Canada: Toronto Offers Voters with Disabilities Scytl’s Solutions for Internet and Telephone Voting
Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization, has been awarded a contract by the City of Toronto, Canada to provide improved accessibility for persons with disabilities via Scytl’s secure Online Voting and Scytl’s secure Phone Voting in the October 2014 election.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/24/toronto-offers-voters-with-disabilities-scytls-solutions-for-internet-and-telephone-voting/, April 25, 2014
Pakistan Launches Talking ATM
TPS has come up with VIP (visually impaired customer) CASH ATM feature to enable banks in assisting people who are blind or have low vision. The ATM machines with VIP CASH service feature an audio port where the user inserts an audio plug to listen to the voiceover for every action during a cash transaction or balance inquiry. The talking ATM has been installed in the branches of Standard Chartered Bank.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/24/pakistan-launches-talking-atm/, April 25, 2014
Canada: CRTC Announces Video Relay Service
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that video relay service will be made available in Canada for users of American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ). When it launches, the service will facilitate conversations between people who are Deaf, hard of hearing and speech disability and other Canadians, and vice versa.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/23/crtc-announces-video-relay-service/, April 25, 2014
Apple Patents Indoor Navigation System Based On Existing Wi-Fi Access Points
Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), and it describes a for determining a user’s position when they’re indoors, using existing Wi-Fi infrastructure instead of requiring newer tech and hardware installations to support something like iBeacons. The system also incorporates GPS, and appears to describe tech similar to that Apple acquired when it bought WifiSLAM, a company that specialized in indoor positioning, back in March last year.
From http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/15/apple-patents-indoor-navigation-system-based-on-existing-wi-fi-access-points/, April 22, 2014
Korean SK Telecom Develops Technology to Help People with Vision Disabilities
SK Telecom announced on April 17 that they have developed a smartphone-based digital image management service which will allow videos to be transmitted digitally to counselors, who will help people with vision disabilities by telecommunications with the live video footages.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/21/korean-sk-telecom-develops-technology-to-help-people-with-vision-disabilities/, April 21, 2014
UAE: High-tech Shoes to Guide People with Vision Disabilities
A pair of shoes to guide people who are blind, a glove that converts sign language into spoken words and a device to create environmentally friendly dye. These were just some of the 200 creations from about 550 young innovators on display at the Think Science fair and competition yesterday. Sara Al Suwaidi and her team came up with the idea to help people who are blind become more mobile by using shoes with an ultrasound device attached. “Our project’s name is ‘Guiding Shoes’ – it is for helping people with vision disabilities reach their destination safely,” she said.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/21/high-tech-shoes-to-guide-people-with-vision-disabilities/, April 21, 2014
Dubai: Campaign Pushes Equal Rights for People who are Deaf
People with hearing disabilities in the UAE will have a new dictionary of Emirati sign language that will help the deaf better communicate and learn the nuances of the new language. The Emirati sign langauge is being used by people who are deaf to communicate, but the language is in its infancy and needs a database (of signs), said a campaigner.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/20/campaign-pushes-equal-rights-for-people-who-are-deaf/, April 21, 2014
USA: US Access Board Launches Online Guides to the ADA and ABA Standards
The Access Board has launched new online guides on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. This web-based material features illustrated technical guides that explain and clarify requirements of the ADA and ABA standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations. It also includes a series of animations on various subjects covered by the standards.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/18/us-access-board-launches-online-guides-to-the-ada-and-aba-standards/, April 21, 2014
Equal Access: How to Include Persons with Disabilities in Elections and Political Processes
A true democracy requires that the poorest and most marginalized citizens have a meaningful voice in decisions affecting their lives. However, persons with disabilities, often among the poorest of the poor and comprising approximately 15 percent of the global population, are rarely empowered to participate politically in their countries.
From http://www.ifes.org/Content/Publications/Books/2014/Equal_Access_Persons_with_Disabilities_Elections_Political_Processes.aspx, April 17, 2014
Australia: App Challenge Launches to Raise Accessibility Awareness
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network and the Australian Human Rights Commission have today launched the inaugural Apps For All Challenge 2014, a competition to find Australia’s most accessible apps. Apps For All is Australia’s first and only competition for accessible mobile apps, aiming to raise awareness of the issues faced by people with disability and older Australians with inaccessible apps. “This challenge will recognize the apps that excel at including everyone, while encouraging all Australian developers to become leaders in accessibility,” said ACCAN disability policy advisor Wayne Hawkins. “As apps continue to increase in popularity, we can’t leave millions of people behind,” said Mr Hawkins.
From http://www.accan.org.au/our-work/app, April 15, 2014