IBM: Accessibility Should Be Built-In from the Beginning
A fair amount of my day is spent fighting with technology that others use easily. I suffer from Retinitis Pigmentosa, a condition that leads to blindness. Currently, I can only make out shapes and objects and need altered colors to see what’s on my screen. With day-to-day activities, I often find myself “working around” menial tasks. For example, with email it is often hard to tell which of my messages include attachments. Or, when information on a website is not organized in the right order and flow especially when using a screen reader, or the “click here” button is in the wrong color. It’s frustrating and I’m not short of examples. Designing and developing apps, solutions and services with accessibility built-in from the beginning ensures that organizations better connect with customers and create a better overall user experience for everyone.
From http://ageandability.com/2016/06/13/accidental-accessibility/?platform=hootsuite, June 14, 2016
Microsoft: Designing Gaming for Everyone
Consider closed captioning. Originally created for people with hearing loss, it is now used by all sorts of people to consume video in shared environments. Think about the TV with closed captioning at the gym or watching a social media video with a friend while at a crowded bar. This solution for one type of ability improved everyone’s options across a variety of environments. And if necessity is the mother of invention, then intentionally designing for people with diverse needs and abilities is what nurtures ongoing innovation.
From https://news.microsoft.com/features/designing-gaming-for-everyone/?platform=hootsuite#sm.000wg2k8x1154cwjxa92f8a40duyd, June 14, 2016
USA: New York City Enacts Accessibility Standards for Government Web Sites
NYC recently passed a law requiring that its government agency web sites meet accessibility standards. Other state and local governments may follow NYC’s lead and enact accessibility standards for government agencies, contractors and even public accommodations in the absence of regulations from DOJ. Serving a population of over 8 million, the New York City government includes more than 120 agencies staffed by approximately 325,000 employees. This legislation will have an impact on City agencies, and access for persons with disabilities to those institutions.
From http://www.adatitleiii.com/2016/04/new-york-city-enacts-accessibility-standards-for-government-websites/, June 14, 2016
New Legislation to Improve Services for Egyptians with Disabilities
The Egyptian parliament is currently discussing a first-of-its-kind bill in support of people with disabilities submitted by the Solidarity Committee on May 24. If passed, the bill would work to integrate individuals with disabilities into society, provide them with proper living conditions and eradicate disability-based discrimination. As Per the bill, people with disabilities will be issued identification cards that will grant them many privileges such as shorter working hours for themselves or those taking care of them at all governmental and nongovernmental institutions. Disabled ID card holders will also be provided with suitable housing and transportation. Educational institutions shall prioritize the integration of individuals with disabilities, and governmental and financial institutions shall be better equipped to accommodate them and facilitate their access to services.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/09/new-legislation-to-improve-services-for-egyptians-with-disabilities/, June 09, 2016
World Bank Partners with ONCE Foundation to Advance Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
The World Bank and ONCE Foundation are joining forces to advance the social and economic development of persons with disabilities through education, employment, skills development, training, and universal design and accessibility for all. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today, the World Bank and ONCE Foundation will focus their collaboration on joint research, capacity-building, and building on successful models.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/09/world-bank-partners-with-once-foundation-to-advance-inclusion-of-persons-with-disabilities/, June 09, 2016
Delhi University to Provide Accessible Smartphones, Hearing Aid for Students with Disabilities
Delhi University will provide accessible smart phones, white canes, hearing aid and wheelchairs to students with disabilities from this year. In a move to empower students, the university’s Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) is working to provide students with disabilities with such facilities. “The students have already been provided laptops and now we will give them accessible smartphones, canes, wheelchair and hearing aid. These will be provided through the central government’s Assistance for Person with Disability (ADIP) scheme,” said Anil Aneja, officer on special duty (OSD), EOC.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/08/delhi-university-to-provide-accessible-smartphones-hearing-aid-for-students-with-disabilities/, June 09, 2016
USA: Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards
The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards recognize leaders who have helped improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in all areas of community life, including employment. These international Awards, first bestowed in 2013, recognize exemplary leaders within the disability community and their extraordinary societal contributions, while remembering the spirit and legacy of The Viscardi Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who was a leading advocate for persons with disabilities and a disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/08/nominations-now-being-accepted-for-2016-henry-viscardi-achievement-awards/, June 09, 2016
USA: Partnership to Provide Accessibility & Web Enhancement Technology Option to Community Financial Institutions
Award-winning financial technology and marketing provider, Kasasa, formerly BancVue, announced a strategic partnership with AudioEye, Inc., a provider of technology designed to optimize the user experience for individuals with disabilities. The AudioEye Technology will allow FIRSTBranch clients to reach the broadest audience possible, including the 5 to 10 percent of the population with a disability or physical limitation otherwise denied full access to websites and digital content. Through the partnership, AudioEye’s patented and flexible technology will now be fully integrated into Kasasa’s FIRSTBranch websites for new community financial institution (CFI) clients. Additionally, existing FIRSTBranch clients will have the option to add the technology to their current websites, providing a strong competitive advantage over megabanks, as well as an opportunity to drive even deeper relationships with customers.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/08/partnership-to-provide-accessibility-web-enhancement-technology-option-to-community-financial-institutions/, June 09, 2016
Nepal Plans to Make Public Infrastructure Accessible
The government has announced to make all state infrastructure accessible for persons with disabilities. The budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017 has a programme to make public places accessible for persons with disabilities but it falls short of spelling out the operational time frame.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/05/30/nepal-plans-to-make-public-infrastructure-accessible/, May 31, 2016
Philippines Marks First Disability-Inclusive Elections
The May 9 Philippine election not only set a new record for voter turnout, it also marked the first time that Republic Act 10366 – which mandates that polling stations be fully accessible for persons with disabilities – was implemented in full. In his speech during the proclamation of senators-elect, the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chair cited that there were over 300,000 people with disabilities and senior citizens who were able to vote at the ground floors of voting centers in the elections. He also mentioned the efforts of the COMELEC in making the voting process accessible and convenient for persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/05/31/philippines-marks-first-disability-inclusive-elections/http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/05/31/philippines-marks-first-disability-inclusive-elections/, May 31, 2016