UK: Development Goals for Disabled People
Living in poverty is tough. Living in poverty as a person with disabilities is often even tougher. In some countries, children with disabilities are twice as likely as children without disabilities not to be in school, and women and children with disabilities are significantly more likely to face violence and sexual abuse. Exclusion from work opportunities means that people with disabilities are disproportionately likely to be among the very poor. Four out of five persons with disabilities live in developing countries; many are among the poorest, most neglected people in the world.
From http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/24/disability#Post2015, November 22, 2013
Integrating Accessibility for a Student can Open Doors in the Classroom
Every year when school rolls around, I make a list. I don’t make the typical list of school supplies and socks. I make a list the adaptations that need to be in place so my son can complete his school work. Adapting a mainstream school experience for a child who does not talk or write is a big task, but at its core it is simply helping my son live his life. Last year Jake began working with an augmentative communication (AAC) device and it is filling the speaking gap well. He adopted it, named it Green and he found his voice in the device. All we needed this year for speaking was to find opportunities and to continue to push Jake to use Green.
From http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2013/10/30/ellis-title-tbd.aspx, November 21, 2013
USA: Bill Would Require Instructional Technology to be Accessible to All
Legislation introduced on Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives would require colleges either to make instructional technology accessible to disabled students or to provide them with equivalent, alternative resources.
From http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/bill-would-require-instructional-technology-to-be-accessible-to-all/48383, November 21, 2013
Resource: Web Writer’s Accessibility Checklist
This checklist is based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. It focuses on day-to-day web content issues within the control of most web writers. Use it with our tips on accessibility evaluation for web writers. The checklist is grouped into 4 topics: written content, structure and formatting, navigation, and images. Some of the guidelines have a wider scope than implied here, but the focus is on the work web writers do.
From http://www.4syllables.com.au/resources/templates-checklists/accessibility-checklist/, November 21, 2013
India: eAccessibility Workshop 2013 Organised by Directorate of Information Technology
Directorate of Information Technology (DIT), Government of Maharashtra, in association with Mahaonline Limited (MoL) and National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) has organized a workshop on eAccessibility on November 19-20, 2013 at Mumbai and Pune. In this workshop, web designers and developers from various software companies, which are working on citizen-centric, high-traffic, high impact websites of various departments of Government of Maharashtra are invited. They are being taught about accessibility and try to make their websites compliant to WCAG 2.0 Level A. It may be noted that Maharashtra’s e-governance policy 2011 specifies that websites/applications should be WCAG 2.0 Level A compliant.
From http://freepressjournal.in/eaccessibility-workshop-2013-organised-by-directorate-of-information-technology-government-of-maharashtra-at-mumbai-and-pune/, November 21, 2013
Korea Makes Accessibility Standards for Consumer Electronics
Korea will make global accessibility standards for consumer electronics. The consensus was formed at an international conference. It seems to reflect the global status of the Korean consumer electronics industry. If they are established as international standards, it will contribute to reinforcement of the global competitiveness of Korean industries. According to the Government and the industry on November 12, the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) began to turn the accessibility standards for consumer electronics, presented by the industries, into international standards. At first, the industries planned to make them into the Korean consumer electronics industry standards (Korea Electronics Association standards), but the Government proposed to elevate them into Korean standards (KS) and international standards.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/16/korea-makes-accessibility-standards-for-consumer-electronics/, November 21, 2013
Canada: Vancouver Bans Doorknobs as Move Toward Accessibility
Thanks to new building code legislation, Vancouver will be the first city in Canada to ban doorknobs. In all new construction starting this March, they will be replaced with levers, International Business Times reported. The ban also extends to all faucets.
From http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2013/11/vancouver-bans-doorknobs-as-move-toward-accessibility.html, November 20, 2013
AppWatch: Twitter Becomes Smart and Accessible
Even though this app is still on its beta version, the ratings speak from themselves. The new app “Smart Twitter” has successfully reached its twofold objective of merging awesome user experience with accessible features. There are two features that make this app different: Firstly is the adaptation of the display depending on the environment (if there is too much or too little light, too much noise, etc) This adaptation occurs automatically due to its smartness J. Nonetheless this feature can be disabled. Moreover the Walkman mode enables you to listen to your tweets while exercising, commuting in a packed bus or train, etc. Above all, this app gives a credible solution to the thousands of disabled twitter users who were not satisfied with its level of accessibility. Give it a try and dare to experience a Smart Twitter while no disabled user is left behind.
From http://blogs.collaborativeportal.atis4all.eu/MarketplaceBlog/post/349.aspx, November 20, 2013
USA: AbleRoad App Allows Those with Disabilities to Rate Travel Businesses
Flying across the country is challenging for most anyone these days with paying extra for baggage, sitting in seats airlines admittedly have made smaller and dealing with delays that cause travelers to race through the terminal to catch a connecting flight.
From http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131118/NEWS/311189987/1008/YOURVOICE, November 20, 2013
USA: University of Michigan to Study How Technology may Help Youths with Disabilities
A $4.5 million federal grant will allow U-M researchers to study how technology — including apps for smartphones and tablets, cloud devices and a U-M-developed video game — may help young adults with spinal cord dysfunction and neuro-developmental disabilities improve health and become more independent. The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research will help launch the new U-M Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center, Technology Increasing Knowledge, Technology Optimizing Choices.
From http://record.umich.edu//articles/45m-center-study-how-video-game-apps-may-help-youths-disabilities, November 20, 2013