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    opportunity for a quicker and more cost effective transformational change built on the capabilities and in particular accessibility of mobile broadband The early evidence suggests that mobile internet is spreading is quickly in some emerging markets as mobile telephony did originally Mobile broadband use is already more extensive than realised by policymakers By contrast fixed internet access is stagnant Microsoft Web Accessibility Handbook This Handbook from Microsoft and HiSoftware is a result of the European Dialogues on Web Accessibility It combines practical strategies with some of the perspectives goals and vision that came out of those Dialogues Published by Microsoft and HiSoftware 2009 Throughout 2008 Microsoft gathered government officials industry leaders and non governmental organization NGO representatives across several European countries as part of a series of interactive dialogues on the current state of Web accessibility The objective of the Dialogues was to explore how critical players in both public organizations and private industry can work together on solutions that create a more accessible World Wide Web The Dialogues featured robust conversation that both framed the challenges faced by proponents of Web accessibility and illuminated various solutions that organizations are using to realize the shared goal of an accessible Web environment Accessible Communications Tapping the Potential in Public ICT Procurement Policy Australia has a history of early adoption for all things digital While information and communications technologies continue to advance in ever shortening development cycles advances in technologies that are usable and accessible by people with disabilities struggle to keep up Published by University of Wollongong and GSA Information Consultants 2012 This University of Wollongong research project funded by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network ACCAN explores how government procurement policy can have positive implications for many consumers with disability providing greater access to the digital economy of the 21st Century The report explores the connection between government purchasing usually called public procurement of information and communications technologies ICTs and improving outcomes for people with disabilities The findings from this research support the introduction of accessibility criteria in the procurement of ICTs and related services The case studies detail the benefits of including mandatory accessibility criteria in public procurement policy but found that voluntary accessibility criteria did not produce similar effects to mandatory criteria Indeed the report argues that the mainstreaming of ICT accessibility criteria through mandatory application is potentially transformative Improving the Evidence for Mobile Health This publication seeks to address one of the major issues identified for the slow uptake and adoption of Mobile Health the lack of relevant and robust evidence to support the reimbursement of Mobile Health This publication is a guide to ensure that future research efforts accurately and effectively substantiate the benefits of Mobile Health Published by A T Kearney March 2012 This publication is a follow up to Mobile Health Who Pays produced by A T Kearney in collaboration with the GSMA Mobile Health Who Pays highlighted the importance of Mobile Health to achieve adoption in health systems in the developed world and shed light on some of the intricacies of the payment mechanisms within these healthcare systems Although there has been impressive growth in the quantity of evidence for Mobile Health the commonly held view amongst key healthcare stakeholders is that the evidence does not address the key issues that support the widespread adoption of Mobile Health Web Accessibility for Better Business Results Innovation Series White Paper From both a business and a disability rights perspective this paper describes the value for organizations of adopting techniques to produce accessible web content compliant with global standards Published by G3ict March 2012 Web accessibility is a precondition for all persons with disabilities to enjoy the use of the Internet and of websites Without it website producers may involuntarily exclude millions of users from their potential audience This has been difficult to achieve to date due to the complexity of regulations coupled with the cost of training web authors to apply those rules consistently This G3ict Innovation White Paper is dedicated to presenting the benefits of web accessibility for businesses and how the accessibility module of EditLive produced by Ephox Corporation www ephox com can significantly help streamline the editing of accessible web pages Order your copy of the G3ict White Paper today English Order a hard copy in German Emerging mHealth Paths for Growth This is a global research study about the opportunities and challenges of mobile health from the perspective of patients payers and providers PriceWaterCoopers 2012 Unlike many other forms of communication such as the Internet mobile health will likely have a greater effect on how care is delivered for three reasons Mobile devices are ubiquitous and personal Competition will continue to drive lower pricing and increase functionality and Mobility by its very nature implies that users are always part of a network which radically increases the variety velocity volume and value of information they send and receive In recognition of these accelerating factors PwC commissioned the Economic Intelligence Unit to examine the current state and potential of mHealth barriers to adoption and opportunities for companies seeking growth in this space Socioeconomic Impacts of Wireless Technology The purpose of this report is to assess socioeconomic opportunities and challenges that arise from existing and emerging uses of wireless licensed spectrum technology with a particular focus on the areas of health finance education and empowerment The report was commissioned by CTIA The Wireless Association and prepared by BSR May 2012 The effect of wireless technology on modern society has been profound Wireless mobility enables instant communication anywhere anytime mobilizing the rapid transfer of information and services over immense distances unbound by geographic barriers New ways to connect share and innovate using wireless technology are invented every day around the world and are shattering traditional walls that have divided societies for centuries In this report we examine the social effects through four lenses Health Care Finance Education and Community Empowerment Accessibility A Guide for Businesses and Organizations by Microsoft Accessible technology addresses the personal needs of all computer users including those with physical disabilities learning and language impairments and age related limitations making it easier for organizations to empower employees serve customers and engage with partners Published by Microsoft in 2011 This guide from Microsoft provides information about accessibility and accessible technology to help organizations worldwide ensure that all the people they serve or engage have equal access to information and services For organizations new to accessibility and working with people with disabilities accessibility can sometimes seem overwhelming To help your organization meet the needs of people with all types of abilities this guide provides specific information about many types of impairments and some of the accessible technology solutions that help address them Transforming Learning Through mEducation Mobile technology is raising the quality of education and improving access to it Early initiatives in mobile education or mEducation are already enhancing learning outcomes worldwide With growing availability and demand mEducation is poised to become a USD 70 billion market by 2020 GSMA and McKinsey Company 2012 We define mEducation as technology enabled learning solutions available to learners anytime anywhere Any portable device such as a tablet laptop or mobile phone that provides access to educational content through mobile connectivity 2G 3G or 4G complemented by mobile based Wi Fi can be a tool for mEducation Mobile technology s power to transform education is difficult to overstate given the importance and impact of learning that takes place outside a traditional classroom environment Accessibility A Guide for Educators by Microsoft This guide from Microsoft provides information about accessibility and accessible technology to help educators worldwide ensure that all students have equal access to learning with technology Microsoft Corporation Edition 3 1 published in 2011 In the era of personalized learning where we shift the focus from what is being taught to what is being learned the student s needs and style become more central Personalized learning requires attention to the unique needs of all students particularly students with learning difficulties or physical disabilities As students are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their learning and for using technology to acquire new skills schools have a responsibility to provide accessible technology that can be personalized for each student s needs For educators new to accessibility and working with students with disabilities accessibility can seem overwhelming To help educators teach students with all types of abilities you will find specific information about each type of impairment and accessible technology solutions The Global Economics of Disability The intent of this paper is to inform those grappling with how to position disability as a new market segment and speak to the market in an economic context Fifth Quadrant Analytics and Return on Disability Company March 2012 Making up 1 1 billion people globally Persons with Disabilities represent a sizeable population Unlocking the potential in this large subset of the global community has serious ramifications for GDP public and private institutional cash flows and how economies grapple with an aging population The familiar emerging market investing question must be asked when does this market tip When does the global platform of disability mirror the scope and revenue generating power of Green Caption Accuracy Metrics Project Research into Automated Error Ranking of Real time Captions in Live Television News Programs Caption Accuracy Metrics Project report is produced by The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH NCAM Authors Tom Apone Brad Botkin Marcia Brooks and Larry Goldberg September 2011 Real time captioned news is a lifeline service for people who are deaf or hard of hearing providing critical information about their local communities national events and emergencies The project scope was to develop an industry standard approach to measuring caption quality and use language processing tools to create an automated caption accuracy assessment tool for real time captions on live news programming Enabling Access for Persons with Disabilities to Higher Education and Workplace Role of ICT and Assistive Technologies Enabling Access for Persons with Disabilities to Higher Education and Workplace Role of ICT and Assistive Technologies is an editorial publication released on the conference of the same name in January 2012 in Bangalore India It compiles best practices case studies and personal stories of overcoming barriers to inclusion in higher education and employment for persons with disabilities With the intent of generating awareness and creating an atmosphere of equal opportunity towards inclusivity at academic institutions and workplaces across India this publication released on the occasion of the Enabling Access conference is an initiative in bringing the key stakeholders of industry NGOs and educational institutes together on a platform where best practices and case studies can be discussed Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF Understanding Web Accessibility A Guide to Create Accessible Work Environments This handbook provides insights and tips on what a company needs to do for ICT accessibility and the potential benefits that thus accrue Web accessibility simply means that the web pages are usable by all and also on different devices Web Accessibility Guidelines are popularly known as WCAG 2 0 The website www w3 org wai not only provides these guidelines but also provides links to testing the websites and suggests changes that need to be made in order to make a website compliant to WCAG 2 0 Whenever a new website or web based user interface is created or updated one must insist that the web developers make the site WCAG 2 0 compliant Having this deliverable as part of the contract would help ensure execution of the task This publication is released by NASSCOM Foundation and has been made possible with the support of the Wadhwani Foundation M Enabling Summit 2011 Official Show Guide Official Show Guide for the Inaugural Edition of the M Enabling Summit 2011 Global Conference and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities 5 6 December 2011 The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor Washington D C The M Enabling Summit 5 6 December 2011 Global Summit and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities is the first global program solely dedicated to participants in the emerging ecosystem for mobile accessible and assistive technologies applications and services Visit event website at http www m enabling com Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities is a joint report of the International Telecommunication Union ITU and G3ict Researched and Edited by the Center for Internet Society Published by ITU August 2012 Mobile communications have become in less than two decades omnipresent in all countries reaching out to the most isolated and underserved populations in developed and developing countries alike At the end of 2011 there were more than 5 9 billion mobile cellular telephone subscriptions By the same point in 2013 we expect such subscriptions to outnumber the global population In the midst of this telecommunication revolution however populations of senior citizens and persons living with disabilities have been left out due to accessibility factors complex human interfaces difficult to understand and activate for persons with cognitive impairments or learning disabilities lack of alternative communications for persons living with low vision blind hard of hearing or deaf or quite often handset ergonomics too difficult for persons with physical disabilities such as dexterity or mobility limitations This report contains references to the new legislative and regulatory framework set by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities an important resource for policy makers It also covers practical elements required for a successful implementation of those programs and policies Available in the following formats Download PDF English version Download PDF French version Download PDF Arabic version Download PDF Chinese version Download PDF Spanish version Download PDF Russian version Read the Press Release associated with this publication Making Television Accessible This report has been prepared by Peter Olaf Looms Chairman ITU T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility in cooperation with G3ict November 2011 Ensuring that all of the world s population has access to television services is one of the targets set by world leaders in the World Summit on the Information Society Television is important for enhancing national identity providing an outlet for domestic media content and getting news and information to the public which is especially critical in times of emergencies Television programmes are also a principal source of news and information for illiterate segments of the population some of whom are persons with disabilities In addition broadcasting can serve important educational purposes by transmitting courses and other instructional material The emphasis of this report is on making digital media accessible This report identifies accessibility solutions for media executives regulators and policy makers pay TV operators consumer electronics manufacturers sales outlets as well as disabled persons organizations The goal of this report is to assist ITU members to take the necessary steps to ensure that persons with disabilities can enjoy their CRPD right to access TV Available in the following formats Download PDF English version Download PDF Polish version Download PDF Arabic version Download PDF Chinese version Download PDF French version Download PDF Spanish version Download PDF Russian version Oracle Accessibility Program for Customers Oracle WSC Workshop on Accessibility and the Contributions of International Standards Report by Luke Kowalski Vice President Corporate Architecture Group Oracle and Peter Wallack Accessibility Program Director Oracle Accessibility is about making user interfaces perceivable operable and understandable by people with a wide range of abilities Assistive Access or Adaptive Technology are devices for people with disabilities that enable people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish or had great difficulty accomplishing by providing enhancements to or changed methods of interacting with the technology needed to accomplish such tasks Oracle products are coded to standards and are capable of providing comparable access to individuals with disabilities when they are used in accordance with Oracle s product documentation and provided that assistive technologies and other products used with them properly interoperate with our product A timely report on the corporation s accessibility practices Orange Accessibility Facilitating Access to Communication Services for the Elderly and Disabled Orange Accessibility Facilitating Access to Communication Services for the Elderly and Disabled Report by François René Germain VP France Telecom Group Accessibility Orange and Accessibility What has been accomplished Orange develops accessibility and integrates it into all of its activities It dialogues with institutions associations and customers in order to identify the needs of disabled and older people with disabilities The report presented at the WSC workshop Accessibility and the Contribution of International Standards highlights Orange s accessibility program for its customers WHO World Bank World Report on Disability More than one billion people face some form of disability says a UN report developed by the World Health Organization WHO and the World Bank The World Report on Disability developed by the World Health Organization WHO and the World Bank with contributions from over 380 experts urges governments to to step up efforts to enable access to mainstream services and to invest in specialized programmes to unlock the vast potential of people with disabilities Disability is part of the human condition said WHO Director General Margaret Chan at a ceremony in UN headquarters to launch the report Almost every one of us will be permanently or temporarily disabled at some point in life Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF e Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities The e Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities is based upon the online ITU G3ict e Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities www e accessibilitytoolkit org which was released in February 2010 The Toolkit and its companion handbook have contributions from more than 60 experts around the world on ICT accessibility and is a most valuable addition to policy makers and regulators advocacy and research

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    children with disabilities have the potential to lead fulfilling lives and to contribute to the social cultural and economic vitality of their communities as the personal essays in this volume attest Published by the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF May 2013 Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child CRC and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD governments around the world have taken upon themselves the responsibility of ensuring that all children irrespective of ability or disability enjoy their rights without discrimination of any kind NTIA Broadband Adoption Toolkit 2013 Nearly one third of Americans do not have broadband at home that s more than 100 million people without access to high speed Internet Whether they lack the skills or the income to become broadband users these citizens are isolated from the digital mainstream This toolkit will aid organizations and government agencies to reach educate and support people who are not yet online Published by Broadband USA in May 2013 This Broadband Adoption Toolkit draws on the experiences of the recipients of grants from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program BTOP To date the efforts of BTOP grant recipients have added hundreds of thousands of new broadband subscribers and in the process have yielded invaluable lessons on how to serve hard to reach Americans effectively It is the hope of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration NTIA that this Toolkit will help other agencies and organizations around the country to accelerate efforts to help the nearly one third of Americans who are not broadband subscribers in their journey toward full inclusion in the online universe of education employment healthcare and other vital activities A New Financial Access Frontier People with Disabilities This paper explores how microfinance institutions and disability organizations can best contribute to increasing access to financial services for poor people with disabilities worldwide Author Josh Goldstein Published 2010 After a brief discussion of the challenge and the opportunity the concept paper advances several working hypotheses about steps the microfinance industry could take This concept paper was the basis of a roundtable held on June 18 2010 in Washington D C and the ideas presented within were the key areas of discussion The World in 2013 ITU s ICT Facts and Figures The latest ICT Facts and Figures which show continued and almost universal growth in ICT uptake Every day we are moving closer to having almost as many mobile cellular subscriptions as people on earth The mobile revolution is m powering people in developing countries by delivering ICT applications in education health government banking environment and business In 2013 there are almost as many mobile cellular subscriptions as people in the world with more than half in the Asia Pacific region 3 5 billion out of 6 8 billion total subscriptions As global mobile cellular penetration approaches 100 and market saturation is reached growth rates have fallen to their lowest levels in both developed and developing countries Mobile cellular penetration rates stand at 96 globally 128 in developed countries and 89 in developing countries Toward the Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities Examining the Accessibility of Overseas Facilities and Programs Funded by the United States The overarching aim of this report is to advance understanding and to promote accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in foreign assistance programs funded by the United States Published by the National Council on Disability 2013 The report reviews U S federal disability laws the United States Agency for International Development s USAID Disability Policy and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD and discusses their application to U S foreign assistance programs The report examines the work of USAID the U S Department of State DOS and the U S Department of Defense DOD and provides recommendations that will strengthen the operation of these agencies by ensuring U S Government funding is used in a manner that is accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities UNESCO Global Report Opening New Avenues for Empowerment ICTs to Access Information and Knowledge for Persons with Disabiltiies Building on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities the Global Report addresses strong recommendations to all stakeholders from decision makers to educators civil society and industry on how concretely to advance the rights of people living with disabilities These recommendations draw on extensive research and consultations Studies launched in five regions have allowed UNESCO to understand more clearly the conditions and challenges faced by persons with disabilities around the world UNESCO Report published in February 2013 The overall aims of this report are To provide governments civil society industry academia and other groups with an insight into the use of Information and Communication Technologies ICTs by persons with disabilities to access information and knowledge around the world To present an overview and critical assessment of existing information policies and strategies as well as challenges and advantages in using ICTs to access information and knowledge for persons with disabilities To identify practices at local national and global levels on effective application of ICTs by persons with disabilities to access information and knowledge To foster future frameworks on the use of ICTs to access information and knowledge of persons with disabilities PWD and Based on the best available information and analysis to make recommendations for strategy formulation action oriented initiatives and new synergies at national regional and international levels Vodafone Public Policy Research Making Broadband Accessible for All This report looks at the conditions for growth in access to data services and the internet It considers the potential for extending access beyond affluent urban users to the wider population and contains key findings for network service providers data service businesses governments and regulators Vodafone Public Policy Research May 2011 As in developed markets broadband strategies in emerging markets have tended to focus on investment in fibre However this focus on fibre may miss an opportunity for a quicker and more cost effective transformational change built on the capabilities and in particular accessibility of mobile broadband The early evidence suggests that mobile internet is spreading is quickly in some emerging markets as mobile telephony did originally Mobile broadband use is already more extensive than realised by policymakers By contrast fixed internet access is stagnant The PASSAGE Project Making European Rail Travel Accessible for All A passenger with a disability or reduced mobility PRM is entitled to access trains and stations under the same conditions as other passengers unless the design of the train or station makes the access physically impossible Report prepared by Dirk Oelschlager and David Sindall and presented at TRANSED 2012 New Delhi India The European Commission is making accessibility an essential requirement for rail infrastructure when newly built upgraded or renewed Accessibility can be achieved by preventing or removing barriers and through other measures such as provision of assistance The rules apply to infrastructure e g obstacle free routes ticketing information desks toilets visual and spoken information platform width and height and boarding aids and to rail carriages e g doors toilets wheelchair spaces and information Accessibility Design Guide Universal Design Principles for Australia s Aid Program This guide is a rich resource of ideas which development practitioners can consider when applying universal design The aim is to support Australia s aid program so it minimizes barriers and becomes more accessible Published by the Australian Government AusAID as a companion volume to Development for All Towards a disability inclusive Australian aid program 2009 2014 This Accessibility Design Guide supports Australia s own commitment to people with disability and supports its international obligations It has been developed to support the many players involved in designing appraising implementing monitoring or otherwise managing Australian aid activities funded through the Australian Agency for International Development AusAID BBC Media Action Health on the Move Can Mobile Phones Save Lives This policy briefing draws on BBC Media Action s direct experience in using mobile phones to improve health education in one of the poorest states of India Published by BBC Media Action February 2013 This policy briefing focuses on how one of the greatest engines of innovation in the 21st century the mobile phone offers important opportunities for saving lives The explosive growth of mobile telephony over the past decade has generated exciting new thinking around its potential to improve the uptake of health services and healthy behaviours That potential is increasingly being transformed into practice with encouraging results Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities Accessibilité de la téléphonie et des services mobiles pour les personnes handicapées Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities is a joint report of the International Telecommunication Union ITU and G3ict Researched and Edited by the Center for Internet Society Published by ITU August 2012 Mobile communications have become in less than two decades omnipresent in all countries reaching out to the most isolated and underserved populations in developed and developing countries alike At the end of 2011 there were more than 5 9 billion mobile cellular telephone subscriptions By the same point in 2013 we expect such subscriptions to outnumber the global population This report contains references to the new legislative and regulatory framework set by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities an important resource for policy makers It also covers practical elements required for a successful implementation of those programs and policies Read the Press Release associated with this publication United Nations Resource Best Practices for Including Persons with Disabilities in all Aspects of Development Efforts The concept of mainstreaming disability in development is broadly defined as the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of development efforts The concept of inclusive development is enshrined in article 32 of the CRPD the first stand alone provision on international cooperation in a core human rights treaty Published by the United Nations November 2011 This document is divided into four main sections Following a brief introduction section II will focus on the initial criteria for the assessment of best practices Section III presents a number of recommendations suggesting also how the United Nations can facilitate the process of mainstreaming disability and persons with disabilities in development and highlighting the interlinkages between the mainstreaming of disability and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals MDGs and section IV contains 26 case studies from across the globe Active Ageing Index 2012 for 27 EU Member States The Active Ageing Index AAI is a newly developed tool that offers national and European policy makers a way to measure and promote the untapped potential of the older population In its design the index follows the conceptual framework of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations Published by the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research Vienna December 2012 The index measures the active ageing performance across four distinct domains that together capture the untapped potential of older people across EU Member States 1 Employment of older workers 2 Social activity and participation of older people 3 Independent and autonomous living of older persons and 4 Capacity and enabling environment for active ageing Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific The Incheon Strategy provides the Asian and Pacific region and the world with the first set of regionally agreed disability inclusive development goals It builds on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and will enable the Asian and Pacific region to track progress towards improving the quality of life and the fulfilment of the rights of the region s 650 million persons with disabilities Published by United Nations ESCAP 2012 Similar to the Millennium Development Goals the Incheon goals and targets are time bound for accelerating implementation by focusing particular attention on the achievement of a set of priority goals and targets during the course of the new Decade 2013 2022 as well as facilitating the measurement of progress to be attained by countries and territories in the Asia Pacific region Also see CRPD 2012 ICT Accessibility Progress Report 2nd Edition published by G3ict and Disabled Peoples International Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies Websites This explanatory memorandum presents in further detail the proposal for a new Directive aiming at the approximation of the laws regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States on the accessibility of websites from public sector bodies Published by the European Commission on December 3 2012 Web accessibility refers to principles and techniques to be obeserved when constructing websites in order to render the content of these websites accessible to all users in particular those with disabilities Web accessibility is of great importance for public sector bodies to extend their reach and to fulfil their public responsibilities Harmonization will lead to better market conditions more jobs cheaper web accessibility and more accessible websites a triple win for governments businesses and citizens Better Design and Buildings for Everyone Disabled People s Rights and the Built Environment The ability to move through the world independently and safely allows disabled people access to and the ability to participate in communities education health services recreation and make social connections Access to the built environment is therefore a fundamental human right Published by New Zealand s Human Rights Commission October 2012 This report covers buildings in particular and looks at 1 the Commission s experience in accessibility issues relating to the built environment 2 the relevant international standards and domestic legislation 3 overseas approaches to the issue 4 ideas to improve accessibility in the future Between Markets and Mandates Approaches to Promoting Broadband Access for Persons with Disabilities For a person with a disability the impact of broadband can be truly life altering It can empower social networking mentoring and connecting with the broader world It expands access to information resources and tools to meet complex needs in emergencies and disasters It may even provide an opportunity for employment All of which makes this report Between Markets and Mandates Approaches to Promoting Broadband Access for Persons with Disabilities by Krishna Jayakar of the Pennsylvania State University so timely and valuable Published by Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications This report examines access to broadband by individuals with disabilities in order to identify programs and policies that promote broadband adoption It begins by identifying significant barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from accessing broadband including availability in their locations of residence affordability and device and content accessibility Making Voting More Accessible for Veterans with Disabilities All citizens with or without disability should be assured they are able to vote privately securely and independently Compared to people without disabilities people with disabilities are more likely to report having a voter registration problem experiencing difficulty with voting equipment and needing help to vote Published by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation July 24 2012 In 2010 the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation ITIF in partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Operation BRAVO Foundation received a grant from the U S Election Assistance Commission EAC to determine the voting needs of recently injured military personnel and recommend practical and efficient ways to improve voting technologies and election administration practices to assist them in voting Shortly thereafter the Federal Voting Assistance Program FVAP in the Department of Defense initiated a series of studies to assess voter registration and absentee voting problems among recently injured active duty personnel GSDRC Economic Benefits of Disability Inclusive Development A disability inclusive approach to development seeks to include people with disability in the development process by recognizing their potential valuing and respecting their contributions and perspectives honoring their dignity and effectively responding to their needs Published by Governance and Social Development Resource Center September 2012 Author Oliver Walton The economic benefits of adopting a disability inclusive approach to development are widely acknowledged in the literature as being significant The literature also recognises however that these benefits are complex and difficult to quantify This report provides an overview of the literature on the economic benefits of adopting a disability inclusive approach to development It also provides examples of good practice in the area of disability inclusive development with a particular focus on examples that demonstrate the economic benefits of adopting this approach Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF Equity for Women with Disabilities in India National Commission for Women India This is a strategy paper prepared for the National Commission for Women India Disabled women in India face numerous challenges In the absence of well coordinated government policies aimed at integrating disabled people in mainstream activities disabled women live under extremely difficult conditions for not only are they women but most of them are in the rural areas The women with disabilities in India are discriminated against equality Discrimination deprives disabled women of vital life experiences and therefore by denying them the opportunity to participate fully in community affairs they are deprived of equality of opportunity 2012 Around the world women make up just over 51 of the population Women with disabilities are the most marginalized in Indian society They are deprived of political Social Economic and health opportunities The problems of women with disabilities become very complex with other factors such as social stigma and poverty CRPD 2012 ICT Accessibility Progress Report A G3ict DPI Report Assessing the Degree of Compliance of States Parties with the ICT Accessibility Provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities PDF Version 3 8 MB Second edition 2012 The CRPD 2012 ICT Accessibility Progress Report includes the latest data on 52 countries representing 77 4 percent of the World Population The report offers disability advocates governments civil society and international organizations monitoring the progress of the implementation of the Convention by States Parties a unique benchmarking tool that collects data on country laws policies and programs pertaining to accessible and assistive Information and Communication Technologies ICTs around the globe All results are available cross tabulated by region level of income per capita of Human Development Index to facilitate benchmarking by advocates and policy makers Order a Hard Copy of the Report Accessibility of Government Websites in India This report summarizes the key findings of a test conducted to measure the accessibility of 7800 websites of the Government of India and its affiliated agencies against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 2 0 which is the universally accepted standard for web accessibility It uses a combination of automated and manual testing to derive key findings Website inaccessibility is the largest and most common barrier to implementing effective e governance In a country like India where a very large percentage of the population is disabled elderly illiterate rural having limited bandwidth speaks only a vernacular language or uses alternative platforms like mobile phones having accessible websites becomes all the more important to ensure that government information and services which are available online are accessible and usable by these groups Accelerating Development Using the Web Empowering Poor and Marginalized Populations This book explores the fundamental factors that are shaping the use of the Web for social and economic development It describes the contributors that shape how the Internet grows and how the Web can be made available to and effective for those billions in need It addresses issues currently restricting access to the Web political technological economic cultural and linguistic and suggests what mechanisms can be brought to bear to accelerate its utilization for poor and under served populations This is a book about both ICTs and the World Wide Web While the Web is one application of many existing on top of the Internet it is the application that provides the principal window through which users increasingly access ICTs and which is evolving to permeate many aspects of daily life It therefore deserves significant attention for its potential in making further significant contributions to assisting poor and underserved individuals and communities throughout the world Also read Web Accessibility Policy Making An International Perspective 3rd Edition 2012 Download report National Council on Disability Progress Report 2011 This annual progress report by the National Council on Disability NCD describes the current state of people with disabilities in America Findings are based on information gathered through a variety of events with NCD stakeholders the most recent figures from an extensive set of national data indicators measuring the quality of life of people with disabilities in the United States and recent studies and reports from NCD National Council on Disability October 2011 This report contains many recommendations for improving the quality of life of people with disabilities Given that the comprehensive reform of our nation s approach to disability policy will be a long term process immediate priority should be given to the recommendations that will lead to better education outcomes and increased employment and independent living opportunities for people with disabilities Also see The Accessibility Imperative Challenges and Opportunities of Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Download report for free PEW Report Americans Living with Disability and their Technology Profile Using the internet can be a challenge for people living with disabilities Two percent of American adults say they have a disability or illness that makes it harder or impossible for them to use the internet The Pew Internet Project provides the following data as context for the continuing conversation about who does and does not use the internet in the U S including a proposal to extend the enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act to include websites operated by certain entities Pew Research Center s Internet American Life Project January 2011 Statistically speaking disability is associated with being older less educated and living in a lower income household By contrast internet use is statistically associated with being younger college educated and living in a higher income household Thus it is not surprising that people living with disability report lower rates of internet access than other adults However when all of these demographic factors are controlled living with a disability in and of itself is negatively correlated with someone s likelihood to have internet access Broadband Adoption and Use in America Broadband Adoption and Use in America OBI Working Paper Series No 1 The Federal Communications Commission s October November 2009 survey finds that nearly two thirds 65 of American adults use high speed Internet connections to go online from home The FCC conducted a survey of 5 005 Americans in October and November 2009 in an effort to understand the state of broadband adoption and use as well as barriers facing those who do not have broadband at home Some 42 of Americans with disabilities have broadband at home Broadband users overwhelmingly view the social aspects of the Internet as very important to them while watching TV videos or movies online and playing games were deemed less important Related event G3ict Global Inquiry Kick off Workshop Broadband Adoption by Persons with Disabilities Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF Disability Expectations Investing in a Better Life a Stronger Australia The National Disability Insurance Scheme NDIS was put forward by the Productivity Commission in its report Disability Care and Support which was submitted to government on 31 July 2011 and publicly released by the Prime Minister on 10 August 2011 The NDIS proposes a way forward for Australia PwC brought together an expert team with extensive experience in the disability support system The aim of the group has been to answer the question What is required to deliver the NDIS This paper provides a brief history of disability in Australia and as part of its focus draws on international experience and comparisons Published by PwC November 2011 Inclusion Made Easy A Quick Program Guide to Disability in Development It aims to give practical guidance on how to ensure people with a disability are included in international development programs Statistical information inclusion strategies and key questions are included within a human rights framework throughout this guide Inclusion Made Easy is designed for program staff in international development organisations It is a brief practical guide on how to ensure programs are disability inclusive It offers basic inclusion principles practical tips and case study examples Part A focuses on disability inclusive development principles and Part B on disability inclusion across a range of development sectors Accessibility A Guide for Businesses and Organizations by Microsoft Accessible technology addresses the personal needs of all computer users including those with physical disabilities learning and language impairments and age related limitations making it easier for organizations to empower employees serve customers and engage with partners Published by Microsoft in 2011 This guide from Microsoft provides information about accessibility and accessible technology to help organizations worldwide ensure that all the people they serve or engage have equal access to information and services For organizations new to accessibility and working with people with disabilities accessibility can sometimes seem overwhelming To help your organization meet the needs of people with all types of abilities this guide provides specific information about many types of impairments and some of the accessible technology solutions that help address them A Comparative Test of Web Accessibility Evaluation Methods After a quick review and description of methods the paper 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