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Video: Talking Cash Machine Campaign by RNIB
Blind and partially sighted people in America can plug their ear phones into one in every four cash machines and hear a voice that guides them through their transactions. In Britain, only one in a thousand can talk!
From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgSqJq8jX6Q&feature=share&list=PL06E63C85F9143A61, February 15, 2013

Feature: How does Accessible Web Design Benefit all Web Users?
There are many examples in society of innovations that were originally intended for people with disabilities but that have provided access benefits to all people (curb cuts and automatic door openers are two of the most common). Accessible web content is a similar innovation. Web content designed in a way that is accessible to people with disabilities additionally benefits many non-disabled users and often benefits all users.
From http://eapd.weebly.com/2/post/2013/02/how-does-accessible-web-design-benefit-all-web-users.html, February 14, 2013

Canada: Deadline to Prepare Accessibility Policies Approaching
In January, I wrote about how large organizations in Ontario must prepare multi-year accessibility plans to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (by January 1, 2014). Well, those obligated private sector organizations (50+ employees) must also develop and implement relevant policies, practices and procedures under their general obligation and under each accessibility standard (Information and Communication, Employment, Transportation and Built Environment for public spaces) under the Integrated Accessibility Regulation by January 1, 2014 as well, and that’s going to arrive sooner than you think.
From http://blog.firstreference.com/2013/02/13/deadline-to-prepare-accessibility-policies-approaching/#axzz2KrLb8tZW, February 14, 2013

UNICEF: Transforming the Lives of Children with Disabilities through Inclusive Education
Children with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and excluded in the world. Their rights are often violated. Hidden at home or placed in special institutions, they often miss out on education. Many grow up apart from their families. If they stay at home, parents fear their children will be mocked and taunted because of the stigma associated with having a disability. They are often not seen in public, nor do they get a chance to be actively involved in their communities.
From http://www.unicef.org/protection/57929_67845.html, February 14, 2013

Mobile Accessibility Landscape Update
Accessible mobile devices increase the ability of people with disabilities to communicate, shop, learn, integrate, and interact with society. Common mobile devices can replace expensive specialized devices that many people with disabilities rely on such as augmentative and alternative communication devices, way finding, and reading.
From https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/2013/02/11/mobile-accessibility-landscape-update/, February 13, 2013

mHealth: Policy Brief on how Mobile Phones can help Improve Health Education in India
A policy briefing focusing on how the mobile phone offers important opportunities for saving lives, drawing on BBC Media Action's direct experience in using phones to improve health education in one of the poorest states of India.
From http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/publicationsandpress/policy_mhealth.html, February 13, 2013

Google Computer Science Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
“Access to knowledge is our thing.” That’s what Google says about its scholarship for students with disabilities. The deadline to submit an application in Monday, February 18. Recipients of the 2013 Google Lime Scholarship will each receive a scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Winners are invited to the Google Scholars’ Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Another unique aspect of this scholarship is that all winning candidates will be considered for software engineering internship opportunities with Google. Recipients of the scholarship will receive US$10,000 for those studying in the US and C$5,000 for those studying in Canada (based on tuition costs).
From http://www.eastersealstech.com/2013/02/12/google-computer-science-scholarships-for-students-with-disabilities/, February 13, 2013

DAISY Online for Book Port DT
APH is excited to announce the first U.S. implementation of DAISY Online! This amazing service utilizes the features of the new Book Port DT to provide users the ability to find, download and play DAISY content without the need for a computer! DAISY, or Digital Accessible Information System, is an international standard for the Digital Talking Book (DTB). The debut of DAISY Online brings Newsweek and Readers Digest—which APH has provided in braille and audio formats free of charge for many decades—to the Book Port DT! In addition, DAISY Online makes available, to those Book Port DT users who are registered with Bookshare, access to Bookshare’s collections of accessible books, newspapers, and more. Bookshare currently provides access to more than 175,600 titles.
From http://www.fredshead.info/2013/02/daisy-online-for-book-port-dt.html#.URts_PKv95s, February 12, 2013

Making Progress on Web Accessibility Across Europe
On December 3, 2012 the European Commission (EC) announced a proposed directive on web accessibility. Just 3 days later, Microsoft joined with the European Disability Forum (EDF) to co-host a discussion in Brussels about how industry, government, and civil society can collectively start making real progress towards a more accessible web.
From http://www.microsoft.com/eu/connected-lifestyles/article/making-progress-on-web-accessibility-across-europe.aspx, February 12, 2013

Making SlideShare Presentations Accessible for Persons with Disabilities
Current statistics about visual impairment published by AFB reports that an estimated 21.2 million adult Americans (or more than 10% of all adult Americans) reported they either "have trouble" seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, or that they are blind or unable to see at all. When a website, an intranet, a school network, or an e-learning CMS links or embed a silent SlideShare presentation, about 25% of the audience may be at big risk of being excluded.
From http://networkedblogs.com/I8PcQ, February 11, 2013

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