Screen Readers on Touchscreen Devices
People who are blind or have low vision must rely on their memory and on a rich vocabulary of gestures to interact with touchscreen phones and tablets. Designers should strive to minimize the cognitive load for users of screen readers. For people who have low vision, using a touchscreen typically consists of listening to text read aloud by a screen reader and interacting with the elements on screen via a lexicon of multi-finger gestures.
From http://www.nngroup.com/articles/touchscreen-screen-readers/, September 03, 2015
Australia: AA Compliance: Why WCAG 2.0 is Important
The Australian Government has recently endorsed the second version of the WCAG Guidelines (Web Content Accessibility) for all government websites. This new standard replaces the previous WCAG 1.0 compliance mandate, and this standard is being upheld by businesses and non-government organizations as well. The full scope of the change as well as advice for meeting the standard is discussed on the Department of Finance website in a Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy (NTS) document.
From http://www.elcomcms.com/en-au/resources/elcom-blog/posts/aa-compliance--why-wcag-2-0-is-important, September 03, 2015
EU: Database of Digital Services for Carers of the Elderly Launched
The European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC) has partnered with EUROCARERS to launch a new online database of digital services for carers of older people. This new tool offers access to 78 good practices of digital services for older care at home, which the JRC gathered and that EUROCARERS, the European network representing informal carers and their organisations, helped make available to all.
From https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/database-digital-services-carers-elderly-launched, September 02, 2015
Accessibility Beyond the Screen Reader: Designing for Impaired Vision Users
For most people, Web accessibility means making content compatible with screen readers. As a designer, what first comes to mind might be providing alt text for images. As a developer, it might be adding WAI-ARIA roles and properties to the source code. As a content strategist, it might be unambiguous link text that makes sense on its own. All of these are good starting points, but ultimately, who truly benefits from these things? Blind people using screen readers, but who else?
From http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/accessibility-beyond-screen-reader-91516540, September 02, 2015
PROSPERITY4ALL: Access to Technology for Everyone
EU researchers are developing a new, broad-ranging, cloud-based infrastructure that makes the Internet more accessible for users with special needs. The new ‘ecosystem’ enables people previously excluded from ICT to get help using technology and aims to use their feedback to develop new apps and services. PROSPERITY4ALL, a four-year project running until 2018, builds on the earlier CLOUD4ALL, which developed preference management tools for people with special needs to auto-configure their computers, tablets and smartphones, making them easier to use.
From https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/prosperity4all-access-technology-everyone, September 02, 2015
India: Bangalore to Feature in Government's Accessible India Program
City to be featured in Center's 'Accessible India' program. If not a smart city, Bengaluru can at least aim to be an accessible city for those with disabilities. With hundreds of government buildings imposing a challenge for those with physical disabilities, the city will be featured in the 'Accessible India' programme envisioned by the Center. Lov Verma, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, said around 50 cities would be chosen for the scheme, and Bengaluru would be featured as an 'A' city.
From http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/improving-accessibility-to-the-disabled-in-bengaluru/article7593348.ece, August 31, 2015
IBM Becoming Internet of Things Powerhouse
IBM has solidified its position as a preeminent player and driving force in mainstream Internet of Things adoption. That’s according to analyst firm Strategy Analytics, who says IBM’s decision to invest three billion dollars and hire 2,000 workers to staff its new Internet of Things Business Unit has made the company an IoT powerhouse. “Big Blue is also ensuring close collaboration among its many business groups: Analytics; Systems and Technology (STG); the Watson Business Unit and its Cloud and Services groups to ease the transition,” she says.
From http://channellife.co.nz/story/ibm-becoming-internet-things-powerhouse/, August 31, 2015
70th Session of the UN General Assembly to Adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at High-Level Summit
Earlier this month, the 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement on the outcome document that will constitute the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More than 150 Heads of State and Government are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit at UN Headquarters in New York from 25 to 27 September to formally adopt the new agenda.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1618, August 31, 2015
Changing the Game for Persons with Disabilities in Global Development Planning
A lack of disability data and statistics means that the situation and number of persons with disabilities are not clear to policy-makers and others responsible for development planning. The need for accurate data has been emphasized and pursued by the United Nations for over three decades. Increasingly, during the last decade, more data and information on disability have been collected by Governments, UN agencies and others, worldwide. It is encouraging to note that more data collection initiatives are adopting international recommendations and thus producing globally comparable data.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/desa/desa_news_september_2015.docx, August 31, 2015
Call for Films for UN Enable Film Festival
Each year, disability-related films are selected from films submitted from around the world are screened at UN Headquarters in New York for the United Nations Enable Film Festival (UNEFF). The films selected for UNEFF work to highlight an emerging or overlooked disability issue or present a disability perspective in a larger societal context or in diverse geographic and regional settings or highlight the human diversity of disability. Send us your short film if you think it can help achieve the objectives of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and is suitable to be presented to a diverse international audience. Further details and submission guidelines are available at: Deadline: November 20, 2015.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1562, August 29, 2015