USA: Send a Text Message to 911? With Photos and Video? It Could Happen, FCC Chairman Says
The Federal Communications Commission is considering updating the 911 system to allow cellphone users to send a text message, photo or video to the emergency service.
From Los Angeles Times, November 23, 2010
Qatar: Telecom Industry Plan to Help People with Disabilities
Qatar Assistive Technology Centre (Mada), in co-operation with Qatar Telecom (Q-Tel) and Vodafone Qatar, will launch a nationwide accessibility initiative today as part of its efforts to connect people with disabilities to the world of information and communication technology.
From Gulf Times, November 22, 2010
IEC/ISO/ITU Workshop on Accessibility Identifies Priorities for International Standardization
An international workshop on accessibility has identified priority areas where the development of International Standards could ease the lives of the estimated 650 million people worldwide with some form of accessibility problem.
From The Financial, November 13, 2010
Qatar: Seminar on IT Access for Disabled People Held
There is a risk that people with disabilities will be excluded from essential services and social interaction if information and communication technology interfaces are not accessible, it was observed yesterday.
“To avoid the risks of excluding PWDs and ensuring they have access to assistive technologies, there should be a general mandate to promote research and development, ICT products development based on universal design and it is an obligation for states to set accessibility standards,” the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies – G3ict founder and executive director Axel Leblois said yesterday.
From Gulf Times - Qatar, November 11, 2010
Qatar: Call for Better Access to ICT for Disabled
There is a need for the government to look into policies recognising the right of people with disabilities to have equal access to an ICT ecosystem in the face of Qatar’s aspiration to build a fully connected society.
From The Peninsula, November 08, 2010
Electronic Implant Allows the Blind to See
Groups in Germany and the US have been testing electronic implants aimed at restoring vision to people with retinal dystrophy. The condition is hereditary or age-related, and causes degeneration of the photoreceptors – light-sensitive cells in the retina – leading to blindness. It affects 15 million people worldwide.
From Gizmodo, November 02, 2010
How the iPad Changed This Disabled 7 Year Old Boy's Life
The iPad, and other tablets like it, may actually be a magic and revolutionary device after all. Because at least in this instance, it's given a disabled 7-year old boy the ability to communicate with the world.
From Gizmodo, November 01, 2010
Want to Reach a Trillion-Dollar Market? Don't Ignore People with Disabilities
Is your company missing out on a trillion-dollar market? It is if it ignores people with disabilities. With $1 trillion, including $220 billion in discretionary income, people with disabilities have the most buying power of any traditionally underrepresented group, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
From Diversity Inc., October 28, 2010
Open Source Community Paves Way for Developers to Improve Internet Access for the Aging, Disabled
New technologies from OpenAjax Alliance greatly simplify, speed Web 2.0 application development
From IBM Press Room, October 04, 2010
Past Present and Future of ICT Accessibility
ICT Accessibility is important today. But will it be important in 5 years time and what will it look like? What should organisations that are involved, interested or dependent on ICT Accessibility be planning for over the next 5 years?
From IT Analysis, September 29, 2010