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World Blind Union Releases Audio Description Toolkit
The World Blind Union (WBU) has released a comprehensive document which aims to increase the awareness and availability of audio description throughout the world. The ‘World Blind Union Toolkit on providing, delivering and campaigning for audio description on television and film’ was developed with input from WBU members in many countries. It explains what audio description is, describes the technical methods used to deliver it on various media, and provides sample of audio description and real-life case studies of people who use it.
From mediaaccess.org, May 27, 2011

2011 Print Disability Scholarship Program and Seniors Grant
A person with a print disability is unable to access printed material, either because they are blind or vision impaired, or have a perceptual or learning disability, such as dyslexia. The inability to read affects people from all walks of life. From young children in school to older people at home, having a print disability impacts on the daily lives of individuals in unique and fundamental ways.
From cicada.org, May 27, 2011

Underwater Hearing Aid from Siemens Coming This June 2011
Launched at the Audiology Now! conference in the USA, April 6, the new Siemens “Aquaris” hearing aid is not only watertight and dust-proof, but also robust and impact-resistant. The hearing aid has been cast as one-piece with a scratch-proof, rubber-like surface which holds the device securely behind the ear preventing it from slipping.
From cicada.org, May 27, 2011

Microsoft and MADA Assistive Technology Centre Join Up to Provide Technology To The Disabled
Microsoft and Mada Assistive Technology Centre have together formed "Imkaan", a programme that brings the benefits of information technology to disabled people in Qatar.
From ameinfo.com, May 25, 2011

New Math-to-Speech Technologies to Help Blind Students Master Mathematics
Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Design Science have announced they are working jointly to modify MathType™ and MathPlayer™, so that classroom materials, tests and other documents containing mathematical content may be clearly spoken by computers. This new math-to-speech technology will provide students who are blind or have other visual impairments the tools they need to learn, practice, and take math and science tests on a more equal footing with their classroom peers.
From newsblaze.com, May 25, 2011

Microsoft to Showcase Next Generation Cloud-Based Enterprise at QITCOM 2011
Microsoft Qatar, located at the Qatar Science and Technology Park, is set to have a major presence at QITCOM 2011 as a Platinum sponsor, with the brand showcasing both enterprise solutions and consumer offerings at this event which is poised to become the leading platform for Information and Communication Technology in Qatar.
From zawya.com, May 20, 2011

Smoke Alarm Designed for Hearing-Impaired
A deaf woman died in a house fire last month because she couldn't hear her smoke alarm. Now thousands of hearing impaired people in the community are signing up to get emergency help. A standard smoke alarm detects smoke in the home, sends out its alert and the device detects the sound. It sends out a low tone and a vibration through this device most people keep under their pillow. Most people wake up from the vibration, and the effects are life-saving.
From wsmv.com, May 19, 2011

Use of ICTs for Inclusive Education: Costs and Benefits
Inclusive education aims at reducing obstacles related to education of disabled populations (but not only). ICT are an important way to promote inclusive education through compensation, didactical methods renewal and communication means and strategies improvement.
From inova.snv, May 19, 2011

USA: Senate Backs Classroom Captioning
The Senate this week came out in support of funding for new technologies that will benefit students who are Deaf and hearing impaired as well as students in general. Senator Mitch Fifield co-sponsored the motion to fund a National Schools Pilot Program of Ai-Media’s technology program Ai-Live. This is a program that allows for real-time captioning in the classroom to assist deaf and hearing impaired students to participate more fully in learning.
From mediaaccess.org, May 18, 2011

Robotic Wheelchair 'Sees' for Visually Impaired Users
You may not be able to control it with your mind, but this robotic wheelchair from Sweden's Luleå University of Technology can still offer something that only a few others can -- "sight." The chair uses a laser sensor to generate a 3D map of its surroundings, which is then transferred to an on-board haptic robot, allowing the bot to pick up on and navigate its way around any obstacles.
From engadget.com, May 18, 2011

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