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    in Europe from PCs to mobile phones to banking services and e commerce etc The goal is to help people with disabilities to participate fully in society and strengthen the European internal market Next steps are an 8 week public consultation period followed by the European Parliament and Council of the European Union acting on it Mexican Web Accessibility Act On December 3 the Mexican government announced new web accessibility requirements They apply to all federal government websites and state enterprises e g the electrical commission PEMEX etc They cover both web applications and websites and reference the W3C s WCAG 2 0 standard at the AA level UN Sustainable Development Goals SDGs The UN s new development roadmap through to 2030 was adopted in September Unlike its predecessor the Millennium Development Goals the SDG s 17 goals and associated 169 targets reference disability in an explicit way including in relation to education employment and social economic and political inclusion A focus on disability is critical because 80 of the world s more than 1 billion persons with disabilities live in developing countries Accessible India In December the government launched a broad 5 year campaign to provide more access to persons with disabilities The Accessible India initiative includes a focus on making ICT more accessible In the final weeks of 2015 the national government announced it would earmark a portion of the budget of all ministries for making their public offices and websites accessible and called on state governments do the same There have been calls for the country s significant Smart Cities program to include more of a focus on accessibility as well The Marrakech Treaty In 2015 this treaty took several steps toward becoming a reality The treaty provides greater access to published works for persons with disabilities

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    be accomplished Consistency standardization and enforcement continue to require attention Even though accessibility sits well positioned to enter the mainstream a few final steps need to be taken A driver is needed a common tool of practice in order to jumpstart the discipline into its next golden age and drive further innovation We need to look at accessibility from a business perspective Accessible Media Inc AMI was recently the exclusive media partner for the HACK ccessibility event hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto I also had the opportunity to sit as a judge at the event evaluating business pitches made by teams of primarily students from local universities Like a scene out of Shark Tank teams had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas for ten minutes to the judges in an effort to mainstream accessibility Nine pitches in total took this new perspective on the local regulations of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AODA Pitches ranged from ideas for new apps accessibility obstacle notifications wayfinding tools and post secondary accessibility accommodation strategies The winner was a group named ABIL a billion persons with disabilities worldwide They will be launching a disability speaker portal at the secondary school level that will represent persons with disabilities who are accomplished speakers who will be engaged to speak at schools on topics other than their own disabilities A positive portrayal showing that persons of all abilities can accomplish anything that they put their mind too Could it be that something so simple could be an example of how to monetize the practice to the benefit of rapid innovation It s in the differentiation Business comes to the realization that to be accessible to adopt universal design and to be cognizant of the needs of their entire audience is to the benefit

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    To highlight the business case for the expansion of IoT I referred to Cees Links CEO of GreenPeak Technologies who is quoted in the publication as saying that IoT will be a major source of wealth creation in the two decades to come Challenges to be addressed before IoT becomes part of our daily life were also emphasized at the launch In addition to the obvious technical legal and rights issues there is a need to fully overcome the stereotypes of treating a disabled person as a mere recipient of care rather than as an active and full member of society However rather unexpectedly some participants in the round table wished to add extra concerns to the list Today the Internet of Things serves human needs but what if some day we realize that the opposite is true and human beings will be serving it said the head of the International Telecommunication Union ITU Area Office for the CIS countries Orozobek Kaiykov He admitted that as a specialist he saw significant potential in IoT however as a consumer he often wondered how increasingly technology addicted people become as devices around them get smarter Frankly the prospect of machines sidelining humans was not seen as an issue by most of participants Thus Denis Rosa the director of advocacy group Perspectiva argued that so far people have had nothing to blame smart devices for On the contrary the latter have greatly facilitated the lives of citizens with disabilities But even the most advanced tablet is not a substitute for normal human communication and interaction she argued This is why it is so important that accessible communications technologies be refined for they will help people with disabilities not only be heard understood but also interact with others and better integrate into society Conversely

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    for Accessibility The associate certification is the core foundation credential and is conceptual in nature rather than technical This credential is appropriate for anyone in a wide variety of accessibility fields including those who deal with accessibility on the web in software design in transportation systems in architecture web accessibility software design transportation systems architectural spaces consumer product design industrial design automotive design and other fields In other words the intent of this first credential is to create a common base of knowledge across accessibility domains to ensure that accessibility professionals can speak with a common vocabulary and be aware of the important over arching concepts of accessibility across domains In fact we want to encourage cross domain thinking and cross domain problem solving For those who oversee accessibility projects or initiatives program managers product managers project managers business analysts executives salespeople customer service representatives etc this first credential will likely be the only accessibility credential they need Overall this exam will cover the three following broad topics Disabilities Challenges and Assistive Technologies Accessibility and Universal Design Declarations Standards Laws and Management Strategies Clients may not be completely satisfied with utilizing only the three broad topics of examination as sufficiently being representative of the field of accessibility The IAAP has worked with industry and accessibility pioneers to build this base While the context of the knowledge required for certification may vary based upon experience it s necessary that a base be established in order to move forward If we are to flourish we must standardize our practices in order to achieve viability What s the outcome we are looking for The practice of accessibility has evolved so that standardization of the knowledge base is required The number of professionals within the practice is small and for those of us who

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    disabilities and effective means of meeting those needs Panels included Communication Technologies for Independent Living Emergency Preparedness Living in the Community Safely Ensuring and Funding Access to Equipment Training and Broadband Being on the closing panel for the day my role was in part to summarize the conversations that had taken place prior One point became obvious through the course of the discussion the broad group that was defined within the umbrella term cognitive disabilities have likely had specific accessibility accommodations needs that have historically gone underserved While this includes everything from support services to broad social inclusion it also includes access to common services and as well as access to media leisure entertainment and information As such that was the focus of my discussion that day Everyone regardless of their abilities has the right to access any form of media in the context that they chose This begins with consistent tools knowledge training and regulations Outside the American context I have been privy to and led similar discussions here in Canada and there s much we can learn as neighbors Previously I have discussed how I lead a Video Description Working Group for the FCC that operates with a common mandate to its Canadian Described Video Working Group counterpart that I also lead At the Telecommunications Summit one of the themes pertaining to regulations focused on the importance of a common initiative focused on achieving common goals In the United States the ADA has been in existence for 25 years In Canada we have no similar piece of legislation however our provincial jurisdictions have for the most part begun to develop legislation on this theme In our role at Accessible Media Inc AMI we are a national broadcaster serving primarily the media needs of those who are blind and

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    being displayed on television For example watching a gold medal hockey game or watching something more sombre such as a state funeral Technologies evolve and things have come a long way in the last two years To now focus solely on the emotional accessibility of your media through the use of description is limiting as the definition of media and its prolific availability is ever expanding For example consider the Internet of Things or as I prefer the Internet of Everything We connect every thing we use from the clothing we wear to the cars we drive to the food storage sections into the virtual network that envelops us On the other hand media now includes things such as your current GPS position to the temperature outside accessing multimedia content and networking with people There was a recent advertising campaign for a new app developed by Listerine that allows a person to utilize a smartphone app to feel a smile It s an example of the interpretation of emotion using technology as a medium what I consider visual emotional learning leading to inclusion How would we accomplish this within a standard broadcasting environment Historically description and captioning have been the only means by which accessibility accommodation was possible on TV programs Let s refer though to a recent major product announcement that declared that the future of TV is apps If TV viewing is navigated through apps and coordinated through a virtual assistant are we now also discovering a means by which we can dramatically increase the emotional accessibility of standard broadcast media The first step for such an evolution would start with voiceover compliance It also begs the question as to whether any virtual assistant will become our first form of artificial intelligence That may become a means again

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    community is doing around the world Perhaps in doing this we can all leverage our knowledgebase to make the equalization of opportunities a reality in our neighborhood So back to this blog what do I mean by ICT No it is not Indochina time even though some of you may have thought you d seen me on an airplane or overseas somewhere in Ireland Dubai Norway Argentina or next door in Canada What s going on The Convention is bringing a lot of activity to address accessible ICT By ICT I mean information and communications technology in the broadest sense Because accessible ICT impacts everything in our daily life there may be occasions where this expert zone may overlap with the other expert zones This means that we will be looking at ICT from many perspectives during this time of technology innovations and unprecedented advances But remember as I said in one of my earlier papers on the growing digital divide in access Technology Changes But Civil Rights Do Not Recently I completed two projects for UN Agencies UNESCO and ITU The UNESCO project was done in collaboration with Betty Dion of GAATES the Global Alliance for Accessible Technologies and the Environment More about GAATES another time We drafted a helpful UNESCO resource entitled Accessibility Guidelines for Community Multimedia Centers Expected publication is early next year and it addresses access to the built environment as well as accessible ICT for multimedia and telecenters around the world I ll let you know when it becomes available The second project was to develop a background paper for ITU the International Telecommunications Union on major issues for development and implementation of successful policies and strategies for ICT I wrote the paper for an upcoming seminar in Geneva on best practices and services for

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    Media Inc AMI in Canada we have the benefit of conducting our work based upon a mandate set forward in the Canadian Broadcasting Act in 2009 that states that programming accessible by disabled persons should be provided within the Canadian broadcasting system as resources become available for the purpose We utilize that direction to provide services through AMI tv and AMI audio and coming in 2015 AMI tv French a fully French fully described and captioned mainstream television station Through this work we have had the opportunity to engage with established and burgeoning practices related to media accessibility around the world In the spirit of reflection on the work that has been achieved and how the experience of one industry and the support it receives may be of benefit to the development of another we plan to discuss these new practices for media accessibility in an upcoming series of blogs published by G3ict If a Golden Age of Access has indeed begun the collective experience of the industry will play a role in the professional development of those just beginning in the field This will be accomplished not only through professional associations and certifications but also through support for grassroots initiatives on media including social media This would be a continuation of what has occurred in recent years as we turn the corner from our prehistoric times and step towards our first Golden Age Related Resources Blog Centralization of Digital Accessibility Knowledge Read Robert Pearson s Article Publication CRPD 2013 ICT Accessibility Progress Report View Report Event ATIA 2014 Orlando January 29 February 1 Orlando Florida USA Event Details back Related Items GameON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION PARTICIPATES AS GOLD SPONSOR OF THE M ENABLING SUMMIT 2013 CEA Publishes Accessibility Resource Center Nominations Open for U S FCC Chairman s Award for Advancement in Accessibility AAA UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon s Address Accessibility Summit 2014 Web and Mobile Accessibility Online Event Comments Previous 1 Next Total records 3 stephen dolle I cannot agree with the author Robert Pearson as to this being a Golden Age on accessibility It s more about whatever group is most politically successful And in the case of those of us with brain cognitive disabilities my 1992 brain injury w 12x CNS shunt revisions there s been few accommodations esp in the adult world As life business becomes more competitive I anticipate those with cognitive disabilities will fill up the bottom rung Already I estimate there are more persons with cognitive disabilities than all other disabilities combined You don t hear about data on this sector because many are aging seniors and those who grew up with learning disabilities or suffered a tumor or brain injury and they fell out of the system In hydrocephalus CNS shunts there are thought to be over 1M people in the U S The irony in tech accessibility is that at its core technology is the ultimate assistive technology but industry s mantra has been for the user to

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