Australia: Comms Alliance, AMTA Say Industry Can Solve Accessibility
The Communications Alliance and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) have said accessibility legislation may not be necessary to remove barriers to technology for people with disabilities. The comments from the telco industry came after Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) CEO Teresa Corbin proposed a law mandating accessibility at the M-Enabling Australasia conference in Sydney. The ACCAN proposal has received support from Senator Kate Lundy, minister assisting for the digital economy under the Rudd Labor government, as well as Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.
From http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/523828/comms_alliance_amta_say_industry_can_solve_accessibility/, August 15, 2013
Interview: Accessibility Driving Mobile Technology Market
Speaking today at the M-Enabling Australasia 2013 Conference held in Sydney, Leblois said leading manufacturers see accessibility as a competitive edge and this is reflected in innovation in accessibility for mobile devices. Access iQ™ recently spoke with Leblois about trends in accessibility and the mobile market.
From http://accessiq.org/news/features/2013/08/accessibility-driving-mobile-technology-market, August 14, 2013
Assistive Technology: How iPhones Help Blind People See
Apple iPhone innovations have created a new way for the blind and visually impaired to “see.” In my recent interview with accessibility experts Victor Tsaran at PayPal and Ted Drake at Intuit, I saw how these technologies turn smartphones into powerful assistive devices that employ one physical sense to supplement or replace another.
From http://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2013/08/12/assistive-technology-how-iphones-help-blind-people-see/#!, August 14, 2013
USA: Lawsuit Could Force ATM Accessibility Changes
It's something we do so often, we might take it for granted, but going to get money out of an ATM can be a challenging task for people who are blind -- if the ATM doesn't have special accommodations like voice prompts and braille.
From http://mobile.newschannel5.com/wap/news/text.jsp?targetUrl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.newschannel5.com%2fstory%2f23116973%2flawsuit-could-force-atm-accessibility-changes, August 14, 2013
Spain a World Leader in Accessible Tourism
Marca Espana (Trademark Spain) points out, Spain is a world leader in accessible tourism. The Fourth International Congress on Tourism for All, held in Ávila, clearly displayed the enormous effort that Spain has made to promote this kind of tourism.
From http://www.accesstourismnz.org.nz/2013/07/spain-a-world-leader-in-accessible-tourism/, August 14, 2013
Sony, Amazon Want Accessibility Exemption
Some of the biggest names in technology are asking the Federal Communications Commission for a pass when it comes to making all of their products accessible to people with disabilities. Under federal rules, equipment used for advanced communications services, or ACS, must be “accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.” If Amazon.com, Sony and Kobo have their way, however, that won’t include e-readers. The companies have come together in an attempt to persuade government regulators that e-readers should not be held to the same accessibility standard as tablets and other devices since they are limited to one core feature — reading.
From http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/08/14/sony-amazon-accessibility/18514/, August 14, 2013
New Phone App Could Transform Lives of Blind People by Reading Out Any Text it Sees
A Brit has invented an app scientists believe will transform the lives of those who struggle to see. It takes a picture of small print on items such as price tags and reads back any text it has recognized. Blind inventor Chris Telesford, 32, told the Sunday People he came up with the idea after struggling to afford expensive aids. Chris, from Walthamstow, East London, said: “It will change how blind people live.” The app is being launched on Google Play store and will be available for a fee.
From http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/new-phone-app-could-transform-2151876#ixzz2bqVMbLiq, August 13, 2013
USA: President Obama on UN Disability Treaty: Get it Done
President Barack Obama is making a new push for the United States to ratify an international disability rights treaty. In remarks over the weekend, Obama said it is time for the U.S. Senate to approve the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The treaty, which calls for greater community access and a better standard of living for people with disabilities around the world, was signed by the U.S. in 2009. But Senate approval is needed for ratification and a vote last year did not garner the two-thirds majority required.
From http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/08/13/obama-un-treaty-done/18501/, August 13, 2013
Wheelchair-Bound Woman Using Google Glass will Move You to Tears
We hear a lot of stories about people using Google Glass, sometimes for awesome reasons and sometimes to the horror of their friends and coworkers. But here's one that really shows how the device can help someone.
From http://www.businessinsider.com/google-glass-helps-woman-in-wheelchair-2013-8, August 12, 2013
Global Bank Prioritizes Accessibility, Choosing Xenos PDF Accessibility Solution to Make Online Credit Card Statements Readable to the Blind
After taking over a bank’s North American credit card services, a Fortune 500 bank holding company – based in the United States, with global operations and 45 million customer accounts – started to look seriously into the accessibility of its online credit card statements. The department it acquired had already faced a lawsuit for its inability to meet the needs of visually impaired customers, and the new parent company wanted to make sure it didn’t find itself in a similar situation. At the same time, it hoped to ensure that all of its customers were able to access their transactions in a manner that was comfortable to them.
From http://www.xenos.com/xe/resources/assets/?articleid=24858&goback=.gmr_97729.gde_97729_member_264346266, August 12, 2013