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Study: Accessibility Apps See Significant Surge
Innovative approaches from mobile hardware and applications developers as well as operators are helping connect around 15 percent of the global population that lives with some form of disability to the power of information and communication technology, according to a report from ITU and civil society partner The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict). The report also reveals a surge of interest in an as-yet untapped market, with new accessibility applications now being launched almost daily, offering unprecedented ways to empower persons with disabilities to communicate, access information and control their environment.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/09/13/accessibility-apps-see-significant-surge-study/, November 13, 2012

USA: Free Software for Anyone at Boston University with Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities
Boston University purchased Texthelp’s Read&Write GOLD this year and in July made it available as a free download to everyone with a login and Kerberos password. Those familiar with the software say all students, faculty, and staff could find its reading, writing, and studying tools helpful, but that it’s especially beneficial for people with learning disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/11/free-software-for-anyone-at-boston-university-with-dyslexia-learning-disabilities/, November 13, 2012

USA: Digital Tablets mprove reading for people with vision disabilities
People who have eye diseases that damage their central vision can regain the ability to read quickly and comfortably by using digital tablets, according to a recent study. The research found that people with moderate vision disabilities could increase their reading speed by 15 words-per-minute, on average. Using a tablet with a back-lit screen resulted in the fastest reading speeds for all study participants, no matter what their level of visual acuity. The research is being presented today at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology,jointly conducted this year with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/12/digital-tablets-improve-reading-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, November 12, 2012

USA: Digital Tablets Improve Reading for People with Vision Disabilities
People who have eye diseases that damage their central vision can regain the ability to read quickly and comfortably by using digital tablets, according to a recent study. The research found that people with moderate vision disabilities could increase their reading speed by 15 words-per-minute, on average. Using a tablet with a back-lit screen resulted in the fastest reading speeds for all study participants, no matter what their level of visual acuity. The research is being presented today at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, jointly conducted this year with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/12/digital-tablets-improve-reading-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, November 12, 2012

Swisscom and ICTnet Reward most Innovative Thesis in the ICT Field
Stefan Aebischer from the Freiburg College of Engineering and Architecture impressed the jury with his thesis entitled “The newspaper of tomorrow”. The Swisscom award contributes importantly to the long-term promotion of young talent and innovation and comes with a cash prize of CHF 10,000. The Swisscom Innovation Award is presented annually by Swisscom and ICTnet and is an incentive to ambitious students in the fields of IT and communications technology. The award recognizes theses that demonstrate above-average commitment and present results and findings that are derived from practice.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/12/swisscom-and-ictnet-reward-the-most-innovative-thesis-in-the-ict-field/, November 12, 2012

Qatar National Bank Signs Agreement to Train Persons with Disabilities
QATAR National Bank (QNB) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Society for the Rehabilitation of People with Special Needs (QSRPSN) to train and develop people with disabilities and involve them in jobs that suit their type of disability.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/12/qatar-national-bank-signs-agreement-to-train-persons-with-disabilities/, November 12, 2012

Tanzaia: Students with Disabilities can Access Technical Courses in Colleges
Government will revive and establish new colleges for people with disabilities to enable them build capacity for self-employment. The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Seif Rashid, said in an effort to reduce unemployment, the improvement of these specialized colleges is one way to ensure that people with disabilities are kept free from dependency. Dr Rashid was responding to Riziki Omar Juma (Special Seats-CUF) who sought to know government’s position on empowering people with disabilities by ensuring that technical colleges were built to enable them acquire technical education.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/12/people-with-disabilities-can-now-take-on-technical-courses-in-tanzania/, November 12, 2012

Europe: ReadSpeaker Launches New Version of its Enterprise Highlighting with Usability and Accessibility Enhancements
ReadSpeaker Enterprise Highlighting enables website owners to easily convert online text into speech for a better and more accessible user experience. ReadSpeaker announced today the launch of the Enterprise Highlighting 2.5 with major advancements and new functionalities. With the new version, website owners can provide their users with a fully customizable and accessible online text-to-speech product. New customization options enable customers to better match the style of the ReadSpeaker audio player to the design of their website. The new player has full support for HTML5 audio, which means that more features will be available on more devices and browsers without the need for Flash to be supported on the user’s device.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/09/readspeaker-launches-new-version-of-its-enterprise-highlighting-with-usability-and-accessibility-enhancements/, November 09, 2012

USA: University of Nevada Hosts 7th Annual Assistive Technology Fair
Participants will have an opportunity to explore hardware and software through “hands on” demonstrations at exhibit booths. Held in conjunction with the 6th annual Nevada Student Leadership Transition Summit.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/08/university-of-nevada-hosts-7th-annual-assistive-technology-fair/, November 08, 2012

New Zealand: Claims About Accessible Buses Denied by Council
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is hitting back at claims there are no wheelchair-accessible buses in Rotorua. Information released by Statistics New Zealand shows persons with disabilities around the country face issues relating to a lack of disability services and awareness. Persons with disabilities said in the report they felt their human rights were not being met and barriers were preventing their inclusion in the community. A story in The Daily Post on Tuesday contained comments from a local disability support worker who said difficulties accessing public transport and finding employment were the biggest problems for Rotorua residents with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/08/claims-about-accessible-buses-denied-by-council/, November 08, 2012

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