Stevie Wonder calls for International Action to Enhance Accessibility for Visually Impaired Persons
World-famous singer-songwriter and UN Messenger for Peace Stevie Wonder called on the international community to take action to enhance accessibility for all those with physical disabilities. Speaking at the opening of the annual meetings of WIPO Assemblies on September 20, 2010, he challenged delegates to conclude an agreement on improved accessibility to copyright protected works by visually impaired persons (VIPs) within a year.
From WIPO News, September 20, 2010
eBay and National Federation of the Blind Partner to Increase Ecommerce Job Opportunities
Innovative Partnership aims to empower blind Americans
to gain employment, start businesses while buying and selling on eBay
From National Federation for the Blind News, September 15, 2010
What S.3304 Does for Us
Explanation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.
From COAT News, September 15, 2010
Remote Control: A Blind Man Goes Sailing with Help From Afar
When Ed Gallagher goes sailing, he wears a webcam on his head, straps a netbook computer to his hip and hops onto a boat with his dog. Then he relies on Herb Meyer, a skipper back on land, to watch the live, streaming webcam video and give him instructions.
From The Wall Street Journal, September 14, 2010
Electronic Mobility Devices for Persons Who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Taking the concept of the white cane, developers of assistive technologies have made these electronic devices to enhance the traveling experience of persons who are blind. Most of these devices should be used in conjunction with the cane or other mobility aids.
From Even Grounds, September 12, 2010
What is the Social Accessibility Project?
The Social Accessibility Project is a utility that enables volunteers to make Web pages accessible to the visually impaired. Using an innovative new system, it gathers information about accessibility problems directly from visually impaired users.
From IBM Social Accessibility Project, September 10, 2010
IBM Technology Assists Visually Impaired Internet Users (video)
IBM's Social Accessibility project is a way for visually impaired and sighted users to come together and make web sites more accessible for people with vision loss. IBM developed collaboration software that enables visually impaired users to post problems they are having with web sites, and others can help by providing better text descriptions. The text descriptions can then incorporated into the screen reading software used by visually impaired web site visitors.
From YouTube, September 10, 2010
Walk this Way
Whether you’re going for an urban hike or wandering from your hotel to find that restaurant you passed earlier, you won’t have to flag down a local if you’ve got Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android. Maps already had Navigation and walking directions, and today we’re happy to share the perfect marriage of the two: Walking Navigation (Beta). If you need help deciding where to walk (or drive), you can now also use Street View smart navigation or the new Google Maps search bar to guide your choice.
From Google Mobile Blog, September 09, 2010
ISO's Magazine Highlights Standards on Accessibility
According to the United Nations, 10 % of the world's population – 650 million people – are affected by some kind of disability. In addition, one quarter of all citizens in developed countries are 60 or older and, by 2050, most developing countries will have caught up.
From The Financial, September 09, 2010
Internet an Equalizer for People with Disabilities
Internet gadgets and software are creating a virtual world of equality and opportunity for a large segment of the population once marginalized due to physical or mental impairments.
From Geo TV, September 08, 2010