Accessibility Interoperability Alliance News
The news that IBM has joined the AIA significantly strengthens this important cross-vendor initiative.
About eight months ago, on December 10, 2007, a coalition of leading information technology (IT) and assistive technology (AT) companies announced the formation of the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA). An engineering working group dedicated to enabling developers to more easily create accessible software, hardware and Web products. These solutions will reduce barriers to information and communication technologies that currently exist for people with disabilities in today's digital world.
From IT-Director.com, August 31, 2008
E-commerce for the Blind
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires “public accommodations” to be accessible to the disabled as well as the able-bodied. That's why stores, government buildings and churches have elevators and ramps, not just stairs. But when the National Federation of the Blind urged retail giant Target Corp. three years ago to modify its website to aid the visually impaired, Target balked. The disabilities act applied to its brick-and-mortar stores, not its branch in cyberspace, Target's lawyers argued.
From Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2008
Bangalore hosts Europe's Biggest Technology Event to Promote Accessible Technology for People with Disabilities First ever Assistive Technology Roadshow held in Bangalore Techshare India 2008
Royal National Institute of the Blind (UK) and BarrierBreak Technologies today hosted in Bangalore, Techshare - Europe’s biggest technology event to promote accessible technology for people with disabilities. Techshare India 2008, held on the premises of Mobilty India in J.P. Nagar, Bangalore, was inaugurated by Mr. Das Suryavanshi, Commissioner Disabilities, Karnataka.
From India PRwire, August 29, 2008
Georgia Tech Scientists Develop Use of Tongue as Joystick for the Disabled
Maysam Ghovanloo, an assistant professor at the university, reportedly is leading a team who believes that a magnetic, tongue-powered system could transform a disabled person’s mouth into a virtual computer, teeth into a keyboard – “and tongue into the key that manipulates it all.”
From Robotics Technology, August 28, 2008
Techshare India 2008 Will be Held in Bangalore on August 29
In a joint statement, Royal National Institute of the Blind (UK) and BarrierBreak Technologies today announced to bring to Bangalore Techshare - Europe’s biggest technology event to promote accessible technology for people with disabilities. Techshare India 2008, will be held in Bangalore on 29th August, 2008 on the premises of Mobilty India, J.P. Nagar, Bangalore.
From Moneycontrol, August 27, 2008
For the Advanced in Age, Easy-to-Use Technology
IN the 1960s, baby boomers, like most young people, could not wait to leave home.
Today, those boomers are trying to figure out how to stay at home, even if they are past the age when their parents made the passage to senior living. Companies that have long profited from the transformation of the counterculture into the over-the-counter culture are creating products that they hope will help them do that.
From The New York Times, August 27, 2008
Target to Make Web Site Accessible to Blind in $6 Million Settlement
The Target retail chain will make its Web site accessible to the blind and pay $6 million to visually impaired Californians who have tried unsuccessfully to use the site, under a settlement announced Wednesday. The nationwide settlement, filed with a federal judge in San Francisco, is intended as a model for the retail industry, said a lawyer for the National Federation of the Blind, which sued Target in 2006.
From San Francisco Chronicle, August 27, 2008
National Federation of the Blind and Target Agree to Class Action Settlement
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Target (NYSE: TGT) announced today that they have settled a class action lawsuit regarding access to the Target.com Web site by blind people.
From National Federation of the Blind, August 27, 2008
91% of People with Disabilities Believe They Receive Less Attention from Presidential Candidates than Other Groups
People With Disabilities Seek Additional Political Dialogue on Topics Such as Healthcare, Accessibility and Unemployment
From CNNMoney.com, August 27, 2008
Quality of Life of Older People through the Use of New Information and Communication Technologies - AAL Joint Programme
Decription and objective of the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme
From Euroalert.net, August 22, 2008