South Africa: Phone for the Hard of Hearing
Vodacom has launched the Bellen A100 handset in South Africa, as an innovative solution for ‘hard of hearing’ mobile users. It is not only useful for people with hearing difficulties, but also makes clear communication possible for people who work in noisy environments.
From Gadget, December 06, 2010
USICD Statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The members, staff, and Board of Directors of the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) today join people with disabilities around the world in celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
From USICD News, December 03, 2010
National Council on Disability Partners with U.S. Department of State to Recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is cosponsoring three panel discussions with the U.S. Department of State in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. The panels will include discussions on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), violence against women and girls with disabilities, and HIV/AIDS and disability.
From PR Newswire, December 02, 2010
Connecting the Disconnected: UK and Venezuelan ICT Experts Awarded UNESCO King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize
The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova has designated the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (United Kingdom) and Infocentro Foundation (Venezuela) as the laureates of the 2010 UNESCO King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education.
From UNESCO News, December 01, 2010
USA: Iowa's Black Hawk Use of Mobile Technology for Emergencies Could be National Model
Federal officials appear to be taking a page out of the Black Hawk County Emergency Services handbook, and are considering a revamp of 911 emergency services to include the mobile staples of texting, video streaming and picture messaging.
From The Iowa Indipendent, November 29, 2010
USA: Send a Text Message to 911? With Photos and Video? It Could Happen, FCC Chairman Says
The Federal Communications Commission is considering updating the 911 system to allow cellphone users to send a text message, photo or video to the emergency service.
From Los Angeles Times, November 23, 2010
Qatar: Telecom Industry Plan to Help People with Disabilities
Qatar Assistive Technology Centre (Mada), in co-operation with Qatar Telecom (Q-Tel) and Vodafone Qatar, will launch a nationwide accessibility initiative today as part of its efforts to connect people with disabilities to the world of information and communication technology.
From Gulf Times, November 22, 2010
IEC/ISO/ITU Workshop on Accessibility Identifies Priorities for International Standardization
An international workshop on accessibility has identified priority areas where the development of International Standards could ease the lives of the estimated 650 million people worldwide with some form of accessibility problem.
From The Financial, November 13, 2010
Qatar: Seminar on IT Access for Disabled People Held
There is a risk that people with disabilities will be excluded from essential services and social interaction if information and communication technology interfaces are not accessible, it was observed yesterday.
“To avoid the risks of excluding PWDs and ensuring they have access to assistive technologies, there should be a general mandate to promote research and development, ICT products development based on universal design and it is an obligation for states to set accessibility standards,” the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies – G3ict founder and executive director Axel Leblois said yesterday.
From Gulf Times - Qatar, November 11, 2010
Qatar: Call for Better Access to ICT for Disabled
There is a need for the government to look into policies recognising the right of people with disabilities to have equal access to an ICT ecosystem in the face of Qatar’s aspiration to build a fully connected society.
From The Peninsula, November 08, 2010