Apple Reaches Settlement over iTunes Use by the Blind (geek.com)
iTunes and a related service called iTunes U will be improved to allow for their use by the blind after a settlement between Apple, the National Federation of the Blind and the Massachusetts’ Attorney General. As part of the settlement, Apple has agreed to make the services compatible with an assistive technology called screen access software. The latest release of iTunes (iTunes actually includes steps toward ensuring this compatibility and the service’s movement toward improved accessibility.
From geek.com, September 26, 2008
Philippines - Infotech Firms to Employ the Visually-Impaired
Information and communications technology (ICT) companies are planning to employ persons with disabilities (PWDs), helping fill up positions in an industry that is expected to produce a million jobs by 2010.
From GMANews.TV, September 26, 2008
Take Action! Promote the Mainstreaming of Disability in the MDGs
The General Assembly’s sixty-third session is taking place at the UN headquarters in New York. This session marks a special occasion to highlight the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and a number of consultations and events examining multiple dimensions of MDG activities are taking place throughout the week. This presents a unique opportunity for all concerned stakeholders to advocate for the inclusion of disability in the MDGs.
From wecando.wordpress.com, September 25, 2008
Dell Expands Global Philanthropic Efforts
Dell today launched an enhanced global philanthropic strategy providing additional support for education and digital inclusion initiatives the company considers essential to ensuring the next generation's success in the Connected Era.
From Marketwatch.com, September 23, 2008
Tanzania - E-strategy Much Needed to Support People with Disabilities
LIKE any other citizens, people with disabilities are entitled to equal rights. Continuously they battle with being excluded daily, especially in this information age. They are restricted to fully participation in society and face discrimination, abuse and poverty.
From Daily News, September 23, 2008
G3ict Chair to Join Global Leadership Group to Advise on Business and Human Rights
John Ruggie, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon's Special Representative for business and human rights, today announced that he is convening a leadership group to advise him on how best to ensure that businesses worldwide respect internationally recognized human rights standards.
From Business and Human Rights Resource Center, September 22, 2008
Target Settlement Won't Lead to Web Accessibility Standards
The settlement signed last month by Target Corp. to resolve a class- action lawsuit charging that its Web site isn't fully accessible by blind persons won't become the basis for online-accessibility standards, said the National Retail Federation.
From ComputerWorld, September 15, 2008
Kenya - World Conference on Disability Opens
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka Monday called for the mainstreaming of disability issues in order to have them included in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) plan of action.
Mr. Musyoka regretted that the MDGs have no specific focus on people with disability, a situation he said if not rectified would exclude the physically challenged from the poverty reduction gains by 2015.
From Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, September 15, 2008
India - Enabling Access to Technology for Disabled
The Spastic Society of Karnataka announced the launch of a new ‘Centre for Assisstive Technology for Education and Life Skill Training (SSK-CATELST)’ to be unfurled on September 13. A joint venture of the Spastic Society of Karnataka, the PACER CENTRE in US and IBM India Private Ltd, the Centre will make technology accessible to children and adults with disabilities.
From India Express Buzz, September 13, 2008
Ireland - An Accessible Web is Common Sense
OU WOULDN'T necessarily think of cutting-edge web development as being strongly connected with making the world better for people with disabilities, but it turns out that many of the strongest online design advocates take that as their driving design principle writes Danny O'Brien.
From IrishTimes.com, September 12, 2008