Lip-Reading Could Come to Mobile Phones
German invention means 'silent communication' could end commuters' irritation with mobile phone conversations
From Telegraph UK, March 08, 2010
Microsoft Showcases Assistive Technology for Seniors
New York and other cities are working with Microsoft to bring computers, Webcams, and other high-tech gear to the homebound elderly
From Business Week, March 07, 2010
EU Impact Project: Survey on ICT and Assistive Technology in Europe
The project partnership of the 'Improving Person Centred Technology (ImPaCT) in Europe' project is carrying out a research to map the current situation in the provision of Person Centered Technology (PCT) in Europe. To this end, it is inviting interested persons to take its online survey at http://easpd.hft.org.uk/.
From e-Gov monitor, March 05, 2010
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