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How to Improve Accessibility of Your Website Design
At last week’s Monotype webinar, Coady, designer, illustrator, and author of Pocket Guide to Colour Accessibility, discussed the impact of color blindness on our designs. Coady explained that creating accessible designs makes for a handy business case.
From http://www.lireo.com/3-ways-improve-accessibility-designs/, August 11, 2015

New Technologies Help People with Disabilities at Work in Oman
Sheikha Al Jassasi types something on her laptop and a voice reads “w w w dot google dot com.” The voice helps her navigate to the search bar, and then reads out the results as she clicks through them. For Al Jassasi, who has been blind since birth, this voice makes using a computer possible. Al Jassasi, who started as a translator and now works in the media department at the Information Technology Authority (ITA), says Assistive Technology has made a world of difference in the workplace.
From http://timesofoman.com/article/62729/Technology/Assistive-technology-makes-a-big-difference-to-disabled-people-at-work, August 11, 2015

Cloud-based Infrastructure for Internet Users with Disabilities
EU researchers are developing a new, broad-ranging, cloud-based infrastructure that makes the Internet more accessible for users with special needs. The new 'ecosystem' enables people previously excluded from ICT to get help using technology and aims to use their feedback to develop new apps and services.
From http://phys.org/news/2015-07-cloud-based-infrastructure-internet-users-special.html, August 11, 2015

Common USA and European Approach to Procurement of Accessible ICT: Reaching the Optimum Solution
Improving the accessibility of ICT products and services for persons with disabilities is an important step towards achieving the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) aims "to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity."
From https://docs.com/mike-pluke/8678/508-comp-en-301-549-v9, August 11, 2015

Teaching Accessibility: Joint Effort Between Disability Advocates, Schools, Tech Industry Towards Accessibility
That's what it's like for millions of people with disabilities that prevent them from using basic technology for work and play. And while few would argue that it's a bad idea to build products that address those issues, a lack of awareness often means that even making products functional for people with disabilities is an afterthought. Tech firms such as Yahoo, Facebook, Dropbox and LinkedIn announced Thursday that they will develop standard language that lets applicants know that having accessibility knowledge is "preferred" to land a job. The move is part of a larger program called "Teaching Accessibility": a joint effort between disability advocates, schools and the tech industry to make all technology accessible from the start.
From https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/07/23/this-small-change-could-make-a-big-difference-for-accessible-technology/, August 11, 2015

UNICEF Takes Step to Improve Access to Assistive Products for Children with Disabilities
In a unified push to make assistive products for children with disabilities more available, affordable and appropriate, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was joined by governments, partners, leading disability advocates and NGOs at the first-ever forum to examine the global supply gap and identify ways to reverse longstanding deficiencies.
From http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150708/UNICEF-takes-step-to-improve-access-to-assistive-products-for-children-with-disabilities.aspx, August 11, 2015

How Google Designs for the Blind
Laura Palmaro is now a program manager at Google (GOOG). She's using her own unique perspective to make the Chrome browser work for people with disabilities. For example, there are magnification features and an extension that customizes a web page for the colorblind. All the big technology companies have dedicated teams working on accessibility -- making software and hardware features that allow people with disabilities to use them. Employing people who have disabilities is one way to make sure tools are built with accessibility in mind.
From http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/04/technology/google-accessability/index.html, August 08, 2015

USA: How Makerspaces can be Accessible to People with Disabilities
Inside the University of Washington’s CoMotion MakerSpace, students, faculty and staff use sewing machines to create anime convention costumes, 3D print models for aeronautics research or make circuits for a custom-built amplifier.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/06/how-makerspaces-can-be-accessible-to-people-with-disabilities/, August 07, 2015

USA: Peckham Provides Entry-Level IT Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Peckham Inc., a nonprofit that provides training and employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities, has partnered with Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids to offer entry-level careers in the IT industry. The new opportunity has given a renewed sense of independence, confidence and freedom to agents like Jonathan Krieger, 31, who began in January. Krieger, who has cerebral palsy, came to Peckham with an unfulfilling work history – most recently working customer service at a cash-advance facility, and before that unemployed.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/06/peckham-provides-entry-level-it-opportunities-for-people-with-disabilities/, August 07, 2015

Canada: Disability Awareness Advocate Trish Robichaud Launches Innovative Web-based Accessibility Solutions
With the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games just a month away, the entire GTA is getting ready to host some estimated 250,000 visitors, and for many, accessibility will be top of mind. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed in 2005, and mandates that Ontario be fully accessible to all Ontarians by 2025. Living with MS for 25 years, disability advocate Trish Robichaud knows very well the importance of accessibility and has created a ground-breaking cloud-based solution called JACK to allow Ontario businesses to be more accessible, required by Ontario law.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/06/disability-awareness-advocate-trish-robichaud-launches-innovative-web-based-accessibility-solutions/, August 07, 2015

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