Disability Market Worth GBP80 Billion Annually
Businesses must not lose sight of serving those with disabilities if they are to benefit from revenue opportunities presented by events such as the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games, People 1st has said. The organisation, which is the sector skills council for the hospitality, leisure, tourism and travel industries, said businesses that fail to cater for customers with disabilities will lose out.
From Uknetguide.co.uk, February 10, 2011
Pew Research: For a Majority of Americans, Just Getting Online is a Struggle
Several recent reports tell a troubling story about Americans with disabilities: While many would have no trouble using the Internet, a large percentage lack access to it in the home.
Consider these contrasting numbers: 54 percent of American adults with disabilities use the Internet, compared with 81 percent of those who do not claim to have a disability, according to a report released this morning by the Pew Research Center.
From msnbc.com, February 09, 2011
European Commission Promises New Accessibility Act by 2012
European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding told MEPs last week that she will present a proposal for a 'European Accessibility Act' before the end of 2012. This new legislation is seen by the Commission as a key element of the European Disability Strategy, which was unveiled last year.
The Commission will develop common standards for ICT (information and communication technologies), the built environment and product design.
From Euractiv.com, February 09, 2011
Study: Understanding how Homesign Learners Count
A new study has concluded that people who communicate using self-developed gestures, called homesigns, were unable to comprehend the value of numbers greater than three because they had not learned a language containing symbols used for counting. The study was based on research on deaf people in Nicaragua who never learned formal sign language. The findings are reported in the paper, "Number Without a Language Model," published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
From The Indian Express, February 08, 2011
USA: Quadriplegic Sets World Record with Swype
Hank Torres, who is paralyzed from the shoulders down, set a world record with Swype and a head tracking device at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando. The sentence he cranked out in 83.09 seconds? “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”
From Androidcentral.com, January 31, 2011
Qatar: Mada Project to Make Reading More Accessible
Qatar Assistive Technology Centre (Mada) has partnered with Bookshare to provide accessible electronic books to people with disabilities in Qatar as a first step, but the facility could be expanded to include the region at large.
From Zawya, January 30, 2011
Thailand: ICT Demonstration Centre for the Disabled
Bangkok has opened its first demonstration centre for communication technology devices aimed particularly at the elderly and disabled. The Science and Technology Ministry, which is behind the project, says it hopes the centre will help improve access to technology by the elderly and disabled.
From Bangkokpost.com, January 27, 2011
Venezuelan State to Produce Affordable Mobile Phones for the Blind
On Sunday President Hugo Chavez announced that the state-owned Vtelca, which manufactures the subsidised and very affordable ‘Vergatario’ phone, will now also manufacture a phone designed for blind people.
From Venezuelaanalysis.com, January 25, 2011
Report: Americans Living with Disability and their Technology Profile
Report released by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.
From Pew Internet, January 21, 2011
Disabled Man Uses Facebook to Summon Help during Fire
Disabled Bob Chambers, who couldn’t reach the phone when a fire broke out in his home, was saved after asking his online gaming friends on Facebook to call 911. A friend in Indiana was routed to the Spokane County dispatchers, leading to the man’s rescue.
From The Spokesman-Review, January 20, 2011