Google's Smart Captioning Move
Google’s captioning initiative has now expanded to all uploaded English-speaking videos, with more languages to be added later this year.
From Business Week, March 05, 2010
YouTube Adds Video Captions for Deaf
YouTube is making the tens of millions of videos it hosts more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing by putting automatic captions on them.
From BBC News, March 05, 2010
UN DESA - Identifying ICT solutions for MDGs advancement
On 8 February, Mr. Sha Zukang, USG of DESA and Mr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) met with the Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, to discuss GAID’s progress and the path ahead. (...) The Secretary-General accepted the role of a “Honorary Chair” of GAID.
From UN DESA News, March 03, 2010
Accessibility Interoperability Alliance Merges with ATIA
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA) announced a merger agreement where AIA will become a new technical and engineering division within ATIA.
From PR-Canada.Net, March 02, 2010
Computers Help Special Needs People Become a Part of Mainstream Life
Technology is helping differently-abled UAE residents to work and study.
From Emirates Business, March 01, 2010
Tending a Wild Garden: Library Web Design for Persons with Disabilities
This paper evaluates the challenge of Web design as it relates to individuals with disabilities, exploring current standards, and offering recommendations for accessible development. Examining the provision of LT for this demographic is vital because according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. public includes about 51.2 million noninstitutionalized people living with disabilities, 32.5 million of which are severely disabled.
From Leagle, March 01, 2010
UNESCO and G3ict Sign a Partnership on ICT for Persons with Disabilities
UNESCO and the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) signed a partnership agreement to facilitate the social inclusion of persons with disabilities through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
From UNESCO News, February 26, 2010
UNESCO Hosts Meeting on ICT for Persons with Disabilities
UNESCO, in cooperation with the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict), is hosting a consultative meeting on 22 and 23 February 2010 at its Headquarters in Paris.
From UNESCO News, February 22, 2010
Consultative meeting on ICT and disabilities
UNESCO, in cooperation with Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict), is organizing the consultative meeting “Mainstreaming ICTs for Persons with Disabilities To access Information and Knowledge” on 22-23 February 2010 (Room XIV) at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The major aim of the meeting is to discuss how UNESCO could assist its Member States in facilitating social inclusion of persons with disabilities through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
From UNESCO News, February 22, 2010
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Meeting with GAID
The Chairman of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID), Mr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, met on 8 February 2010 in the United Nations Headquarters with the Secretary -General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon to discuss new proposals by Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh and GAID leadership to further strengthen the contribution of the Global Alliance to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
From UN GAID News, February 19, 2010