Digital Inclusion Should Become a Priority of the new EU Disability Strategy
Technological developments are full of opportunities, but also risks, disability organisations warned at a European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) public hearing. To achieve digital inclusion and other priorities, the new The EU Disability strategy for 2020-2030 must have “concrete objectives and deadlines” and include the participation of disabled people, participants.
From European Economic and Social Committee, October 27, 2017
UK Tourism Board Launches Accessible Websites Guides
UK tourism boards VisitEngland and VisitScotland have launched a website for tourism businesses to produce accessibility guides. These guides by tourism operators will provide persons with disabilities with important accessibility information in a user-friendly format. The new accessibility guides will allow travelers to compare attractions, accommodation businesses, and other venues before choosing their destination, enabling them to make an informed choice.
From Travel Daily UK, October 26, 2017
Norwegian Survey Indicates Benefits of Technology for Persons with Disabilities
Researchers at the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research have followed ten different technologies and software that have contributed to greater accessibility for children with disabilities. Results of the study suggest that these technologies are well suited for children and young people with disabilities, and that help better language understanding, and contribute to independence and social contact.
From Science Nordic, October 24, 2017
Learning to Design for Virtual Reality for Accessibility
With Virtual Reality pushing into the mainstream, there are a host of challenges and possibilities for designers and developers. To make the experience enjoyable for all, designers must ensure accessibility.
From Upload, October 22, 2017
States Adjust Policies with Rising Demand for Digital Education Material
As schools increasingly forego print for digital materials, states have been forced to revamp how they procure classroom resources.The State Educational Technology Directors Association has, in collaboration with state and district digital learning leaders, developed a publication that highlights state-level procurement case studies that share how states have effectively established and implemented policies for the procurement of high-quality instructional materials and devices.
From Edweek, October 21, 2017
Bangladesh: Smart Mobility for Persons with Visual Disabilities
The Access to Information (a2i) program of the Prime Minister’s Office in Bangladesh has been working on ways to improve inclusive development. Innovators of all ages are being encouraged to come up with small-scale innovation prototypes which, if successful, can be up-scaled to reach persons with disabilities. Read about two such innovations to help persons with visual disabilities navigate spaces by themselves.
From Dhaka Tribune, October 20, 2017
How Assistive Technology Changed Blind Literacy
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) exhibit chronicles the evolution of technology for blind readers in the past 150 years. The exhibit begins with braille and proceeds to showcase modern assistive technology that has improve helped blind literacy.
From CBC News, October 19, 2017
Dubai to Introduce Sign Language Call Center
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai, will integrate a new video call and chat interface in sign language for persons with disabilities. A caller can log on to the RTA website and then choose the option to video chat with an agent in sign language.
From Khaleej Times, October 18, 2017
Designing Government Services for Everyone
Millions of people rely on government services every day. However, they may not be accessible to all due to poor design and non-compliance to standards. In recent years a new wave of designers and engineers have answered the call to help update and remake these services from inside the federal government.
From Medium, October 17, 2017
College Websites Must Accommodate Students with Disabilities, Lawsuits Say
Recent filings in the federal court in Manhattan over the past weeks are part of a growing number of actions involving accessibility and the internet. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that public accommodations be accessible to those with disabilities and legal battles have long revolved around physical spaces and therefore physical solutions, such as elevators or wheelchair ramps. Now, advocates and lawyers argue, websites are also public spaces and need to be accessible, with things like captions or audio descriptions.
From The New York Times, October 16, 2017