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Botswana to Facilitate Accession to Marrakesh Treaty
As Botswana celebrates its 50th anniversary, it would will also move to deposit the instrument of accession for the Marrakesh Treaty. Botswana and Mali are the only African countries that have ratified the Marrakesh treaty.
From Daily News, November 24, 2016

What If Your Smartphone is Out of Touch?
With 37 million people said to own a smartphone in the UK, touchscreen is king. But for people with disabilities, like for those with cerebral palsy tremors, touchscreen surfaces are almost impossible to use. A new yet-to-be-named, tremor absorbing software could open up touchscreen technology to millions of people.
From BBC, November 23, 2016

How Accessible Smart Cities Will Help Disabled People
Making our cities smarter and more inclusive will become increasingly important in the next decades. Current projections are that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, and with an ageing population comes higher levels of ill-health, impairment and disability. Futurists, tech visionaries and urban stakeholders have been talking about “smart cities” for a number of years but smarter, accessible cities promise to be more inclusive for every citizen – and could transform the lives of those with disabilities.
From AbilityNet, November 22, 2016

Most Popular Apps Inaccessible to Millions of Persons with Disabilities
Booking cabs, buying food and making payments online seem like they're just a swipe and a tap away, but for millions of Indians with disabilities, these apps are not designed for them to use. According to a study conducted by Centre for Internet and Society last month, many of the most-commonly used mobile apps for food delivery, online payments, grocery shopping and transportation were not accessible to the visually challenged. According to a study conducted by Centre for Internet and Society last month, many of the most-commonly used mobile apps for food delivery, online payments, grocery shopping and transportation were not accessible to people with visual impairments.
From The Economic Times, November 21, 2016

An Overlooked and Growing Market: People with Disabilities
Consider a population that has clear persistent needs that are not being adequately fulfilled. This population spans the world, is growing and includes very motivated customers. Since this population is currently being underserved and misunderstood by many businesses, many of the customers could be very grateful and loyal. What’s this market? People with disabilities
From Forbes, November 20, 2016

Why Are There so Few Books for the Print-Impaired?
India publishes approximately 90,000 books each year in 24 different languages. With over 16,000 publishers, it is one of the top nations for English book publishing in the world. However, the total number of books accessible to the print impaired in India is only 19,000, a fraction of what is available yearly to the general public
From The Huffington Post, November 19, 2016

Canadian Federal Government to Introduce New Accessibility Law
The Canadian Federal Government recently announced that it plans to introduce legislation to promote accessibility in federally regulated organizations, such as banks, cross-border transportation providers and telecommunications companies. The Government is currently soliciting input from Canadians on what they would like to see addressed by the legislation.
From Lexology, November 18, 2016

Technology Aids Could Transform Lives of Persons with Disabilities
Increased State investment in assistive technology, much of which costs under €1,000 per person, could transform the lives of people with disabilities. Enable Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland is calling on the Government to form a cross-departmental group to assess how many are already using assistive technology, to streamline state funding in this area and establish the extent of demand.
From Irish Examiner, November 17, 2016

Four Reasons Why an Accessible Website is a Win-Win
Why do some people choose to make a website accessible? Some people are do-gooders who, like the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), believe that "the web is fundamentally designed to work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, culture, location, or physical or mental ability." And, some people do it because they are compelled by law. No matter what your motivation is, everyone benefits from creating accessible websites.
From Open Source Dot Com, November 16, 2016

Just A Minute (J.A.M.) App to Help People with Learning Disabilities
A J.A.M. Card is a credit card-sized card that can be shown to people to let them know they may need to be a little more patient (on one side it says ‘Just a Minute’ and on the other it says ‘Please be patient I have a learning difficulty/disability’). The new app allows people to log where they have used the card. This data can help understand what situations the card is being used in most and help with its development.
From The Memo, November 15, 2016

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