project to introduce disability inclusive education in primary schools. The project, an initiative of the Education Ministry and the Australian government, aims to increase access to education for children with disabilities in Fiji and increase retention and completion rates and learning outcomes.
From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=209836, August 27, 2012
EU Promises 'Accessibility Act' in 2012
European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding told MEPs last week that she will present a proposal for a 'European Accessibility Act' before the end of 2012. This new legislation is seen by the Commission as a key element of the European Disability Strategy, which was unveiled last year.
From http://www.euractiv.com/socialeurope/disability-eu-promises-accessibi-news-501294#.UDd0Yq9AgjQ.twitter, August 24, 2012
Austrailia: Government Unveils $5m Telehealth Project
A $5 million telehealth project aims to enhance delivery of mental health care in South Australia. The project, announced today, is funded by the commonwealth and the South Australian government under the US$20 million digital regions initiative. The mental health project includes more than 100 new videoconferencing units to upgrade call and image quality for more than 80 sites around the state, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy said. The project aims to reduce patient travel time, enable online access to health services, connect patients with family members living far away and “deliver round the clock emergency triage and liaison services,” the department said.
From http://tikki.visibli.com/share/A7hWGh, August 24, 2012
UNESCO Request for Input on Mobile Learning Policy Guidelines
The unprecedented uptake of mobile devices, in particular mobile phones, in both developed and developing countries opens up new possibilities for increasing education access, equity and quality. Mobile learning, a growing field of ICT in education, has the potential to significantly impact the delivery of education. However, an enabling policy environment is needed to fully realize this potential. UNESCO’s research has revealed a dearth of policies related to mobile learning. To address this gap UNESCO, in broad consultation with relevant stakeholders, will develop a set of guidelines to help national government policy makers and educators create environments that enable the safe, affordable and sustainable use of mobile technologies for education.
From https://edutechdebate.org/mobile-learning-policy/unesco-request-for-input-on-mobile-learning-policy-guidelines/, August 24, 2012
Report: Disability and Poverty in Developing Countries: A Multidimensional Study
About 15% of the world population lives with some form of disability. Yet little is known about the economic lives of persons with disabilities, especially in developing countries. This paper uses for the first time internationally comparable data to draw an economic profile of persons with disabilities in 15 developing countries. In most countries, disability is found to be significantly associated with higher multidimensional poverty as well as lower educational attainment, lower employment rates, and higher medical expenditures. Among persons with disabilities, persons aged 40 and above and persons with multiple disabilities were more likely to be multi-dimensionally poor.
From http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X12001465, August 23, 2012
USA: “App Camp” Teaches Visually Impaired Youth to Use iPhones, iPads
Developers and advocates say the emergence of hundreds of apps designed for the blind, largely controlled by voice or touch, has made smartphones an invaluable tool for navigating streets and public transportation, checking the value of paper currency, or finding the right product in a store. “It seems like everybody who’s blind and hip to the tech world now carries an iPhone,” said Ken Nakata, director of accessibility consulting at HiSoftware, a provider of Web compliance products in Nashua.
From http://www.boston.com/business/technology/2012/08/18/app-camp-teaches-visually-impaired-youth-use-iphones-ipads/UlTB4WwU8QOYnqZiyL72oL/story.html, August 22, 2012
USA: For Children Who Cannot Speak, a True Voice via Technology
Enrique has Down syndrome and speech apraxia, which means that he cannot speak, aside from a few grunts and “Ma” in the word “Mama.” He was able to speak to his brother, though, with an iPad loaded with the latest version of a widely used text-to-speech application, Proloquo2Go. “The voice now matches the boy,” said John Mendez, Enrique’s father. Until recently, devices that help children like Enrique speak used modified adult voices. The effect can be startling to those listening because it doesn’t sound like a child’s voice. Most existing children’s voices sound “like adults on helium,” said David Niemeijer, chief executive and lead developer at AssistiveWare, which developed the software Enrique tested.
From www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/technology/evolving-technology-gives-true-voices-to-children-who-cannot-speak.html, August 22, 2012