Korea Tops UN Recession-Time e-Govt Rankings
South Korea has led the world in how governments have used ICT to give citizens and businesses better access to public services during the economic downturn, according to a United Nations survey. Korea edged out the United States in the 2010 UN E-Government rankings, marking the first time an Asian country has topped the bi-annual table.
From FutureGov, January 20, 2010
AbleNet Launches ‘Remarkable Idea’ Program to Honor Innovative Uses of Assistive Technology and Special Education Tools
AbleNet announces the launch of the 2010 ‘Remarkable Idea’ program in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Throughout the year the company is requesting worldwide submissions of innovative applications of assistive technology (AT) and special education tools from educators, parents, users, therapists and other professionals.
From SOA World Magazine, January 19, 2010
DOJ, Schools Settle Over Kindle's Blind Access
Three universities will refrain from using Amazon's Kindle DX in the classroom under terms of deals announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice.
From News CNET.com, January 13, 2010
Justice Department Reaches Three Settlements Under the Americans with Disabilities Act Regarding the Use of Electronic Book Readers
The Justice Department today announced separate agreements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Pace University in New York City and Reed College in Portland, Ore., regarding the use in a classroom setting of the electronic book reader, the Kindle DX, a hand-held technological device that simulates the experience of reading a book.
From U.S. Department of Justice News, January 13, 2010
Blindness Organizations and Arizona State University Resolve Litigation Over Kindle
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the American Council of the Blind (ACB), and Arizona State University (ASU), today announced a settlement agreement resolving litigation filed by NFB and ACB against the ArizonaBoard of Regents (ABOR) and ASU. The lawsuit arose from the university\'s participation in a pilot program using the Kindle DX, a dedicated device for reading electronic books, or e-books, developed by Amazon.com, Inc. The NFB and ACB alleged that the Kindle DX was inaccessible to blind students and thus violated federal law. ABOR and ASU denied and continue to deny any violations of the law.
From Nasdaq, January 11, 2010
Efforts Under Way to Make Web More Accessible
Imagine not being able to use a mouse to open a Web browser or a keyboard to type an e-mail. What if you couldn't distinguish colors on a computer screen, or type the distorted letters in order to buy concert tickets or enroll in a class?
From Nort County Times Californian, December 20, 2009
SSB BART Group Announces Release of a Free Online Accessibility Testing Tool, AMP Express
Built on the existing Accessibility Management Platform, AMP Express is the first tool of its kind to offer automated multi-page accessibility testing of web sites.
From PR Web, December 17, 2009
Web Accessibility No Longer an Afterthought
Yahoo\'s Victor Tsaran knows how much time Web designers spend agonizing over color and font-width choices when laying out an application. So when he started Yahoo\'s accessibility push two years ago, he had a tough time arousing sympathy for engineers grousing about how much extra time was needed to create accessibility features.
From CNN International, December 15, 2009
Making Accessible Travel & Tourism a Reality in Georgia
A new frontier in the quest for social inclusion for persons with disabilities is the dynamic travel and tourism market, and Georgia is uniquely positioned to be a leader in accessibility in this world industry.
From The Weekly Online, December 15, 2009
A Deaf Role Model in Western Africa
The beautiful name of the former French colony Côte d'Ivoire (also known as Ivory Coast) and its serene landscapes starkly contrast with the country's harsh living conditions. How does one survive in a country with a life expectancy of 43 years, literacy rate of 51% and a continuous political turmoil? Especially if one is deaf? It's more than just a challenge.
From i711.com, December 10, 2009