Australia: Mobile App Delivers Real-time Captions for Live Theater Performances
Captions have long been available for television and movies, but live theater has traditionally been trickier to understand for those with hearing loss or other impairments. The Captioning Studio has released a new app that delivers real-time theater captioning on smartphone and tablet devices.
From http://www.springwise.com/entertainment/mobile-app-delivers-real-time-captions-live-theatre-performances/, August 30, 2012
USA: AccuWeather to Provide Emergency Weather Alert Information to People with Vision Disabilities
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people in the United States, and its newspaper service for people who are blind, NFB-NEWSLINE, on August 29 announced a collaboration with AccuWeather®, an online weather information service, to provide emergency weather alerts to subscribers who are blind and print-disabled throughout America. NFB-NEWSLINE is a free audible information access service that provides over three-hundred newspapers and magazines to people with vision disabilities. The AccuWeather information service will be offered on NFB-NEWSLINE, giving people with vision disabilities instant access to emergency weather alerts.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/08/30/accuweather-to-provide-emergency-weather-alert-information-to-people-with-vision-disabilities/, August 30, 2012
India: Delhi Police to Launch Emergency Helpline Service for People Who Are Deaf
Delhi Police will soon launch a helpline exclusively for people who are deaf where they can send a brief text message in an emergency and get help.
The helpline came about after a citizen who is deaf sent a letter asking police how he could reach them in an emergency. During an emergency, people dial 100 to seek immediate police help. Police control room vehicles then reach the spot. But if the person is deaf, how does he inform police? This was the question that made police start the new service. Though Delhi Police have a helpline number 9818099050 where one can send text messages during emergency and seek help, this was not enough to cater to this section of people.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/08/30/delhi-police-to-launch-emergency-helpline-service-for-people-who-are-deaf/, August 30, 2012
USA: Touch Technology Applications for Children with Disabilities Conference and Expo in St Louis, Missouri
ABA Consulting Services LLC is proud to announce the first ever Touch Technology Applications for Children with Special Needs conference and expo. This two-day symposium dedicated to exhibiting the latest touch-tablet technology will unite creators and developers of touch technology with skilled practitioners, caregivers and aides who are committed to providing the best educational, social and behavioral support for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/08/29/touch-technology-applications-for-children-with-disabilities-conference-and-expo-to-be-held-in-september/, August 30, 2012
Gibraltar: Ministers at Commonwealth e-Accessibility Summit
Gibraltar will be represented at the Commonwealth e-Accessibility Summit in London by Ministers Gilbert Licudi and Samantha Sacramento on Thursday and Friday this week. The Summit’s aim is to assess issues surrounding the inclusion of disability into national Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) agendas throughout Commonwealth governments. Also attending the Summit will be Commonwealth ICT Ministers, CEOs of Private Sector Companies and Civil Society Organisations, and representatives of International Organisations.
From http://www.chronicle.gi/headlines_details.php?id=25831, August 29, 2012
VisitEngland Website Helps Destinations Attract Visitors with Access Needs
On the day of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, VisitEngland has launched “Winning More Visitors” – a new online guide designed to help destinations attract more visitors with access needs by providing access information on their websites. The online resource was developed following a survey by the national tourist board, which revealed that 83 per cent of people looking for access information to plan a trip use destination websites - but only one in three (39%) find it easy to locate the information they need.
From http://www.visitengland.org/media/pressreleases/Winning-More-Visitors-launched.aspx, August 29, 2012
Taiwan: Researchers Develop Touch Melody Software for Blind Users
National Cheng Kung University unveiled the first digitized Braille sheet music software for people who are blind and low vision in Taiwan for the first time Tuesday. A university research team headed by Su Wen-yu, a professor at the university’s Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, developed the Touch Melody software in 2009. Over the last three years, the research team has continued to update and amend the software, said Su. In comparison to heavy Braille sheet music of the past, the software makes it fairly easy for people with vision disabilities are familiar with computers to learn new music, said Su.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/08/29/researchers-develop-touch-melody-software-for-people-who-are-blind/, August 29, 2012
UN Report Lauds Indian State for Comprehensive Policy for Persons with Disabilities
A United Nations report has lauded the state government for formulating a comprehensive state disability policy. In a report titled ‘Livelihood opportunities for persons with disabilities’, the UN praised the Rajasthan Mission on Skill Development (RMoL) for including special provisions for persons with disabilities. The report released on August 9, 2012 has been commissioned by the Planning Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It said the efforts and interventions taken by the RMoL are unique and can be replicated across the country.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/08/20/un-report-lauds-indias-rajasthan-state-for-comprehensive-policy-for-persons-with-disabilities/, August 27, 2012
USA: Verizon Wireless Introduces Mobile Accessibility App for Customers with Vision Disabilities
Verizon Wireless on August 17 announced a suite of services for Verizon Wireless Android™ smartphones running Android 2.2 or higher to help customers who are blind or have low vision perform ordinary wireless tasks in a simple, intuitive way. Mobile Accessibility is a suite of 10 accessibility apps, from speech recognition to text-to-speech technology, and offers customers who are blind an innovative way to use their smartphones.
The Mobile Accessibility suite, running on the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network, features intuitive touch screen navigation, speech recognition and voice synthesis powered by Nuance’s Vocalizer® text-to-speech technology, as well as Braille output. Customers get automatic access to all of the features once the app is downloaded and do not have to launch each app individually from within the suite.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/08/18/verizon-wireless-introduces-mobile-accessibility-app-for-customers-with-vision-disabilities/, August 27, 2012
Australia: Best Practice Web Accessibility and Mobile Webinars in September
With the deadline rapidly approaching for Government organizations in Australia to be WCAG 2.0 Level A compliant; it’s pertinent for marketing, web, digital and strategic level managers to start putting their web compliance strategy in motion if they have not already done so. Leading enterprise web content management provider, Elcom, has partnered with usability and accessibility experts, Stamford Interactive, to deliver two complimentary webinars in September 2012.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/08/27/best-practice-web-accessibility-and-mobile-webinars-in-september/, August 27, 2012