AT&T: Working to Make Accessibility Universal
AT&T’s Corporate Accessibility Technology Office was launched in December 2012 to lead AT&T’s efforts to meet the needs of customers with disabilities. This team serves as AT&T’s hub for accessibility-related issues, working throughout the company to assess accessibility implications and provide counsel on the design and development of products and services. While the team’s primary responsibility is to ensure compliance with accessibility regulations for all of AT&T’s products and services, it also has a bonus effect of raising awareness of disability-related issues and creating a culture of accessibility throughout AT&T.
From http://3blmedia.com/News/ATT-Working-Make-Accessibility-Universal, June 10, 2014
M-Enabling Summit: A Conversation with Organizer Axel Leblois on Biometrics for Persons with Disabiltiies at the M-Enabling Summit 2014
Biometric authentication is a far-reaching technology, and the organizers of the M-enabling Summit 2014 are excited to see the accessible and assistive properties of recognition systems making their way to the forefront through new mobile devices. “The ability to automate the recognition of users is becoming central to everything,” Axel Leblois, the Executive Director of G3ict, an organizer of the M-Enabling Summit said in an interview with BiometricUpdate.com.
From http://www.biometricupdate.com/201406/m-enabling-summit-a-conversation-with-organizer-axel-leblois, June 10, 2014
Maintaining Momentum Through Efficient Mobile Design
When interacting with mobile devices, users have little patience for confusing interfaces or unnecessary steps that impede their progress. As designers, we must understand the role of momentum in effective user interface design and create experiences that keep our users moving forward.
From http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/06/10/maintaining-momentum-through-efficient-mobile-design/, June 10, 2014
Canada: Launch of New Library Service Provides Accessible Books to Over Three Million Canadians with Print Disabilities
The Centre for Equitable Library Access officially launched its new national service which provides accessible library services and materials to Canadians with print disabilities. The announcement was made at the Canadian Library Association’s National Conference in Victoria, BC.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/30/launch-of-new-library-service-provides-accessible-books-to-over-three-million-canadians-with-print-disabilities/, May 30, 2014
New Zealand: Disability Action Plan 2014-2018 Announced
The Minister for Disability Issues Tariana Turia has announced the Disability Action Plan 2014-2018 today. The new plan is a collaborative effort between government agencies and representatives from Disabled People’s Organizations (DPO’s).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/29/disability-action-plan-2014-2018-announced/, May 29, 2014
New Zealand: New Service to Strengthen New Zealand Sign Language Development
Education Minister Hekia Parata today launched a new Family Whānau Sign Language Facilitator service to support children who are deaf to develop a strong first language.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/28/new-service-to-strengthen-new-zealand-sign-language-development/, May 28, 2014
Portugal: 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons
The 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 28 to 31 July 2015. The 14th TRANSED conference will be hosted by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), a prestigious school of Engineering, Science and Technology of the Universidade de Lisboa, IST, well known by its short name Técnico, created in 1911, is the largest and most reputed school of Engineering, Science and Technology in Portugal.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/28/14th-international-conference-on-mobility-and-transport-for-elderly-and-disabled-persons/, May 28, 2014
Oman: Symposium on Disability Policy
A symposium on ‘Policies of Dealing with Disability and their Prospects in the Arab States in the Light of the UN Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ started at the InterContinental Hotel on Monday.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/27/symposium-on-disability-policy/, May 27, 2014
USA: App to Spot Autism Signs in Kids
Spotting the early warning signs of autism has just become a bit easier for parents and physicians with a software that tracks and records infants’ activity during videotaped autism screening tests. Early intervention may significantly impact development of autism syndrome disorders (ASD).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/24/app-to-spot-autism-signs-in-kids/, May 26, 2014
Nigerians with Disabilities Demand Accessible Polling Booths
Ahead of 2015 general election, persons with disabilities in the country have lamented the situation where most polling booths are not accessible to them during election days. This is even as they threw their weight behind the move by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to move some polling units to nearby classrooms, although, made a case for such classrooms to be ones that can easily be assessed by persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/21/nigerians-with-disabilities-demand-accessible-polling-booths/, May 21, 2014