New Zealand Government New Web Standards launched
Developed in conjunction with disability communities, vendors, and representatives from State Sector organisations, the new Standards not only set clear and common requirements to guide the design and development of quality web content, but they also establish the minimum level of quality that websites are expected to meet in order to better ensure that Government is providing usable, accessible experiences to New Zealanders.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/07/01/new-zealand-government-new-web-standards-launched-aunched/, July 01, 2013
India's Closing Statement at Marrakesh on the Treaty for the Blind
This was the statement that the Government of India made at the closing of the WIPO Diplomatic Conference to Conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities (17-28 June 2013), after the Marrakesh Treaty (the "Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for the Blind, Visually Impaired and otherwise Print Disabled") was adopted.
From http://cis-india.org/a2k/blog/india-closing-statement-marrakesh-treaty-for-the-blind, June 29, 2013
ATIA June Newsletter: Going Mobile with Assistive Technology
This past month I had the chance to present at some pretty cool events. In DC I participated in the second M-Enabling Summit, a global event focused on accessibility and mobile technology. Scheduled in tandem was also a policy briefing at the US Senate. There I served on a panel to discuss the impact of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on global commerce and the international accessibility eco-system. Both left strong impressions that I think are worth sharing as we consider this month's newsletter theme--"Going Mobile."
From http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/, June 29, 2013
DAISY Planet Newsletter: We Have a WIPO Treaty! A Good One!
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Diplomatic Conference to Conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities brought together more than 600 negotiators from WIPO's 186 member states. This Treaty is the first of its kind as it focuses on ensuring access for users rather than on the rights of copyright holders. The purpose of the Conference was clearly laid out. From the opening of the WIPO Diplomatic Conference which was held in Marrakesh, Morocco, June 17 to 28.
From http://www.daisy.org/planet-2013-06, June 29, 2013
WIPO Reaches Agreement on Treaty for Blind
Officials at the World Intellectual Property Organisation have reached an agreement to provide wider access to books for the visually impaired in different countries, a long-pending demand of the World Blind Union and activist groups.
From http://www.livemint.com/Politics/zirXp3IC1rTtAFOd2O4fYL/WIPO-reaches-agreement-on-treaty-for-blind.html, June 27, 2013
Miracle In Marrakesh: “Historic” Treaty For Visually Impaired Agreed
The mood was one of celebration at the Marrakesh Palais des Congrès to greet the success of World Intellectual Property Organization negotiators in their attempt to produce a draft treaty text showing consensus. After a difficult start to the week, delegates achieved success and the corridors of the conference centre echoed with laughter and congratulations. Tears of joy were shed as most celebrated this as an historic agreement. Visually impaired people and civil society supporting them were ecstatic, some said overwhelmed.
From http://www.ip-watch.org/2013/06/26/miracle-in-marrakesh-historic-treaty-for-visually-impaired-agreed/, June 27, 2013
High-tech Gains Get Disabled People into Workforce
When high school football coach Kevin Bella needs an intense, heart-to-heart with a player, he goes home and sits on his couch. That's because Bella, who is deaf, communicates with his hearing players most clearly with a new technology that brings a live sign language interpreter to his television screen. The player, on a phone elsewhere, hears the interpreter give voice to Bella's signs.
From http://news.yahoo.com/high-tech-gains-disabled-people-workforce-133939574.html, June 26, 2013
The First PDF Reader for Visually Impaired People
The Swiss National Association of and for the Blind (SNAB), in collaboration with the Access for All foundation and the service provider xyMedia, has developed an important innovation for visually impaired people. The VIP PDF-Reader overcomes a previously insurmountable problem for people with a visual impairment who want to read and work with PDF files. This innovative product is now available free of charge to Windows, Mac and Linux users.
From http://www.szb.ch/en/press/press-releases/the-first-pdf-reader-for-visually-impaired-people.html, June 26, 2013
Redefining "Mobile" for Usability and Accessibility
On most days, I enjoy walking outside for a little while. Working from home means that the commute I used to have no longer exists. So walking serves as a somewhat of a substitute. When I go out for these daily jaunts, I like taking different routes to and from home. Over the last few years, these walks have been lot more colorful thanks to my cell phone and GPS. Thanks to the wonders of accessible software that tells me what I'm passing by, I've gotten to know my neighborhood pretty well. This used not to be the case before the iPhone made it possible for me and other blind people to have ready access to this information without putting a several thousand dollar dent in my wallet.
From http://www.ezfire.net/blog/redefining_mobile, June 26, 2013
FCC Releases Hearing Aid Compatibility Settlements
Today, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau settled two wireless hearing aid compatibility investigations involving Airadigm Communications, Inc. dba Airfire Mobile, and TeleGuam Holdings, LLC, successor-in-interest to Pulse Mobile, LLC. The settlements include voluntary payments of more than one-half million dollars as well as conditions designed to ensure future compliance. The hearing aid
compatibility rules ensure that individuals with hearing loss can fully access advanced wireless phone service without excessive feedback or noise.
From http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-releases-hearing-aid-compatibility-settlements, June 26, 2013