TechNews: HumanWare Victor Reader Stratus M Version 2.1 – Listening Made Easier
HumanWare has announced the first free software upgrade to the Victor Reader Stratus M multimedia accessible audio book player that was launched in October. The Stratus M continues the legacy of HumanWare's 13 year history of developing simple, easy-to-use audio book players that offer extended multimedia capabilities. It can play many recorded book and audio formats including DAISY, MP3, commercial audio books or music CDs. And customers can use any of their preferred media: CD, DVD, SD cards, or USB flash.
From http://visit.humanware.com/e/3332/tratus/wr959/385231448, March 09, 2012
Denmark: Accessibility Act: A Binding Legislation is the Only Effective Option
The leaders of the European Disability Forum gathered on the 3rd and 4th of March in the capital of Denmark for their board meeting. This meeting was organized just before the Danish Presidency Conference on Accessibility and Inclusion where the disability movement presented how the EU has to improve accessibility for 80 million citizens with disabilities. 18% of the population in Europe remains unable to enjoy their full right for mobility, which prevents persons with disabilities access to studies, to work, and more generally to full integration in society.
From http://tinyurl.com/7lltjhx, March 09, 2012
European Funds for European Destinations of Excellence - Accessible Tourism
The objective of the present call for proposals is to support eligible countries’ National Administrations in charge of tourism, or other eligible public bodies for the purpose of the selection of one destination of excellence.
From http://bit.ly/wqIjsl, March 09, 2012
Russia: Organization Asks for Separate Online Social Network for People with Disabilities
Organizations for people with disabilities in Moscow have asked the authorities to launch an online social network for disabled people. “The social security department will announce a tender for the portal in March 2012. The project will cost 1.05 million rubles [$32,000],” the paper said. Valery Shkolnikov, deputy chief of the Moscow branch of the Russian disabled association, said experts of the organization would soon discuss the details of the project with officials. About 1.2 million people with disabilities live in Moscow.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/01/19/russian-with-disabilities-ask-for-separate-online-social-network/, March 08, 2012
USA: ATMs Fall Short on Disability Rule
ATM operators have until March 15 to make the devices accessible to customers who are blind or visually impaired. But banks and analysts say many of the country's cash machines are unlikely to be ready in time.
From The Wall Strret Journal, March 08, 2012
TechNews: Six New Gadgets Helping People with Disabilities
The HeadMouse Extreme, created for people with limited use of their hands, translates movements of the head into proportional movements on a computer screen. The user places a disposable adhesive sensor to their forehead, hat or glasses which is tracked by a wireless optical sensor.
From http://mashable.com/2012/02/29/tech-disabilities/, March 07, 2012
USA: Technology Gives Voice to People with Disabilities
Matthew is severely autistic and cannot read, write, or speak sentences. His family, friends, and educators never know exactly what he is thinking, but they know Matthew likes going to synagogue. He has been a regular at the Sunday service at Andover’s Temple Emanuel, where he hums, claps and smiles when Cantor Idan Irelander plays traditional Hebrew prayers on his guitar.
From http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-04/metro/31119794_1_bar-mitzvah-ipad-prayers, March 07, 2012
iPad Touch? How Senseg's Haptic System Gives Touchscreens Texture
With E-Sense, 'we bring touchscreens alive' says Ville Makinen - and the use of the Coulomb effect means that for the first time, flat screens can offer the sensation of having ridges, channels and roughness
From http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/mar/07/ipad-3-touch-senseg-haptic, March 07, 2012
Video: Living with Disabilities in Europe
MEPs want to make Europe more accessible for the 120 million EU citizens with disabilities, particularly in terms of training and employment.
From http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=WCQNfIxhDbU, March 07, 2012
TechNews: Object Recognizer App Turns the iPhone Into a Visual Assistant
Being visually impaired can sometimes mean using special means to obtain specific items that are labeled for a largely sighted world of consumers. The LookTel Recognizer for iPhone aims to change that dynamic forever. The iPhone app does exactly what the name indicates—it recognizes specific brands of products in cans, bottles, packages, DVDs as well as identifies ID and credit cards. The one drawback is that you must first create a library of images to train the app to recognize. That sticking point may lose the app some usability points, but once that visual library is created (perhaps by a sighted friend or assistant), the power of the app is undeniable.
From http://dvice.com/archives/2012/03/object-recogniz.php, March 07, 2012