Comcast Introduces Talking TV Guide for People with Vision Disabilities
Comcast today announced the industry’s first voice-enabled television user interface, a solution that will revolutionize the way its Xfinity TV customers, especially those who are blind or low vision, navigate the X1 platform. The “talking guide” features a female voice that reads aloud selections like program titles, network names and time slots as well as DVR and On Demand settings. The feature will be available to all X1 customers in the next few weeks.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/13/comcast-introduces-talking-tv-guide-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, November 25, 2014
Disabilities vs Digital Inclusion: ITU-G3ict Model ICT Accessibility Policy Report
The report which is jointly published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) notes that although many countries have information and communication technology (ICT) laws, policies and regulations that generally support the principles of universal access to ICT, the needs of the disability community are different and require a deliberate additional focus on ICT accessibility by legislators, policy-makers and regulators aimed at removing barriers to ICT use.
From http://www.gadget.co.za/pebble.asp?relid=9182, November 24, 2014
USA: Senator Harkin: Improving System for Persons with Disabilities Good for All
On a tour of the United Nations Accessibility Centre for the audio, visual, and physically disability today, United States Senator Tom Harkin said that “when you make a system better for a person with a disability it makes it better for people without disabilities.” In an interview with UN Radio, Mr. Harkin, who is the lead advocate for disability rights in the US Congress, explained why he was so passionate about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). “Well, it means that we now have a global effort to make things more accessible for everyone for all persons with disabilities in education, in transportation, communication, everything,” Mr. Harkins said.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/24/improving-system-for-person-with-disabilities-good-for-all/, November 24, 2014
USA: College in Boston Becomes First in America to Comply with ADA Laws for Website Accessibility
AudioEye, today announced that its patented Web A11y Management Platform technology has been launched at www.wheelock.edu, the official website of Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, which serves both graduate and undergraduate students. Wheelock College also offers Online education that allows students to attend class from anywhere with an Internet connection.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/24/wheelock-college-in-boston-becomes-first-private-college-in-america-to-comply-with-ada-laws-for-website-accessibility/, November 24, 2014
USA: InventHelp Inventor Develops Cell Phone for People with Vision Disabilities
“I thought that people who are blind should have special cell phones that they could use to stay close to their family, friends and physicians,” said a 16-year-old from Morris Plains, N.J. “This phone will make them feel more secure, confident and safe, as it is designed with their needs in mind.” She developed the Cell Phone for People who are Blind especially to meet the needs of people who are blind or have low vision. The phone enables the user to place and receive phone calls easily. This offers added peace of mind and helps the user stay in touch with friends, family, and physicians. Additionally, it is designed to enhance personal safety and can be located easily if lost or misplaced.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/14/inventhelp-inventor-develops-cell-phone-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, November 24, 2014
Indonesia: Media Guidelines for Reporting on People with Disabilities to be Launched Early 2015
In a bid to publicize issues related to people with disabilities and their access to the democratic process, the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) is planning to publish a set of media guidelines. “We will launch the guidelines during a regional dialog in January 2015,” AGENDA researcher Muhammad Afifuddin told a forum group discussion in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday. Diffa Magazine, a periodical concerned with people with disabilities, said that the number of news items related to the issue only reached 60 between 2011 and 2012.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/20/media-guidelines-for-reporting-on-people-with-disabilities-to-be-launched-early-2015/, November 20, 2014
T4F KIT to Empower People with Disabilities
The Tech4freedom kit is the most complete wireless system of sensors in the world, specifically designed for people with vision loss, to provide them with greater autonomy and security in everyday life, home, health care, leisure, games, sports, and other activities!
From https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/t4f-kit-to-empower-people-with-disabilities, November 19, 2014
USA: Verizon Partners with Georgia Tech on Connected Car, Wearables Research
Verizon Wireless is teaming up with Georgia Tech on a multi-year research partnership to tap into the engineering powerhouse's talent pool. The deal will include hardware and software research in several emerging technologies including wearables, the "connected car" and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
From http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/blog/atlantech/2014/11/verizon-partners-with-georgia-tech-on-connected.html, November 19, 2014
Philippines: Department of Tourism Gears up for Accessible Tourism
The Department of Tourism-Western Visayas is gearing up for accessible tourism awareness program for persons with disabilities in all tourism facilities and destinations in the Philippines. DOT Regional Director Helen Catalbas said, that in line with the agency’s commitment to promote a barrier-free tourism industry, the Office of Tourism Standards and Regulations, DOT central office, the regional office, and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) will conduct a two-day seminar workshop on November 17 and 18, 2014 at the Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/11/department-of-tourism-gears-up-for-accessible-tourism/, November 19, 2014
Catalina Devandas Appointed by HRC as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The President of the Human Rights Council (HRC), Mr Baudelaire Ndong Ella, announced today that Ms Catalina Devandas, from Costa Rica, was appointed as Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. After a successful process of interviews and consultation, the Consultative Group decided to unanimously recommend Ms Devandas to the position of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities (SRPD). The Consultative Group wanted to demonstrate value-added vis-à-vis the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility and other United Nations system actors working on disability related matters.
From http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/en/article/persons-disabilities-finally-join-special-procedures-family-under-hrc, November 19, 2014