Learn How You Can Make Your City More Inclusive at SCEWC
The Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) will be held from November 14 -17 in Barcelona, Spain. Microsoft is showcasing its Cities Unlocked initiative - a program that came together through the collaboration between Microsoft and Guide Dogs at SCEWC. Cities Unlocked is just one example of Microsoft's commitment to help cities become more digitally inclusive through their CityNext initiative. They also support Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) and World Enabled in their Defining Accessible Smart Cities Initiative.
From Microsoft, October 19, 2016
WCAG 2.1 Under Exploration, Comments Requested by November 1
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has decided to work on an updated version of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This dot-release, WCAG 2.1, will build on WCAG 2.0 to provide guidance urgently needed for today’s technologies but does not supersede WCAG 2.0. The group is seeking inputs from stakeholders on this plan. Deadline to send in comments is November 1.
From W3C, October 19, 2016
FCC White Paper on ICT Access for People with Cognitive Disabilities
This White Paper discusses the need for access to information and communications technologies by people with cognitive disabilities, and what that access entails. It defines the various categories of “cognitive disability” and discusses the prevalence in America. It highlights the importance of ICT, and the particular benefits that these technologies can afford individuals with cognitive disabilities and identifies a few reasons why people with cognitive disabilities have not adopted ICT at the same rate as Americans without disabilities. With this White Paper, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau recommends several solutions and adaptive tools to address barriers to access and adoption.
From Federal Communications Commission (FCC), October 18, 2016
Tech For The Blind: How App Developers Can Help End ‘Disturbing Touchscreen Trend’
At their introduction, touchscreens were refreshing and people rushed to get those touch devices. Meanwhile, not many may have thought how touchscreens almost ended the messaging ability of visually impaired. Now, with services moving from phone calls to online (services and apps), it’s getting more difficult.
From Firstpost, October 12, 2016
Technology Is Helping Disabled Women in India Stand up Against Violence & Demand Their Rights
Thanks to the app 'Azadi Ki Udaan', persons with disabilities across the four blocks of Puri district in Odisha, India have easy access to everything they need to know about state and national schemes, apart from crucial information on domestic violence and abuse, which countless disabled people encounter on an everyday basis.
From The Better India, October 04, 2016
The Marrakesh Treaty comes into effect
The Marrakesh Treaty eases the production and transfer across national boundaries of books that are specially adapted for use by people with visual impairments, most of whom live in lower-income countries. WIPO member states agreed to the text of the “books for the blind” treaty in 2013 in the Kingdom of Morocco and the agreement comes into effect on September 30, 2016
From World Intellectual Property Organization, October 02, 2016
Mobile apps are excluding millions of Indians
Apps are uncomplicated, easy to use, at your finger tips and quick. So logically, everyone who has a smartphone should be using them, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Much as they would like to, millions of persons living with disabilities are unable to use apps to fulfil their daily living needs. This is because most apps are not accessible to users with a visual disability.
From The Huffington Post, October 01, 2016
Smart Cities Council | Making Smart Cities More Accessible for People with Disabilities and the Aging
Concern that the proliferation of smart cites will widen the gap between persons with disabilities, aging communities and the rest of the population, G3ict and World ENABLED announced the global Defining Accessible Smart Cities Initiative last month. The initiative is sponsored by Council Lead Partner Microsoft. The objective is both smart and compassionate: To bring together global industry, government, and civil society experts and practitioners to define how a smart city can also be a digitally inclusive city.
From Smart Cities Council, August 03, 2016
LiveWell RERC's App Factory Call for Proposals
The LiveWell RERC has just released its annual App Factory call for proposals. Each year, the LiveWell RERC’s App Factory invites experienced organizations or individual developers based in the U.S. and Canada to submit proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows), sensors, home automation, wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT) and/or cloud computing. Through a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health and Function (LiveWellRERC) seeks to enhance the use and usability of wireless technologies for people of all ages and abilities. The LiveWell RERC's mission is to promote ICT access to existing and emerging technologies for all people regardless of ability; and to develop and validate ICT applications to improve the capacity for independent living and community participation. Included in this effort is the RERC’s mobile applications development project, the “App Factory”.
From http://www.livewellrerc.org/2016appfactoryrfp, August 02, 2016
Making Drones Accessible to the Disabled
See how one company is opening up the drone market to previously unconsidered frontiers, and how that decision could impact the quality of life for millions.
From DZone/IOT Zone, August 01, 2016