India: NAB to Launch Smartphone App for People with Vision Disabilities
People who are blind or have low vision will soon be able to use touchscreen cellphones thanks to an application called Easy Access. The National Association for the Blind (NAB) is all set to launch the application which will help people with vision disabilities operate their cellphones through its text-to-speech feature. “Users can just tap on the cellphone and follow voice instructions in order to navigate,” NAB chief executive officer Homiyar Mobedji said. Mobedji was in the city to monitor the progress of the application, which is being developed in all Indian languages by city-based software firm Extentia Information Technology. The application can be downloaded on Google Play Store.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/06/26/nab-to-launch-smartphone-app-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, June 30, 2015
UK: Computer Vision and Mobile Technology Could Help People with Vision Disabilities See
Funded by a Google Faculty Research Award, specialists in computer vision and machine learning based at the University of Lincoln, UK, are aiming to embed a smart vision system in mobile devices to help people with sight problems navigate unfamiliar indoor environments. Based on preliminary work on assistive technologies done by the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems, the team plans to use colour and depth sensor technology inside new smartphones and tablets, like the recent Project Tango by Google, to enable 3D mapping and localisation, navigation and object recognition. The team will then develop the best interface to relay that to users – whether that is vibrations, sounds or the spoken word.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/06/26/computer-vision-and-mobile-technology-could-help-people-with-vision-disabilities-see/, June 30, 2015
Five Innovative Technologies for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
Tech innovators from around the world gathered at M-Enabling Summit this year in Washington, D.C. on June 1 and 2, alongside leaders of the accessibility community. CEA is a sponsor of the annual event, which highlights new advances in accessibility technology for senior citizens and users of all abilities.
From http://www.ce.org/Blog/Articles/2015/June/Five-Innovative-Technologies-for-Older-Adults-and, June 25, 2015
Is Banking Accessible to Persons with Disabilities?
According to WHO and World Bank, about 15.3 percent of the world’s population or one billion persons live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities tend to be acutely vulnerable to exclusion. Yes! 1 billion in number around the world are a significant percentage of the world’s population.
Unfortunately, many of them are not provided with equal opportunities in financial inclusion, in financial products and services as their peers and are denied their rights of being an integral part of the financial inclusion community.
From http://community.telecentre.org/profiles/blogs/is-banking-accessible-to-persons-with-disabilities, June 25, 2015
IBM on the Importance of Accessibility for All Users
Making technology more accessible for a few makes it easier and more practical for everyone. In an economy increasingly reliant on brain power rather than brawn, being able to harness the potential of workers regardless of their physical impediments is a situation both empowering for those employees and good for the company’s bottom line.
From http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150609/policy/ibm-on-the-importance-of-accessibility, June 25, 2015
IBM Uses Big Data to Help Seniors in Italy
Nicola Palmarini, a technology advocate with IBM Accessibility, helps the technology powerhouse leverage the power of big data. At the 2015 M-Enabling Summit, he sat down with RCR Wireless News to talk about some of the ways IBM has started to leverage big data analytics in smart and effective ways, helping to increase public safety and quality of life while maintaining the delicate balance of privacy.
From http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150611/big-data-analytics/big-data-to-help-seniors-in-italy, June 25, 2015
W3C Prepping Technical Report on Mobile Accessibility
Judy Brewer, director of the Web Accessibility Initiative at W3C, said it's unlikely the organization will publish a standard on mobile accessibility. Instead, the guidance will outline how Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or WCAG, 2.0 applies to mobile and best practices for addressing gaps in WCAG standards and the mobile environment, she said at an event earlier this month.
From http://www.fiercemobilegovernment.com/story/w3c-prepping-technical-report-mobile-accessibility/2015-06-24, June 25, 2015
Zero Project Launches Call for Nominations on Inclusive Education and/or ICTs
Education is the fundamental process by which societies transmit their accumulated information and knowledge, in which Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play an increasingly important role. Hence, the Zero Project 2016 is focusing on Inclusive education and/or ICTs, and our call for nominating innovative practices and policies has just been launched!
From http://zeroproject.org/inclusive-education-icts/, June 24, 2015
France: E-learning for Deaf People Who Want to Study Computer Science
X2000, a French association specialized in information technology, has decided to create Sourdstic, an e-learning platform dedicated to those who have hearing loss. Created to promote the integration of deaf people in professional life, the course offers the opportunity to acquire basic skills for free. As word processing, Internet use, antivirus, social networks personal data protection. All of these topics are explained step by step on the platform through videos translated into sign language. The X2000 team has also created a glossary with all specific terms translated into sign language dedicated to the cyberspace’s professionals.
From http://www.west-info.eu/e-learning-for-deaf-people-who-want-to-study-computer-science/, June 23, 2015
Spain: A guide to Discover if Universities are Accessible for Students with Disabilities
The website provides information about the accessibility of the different centers of universities, support products and adaptations that provide both learning and assessment activities, and other programs of action undertaken by universities.
From http://guiauniversitaria.fundaciononce.es/, June 23, 2015