Video: M-Enabling Global Briefing Tour Inaugural Session Hosted by FCC
The FCC hosted this inaugural session of the M-Enabling Global Briefing Tour at FCC headquarters on June 4, 2012. The M-Enabling Global Briefing Tour is a project of the G3ict -- the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs.
From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4udhLFdUaj0, June 06, 2012
Costa Rica Passports to be Available in Braille
Costa Rica’s Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (immigration service) announced that it will be printing passports in Braille, as the county seek equality for all Costa Ricans. The Braille passports will be available in January.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/06/costa-rica-passports-to-be-available-in-braille/, June 06, 2012
W3C / WAI Research and Development Working Group to Hold an Online Symposium on Mobile Accessibility
Mobile devices are becoming increasingly important and are already the primary form of accessing the Web in many parts of the world. However, people with disabilities experience many difficulties when they access the Web with mobile devices. This symposium aims to bring researchers and practitioners together to discuss these challenges and possible solutions, and develop a roadmap for future research and development in the field. The online symposium will be held on 25 June 2012; paper deadline closes on 7 May 2012.
From http://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/2012/mobile/, June 05, 2012
TechNews: Foursquare-Based App Helps the Visually-Impaired Navigate Through Cities
BlindSquare is a new app that helps the visually-impaired population find their way to popular spots on Foursqaure. With over 2 billion check-ins worldwide and 2 million users, Foursquare is essentially the internet’s most detailed crowdsourced directory. BlindSquare developers are taking advantage of this and integrating Foursquare data with Apple’s VoiceOver technology to create a location-based virtual map through sound.
From http://www.psfk.com/2012/06/foursquare-blind-urban-navigation.html, June 05, 2012
Estonia Ratifies the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol (OP) by Estonia on 30 May 2012 brings a total of 113 States Parties to the CRPD, while the OP has 65 ratifications.
From http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/en/article/estonia-ratifies-crpd, June 04, 2012
TechNews: AnyTouch Turns Any Surface Into a Touchscreen
Startup Ayotle and advertising agency Digitas want to turn everything — even a piece of paper — into an interactive surface. The two companies have partnered to develop AnyTouch, a prototype that transforms objects into touchscreens. How? With special software, a 3D camera and sensors.
From http://mashable.com/2012/06/03/anytouch-touchscreen-surface/, June 04, 2012
USA: Most with Autism Diagnosed Late, Study Finds
Despite advances, a new government survey finds that most kids with autism aren’t diagnosed until age 5, meaning that many are missing out on critical years for early intervention. The finding comes from a National Institute of Mental Health survey released Thursday of parents and guardians of 1,420 kids with autism ages 6 to 17 who were interviewed in 2011.
From http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/05/25/most-autism-late/15702/, June 04, 2012
USA: To Teach Students With Disabilities, School Turns To Marines
Most students with disabilities will never serve in the military, but a one-of-a-kind program in Maryland is using lessons from the armed forces to help with everyday life. The Young Marines is a national program that uses military principles to teach students across the country. But a special unit at the Kennedy Krieger High School in Baltimore is the only one to focus exclusively on middle and high school students with disabilities.
From http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/05/29/to-teach-school-marines/15732/, June 04, 2012
USA: FCC Will Allow Text-to-Speech Emergency Alerts
The Federal Communications Commission has decided to defer, rather than prohibit, converting emergency alerts from text to speech, a prohibition in its initial EAS order. In an order released in April, the FCC amended its Jan. 10 order on specifying how emergency alert system (EAS) participants, which include broadcasters and cable operators, must receive Common Alert Protocol (CAP) messages.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/28/fcc-will-allow-text-to-speech-emergency-alerts/, June 01, 2012
Feature: The Future of Speech Recognition
Until recently, the idea of holding a conversation with a computer seemed pure science fiction. If you asked a computer to “open the pod bay doors”—well, that was only in movies. But things are changing, and quickly. A growing number of people now talk to their mobile smart phones, asking them to send e-mail and text messages, search for directions, or find information on the Web.
From http://mashable.com/2012/05/29/where-speech-recognition-is-going/, June 01, 2012