Internet Access for Visually Impaired is Focus of UN Workshop
Nearly 200 cyber experts and other stakeholders seeking access to the Web for scores of millions of people with visual and other disabilities wrapped up a four-day United Nations workshop in Geneva today, stressing the need for universal access despite handicaps.
From UN News Centre, February 05, 2010
Guide Helps Aid Travellers with Disabilities
In an effort to aid travellers with disabilities, the Canadian Transportation Agency has published Take Charge of Your Travel: A Guide for Persons with Disabilities.
From South West Booster, February 05, 2010
AT&T Convenes Advisory Panel on Access & Aging to Better Serve Customers
AT&T* will hold its first-quarter Advisory Panel on Access & Aging (AAPAA) discussion to announce its continued dedication in product and service offerings to keep its customers and employees, including seniors and those in the disability community, connected. The panel discussion will take place Thursday, February 4, and Friday, February 5, in Atlanta, Georgia.
From PR Newswire, February 04, 2010
USA: Court Rules in Favor of Visually-Impaired Grad
A U.S. district court in San Francisco ruled Friday in favor of Stephanie Enyart, a visually-impaired law school graduate, allowing her to use special reading assistance software on the next California bar examination in late February.
From The Daily Californian, February 01, 2010
Texthelp Systems Announces Fluency Tutor, Online Solution for Developing and Measuring Oral Reading Fluency
Award-winning software publisher, Texthelp Systems today announced the release of its newest product offering, Fluency Tutor, at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference being held January 27-30 in Orlando, FL.
From Sys-Con Media, January 28, 2010
Ghana: Rights of Persons with Disability Launched
The Ghana Federation of the Disabled in collaboration with Mind Freedom and a network of Journalists on Disability have launched a project on the Ratification of the Convention of the Rights of persons with Disability and Passage of Mental Health Bill in Accra yesterday.
From Ghana Government News, January 28, 2010
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