IBM Technology Assists Visually Impaired Internet Users (video)
IBM's Social Accessibility project is a way for visually impaired and sighted users to come together and make web sites more accessible for people with vision loss. IBM developed collaboration software that enables visually impaired users to post problems they are having with web sites, and others can help by providing better text descriptions. The text descriptions can then incorporated into the screen reading software used by visually impaired web site visitors.
From YouTube, September 10, 2010
Walk this Way
Whether you’re going for an urban hike or wandering from your hotel to find that restaurant you passed earlier, you won’t have to flag down a local if you’ve got Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android. Maps already had Navigation and walking directions, and today we’re happy to share the perfect marriage of the two: Walking Navigation (Beta). If you need help deciding where to walk (or drive), you can now also use Street View smart navigation or the new Google Maps search bar to guide your choice.
From Google Mobile Blog, September 09, 2010
ISO's Magazine Highlights Standards on Accessibility
According to the United Nations, 10 % of the world's population – 650 million people – are affected by some kind of disability. In addition, one quarter of all citizens in developed countries are 60 or older and, by 2050, most developing countries will have caught up.
From The Financial, September 09, 2010
Internet an Equalizer for People with Disabilities
Internet gadgets and software are creating a virtual world of equality and opportunity for a large segment of the population once marginalized due to physical or mental impairments.
From Geo TV, September 08, 2010
Accessibility and the Law: How Good UX Can Keep You Out of Court
Website accessibility is obviously an integral part of user experience; a negative user experience is certain to occur when a consumer cannot access a commercial website, which, in turn, almost always carries negative business consequences. To make matters worse, an inaccessible website may also expose the site owner and/or designer to legal liability.
From UX Magazine, September 07, 2010
Assistive Tech Built for Reading Disabilities
The Guam System for Assistive Technology is housed in the University of Guam's Dean Circle and is home to many helpful devices for people with disabilities. The latest addition to the center is a device called the Intel Reader.
From Kuam News, September 07, 2010
India: Activists Want Drafting of New Disability Bill to Reflect the CRPD
Participating in a two-day consultative meeting organised in Bangalore by Disability Rights Group (DRG) and National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled Persons (NCPEDP), about 30 disability activists from the State of Karnataka urged the drafting panel not to show tokenism and waste time by needlessly prolonging the drafting process of the new Disability Bill.
From The International Disability and Human Rights Network, September 06, 2010
Braille Budy Helps Visually Impaired People Learning How to Read and Write Braille
Braille Buddy is a 2-phase learning device that aids the visually impaired in learning Braille. It is designed to teach students how to read and write by understanding the Braille cell and the standard Braille keyboard.
From Tuvie, September 02, 2010
Top UN Official Urges All Member States to Ratify Landmark Disability Convention
A senior United Nations official today called on all UN Member States to become party to the world body’s landmark convention protecting the rights of the estimated 650 million people with disabilities, which has already acquired 146 signatories and 90 ratifications.
From UN News Centre, September 01, 2010
The Most Accessible European City Will be Awarded 2011 Access Award City
The Access City Award is a prestigious award that sets out to showcase and reward cities with over 50,000 inhabitants which take exemplary initiatives to improve accessibility in the urban environment.
From Euroalert.net, August 31, 2010