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    web accessibility standard set in existence has at its core the four principles represented within the W3C 2 0 AA standard set The latter is a result of the W3C 1 0 standard set published as part of the official recommendation for the adoption of web accessibility in December 2008 We can see that these recommendations are a reflection of the technology and state of the Web at that time In the years since they have become the de facto standard upon which all web accessibility practices are based However that s not to say that these standards aren t reflective of the needs today In fact they have proven to be highly effective strategies for ensuring universal inclusion for the Web and now by extension the Internet of Things When it comes to accessibility of media multimedia television digital platforms social media our usage and consumption is constantly evolving beginning with television and broadcast media at the turn of the century Captioning description transcription signing all these are well established common techniques created to address and meet the needs of a range of disabilities With the evolution of technology we can now develop a range of accommodations that cater to users of all abilities The consumption of broadcast content is seeing a transition from television sets to devices such as tablets mobile phones and netbooks Take an example of Apple s iPhone 6 quite popular with persons with disabilities for their built in features that make it easier to access menus and apps The latest release which comes with the addition of 3D touch represents a new understanding of the possibilities of mobile technology and is highly relevant for persons who have a mobility impairment or cognitive disability As before the common concerns addressed by accessibility accommodations have always

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_554 (2016-02-11)
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    to track the quality of your sleep I recently had a chance to explore for myself the benefits of using this wearable technology as I received it as a gift Typically a wearable technology device today is able to do so much more than just calculate the number of steps you have taken or climbed Devices measure your heartbeat blood pressure your activity levels sleep quality calories burnt and so on It s worn on the individual s wrist or tagged to the sleeve of the shirt But what if you are not comfortable being tethered to a device on your body I have a physical disability with my left arm where I would normally wear a watch so my preference for activity trackers is the pocket model It came with the added benefit of an accompanying sleep tracker which started to unravel an amusing story of my sleeping habits as a parent to a three month old son As I started to learn more about my daily activities understand exactly how much I walk and playing with my kids it became clear that persons with disabilities wouldn t be able to leverage such devices as some of us would How would they reach the 10 000 steps to a healthy lifestyle goal especially if one were mobility impaired I am curious as to whether accessibility of wearables is considered in the research design and development stages I can stand in place and conduct some interesting tests simply by holding the device in my hand and swinging it back and forth Individuals in a wheelchair may have little use for this type of technology but so would those walking with everything from a limp to running blades The stats generated by these devices may not accurately track the activity of

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_553 (2016-02-11)
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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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    connect and log on to the Wi Fi network being broadcast from with this machine 2 Open your Twitter application 3 Tweet out a specific message containing a series of specific hash tags and references 4 Machine will then dispense what you ve won A variety of fairly inaccessible bells and whistles followed The process worked exactly as described and I departed with the trinket that I d just received from the machine after sending a pre written Tweet through its internal network When we speak of the Internet of Things IoT the possibilities are limitless yet accessibility remains a concern As mentioned in the recent G3ict White Paper Internet of Things New Promises for Persons with Disabilities Perhaps the most significant barrier to take full advantage of the Internet of Things is ensuring that all of the players in the ecosystem consider accessibility when developing new products and services There are a wide variety of companies and organizations that touch the Internet of Things in some way including device manufacturers handset manufacturers networks and application developers In order to create an IoT ecosystem that works for everyone accessibility must be a consideration at each stage of the development process At a minimum all parties involved in the development of IoT devices and applications should commit to upholding the principles of universal design We need to ensure that an understanding of the diverse needs for accessibility in this context is relevant and current It becomes possible through education and the provision of tools to understand the principles and ensure that the limitless possibilities of IoT applications are created in a manner in which inclusion is standard It is also likely that any relevant course of education will continue to evolve as the diversity of IoT applications continues to evolve For

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    now and the study of accessibility both in a digital sense and otherwise has yet to establish itself firmly within university curriculum While we can say accessibility can no longer be seen as an afterthought and that it has become a part of standard business process we must first work to ensure that businesses are actually aware of how to do that That effort must begin by educating students future techies accessibility professionals coders businesspersons and entrepreneurs of tomorrow right from the post secondary level I particularly find resonance with the Teaching Accessibility introductory note that says All technology companies that have worked on accessibility have faced a similar challenge of preparing designers engineers and researchers to think and build inclusively Similarly academic programs in design engineering and HCI are seeking ways to better prepare students to address the needs of diverse populations Given this shared challenge industry academia and advocacy have now come together to create models for teaching and training students of technology to create accessible experiences Efforts such as this will work to establish accessibility as part of the mainstream in a post secondary environment However such a process will take time and be limited to an understanding of accessibility only within a digital sense Information and Communications Technologies the Internet of Things media and so many other aspects of the practice will also require an established educational base Decades old digital accessibility standards within the context of the W3C can be built upon but as newer technologies continue to arise we will need new international standards and processes to establish an inclusive education system At Accessible Media Inc AMI our primary focus is the proliferation of accessible media and one of the means by which we accomplish that is through the standardization policies and practices with

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    everyone may be able to understand about accessible accommodations for persons with disabilities by simply watching a television program relevant to the topic To truly drive the conversation hands on interaction is required It s this understanding that has inspired us to roll out a new initiative across Canada comprising informal but also structured discussions related to all aspects of accessibility disability and inclusion These are based on the concept and follow the structure of the Accessibility Camp These are events organized at the grassroots take place in numerous cities across North America Europe and worldwide around the year the culmination of which is marked each year with Global Accessibility Awareness Day By applying this concept in urban centers where AMI has a presence and other areas where we can collaborate with organizers or participate we are able to lead not only an understanding of the need for accessibility in media and other spheres but we can also provide a physical location for the discussions That in itself is the most important aspect Often individuals may have an interest in this field or they may be required to be knowledgeable about it However resources may be lacking along with a forum for the discussion to take place By putting the call out to those who may be interested in starting a conversation about the topic we can begin to bring together a community of like minded individuals For those familiar with the Accessibility Camp concept it operates on the idea that as these types of groups continue to grow and flourish they will eventually spawn conferences locally and their basic intent of providing a forum for the discussion of inclusion becomes all that more salient For those located in either Vancouver or Halifax I invite you to join us for

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_547 (2016-02-11)
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    legislation itself was conducted to determine the forthcoming direction and proposed recommendations for how the legislation should continue to evolve over the coming 10 years It was and still is planned to be fully enacted by 2025 While the details of what requires further attention within the legislation are relevant for discussion one important theme that arose amongst them during the keynote was the fact the we must celebrate the little things and recognize efforts that eventually lead us beyond compliance We may set significant goals for ourselves as we work towards compliance but the road is long and filled with obstacles to overcome Knowing that each step along the way that moves us closer to our ultimate goal of universal inclusion is a step in the right direction Each of those steps should be celebrated It could be as everyday as Putting in a ramp to the door of your store front Working to make your website more accessible Captioning the videos on your YouTube channel Training for your staff as to how to meet the needs of persons with disabilities but also recognizing how those persons themselves may be the most suitable candidates for enforcing rules within your organization While each of these may not achieve full compliance everything counts In my role here at Accessible Media Inc I have oversight into everything that we do from an accessibility perspective both internally and externally This includes significant tasks such as auditing the accessibility compliance of all the ICTs that we use throughout the organization 75 If anything is found lacking then additional protocols are required including reaching out to the creators of the technology to discuss accessibility with them and the need for it in greater detail Through those discussions and also throughout the course of my work

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_546 (2016-02-11)
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    mandatory if persons who are blind or living with vision disabilities are to experience social and cultural inclusion on par with sighted people More Comments 0 The Disability Advantage Living with a disability can turn out to be an advantage if you develop a mindset that focuses on your abilities rather on the impossibilities writes Robert Pearson More Comments 0 Persons with Disabilities Can Help Change Historical Perceptions of What Constitutes as Normal The onus of changing historical perceptions and societal attitudes towards what it means to have a disability lies with users of all abilities All of us are change makers writes Robert Pearson More Comments 0 Stop Ableism Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities In order for persons with disabilities to have equal access to participate in society it s high time we re engineer our attitudes about what constitutes abilities writes Robert Pearson More Comments 0 Strong Show of Accessibility Hands AMI s Fourth Year at the CSUN Conference Robert Pearson gives us a round up of Accessible Media Inc s fourth annual presentation at the 2015 CSUN Conference in San Diego California this March More Comments 0 The Disability Economy The Contributions of Persons with

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