Netherlands Makes Net Neutrality A Law
The Dutch may become the first in Europe to use Skype and other web-based services on smartphones for no extra charge.The bill must now pass through the Dutch senate, but its passage is expected to be a formality. The move may prove crucial in Europe's on-going debate over net neutrality.
From www.bbc.co.uk, June 23, 2011
'Assistive Technology Devices Help Make Home A Safer Place
With greater emphasis on keeping seniors in their own homes as long as possible, assistive technology (AT) can make home a safer place. Many seniors may need grab bars in the bathroom, wheelchair ramps or pill organizers as they age. But people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are a fast-growing segment of the AT market.
From news.cincinnati.com, June 22, 2011
Disability Rights Convention Distributed in Braille, Audio And Sign Language in Montenegro
Six children with visual and hearing impairments have received the first copies in the Balkans of the child-friendly version of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Braille, audio and sign language.
From www.unicef.org, June 21, 2011
UK: Police 'Fail' Disabled People Suffering Hate Crime
Mencap, launching a three-year campaign against hate crime, said there was a "general lack of police understanding of disability hate crime". It said lack of police action meant "years of harassment... escalating into more serious incidents".
From bbc.co.uk, June 21, 2011
Accessibility Summit Brings Leading Accessibility Experts Live To A Computer Near You
The second annual Accessibility Summit conference will be held on 27 September, streaming leading web accessibility experts online to attendees around the world.
From mediaaccess.org.au, June 20, 2011
Icann Announces Huge Expansion Of Web Domain Names From 2012
The internet naming board Icann has decided to allow the number of internet "domains" to expand enormously in one of the biggest changes ever to the Internet's method of naming sites. New website suffixes should start appearing late in 2012 and could be categorized by subjects including industry, geography and ethnicity and include Arabic, Chinese and other scripts.
From www.guardian.co.uk, June 20, 2011
Opinion: Barriers to Improving the Accessibility Game Plan
This past March, Jared Smith moderated a session at CSUN titled "Do We Need To Change the Web Accessibility Game Plan". The discussion at and after the session was filled with interesting perspectives. The diversity of viewpoints demonstrates what a complex topic this really is. I’d like to take my stab at addressing this topic, inspired by this blog post by Vlad Alexander which kicked off the original conversation.
From www.karlgroves.com, June 20, 2011
USA: Government Falters in Effort to Reduce Massive Backlog of Disability Hearings
In his May 2007 testimony to Congress about the state of the Social Security Administration (SSA), Commissioner Michael J. Astrue focused on the problem of the surging growth in the number of individuals awaiting a hearing on their requests for disability benefits. Astrue described an ambitious plan the agency had recently launched "to eliminate the backlog of hearing requests" by 2012 and also "to prevent its recurrence.
From www.bespacific.com, June 20, 2011
Africa: How to Accelerate Wireless Broadband Access to the First Mile
Just 9.6% of the total population in Africa has access to the Internet. This is less than 1/5th and 1/6th of the rate in the Americas and Europe, respectively. But this statistic does not convey the real situation in the world’s poorest countries. Of Africa’s 48 sub-Saharan countries, 29 (60%) have total Internet usage rates (at any speed) of less than 3%, and 15 (31%) show less than 1%. Broadband access rates are far lower still.
From www.ictdev.org, June 20, 2011
USA: National Association of the Deaf Files Disability Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Netflix
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the nation's premier civil rights organization of deaf and hard of hearing individuals, announced the filing of a major federal lawsuit against Netflix today in U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, Western Division in Springfield, MA.
From www.sfgate.com, June 17, 2011