WCAG 2.0 Available as ISO Standard
An ISO standard is a documented agreement containing technical specifications or other precise criteria to be used consistently as rules, guidelines, or definitions of characteristics to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. It is a living agreement that can have a profound influence on things that deserve to be taken seriously - such as the safety, reliability and efficiency of machinery and tools, means of transport, toys, medical devices, and so on.
From http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/catalogue_tc/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=58625, May 15, 2012
Tunisian Researcher Wins Google Student Award Web For All 2012
Kabil Jaballah preparing his PHD at the research laboratory in information technology and communication at the University of Tunis (www.utic.rnu.tn) under the supervision of Prof. Mohamed JEMNI, wins this award for developing a system that facilitates access for deaf to web content through an automatic translation into sign language. This work is a part of the project Websign conducted in the Tunisian Laboratory.
From http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/21896636, May 15, 2012
USA: Light-powered Bionic Eye Invented to Help Restore Sight
A retinal implant - or bionic eye - which is powered by light has been invented by scientists at Stanford University in California. The new device, described in the journal Nature Photonics, uses a special pair of glasses to beam near infrared light into the eye.
From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18061174, May 15, 2012
Indian Company Launches Talking Chess Board and App for Blind People
Schogini Systems has launched a talking Chess Board and a talking Chess App for people who are blind. In their efforts to empower people who are blind, the company has also launched applications like Coloring App and Seeing Apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/15/indian-company-launches-talking-chess-board-and-app-for-blind-people/, May 15, 2012
Peru: Disability Rights in the Voting Booth
(Lima) – Peru should remove significant barriers preventing people with disabilities from exercising their right to vote and other civil rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The failure to dismantle the obstacles is undermining Peru’s leadership as one of the first countries to ratify, in 2008, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
From Human Rights Watch, May 15, 2012
Nigeria: Group Seeks Support for Special Peoples’ Law
The Lagos Civil Society Disability Policy Partnership (LCSDPP) has called on the private sector to support the government in implementing the state’s Special People’s Law.
From The Nation, May 15, 2012
Iranian Researcher Invents Auditory ATM that Helps Blind People to Recognize Banknotes
Iranian researcher Ebrahim Khaninzadeh has invented an auditory system that helps people who are blind to recognize banknotes and assess the value of the money.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/16/iranian-researcher-invents-auditory-atm-that-helps-blind-people-to-recognize-banknotes/, May 14, 2012
USA: Researchers to Develop Assistive Robots that will Help Children with Disabilities
What if children with disabilities had their own robot to work with them every day in school, guiding them toward long-term educational goals that develop not only their cognitive and social skills but also healthy habits such as exercise? A team of 17 principal investigators from Yale, Stanford, MIT, and the University of Southern California think that with their expertise in computer science, robotics, educational theory, and development psychology, they can do just that.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/13/researchers-to-develop-assistive-robots-that-will-help-children-with-disabilities/, May 14, 2012
European Parliament Sends a Strong Message to Member States
During a workshop organized on 8 May by EDF and MEP Danuta Hübner (EPP, Poland), the European Parliament sent a strong message to the Members States: the removal of crucial conditionalities is not acceptable: the future Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 will have to include persons with disabilities.
From http://bit.ly/J5pCTO, May 14, 2012
India: Gender, Disability Top HR Focus at Most Firms
couldn't get better for women working in corporate India. For, 91 percent of the companies surveyed by global human resource firm Mercer, have listed ‘gender' as a top focus area, and said they would make efforts to give more leadership roles to women.
From http://tinyurl.com/7ygjx9z, May 14, 2012