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Exacto is Designed to Map Wheelchair-Friendly Places for Persons with Disabilities
Exacto, an app designed to help people with disabilities find accessible places. The platform enables its users to share recommendations not just for places, but for routes too.
From The Huffington Post, January 14, 2017

Efforts to Improve Services for People with Hearing Disabilities in Jordan
The Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities’ (HCD) said that the council is cooperating with universities and government departments to support deaf people with sign language interpreters.
From Jordan Times, January 13, 2017

Text-to-911 Calling Still Not Universal Say Disabilities Advocates
Text-to-911 calling is available in certain districts in 12 states across the country. With people with disabilities more vulnerable to danger of fire, crime, medical crises, and other disasters, disability advocates are asking demanding universal Text-to-911
From Vocativ, January 13, 2017

USDA Announces Funding to Support People with Disabilities in Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $540,000 in funding for state and regional projects that provide education, assistive technology and other support to current and prospective farmers and ranchers with disabilities.
From United States Department of Agriculture, January 12, 2017

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Pilot Program to Loan iPads to Those with Speech Disabilities to Aid in Communication
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) launched an 18-month pilot speech technology program called Voice Options, which will offer iPads with speech applications to people with speech disabilities for short- and long-term loan through 10 demonstration centers throughout the state.
From California Public Utilities Commission , January 12, 2017

An Egyptian Audio Book Project is Making Reading Accessible
An Accessibility project in Egypt is producing audio books for blind readers. Accessible through a SoundCloud channel, users get access to a wide genre of books.The project depends entirely on volunteers who record themselves reading the books using their mobile phones or tablets and then upload them to the MediaFire application and send them to the project’s production team.
From Al-Monitor, January 12, 2017

New Section 508 Rules on ICT and Telecom Published
New Section 508 Rules on ICT and Telecom have been published. The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board), has revised standards for electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by Federal agencies covered by section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as guidelines for telecommunications equipment and customer premises equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934.
From Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, January 11, 2017

Report of the White House Disability and Inclusive Technology Summit
The Disability and Inclusive Technology Summit at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC convened representatives of the technology industry, disability advocates, and federal officials. The Summit connected a diverse group of speakers who shared their experiences and ideas to catalyze technology inclusiveness and accessibility.
From American Association of People with Disabilities, January 10, 2017

A Third of UK Council Homepages Fail Accessibility Tests
SOCITM, which represents IT and digital professionals in the UK public sector conducts the Better Connected assessment, which includes a set of tests on accessibility. A third of UK council websites have not passed the first stage of Socitm’s annual test to assess their accessibility to people with disabilities.
From Public Technology, January 10, 2017

Tech Industry Must Focus on People to Promote Digital Inclusion
One of the criticisms of the technology industry is that, by focusing on products and platforms, it has forgotten about people. Advocates for disability rights are adding that they want to see a greater commitment to disability inclusion in product development as well as global development.
From Devex, January 09, 2017

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