Accessibility Guidelines Working Group Chartered to Work on WCAG 2.1
The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has been chartered to develop extensions to address gaps in WCAG 2.0. The WCAG 2.1 update will be an incremental update to WCAG 2.0 rather than a major revision. WCAG 2.1 is designed to build on the WCAG 2.0 recommendation to ensure testability and technology independence, and will also ensure backward compatibility with WCAG 2.0. As with WCAG 2.0 in the past, the Working Group will periodically conduct reviews and provide feedback on WCAG 2.1 support materials created by other groups to help ensure that resources reflect the intent of the recommendation.
From W3C, February 16, 2017
Meet NYC’s First Digital Accessibility Coordinator
In New York City, almost a million people identify as having a disability. The City of New York recognizes the role that digital accessibility plays in learning about and applying for city services. To move the City towards this goal, the Digital Accessibility Coordinator works closely with other city agencies, especially the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, to review the accessibility of City websites and apps.
From Medium, February 13, 2017
Accessibility Still Not Out-of-the-box, but Cloud Can Help
Cloud services can make life easier and more productive people with disabilities. But inaccessibility in end-user software and devices makes that potential difficult to realize. Now, a massive effort is underway to make accessibility solutions available whenever and wherever needed.
From VOA News, February 12, 2017
New Consumer App Helps Australians with Disabilities Identify Assistive Technology Options Available
A newly released app called Equip Myself, supports Australians with disability to identify the range of assistive equipment and technology options that could improve their independence and wellbeing. The app links to the national equipment database, which contains impartial information on more than 11,000 assistive technology products available nationwide.
From Australian Ageing Agenda, February 11, 2017
Smart Cities Built for Everyone
Our cities are getting smarter than ever . But what are the innovations that are making Smart Cities more accessible? From clever apps and crowdsourced resources to revamped public transit and cultural programming, our urban spaces are best when they can be shared by all.
From Austin Startups, February 10, 2017
Queensland Government Launches Inclusive Tourism Guide
Queensland Government has developed a resource on inclusive tourism to assist tourism operators understand their legal obligations in relation to accessibility, increase their knowledge about the market for inclusive tourism, and develop strategies to improve the accessibility of their business to appeal to a wider range of visitors of all abilities and ages. The guide also includes information to assist people with disability in planning a holiday.
From Queensland Government Publication, February 09, 2017
IBM Pushes Accessibility With Release of 2 Open Source Projects
IBM has made two accessibility projects available under open-source licenses. The projects are designed to help developers determine if their applications support the needs of users with limited mobility or vision.The project provides access to the Microsoft Active Accessibility and IAccessible2 APIs.
From SD Times, February 07, 2017
7 Apps That Customize Teaching for Children with Disabilities
Teaching children with different needs, different behavioural patterns, and different talents create different challenges. Employing apps and other digital tools for personalizing teaching approaches is beneficial. There are apps available that can customize curriculum without making the process consuming and overwhelming.
From Getting Smart, February 06, 2017
Launch of Caribbean Video Assistance Service Promotes Using ICT to Empower Persons with Disabilities
The Caribbean Video Assistance Service (CVAS) project provides a video relay service (VRS) for persons with hearing disabilities, enabling them to communicate directly but also interact with sign language interpreters. The project aims to provide an accessible and affordable technological platform to facilitate communications from virtually anywhere.
From Caribbean 360, February 03, 2017
Sharjah Police Launches Hotline Number For Persons with Disabilities to report Emergencies, Crimes
Sharjah Police has launched a 24 hours special hotline number that allows residents with disabilities to report crimes and emergencies, making it convenient for blind and deaf people. This initiative comes after the Government’s launch of the National Ambulance App 998 for persons with disabilities.
From Gulf News, February 02, 2017