UK: Co-operative Bank Introduces Talking ATMs for Customers who are Blind and have Low Vision
Talking ATMs deliver private, spoken instructions through a headset which is plugged in to the ATM. High contrast screens are also being introduced (a UK first) which will aid many customers with vision disabilities. The customer will be able to complete transactions on their own in a convenient environment at any time.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/05/28/co-operative-bank-introduces-talking-atms/, May 28, 2013
Sprint Marks Major Accessibility Milestone: Opens its First CapTel Call Center Outside of the United States for Hearing Loss Community
Sprint, a leader in wireless accessibility, announced another milestone in the company’s effort to enable telecommunications for all. Sprint opened the first CapTel call center outside of the United States in Auckland, New Zealand. CapTel service provides captioned conversations for people with hearing loss.
From http://finance.yahoo.com/news/sprint-marks-major-accessibility-milestone-140000185.html, May 28, 2013
Vodafone Wants European Devs To Build Apps That Do Good, Puts GBP200K Up For Grabs
Here’s an opportunity for European app developers to work on a project aimed first and foremost at helping others. Carrier Vodafone’s philanthropic arm, the Vodafone Foundation, has kicked off its first Mobile for Good Europe Awards app competition, seeking iOS and Android apps that are “designed to improve people’s lives and deliver substantial public benefit”.
From http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/28/apps-for-good/, May 28, 2013
Web Accessibility Starts With Your Branding
Typically, the look and feel of your website will draw inspiration from some of the major design elements featured in your logo and branding assets. It makes sense then that these important assets should be designed with web accessibility in mind.
From http://www.accessiq.org/news/features/2013/05/web-accessibility-starts-with-your-branding, May 23, 2013
USA: Adaptive Technology Devices a Necessity for People with Disabilities
Computers are essential tools in all academic studies. They can enhance the independence, productivity, and capabilities of people with disabilities. Furthermore, computers can benefit people with low vision, blindness, speech and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, mobility, and health impairments. Each of these impairments poses challenges to accessing and using a standard computer and electronic resources.
From http://www.southerntimesafrica.com/, May 23, 2013
WAI Call for Papers: User Modeling for Accessibility Online Symposium
The W3C WAI Research and Development Working Group (RDWG) invites you to contribute to the online symposium on user modeling for accessibility. Symposium date: 15 July 2013. Abstract submission date: 6 June 2013.
From http://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/2013/user-modeling/cfp, May 23, 2013
Technology Gives Students with Disabilities Access to College Courses
Last week, I met with a group of high school students with learning disabilities who attend a dual-enrollment high school/college program at Mission Middle College in Santa Clara, California. The program emphasizes the use of technology, including the Bookshare accessible library, to help students earn college credit while still in high school.
From https://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/05/technology-gives-students-with-disabilities-access-to-college-courses/, May 23, 2013
USA: Technology for Life: How Students with Disabilities are Attending College at Record Rates
Esha Mehta and Bill Casson had unique qualifications in mind when they looked at universities to attend. Both chose the University of Colorado, where Mehta is pursing a bachelors degree in psychology, and Casson is getting a master's degree in computer science. But their decision to come to Boulder wasn't like many others. They weren't lured by mountain sports or football rankings, but by the reputation of the CU disability services office. Both Mehta and Casson are blind.
From http://www.kunc.org/post/technology-life-how-students-disabilities-are-attending-college-record-rates, May 23, 2013
G3ict Supports HLMDD 2013: Disability Inclusive Development Agenda Enabled through ICTs
On 23 September 2013 the UN General Assembly will hold in New York (USA) a high-level meeting to agree on a global roadmap to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all development efforts. The meeting will have the overarching theme, “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda.”
From http://g3ict.org/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/newsletterId_/id_420, May 21, 2013
UN Disability Rights Body Confirms that Equal Access to Banking Services Should be Granted to All
One of the newest United Nations human rights treaty body, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, issued an unprecedented decision on a case involving Szilvia Nyusti and Péter Takács, two visually impaired complainants from Hungary.
From http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/accesstobankingservices.aspx, May 21, 2013