G3ict Chair to Join Global Leadership Group to Advise on Business and Human Rights
John Ruggie, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon's Special Representative for business and human rights, today announced that he is convening a leadership group to advise him on how best to ensure that businesses worldwide respect internationally recognized human rights standards.
From Business and Human Rights Resource Center, September 22, 2008
Target Settlement Won't Lead to Web Accessibility Standards
The settlement signed last month by Target Corp. to resolve a class- action lawsuit charging that its Web site isn't fully accessible by blind persons won't become the basis for online-accessibility standards, said the National Retail Federation.
From ComputerWorld, September 15, 2008
Kenya - World Conference on Disability Opens
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka Monday called for the mainstreaming of disability issues in order to have them included in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) plan of action.
Mr. Musyoka regretted that the MDGs have no specific focus on people with disability, a situation he said if not rectified would exclude the physically challenged from the poverty reduction gains by 2015.
From Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, September 15, 2008
India - Enabling Access to Technology for Disabled
The Spastic Society of Karnataka announced the launch of a new ‘Centre for Assisstive Technology for Education and Life Skill Training (SSK-CATELST)’ to be unfurled on September 13. A joint venture of the Spastic Society of Karnataka, the PACER CENTRE in US and IBM India Private Ltd, the Centre will make technology accessible to children and adults with disabilities.
From India Express Buzz, September 13, 2008
Ireland - An Accessible Web is Common Sense
OU WOULDN'T necessarily think of cutting-edge web development as being strongly connected with making the world better for people with disabilities, but it turns out that many of the strongest online design advocates take that as their driving design principle writes Danny O'Brien.
From IrishTimes.com, September 12, 2008
DAISY Consortium Named a 2008 Tech Award Laureate by the Tech Museum of Innovation
DAISY Consortium is one of 25 innovators from around the world recognized for applying technology to benefit humanity.
From Emediawire.com, September 11, 2008
Interview: Beijing Paralympics -- Akiko's Lifetime Memory
"It will remain in our memories for a lifetime," said Akiko Ito, chief of the New York-based Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in an interview with Xinhua about her recent visit to the Beijing Paralympic Games.
From Xinhua News Agency, September 11, 2008
New Tech Tool for the Blind Released in Malaysia
ption lets visually impaired save in an XML format so the screen readers or speech synthethisers they use can handle complex page layouts
From IT World Canada, September 10, 2008
Apple Posts Updated Accessibility Page
Apple has updated its Accessibility page with new information and a note regarding its commitment to providing technological solutions that help individuals with disabilities use Apple products.
From ars technica, September 10, 2008
Apple’s New Commitment to Accessibility
Yesterday’s Apple media event brought us more than just new iPods and a revamped version of iTunes. Apple used its new iPods and iTunes jukebox software to introduce new accessibility features for the visually-impared.
From ZDNet, September 10, 2008