Asia-Pacific Countries Adopt Landmark Strategy for Building Disability-Inclusive Societies
Thirty nine Asia-Pacific countries attending a once-in-a-decade United Nations forum on disability issues in the region, adopted a pioneering framework of action aimed at building more disability-inclusive societies for the 650 million persons with disabilities living in the region.
The groundbreaking Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific was endorsed at the conclusion of the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Final Review of the Implementation of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012 convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea in Incheon last week.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/06/asia-pacific-countries-adopt-landmark-strategy-for-building-disability-inclusive-societies/, November 06, 2012
Guideline: Web Content Accessibility and Mobile Web
With global mobile phone use at an all time high, there has been a surge of interest in developing websites that are accessible from a mobile device. Similarly, making websites accessible for people with disabilities is an integral part of high quality websites, and in some cases a legal requirement. Most Mobile Web specialists don't know about design issues for people with disabilities. Likewise, most web accessibility specialists don't know Mobile Web design best practices.
From http://www.w3.org/WAI/mobile/overlap, November 02, 2012
Action to Deliver Better Employment Support Services for Australians with Disabilities
Australians with disabilities will now have access to a higher standard of employment support services in more locations across Australia, following the Australian Government’s tender for Disability Employment Services. Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis said the Government is expanding the number of high performing quality service providers as well as expanding the locations of services across Australia following the completion of the first full competitive tender for Disability Employment Services - Employment Support Service.
From http://www.disabilitynewsasia.com/home-mainmenu-1/1245-action-to-deliver-better-employment-support-services-for-australians-with-disabilities.html, November 01, 2012
Philippines: Asia Foundation Encourages Persons with Disabilities to Vote
Asia Foundation has initiated efforts encouraging Persons with disabilities to exercise their right of suffrage especially this coming elections. The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region began to implement a three year “Disability Inclusive Election Program.” Its aim is to ultimately address the needs of persons with disabilities and make Comelec increase their access to registration sites and polling places in order to reduce or remove constraints that PWD voters might face.
From http://www.disabilitynewsasia.com/home-mainmenu-1/1241-asia-foundation-encourages-persons-with-disabilities-to-vote.html, November 01, 2012
UK: Group Seeks Inclusion of Persons Living with Disabilities in Aid Plans
Human rights organization, Centre for Citizens with Disability (CCD) has called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other emergency management groups to identify persons living with disability who are affected by the recent flood and ensure their inclusion in the rehabilitation plans. The group also wanted state and other agencies that are involved in the emergency management process to take adequate measure to ensure that relief materials and other support to displaced persons are distributed without discrimination against persons living with disability.
From http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103395:group-seeks-inclusion-of-persons-living-with-disabilities-in-aid-plans&catid=1:national&Itemid=559, November 01, 2012
iPad Mini Accessibility Features for People with Disabilities
Apple has just revealed a new product called the, "iPad Mini," that comes in Black & Slate or White & Silver. The product is 7.87 inches by 5.3 inches, making it easy to handle and use. It is a mere 0.28 inches thick and weighs less than a pound. The iPad Mini comes with your choice of 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of storage. The iPad Mini display is 7.9 inches across diagonally, is LED-backlit, and is multi-touch with IPS technology. The screen offers 1024 X 768 screen resolution at 163 pixels per inch. The screen is fingerprint-resistant with an oleophobic coating. The iPad Mini comes with a Dual Core A5 processor. When it comes to power and the battery, the iPad Mini has a built-in 16.3 watt-hour, rechargeable lithium-polymer battery with up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi web surfing, video watching, or music listening capability. You can charge the battery through its power adapter or through a USB port on your computer. The iPad Mini also comes with some very disability friendly features.
From http://www.disabled-world.com/assistivedevices/computer/ipad-mini.php, October 30, 2012
Banking and Accessibility in India: A Study on Banking Accessibility in India
The adoption of accessible features and technologies by banks in India is low despite there being legislative and executive push for it. It is important for the banks to understand not just their obligations but also the benefits that will accrue to them if they follow the suggested guidelines.
From http://cis-india.org/accessibility/blog/banking-and-accessibility-in-india, October 30, 2012
Blind Kenyan Entrepreneur Uses Adaptive Technology to Realize Ambition
Many would hesitate to run an M-Pesa shop if the only way to tell the value of a currency note was through their sense of touch. Not so 25-year-old Dennis Nyariaro, who has beaten his path to success after grabbing a failed M-pesa business. Mr Nyariaro refused to allow his lack of sight stifle his inner vision to run the business. This was soon after he completed his degree course at Kenyatta University in April. He will graduate in December.
From http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Counting+by+touch+in+M+Pesa+business/-/1056/1598402/-/fmptcvz/-/index.html, October 29, 2012
USA: Windows 8 Released with Enhanced Accessibility
Microsoft has today launched Windows 8 and its tablet version, Windows RT, the latest operating system for computers and tablets. Rather than simply building on its predecessor, Windows 7, today’s releases overhaul the operating system’s design. As well as new features intended to help Microsoft compete with Apple and Google Android, such as an app store, Windows 8 is the first version since Windows 2000 to include radically enhanced access features.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/general/windows-8-released-with-enhanced-accessibility, October 26, 2012
USA: Making Elections Accessible for Everyone
Although voting is a basic part of participating in a democracy, many people, including those with disabilities, face a variety of barriers to casting their ballot privately and independently.
From http://elections.itif.org/, October 26, 2012