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Govt Launches 100 Websites with Improved Accessibility for People with Disabilities
The Government of India under its Accessible India Campaign launched 100 accessible websites of various state governments and union territories for persons with disabilities. The project is being executed by Education and Research Network (ERNET), India, an autonomous scientific society of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, where 917 websites across 27 States & UT have been chosen to be made accessible.
From India.com, January 24, 2018

Web Accessibility - One of the Top 9 Digital Trends in Local Government
A recent eBook by Vision, "Nine Trends in Digital Government," outlining trends and tips to help local leaders manage the digital transformation emphasizes that local agencies would in the future require to adopt a formal accessibility statement that outlines key standards and provides a contact for reporting issues.
From CISION, January 24, 2018

Blind Facebook Engineer Leads Technology Project that Helps Verbalize What is an Image
A Facebook team led by a blind engineer is working on a technology project to help verbalize what is in images, especially for persons with visual disabilities. However, this technology will also benefit and solve other issues, like using artificial intelligence to determine appropriate content for people and advertisers.
From CNBC, January 23, 2018

How to Make Business Events Accessible to People with Disabilities
Business events are effective strategies to showcase products, discuss strategies, attract investments. However, one of the biggest challenges of holding corporate events is to ensure that they are accessible to all attendees as well as accessibility that goes beyond providing ramps but that encompasses all disabilities. This article outlines simple tips to make sure that events are reachable to all target audience and participants.
From Maxability, January 22, 2018

USA: New Section 508 Requirements Now Live
The federal government’s new Section 508 standards took effect on 18 January, requiring compliance from agencies, and any state or locality that accepts federal funding, to ensure their digital services are accessible to people with physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities. The revised rules mean a broader range of technologies and more states and localities are likely to be affected by the requirements.
From Fed Scoop, January 19, 2018

E-Government Solutions for Persons with Disabilities from the Clarity Project
The article looks at important emerging solutions, business and data models, gaps, and next steps for open e-government services related to disability in the EU. The article also recognizes the importance to offer open eGovernment services for the families of people with disabilities and for the staff that belongs to the different support organizations for this population sector.
From Clarity Project, January 18, 2018

Campus Technology must be Accessible for People with Disabilities
Beginning January 18, Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) new policy for “Producing, Developing, Maintaining and Using Technology”, becomes effective and is based on changes to the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act which affects all Illinois universities, and the refreshed version of Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act. All electronic and information technology will be required to be made accessible to people with disabilities and will apply to everything from online course materials, videos shown in class or assigned to be viewed outside of class, web applications, copiers and printers.
From NIU Today, January 18, 2018

AudioConexus Launches Accessible Multilingual Commentary System for Sightseeing Companies
Navilution Evo, launched by AudioConexus is a multilingual commentary system, that breaks down language and accessibility barriers, opening new markets for tour operators. Location-specific audio and visual announcements improve access to key orientation information for all passengers with products supporting braille and video for Sign Language tours for deaf visitors.
From PRS Newswire, January 17, 2018

How Assistive Technologies Could Make Society More Inclusive
The European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) published a study, which highlights that many current and future Assistive Technologies (AT) could have a substantial positive impact on the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, education and employment. However, that does not mean that social or regulatory action is not needed. The study therefore cautions that if ATs are not developed and introduced carefully, ATs can pose risks for human rights, privacy, dignity, access to employment, freedom and social inclusion.
From European Parliamentary Research Service Blog, January 17, 2018

Accessibility at Canadian Digital Services - Challenging Assumptions About Ambient Imagery
The Canadian Digital Services (CDS) writes regarding the accessibility of the “hero” images or ambient images used on pages of their website, including the blog posts. Some informal user testing at CDS has found that users have shown a preference for a brief alternative text for ambient and decorative images, unless that image is purely decorative, like a gradient or spacer. The article enumerates some great resources they have found to combat the challenge.
From Canadian Digital Services, January 16, 2018

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