Accessibility Beyond the Screen Reader: Designing for Impaired Vision Users
For most people, Web accessibility means making content compatible with screen readers. As a designer, what first comes to mind might be providing alt text for images. As a developer, it might be adding WAI-ARIA roles and properties to the source code. As a content strategist, it might be unambiguous link text that makes sense on its own. All of these are good starting points, but ultimately, who truly benefits from these things? Blind people using screen readers, but who else?
From http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/accessibility-beyond-screen-reader-91516540, September 02, 2015
PROSPERITY4ALL: Access to Technology for Everyone
EU researchers are developing a new, broad-ranging, cloud-based infrastructure that makes the Internet more accessible for users with special needs. The new ‘ecosystem’ enables people previously excluded from ICT to get help using technology and aims to use their feedback to develop new apps and services. PROSPERITY4ALL, a four-year project running until 2018, builds on the earlier CLOUD4ALL, which developed preference management tools for people with special needs to auto-configure their computers, tablets and smartphones, making them easier to use.
From https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/prosperity4all-access-technology-everyone, September 02, 2015
India: Bangalore to Feature in Government's Accessible India Program
City to be featured in Center's 'Accessible India' program. If not a smart city, Bengaluru can at least aim to be an accessible city for those with disabilities. With hundreds of government buildings imposing a challenge for those with physical disabilities, the city will be featured in the 'Accessible India' programme envisioned by the Center. Lov Verma, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, said around 50 cities would be chosen for the scheme, and Bengaluru would be featured as an 'A' city.
From http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/improving-accessibility-to-the-disabled-in-bengaluru/article7593348.ece, August 31, 2015
IBM Becoming Internet of Things Powerhouse
IBM has solidified its position as a preeminent player and driving force in mainstream Internet of Things adoption. That’s according to analyst firm Strategy Analytics, who says IBM’s decision to invest three billion dollars and hire 2,000 workers to staff its new Internet of Things Business Unit has made the company an IoT powerhouse. “Big Blue is also ensuring close collaboration among its many business groups: Analytics; Systems and Technology (STG); the Watson Business Unit and its Cloud and Services groups to ease the transition,” she says.
From http://channellife.co.nz/story/ibm-becoming-internet-things-powerhouse/, August 31, 2015
70th Session of the UN General Assembly to Adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at High-Level Summit
Earlier this month, the 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement on the outcome document that will constitute the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More than 150 Heads of State and Government are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit at UN Headquarters in New York from 25 to 27 September to formally adopt the new agenda.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1618, August 31, 2015
Changing the Game for Persons with Disabilities in Global Development Planning
A lack of disability data and statistics means that the situation and number of persons with disabilities are not clear to policy-makers and others responsible for development planning. The need for accurate data has been emphasized and pursued by the United Nations for over three decades. Increasingly, during the last decade, more data and information on disability have been collected by Governments, UN agencies and others, worldwide. It is encouraging to note that more data collection initiatives are adopting international recommendations and thus producing globally comparable data.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/desa/desa_news_september_2015.docx, August 31, 2015
Call for Films for UN Enable Film Festival
Each year, disability-related films are selected from films submitted from around the world are screened at UN Headquarters in New York for the United Nations Enable Film Festival (UNEFF). The films selected for UNEFF work to highlight an emerging or overlooked disability issue or present a disability perspective in a larger societal context or in diverse geographic and regional settings or highlight the human diversity of disability. Send us your short film if you think it can help achieve the objectives of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and is suitable to be presented to a diverse international audience. Further details and submission guidelines are available at: Deadline: November 20, 2015.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1562, August 29, 2015
IoT Mapped: The Emerging Landscape of Smart Things
No one really knows how many “things” there are deployed today that have IoT characteristics. IDC’s 2013 estimate was about 9.1 billion, growing to about 28 billion by 2020 and over 50 billion by 2025. You can get pretty much any other number you want, but all the estimates are very large. So what are all these IoT things doing and why are they there? Here’s our attempt to map out the IoT landscape (click to enlarge).
From http://venturebeat.com/2015/08/23/iot-mapped-the-emerging-landscape-of-smart-things/, August 27, 2015
USA: Machines Provide Accessibility but Low Turnout for Voters With Disabilities Persists
Seven years ago, New York state implemented new accessible voting systems in the election process. But the Rochester-based Center for Disability Rights remains concerned at the low number of people with disabilities making their way to the polls. The Ballot Marking Devices were introduced at each polling place. These machines provide increased opportunities for individuals with disabilities to vote privately and independently through the use of interfaces triggered by sound and touch. “If a person is unable to use their hands, or for some reason it’s badly damaged, you can put these on the floor and you can navigate through the session using the paddles,” says Linda Cummings, a trainer at the Board of Elections.
From http://wxxinews.org/post/watch-voting-machines-provide-accessibility-low-turnout-voters-disabilities-persists, August 26, 2015
The Future of Mobile Health: Wearables, Implantables and Electronic Health Records
Wearables, implantables and electronic health records are all top of mind for Grey Healthcare Group managing partner and chief engagement officer Erin Byrne, who sees mobile spurring profound changes in the way health and wellness are managed. Byrne spoke recently with eMarketer’s Tobi Elkin and explained why mobile is critical for managing consumer health and communications between healthcare providers and patients.
From http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Future-of-Mobile-Health-Wearables-Implantables-Electronic-Health-Records/1012881#sthash.0Ksfwf9x.dpuf, August 26, 2015