Disabled Seek Better Cell Phone Features
While people with disabilities are increasingly using mobile devices, they want new and improved capabilities that address their specific needs, according to survey results released this week by Shepherd Center, a nonprofit Atlanta hospital.
From InformationWeek, February 21, 2008
Importance of Wireless Devices in Daily Lives of People with Disabilities
Mirroring a trend among the general public, an increasing number of people with disabilities regularly use wireless technologies, including cell phones – and find them easier to use. But a number of people with disabilities cite a need for improved functionality of wireless devices, such as a feature to enable service dogs to call for help in an emergency, according to the initial results of a survey funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
From Newswise, February 21, 2008
Microsoft commissioned Forrester Research to ‘measure the market’ for accessibility technology and present findings about computer users who could benefit from it. The results were surprising. One quarter had a visual impairment, nearly the same percentage had dexterity difficulties, and one fifth had hearing problems.
From ITWeek, February 19, 2008
Tech Finally at Hand for India's 60 Million Disabled
Priti Rohra, a 30-year-old Mumbai resident, is your regular working woman with a corporate job and travels by local trains to work. But her poor eyesight, at 40% of normal, means she has difficulties reading signs or negotiating potholes.
From LiveMint.com, February 19, 2008
Accessible Radio Project Grows
Dr. Ellyn Sheffield, Towson University professor and NPR Labs researcher, plans to spend the next six months asking people in the visually-impaired, hard of hearing, and geriatric communities what features they’d like to see in an HD Radio.
From RWOnline.com, February 13, 2008
Top Industry Leaders Gather to Discuss Accessibility Strategies
Top leaders from some of the nation's most prominent corporations and government agencies gathered in Orlando for the Assistive Technology Industry Association Leadership Forum on Accessibility, an annual two-day event that discusses business strategies regarding the implementation of accessibility solutions for persons with disabilities.
From MarketWire, February 12, 2008
UAE Ratifies UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
Minister of Social Affairs Maryam Mohammad Khalfan Al Roumi signed the convention here at the department of legal affairs of the UN headquarters.
From Gulfnews, February 10, 2008
EU Acts to Remove Web Barriers for Disabled
The hurdles faced by disabled citizens every day are not just infrastructure-related. Despite the disabled being the most frequent users of media, just 5% of websites in Europe are accessible to the blind and an even smaller proportion of TV programmes are deaf-friendly.
From EurActiv.com, February 08, 2008
Access to Public Spaces and Amenities for People with Disabilities
A recent report from the Counci of Europe Standing Committee on Social Cohesion reflects on the issue of accessibility to public buildings and infrastruction.
From theMatureMarket, January 31, 2008
Committee Supports 2008 Joint Accessibility Plan
The finance and corporate services committee adopted the 2008 Joint Accessibility Plan during its meeting earlier today, setting the standard for how the city and its partners will identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities in the coming year.
From Kitchener, January 29, 2008