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New Accessibility Guidelines Part IV: Robustness
The fourth principle of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines requires new web documents to be “robust.” Robustness, future-proofing, user-agent independence, accessibility-supported: All are terms that suggest the same basic idea that your documents should follow standard, supported models for web document types. In many ways, this is the simplest and most testable requirement of the WCAG, but the details can be quite complicated.
From Practical e-commerce, May 22, 2009

Reading Rights Coalition Denounces Random House
The Reading Rights Coalition, representing more than 15 million print-disabled Americans, has denounced publishing giant Random House, which has turned off text-to-speech on all of its e-books available for Amazon's Kindle 2 reading service.
From PRWire, May 20, 2009

Assistive Technology: Low Vision Doesn't Mean Low-Tech
Luxury puts up a good fight, but necessity is still the true mother of invention. Innovations in assistive technology, such as Bluetooth hearing aids and Braille-input PDAs, are helping the physically and mentally disabled and impaired keep pace with our increasingly tech-dependent world--at least, for those who can afford them! Here's a look at some of the latest tech products for people with visual disabilities.
From Gearlog, May 19, 2009

Living Better with MS
On a sunny spring afternoon, Janet Tipton teaches her sixth-grade students Spanish using an electronic device that enables her to write and instruct without leaving her seat...Tipton's story is the epitome of the vision behind the MS Technology Collaborative, a partnership between Bayer HealthCare, Microsoft and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
From JC online -Indiana, May 19, 2009

Researcher Dawn M. Taylor on Brain-Computer Interfaces
The researcher talks about decoding brain signals to bring sight, movement and sensation to the disabled.
From ComputerWorld, May 17, 2009

Georgia Takes Lead in Travel/Tourism for the Disabled
Consider all of the frustrations that you may experience preparing for and during overseas travel. Now imagine the existence of these difficulties in addition to the challenge of being visually impaired, deaf or physically disabled. These considerations and concerns for people with disabilities have inspired public and private sector leaders in Georgia to direct efforts toward statewide travel and tourism.
From Global Atlanta, May 15, 2009

e-ISOTIS Participation in Autonomia Exibition
Autonomia Expo constitutes the largest exhibition of products and services for disability, health, rehabilitation, special education, technology and independent living in Greece, also attracting participation from European providers. e-ISOTIS organization will participate to the Autonomia Exhibition with stand providing information to the visitors and to all people that will express interest for our services.
From PR Log, May 13, 2009

Berkeley - Assistive Technology Center Opens New Lab
The grand opening of an expanded Assistive Technology Teaching and Learning Center, for use by students in the campus Disabled Students' Program, was celebrated on Monday, May 11, with a ribbon-cutting and open house. The bright and spacious new facility in 22 Wheeler improves on the resources available to disabled students in its former Moffitt Library location, a windowless space that users called "the Cave." The center’s state-of-the-art technology — including software for literacy, speech recognition, organizing, and visual assistance, as well as a Braille embosser and media to convert textbooks into accessible formats on demand — will promote the academic success of students with disabilities.
From UC Berkeley, May 12, 2009

Qatar - More Tools Sought for Physically Challenged
At the inauguration yesterday of the 9th forum of the Gulf Disability Society (GDS), being held in association with the Shafallah Centre for Children with Disabilities, the centre’s board chairman Saif al-Hajri emphasised the need for teachers to ensure transfer of knowledge while teaching people with disabilities and how to encourage students to invent simple tools that will make their living much easier.
From Gulf Times, May 12, 2009

Tunisia - Mme Leïla Ben Ali reçoit le Prix d’excellence G3ict "Enabling Technology Excellence Awards" (in French)
L'Alliance mondiale des Nations unies pour les TIC au service du développement (GAID) vient d'attribuer à Mme Leïla Ben Ali, épouse du Chef de l'Etat, le Prix d'excellence en technologies de la formation "Enabling Technology Excellence Awards".
From La Presse de Tunisie, May 09, 2009

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