Singapore's Disabled Need Better Web site access
Making the Internet and Web sites accessible for use by people with disabilities is vital, particularly in Singapore where there is high broadband penetration and computer literacy, according to a Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) executive.
From ZD net Asia, December 03, 2009
The Intel Reader: As Big a Boon as Braille?
Intel's device for the blind or visually impaired combines a digital camera, OCR, and speech synthesis, with impressive results
From BusinessWeek, December 03, 2009
Presidential Proclamation - International Day of Persons with Disabilities
A Proclamation by U.S. President Obama on International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3, 2009)
From The White House Briefing Room, December 03, 2009
Stevie Wonder Becomes a UN Messenger of Peace
Singer/songwriter legend Stevie Wonder is joining the United Nations as one of its 10 Messengers of Peace to lend his talents to this work. It is the latest move in a long career of writing, producing and performing songs to highlight challenges many children and adults face - from disabilities, to HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, hunger, homelessness and domestic abuse.
From UN Dispatch, December 02, 2009
Human Rights: Historic Ratification by the European Community
The European Community has just ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Unprecedented step forward for the first human rights treaty ratified in the history of Europe and a great signal sent to all EU Members States.
From EDF News, November 29, 2009
YouTube Launches Automatic Captions; Great for Accessibility and Search
YouTube is introducing machine-generated automatic captioning to YouTube. The captions can also be translated. This obviously has incredible implications for the hearing-impaired and language translation. But it also has great implications for search.
From SearchEngineWatch.com, November 19, 2009
IGF Discusses Diversity and Disability, GAID Offers Program for MDGs Achievement
On the third day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting, November 17, 2009, in Sharm el-Sheikh, participants from government, the private sector, civil society and the Internet community tackled the key issues of access and diversity as well as Internet governance in the light of WSIS principles. Parallel meetings held on Tuesday included 20 workshops, as well as \"best practices forums\", \"dynamic coalitions\", and other meetings.
From ag-IP News, November 18, 2009
Texthelp Systems Launch BrowseAloud 6
Northern Ireland-based assistive technology firm, Texthelp Systems Ltd, is pleased to announce the launch of BrowseAloud 6; the latest version of its text-to-speech software.
From BrowseAloud News, November 16, 2009
UN Official Pledges Support to Tackle Copyright Challenges for the Visually Impaired
The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with protecting intellectual property rights has pledged support for efforts to improve access to copyright-protected works for the world’s blind or visually impaired persons.
From UN News Centre, November 11, 2009
Intel Introduces a Digital Book Reader that Reads Aloud to the Blind
Ben Foss grew up with dyslexia, a learning disability so severe that his mother had to read books to him throughout his school years, all the way through college. Now 36, he is spearheading the launch of a remarkable device from Intel that can read electronic books aloud to the blind or visually impaired.
From Venture Beat, November 09, 2009