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User Experience Impossible: The Line Between Accessibility and Usability
People often argue whether accessibility is related to usability. I’d say that they are close. In fact, they should be married, because they complement one another, but they’re not the same thing. Some people might even say that accessibility is usability for people with disabilities, but it’s oh, so much more. According to the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C-WAI), accessibility is the means through which “… people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and they can contribute to the Web.” And the International Standards Organization’s standard ISO9241 defines usability as the “… effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction with which specified users achieve specified goals in particular environments.”
From http://www.digitalgov.gov/2014/11/17/user-experience-impossible-the-line-between-accessibility-and-usability/, December 04, 2014

In Self-Driving Cars, a Potential Lifeline for the Disabled
The self-driving car, embraced as a stress-reducing convenience for harried drivers and a potential advance in road safety, could also prove to be a life-changing breakthrough for many people with disabilities, granting them a new measure of independence.
From http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/automobiles/in-self-driving-cars-a-potential-lifeline-for-the-disabled.html?_r=4, December 04, 2014

A Simple Accessibility App Can Make the Visual World Audible
Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has created an app to make visually impaired people's lives a little easier. ViaOptaDaily is available for iOS and Android phones, offering a suite of functions that aim to translate the visual world into audible cues. It's essentially six apps in one: there's a weather element, which reads the current conditions aloud; a tool that uses your phone's camera to determine the color of an object; a money identifier that detects and reads aloud the value of bills, and a simple contacts manager, timer and magnifier.
From http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/02/simple-accessibility-app-makes-the-visual-world-audible, December 03, 2014

Canada: Accessible Media Inc Appoints Accessibility Officer
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the appointment of Robert Pearson as the organization's Accessibility Officer. Robert will be based out of AMI's Toronto office and will report to David Errington, AMI's President and CEO. Robert joined AMI in April, 2011 as Director, Accessible Digital Media responsible for leading AMI's efforts to improve the accessibility of digital media, develop and manage AMI's relationships with like minded and accessibility focused organizations and to liaise with the CRTC on various initiatives.
From http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1456625/media-advisory-ami-appoints-accessibility-officer, December 03, 2014

USA: Model Digital Accessibility Policies Presented at the United Nations
Newly released ITU and G3ict legislative and regulatory framework for digital accessibility reviewed on International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Jointly speaking in the panel discussion, “Crossing the Digital Divide,” organized by UNDESA at United Nations headquarters in New York on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Gary Fowlie, Head of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Strategy and Policy Unit at the UN in New York, and Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), pointed out that “States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) can leverage the unprecedented growth in mobile and Internet use worldwide to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in cooperation with organizations of persons with disabilities and industry.” This opportunity is presented in detail in the just released Model ICT Accessibility Policy Report jointly published by the ITU and G3ict.
From http://g3ict.org/press/press_releases/press_release/p/id_82, December 03, 2014

India: What Tech Companies Do to Make the Road Smoother for Persons with Disabilities
Accenture, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) has developed the Jobability portal that serves as an industry interface between persons with disability (PwD) and prospective employers. This is a new milestone and a step ahead towards our commitment towards I&D. Currently, there is no online job portal exclusively for PwD, which makes this a one of its kind in India.
From http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-12-03/news/56684649_1_portal-employees-pwd, December 03, 2014

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) comes as over a billion people live with some form of disability. This year’s theme, ‘Sustainable Development: The promise of technology’ seeks to harness technology to promote inclusion and accessibility to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society. The promise of technology” is timely, the UN says, as it marks the conclusion of the period of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) in 2015 and the launch of a new development framework of sustainable development goals (SDGs).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/01/december-3-international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities/, December 01, 2014

Disability Inclusion in Post-2015 Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies
The Preparatory Committee of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR) met for its second session from 17 to 18 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, to negotiate a zero draft of the post-2015 disaster risk reduction strategy (HFA2). The Disability Risk Reduction Network that has worked to ensure a disability-inclusive post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction process, established “persons with disabilities” as a recognized stakeholder group.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/29/disability-inclusion-in-post-2015-disaster-risk-reduction-strategies/, December 01, 2014

Gaming Technology Makes its Way Into Headsets for People with Vision Disabilities
EU researchers have developed a 3D headset that could help people who are blind or have low vision move around more safely and easily. The DIGIGLASSES project, which kicked off in 2012, set out to develop a marketable digital tool for the visually impaired using stereoscopic vision, corrected and customised for the specific symptoms of the user’s eye disease. The project’s latest YouTube video announces the opening of product lines for participating SMEs. The project hopes it can be on market at the end of 2015.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/26/gaming-technology-makes-its-way-into-headsets-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, November 26, 2014

Samsung Introduces Eye-Tracking Mouse for People with Disabilities
Samsung Electronics introduced EYECAN+, the company’s second-generation eye-tracking mouse that allows people with disabilities to compose and edit documents as well as browse the web through simple eye movement. EYECAN+ is the first of its kind, as it does not require users to wear any device, such as glasses. Instead, EYECAN+ is a single-unit, portable box that sits below the monitor, and works by wirelessly calibrating with the user’s eye.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/26/samsung-introduces-eye-tracking-mouse-for-people-with-disabilities/, November 26, 2014

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