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Web Accessibility Resources on WCAG2

Gary Barber lists the essential features and resources available at WCAG2 for designers who create accessible websites and portals. More

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Enabling Access for Persons with Disabilities to Higher Education and Workplace: Role of ICT and Assistive Technologies

The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India and Fourth Wave Foundation held a conference on “Access for Persons with Disabilities to Higher Education and Workplace: Role of ICT and Assistive Technologies” on 20 and 21 January 2012. This was part of the Foundation’s ‘never-the-less’ initiative to share best practices on enabling access for persons with disabilities. More

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Manual and User Accessibility Testing

One of the key areas that we need to invest in is Manual testing along with automated testing tools, writes Shilpi Kapoor of BarrierBreak Technologies More

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Finding Good Apps for Children With Autism

The Apple iPad has been hailed as a savior for assisting children with autism spectrum disorder or other special needs. It was portrayed as a minor miracle in a recent segment on “60 Minutes” and has been found to help even the very young quickly learn. Via Gadgetwise on New York Times Online Edition. More

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Institutionalization of Accessibility - A Step Towards Inclusion

We are in an era where accessible solutions are the order of the day. Catering to needs of persons with disabilities, understanding the importance of diversity in corporate strategy, and integrating accessibility within the DNA of the organizations needs to become the norm. However, accessibility goals seldom transition from whiteboards to reality, writes Pooja Nahata. More

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Cloud Desktop Accessibility

The idea of a virtual desktop that you can access from any computer is becoming a practical reality and strategic tool in the modern smarter enterprise.  More

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Social Networking Across Devices: Opportunity and Risk for the Disabled and Older Community

The disabled and older community, arguably two of the most marginalized groups in today's society, via the Internet has an opportunity to be connected in a way that we have not seen before.  More

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What it's Like for a Blind Man to Use an ATM for the First Time

There are some difficulties which people with vision don't have to deal with, using an ATM to withdraw or deposit cash for instance. This article, which appears in Consumerist.com trails Tommy Edison, a person who's blind, as he tries using the ATM. More

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Things We Take For Granted

Denise Keene asks us to reflect on the everyday things that we take for granted in terms of accessing information, navigating a street or using gadgets and public services. Unfortunately, this ease of use can cause us to take for granted the things that many people struggle with every day, especially persons with disabilities. More

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"At the Heart of Universal Design is User-Centered Design"

Leonard Cali, AT&T Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, shares the keynote address he delivered at the M-Enabling Summit here. At the heart of Universal Design is user-centered design incorporated at the earliest stages of development. This requires a keen understanding of how people with a variety of needs and limitations interact with a particular device or service.  More

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