India: ICT Can Help Government Empower Persons with Disabilities and Lead to Inclusion
Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, at the UNESCO’s International Conference said, “Government is focusing on a seven point agenda relating to the disability sector.” Gehlot further said, it includes enactment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill to fulfil our international obligation post ratification of the UNCRPD; using technology to deliver low-cost, home-based education through e-learning; issue of Universal ID to each and every person with disability for availing government benefits; developing income generations models to ensure economic independence; ensuring access to public facilities, public buildings and transport; aid and support to voluntary organizations; and tax relief to the family members taking care of persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/26/ict-can-help-government-empower-persons-with-disabilities-and-lead-to-inclusion-minister/, November 26, 2014
Rwanda: Persons with Disabilities Call for Accessible ICT Equipment
The National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) will soon embark on an advocacy campaign to agitate for the welfare of persons with disabilities through increased access to technology based services. The remarks were made by the Executive Secretary of NCPD, Emmanuel Ndayisaba, at the launch of the Disability Week, ahead of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities due on December 3. Ndayisaba said technology is crucial for development in today’s world, hence the need for persons with disabilities to get easy access to it.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/25/persons-with-disabilities-call-for-accessible-ict-equipment/, November 25, 2014
USA: ASAP Systems Establishes a Smart Inventory System for Tracking Assistive Technology in School Districts
ASAP Systems, a prominent provider of stock inventory and fixed asset tracking solutions, makes a breakthrough in Educational Services by effectively automating MCES’s inventory management and record keeping processes. Using Passport in combination with a mobile barcode scanner has allowed MCES to easily distribute and accurately track government funded assistive technology (assets) throughout county schools.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/22/asap-systems-establishes-a-smart-inventory-system-for-tracking-assistive-technology-in-school-districts/, November 25, 2014
Japan to Improve Accessibility for People with Disabilities as Part of Olympic Preparations
The government plans to dramatically expand accessibility for people with disabilities at train stations, bus terminals and airports by fiscal 2020 in preparation for the Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of the new basic transportation policy, an advisory body to the transport minister compiled a list on Nov. 17 of 56 items in need of improvement at these facilities used by more than 3,000 people a day.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/21/japan-to-improve-accessibility-for-people-with-disabilities-as-part-of-olympic-preparations/, November 25, 2014
Comcast Introduces Talking TV Guide for People with Vision Disabilities
Comcast today announced the industry’s first voice-enabled television user interface, a solution that will revolutionize the way its Xfinity TV customers, especially those who are blind or low vision, navigate the X1 platform. The “talking guide” features a female voice that reads aloud selections like program titles, network names and time slots as well as DVR and On Demand settings. The feature will be available to all X1 customers in the next few weeks.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/13/comcast-introduces-talking-tv-guide-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, November 25, 2014
Disabilities vs Digital Inclusion: ITU-G3ict Model ICT Accessibility Policy Report
The report which is jointly published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) notes that although many countries have information and communication technology (ICT) laws, policies and regulations that generally support the principles of universal access to ICT, the needs of the disability community are different and require a deliberate additional focus on ICT accessibility by legislators, policy-makers and regulators aimed at removing barriers to ICT use.
From http://www.gadget.co.za/pebble.asp?relid=9182, November 24, 2014
USA: Senator Harkin: Improving System for Persons with Disabilities Good for All
On a tour of the United Nations Accessibility Centre for the audio, visual, and physically disability today, United States Senator Tom Harkin said that “when you make a system better for a person with a disability it makes it better for people without disabilities.” In an interview with UN Radio, Mr. Harkin, who is the lead advocate for disability rights in the US Congress, explained why he was so passionate about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). “Well, it means that we now have a global effort to make things more accessible for everyone for all persons with disabilities in education, in transportation, communication, everything,” Mr. Harkins said.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/24/improving-system-for-person-with-disabilities-good-for-all/, November 24, 2014
USA: College in Boston Becomes First in America to Comply with ADA Laws for Website Accessibility
AudioEye, today announced that its patented Web A11y Management Platform technology has been launched at www.wheelock.edu, the official website of Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, which serves both graduate and undergraduate students. Wheelock College also offers Online education that allows students to attend class from anywhere with an Internet connection.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/24/wheelock-college-in-boston-becomes-first-private-college-in-america-to-comply-with-ada-laws-for-website-accessibility/, November 24, 2014
USA: InventHelp Inventor Develops Cell Phone for People with Vision Disabilities
“I thought that people who are blind should have special cell phones that they could use to stay close to their family, friends and physicians,” said a 16-year-old from Morris Plains, N.J. “This phone will make them feel more secure, confident and safe, as it is designed with their needs in mind.” She developed the Cell Phone for People who are Blind especially to meet the needs of people who are blind or have low vision. The phone enables the user to place and receive phone calls easily. This offers added peace of mind and helps the user stay in touch with friends, family, and physicians. Additionally, it is designed to enhance personal safety and can be located easily if lost or misplaced.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/14/inventhelp-inventor-develops-cell-phone-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, November 24, 2014
Indonesia: Media Guidelines for Reporting on People with Disabilities to be Launched Early 2015
In a bid to publicize issues related to people with disabilities and their access to the democratic process, the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) is planning to publish a set of media guidelines. “We will launch the guidelines during a regional dialog in January 2015,” AGENDA researcher Muhammad Afifuddin told a forum group discussion in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday. Diffa Magazine, a periodical concerned with people with disabilities, said that the number of news items related to the issue only reached 60 between 2011 and 2012.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/11/20/media-guidelines-for-reporting-on-people-with-disabilities-to-be-launched-early-2015/, November 20, 2014