W3C User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Updated
W3C published an updated version of the recently released working draft Implementing User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0. The draft provides guidance for designing accessible user agents, which include “web browsers and other types of software that retrieve and render web content.”
From http://www.wirelessrerc.org/content/newsroom/user-agent-accessibility-guidelines-updated#sthash.m5inlENh.dpuf, June 12, 2013
The Importance of Mobile Accessibility for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
The desire to connect whenever we want, wherever we are has created a unique opportunity for the private sector to capture new markets as they work to fulfill our desire for ubiquitous connectivity. The growth in mobile ICT technology is profound and shows little signs of slowing down. While many of us may take for granted the ability to navigate an app on a smart phone or tablet to check a bank balance, make a reservation at a restaurant or interact with our social networks, there is a large portion of the world’s population, both persons with disabilities (PwDs) and the aging, that find using a mobile device to be a significant challenge.
From http://asmarterplanet.com/mobile-enterprise/blog/2013/06/the-importance-of-mobile-accessibility-for-seniors-and-persons-with-disabilities.html, June 12, 2013
Conference to Focus on Arts Technologies for Disabled Persons
How does one play the trumpet when he or she has no arms to hold it? How does one paint when he or she is paralyzed? Methods for overcoming such obstacles that confront mobility-impaired people will be the focus of a conference at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today. “A lot of current technology for disabled people focuses on addressing everyday needs like working, eating, moving about the house,” said event organizer and RPI professor Jonas Braasch, in a statement. “That's important, but it's also important that people with special needs have access to an outlet for their creativity. We are working to give people the ability to express themselves creatively.”
From http://troyrecord.com/articles/2013/06/08/news/doc51b2c6b3c3981595652162.txt, June 12, 2013
USA: Odin Mobile Announces the First Mobile Service Dedicated to the Blind and Persons with Low Vision
Odin Mobile, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on the T-Mobile network, today announced the country’s first mobile service designed for the
sole purpose of improving wireless accessibility for the visually impaired.
From http://m-enabling.com/press%20releases/M-Enabling%20PR%20-%20Odin%20Mobile.pdf, June 11, 2013
USA / France: Kapsys Presents Smartphones for Seniors and Visually Impaired at the M-Enabling Summit 2013
After a successful showcase at the Mobile World Congress 2013 in February this year, KAPSYS, a French company specializing in digital mobility and wireless communication for the elderly and visually impaired, presented to the American public its new Smartphones on the occasion of the M-Enabling Summit, an exhibition dedicated to mobile applications and services for the elderly and visually impaired.
From http://www.espacedatapresse.com/fil_datapresse/consultation_cp.jsp?ant=reseau_2764186, June 11, 2013
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse remarks at M-Enabling Summit 2013
It is an honor to be the first Fortune 500 CEO to address this conference. I’m proud of the progress Sprint has made in making our products more accessible and in helping to improve the quality of life for our customers with disabilities. I’ve been asked why Sprint focuses so much on people with disabilities, and why even my business cards have braille on the back.
From http://newsroom.sprint.com/executive-team/executive-speeches/dan-hesse-remarks-at-m-enabling-summit.htm, June 11, 2013
Z-Connector Presents Devices at M-Enabling Summit 2013 to Help Users Stay Connected
Z-Connector LLC, local producers of safety chains to keep cell phones attached and accessible, will present their helpful attachments for mobile devices at the second annual M-Enabling Summit in Washington, D.C., June 6-7. The Miami-based company is donating 600 of their connective devices to be given away at the upcoming summit.
From http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10802248.htm, June 11, 2013
Captioning In-Flight Entertainment: The Final Frontier
Scientific progress doesn't always happen in logical order. In 1921, Aeromarine Airways showed the world's first in-flight movie. In 1969, we put a man on the moon. In 2005, tourists started booking with Virgin Galactic to take spaceflights. In 2009, U.S. Department of Transport ruled that all aircraft videos, DVDs and other audio-visual displays be captioned for safety and/or informational purposes.
From http://deafreview.com/deafreview-news/captioning-in-flight-entertainment-the-final-frontier/, June 10, 2013
IDPP Attends 2013 M-Enabling Summit 2013; Offers Virtual Briefing
The IDPP participated in the 2013 M-Enabling Summit (#mEnabling on Twitter) from 6-7 June 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. As conference participants, the IDPP hosted an informal virtual roundtable discussion on 7 June 2013 at 12:30pm U.S. EST that was open to the public via Blackboard Collaborate. Moderated by Dr. Derrick Cogburn, "Mobile Accessibility and the UNCRPD: The Intersection of Innovations in Accessible Mobile Technology and Disability Policy" featured G3ict President and Executive Director Mr. Axel Leblois; IDPP Advisory Board and faculty member Ambassador Luis Gallegos; and other accessibility and disability policy experts.
From http://aseanidpp.org/idpp-attends-m-enabling-summit-2013, June 08, 2013
Rensselaer Hosts Conference on “Assistive Technology” for the Arts
Sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, a one-day conference at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will center on technologies that aid mobility disabled people in making art and music.
Just as sports tools like the sit-ski aid disabled athletes, and work tools like Braille keyboards aid visually impaired employees, artists and designers are developing a series of “assistive technologies” that open the arts and music to the mobility impaired, said Jonas Braasch, director of the Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture (CCC). The center is hosting the conference in conjunction with the Deep Listening Institute on June 8.
From http://news.rpi.edu/luwakkey/3187?destination=node/40122#sthash.8b13w5Xn.dpuf, June 08, 2013