Digital Push Must be Disability-Inclusive
Poor accessibility due to lack of focussed information and political will has led to social exclusion of people with disabilities, exacerbating the negative impact of the existing digital divide. The new call for action of disability rights activists now is “Cause No Harm”, thus ensuring future generations are not excluded from mainstream activities due to a hostile infrastructure.
From The Hindu, April 03, 2017
Promoting Inclusive ICTs is Everyone’s Business
The government of Antigua and Barbuda, in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), hosted ICT Week where the theme of was ICT – Driving 21st Century Intelligent Services. Prime Minister Gaston Browne, in delivering the feature address at the opening ceremony, stated that everyone needs to get involved in ICT.
From Caribbean News Now, March 29, 2017
Machine Learning Opens Up New Ways to Help People with Disabilities
Software that can understand images, sounds, and language is being used to help people with disabilities such as deafness and autism in new ways.
From MIT Technology Review, March 27, 2017
Call for Focus on People with Disabilities in Indian Smart Cities Mission
There are 100 cities that have been selected to be part of the Smart Cities Mission in India. Guwahati, in the north-eastern part of the country, is one of them. G3ict presented its work on digital inclusion in smart cities at a seminar organised in Guwahati focusing on greater accessibility for all in the Smart Cities.
From The Assam Tribune, March 24, 2017
US Digital Service Explains Section 508 Compliance That All Technologists Can Use
Accessibility is often neglected due to predominant misconceptions. The U.S. Digital Service debunks 7 common myths to address creating universally accessible content, and be compliant to Section 508.
From Digital Gov, March 22, 2017
Sign Language to go Digital in Uganda
Uganda National Association of the Deaf, an umbrella of deaf persons in Uganda, has partnered with the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions to make Uganda sign language learning accessible via digital platforms for the deaf, social service providers and anyone willing to learn.
From New Vision, March 20, 2017
Berkeley Will Delete Online Content
The University of California, Berkeley, will cut off public access to tens of thousands of video lectures and podcasts in response to a U.S. Justice Department order that it make the educational content accessible to people with disabilities.
From Inside Higher Ed, March 16, 2017
YouTube has Auto-Captioned a Billion Videos
Captions, subtitles on clips that transcribe dialogue and note other audio clues occurring on screen, are a technology that makes videos more accessible for those with hearing impairments, YouTube, the biggest video site on the planet has automatically captioned 1 billion videos.
From CNET, March 15, 2017
Tech and Disability: Can Mobile Apps Make a Difference?
Mobile apps traditionally focused on leisure and fun. But developers gradually turned their attention to more philanthropic concerns, with each improvement of app technology later adapted into ‘assistive technology’, which helps those living with disabilities complete day-to-day tasks.
From Tech City News, March 14, 2017
European Disability Forum Demands Stronger European Accessibility Act
The Accessibility Act is aimed at making access to goods and services easier for the 80 million people in Europe with disabilities. The European Disability Forum led a protest outside the European Parliament in Brussels to persuade MEPs to strengthen the European Accessibility Act, amidst reports of it being watered down.
From Euro News, March 13, 2017