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
USA: TxDOT to hold Persons with Disabilities Transportation Program Workshop
A workshop regarding TxDOT’s Elderly Persons & Persons with Disabilities Transportation Program is scheduled for August 30, 2012 in the TxDOT Paris District Training Room, 1365 N. Main Street, in Paris, Texas beginning at 10:00 am. The purpose of the workshop is to provide public involvement in the identification of transportation barriers, restrictions and unmet needs as it pertains to seniors and persons with disabilities who reside in the nine counties served by TxDOT’s Paris District. The Stakeholders will evaluate the current year’s activities, review plans and goals for the next two years, and to select projects for FY 2013. Anyone who is aware of transportation related needs, services or solutions for the elderly and/or persons with disabilities living in Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Rains and Red River counties are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/08/20/txdot-to-hold-persons-with-disabilities-transportation-program-workshop-aug-30/, August 27, 2012
USA: Allsup Provides Voting Resource for Persons with Disabilities
Deadlines for submitting new or updated voter registrations to vote in the November 6th, 2012 presidential election are fast approaching. Recognizing that the voting rate for citizens with disabilities has traditionally been lower than that for the general public, Allsup, a nationwide Social Security disability representation company, offers an online resource of voter information that is particularly important for persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/08/20/allsup-provides-voting-resource-for-persons-with-disabilities/, August 27, 2012
Fiji: School Teachers Learn about Inclusive Education in Three-Day Workshop
The teaching of children living with disabilities will soon become part of Fiji's education system. Sixty-seven teachers from around the country are attending a three-day workshop at Suva's Holiday Inn to familiarize themselves with a pilot project to introduce disability inclusive education in primary schools. The project, an initiative of the Education Ministry and the Australian government, aims to increase access to education for children with disabilities in Fiji and increase retention and completion rates and learning outcomes.
From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=209836, August 27, 2012