Web Accessibility as a Government Mandate?
Most web developers know that they should make their websites accessible to persons with disabilities, such as including captions for videos to assist the hearing impaired, designing navigation so it can be done through a keypad as opposed to a mouse and including descriptive captions for the blind. But too often developers choose fancy design over accessibility. In some countries though, accessibility is no longer an option!
From Digital Qatar, January 28, 2010
An Internet for Everyone Innovation and Competition -- not Mandates -- Will Widen Web Access for the Disabled.
Disability advocates are demanding that government do more to increase the accessibility of the Internet and broadband devices, especially mobile phones. And their pleas haven't fallen on deaf ears.
From Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2010
The DOJ and ADA Mandate Ebook Readers Be Accessible to All
Ebook reader makers received a major reality check earlier this month when, after investigating charges of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced settlements with four major universities that had been part of the Kindle DX project to test the devices in real-life classroom settings.
From InfoToday.com, January 25, 2010
Sri Lanka: ICT Equipment for Those with Special Needs
Technology is a must to see the world and there should be no discrimination in the accessibility to technology. Disability is not a drawback and people with special needs too should be given the opportunity to use technology, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka Director General Priyantha Kariyapperuma said.
From Sri Lanka Business News, January 20, 2010
Korea Tops UN Recession-Time e-Govt Rankings
South Korea has led the world in how governments have used ICT to give citizens and businesses better access to public services during the economic downturn, according to a United Nations survey. Korea edged out the United States in the 2010 UN E-Government rankings, marking the first time an Asian country has topped the bi-annual table.
From FutureGov, January 20, 2010
AbleNet Launches ‘Remarkable Idea’ Program to Honor Innovative Uses of Assistive Technology and Special Education Tools
AbleNet announces the launch of the 2010 ‘Remarkable Idea’ program in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Throughout the year the company is requesting worldwide submissions of innovative applications of assistive technology (AT) and special education tools from educators, parents, users, therapists and other professionals.
From SOA World Magazine, January 19, 2010
DOJ, Schools Settle Over Kindle's Blind Access
Three universities will refrain from using Amazon's Kindle DX in the classroom under terms of deals announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice.
From News CNET.com, January 13, 2010
Justice Department Reaches Three Settlements Under the Americans with Disabilities Act Regarding the Use of Electronic Book Readers
The Justice Department today announced separate agreements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Pace University in New York City and Reed College in Portland, Ore., regarding the use in a classroom setting of the electronic book reader, the Kindle DX, a hand-held technological device that simulates the experience of reading a book.
From U.S. Department of Justice News, January 13, 2010
Blindness Organizations and Arizona State University Resolve Litigation Over Kindle
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the American Council of the Blind (ACB), and Arizona State University (ASU), today announced a settlement agreement resolving litigation filed by NFB and ACB against the ArizonaBoard of Regents (ABOR) and ASU. The lawsuit arose from the university\'s participation in a pilot program using the Kindle DX, a dedicated device for reading electronic books, or e-books, developed by Amazon.com, Inc. The NFB and ACB alleged that the Kindle DX was inaccessible to blind students and thus violated federal law. ABOR and ASU denied and continue to deny any violations of the law.
From Nasdaq, January 11, 2010
Efforts Under Way to Make Web More Accessible
Imagine not being able to use a mouse to open a Web browser or a keyboard to type an e-mail. What if you couldn't distinguish colors on a computer screen, or type the distorted letters in order to buy concert tickets or enroll in a class?
From Nort County Times Californian, December 20, 2009