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Digital Inclusion: The Benefits of Better Web Accessibility
In an era when the web is becoming ubiquitous, the implications of being on the wrong side of the digital divide seem graver than ever. Website accessibility expert Professor Jonathan Hassell’s new book on digital inclusion, launched this month, calls for a shift in the thinking of organizations over what has often been regarded as a somewhat burdensome and thorny issue.
From http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2014/nov/20/companies-benefits-digital-inclusion-accessibility, March 10, 2015

USA: FCC Extends Deadline for Nominations to the Fourth Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is extending the deadline for the submission of nominations for the Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA) to March 20, 2015. In addition, the Commission is issuing this public notice to encourage parties to submit additional information with their nominations to assist the Commission in its review process. Parties making nominations now have the option of including references to consumer reviews of products and services, and links to videos on a website that demonstrate their innovations. If parties have already submitted a nomination, parties may resubmit their nomination to include this additional information.
From http://www.fcc.gov/document/nomination-chairmans-aaa, March 10, 2015

Top Five Takeaways from Mobile World Congress 2015
The event has morphed from a mobile industry congress to a broader ICT–TMT–mobility fair at which telecoms meets digital media, IT, and entertainment. The focus of mobile operators – in terms of opportunities for growth – is shifting to the enterprise market.
From http://www.reseller.co.nz/article/569835/insight-top-5-takeaways-from-mwc-2015/, March 09, 2015

Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015
To compile this list, the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, a panel of 18 experts, draws on the collective expertise of the Forum’s communities to identify the most important recent technological trends. By doing so, the Meta-Council aims to raise awareness of their potential and contribute to closing the gaps in investment, regulation and public understanding that so often thwart progress.
From https://medium.com/world-economic-forum-agenda/top-10-emerging-technologies-of-2015-1feb204aaf5c, March 09, 2015

Samsung Releases New Advertisement Highlighting Video Call Center for Hearing Impaired People
Samsung released an advertisement this weekend for a new service intended to help people with hearing disabilities. In the ad, a person with a hearing disability encounters only people who know sign language as he walks through the town
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/09/samsung-releases-new-ad-hearing-hands/, March 09, 2015

USA: New Study Points to Better Classrooms for Children with Disabilities
FPG’s National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute will offer special sessions on the Inclusive Classroom Profile, a new measure that reveals the types of inclusive settings that may be best serving preschoolers with disabilities. A pilot study in 51 N.C. classrooms shows the effectiveness of a new measure in assessing the quality of practices in inclusive preschools. Not only is the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP) a reliable instrument, researchers say it also reveals the types of inclusive settings that may be best serving preschoolers with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/09/new-study-points-to-better-classrooms-for-children-with-disabilities/, March 09, 2015

Arizona State University Student Develops Sensing Technology for People with Vision Disabilities
A man with vision disability can’t see the interviewer sitting across from him but knows that the questioner has a smile on his face. Motors in person with vision disability’s chair give the sensation of having a shape – a smile – drawn on his back. “We use that as a way to communicate the face,” said Shantanu Bala, an Arizona State University graduate. Vision through chair massage.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/09/arizona-state-university-student-develops-sensing-technology-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, March 09, 2015

Huawei Launches Exclusive ICT Leaders Roundtable at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
Huawei partnered with Heavy Reading, the research division of Light Reading, to host an exclusive ICT Leaders Roundtable on March 1, 2015 at the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel in Barcelona, in conjunction with Mobile World Congress. Designed for ICT leaders from communications service providers, IT companies and digital services companies, the roundtable, packed with over 50 CXOs, senior executives and specialists, discussed the core issues that are changing the business foundations for the communications industry.
From http://ubm.io/1Fcshq9, March 05, 2015

14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons
The 14th TRANSED conference will be hosted by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), a prestigious school of Engineering, Science and Technology of the Universidade de Lisboa IST, well known by its short name Técnico, created in 1911, is the largest and most reputed school of Engineering, Science and Technology in Portugal.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/02/14th-international-conference-on-mobility-and-transport-for-elderly-and-disabled-persons/, March 04, 2015

User Interface for Technology Used by an Ageing Population
The trend of an ageing population is reflected across Europe. It is estimated that by 2035 nearly a quarter of the population in the United Kingdom will be over 65 years. Ageing is traditionally associated with a decrease in mobility and social interaction, and this can have detrimental effects upon well being and access to good nutrition and health. Fortunately there has been much research into the effects of age upon product interaction.
From http://www.experientia.com/blog/ux-for-technology-used-by-an-ageing-population/, March 04, 2015

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