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  • G3ict.org - News
    should be as inclusive as possible of English language learners and students with disabilities However they disagreed with all of the board s proposals for how to do that One of the most contentious issues discussed at the hearing was the board s proposal that students with disabilities be permitted to receive only accommodations approved by NAGB and not all of those that may appear in their individual education programs

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/newsletterId_148/id_187 (2016-02-11)
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  • G3ict.org - Event overview
    Europe and the CIS Region Geneva Switzerland March 1 2013 13 15 14 45 Venue Palais des Nations The speakers are Ms Yoka Brandt UNICEF Deputy Executive Director H E Mr Zarko Obradovic Minister of Education Science and Technological Development of Serbia H E Mr Pance Kralev Minister of Education and Science of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia H E Ms Vesna Vucurovic Deputy Minister of Education and Sports

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/events/schedule/event_overview/p/eventId_423/id_964 (2016-02-11)
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    for seniors and the visually impaired announces it is teaming up with Odin Mobile to offer the nation s first mobile service specifically engineered for the visually impaired The service starts in July operating on the T Mobile network Customers will find plans and phones for every budget and unique customer services including receiving user guides via email in Word and HTML formats and expert support for each phone A huge underserved segment of the American population will soon know the ease safety and joy of wireless communications It s a natural fit for Emporia founded after the owner designed a communication device for his 90 year old mother Our passion is making mobile communications simple and affordable for everyone says Greg Foley President and CEO of Emporia USA We re proud to collaborate with groups representing the visually impaired and Odin Mobile to put our devices to work for millions of American s once locked out of the mobile world The American Foundation for the Blind says it is very pleased to see Emporia and Odin Mobile step forward to offer affordable mobile phone service and accessible devices for this market This is especially important in meeting a need for individuals with vision loss who are also often living on fixed income but who could benefit so dramatically from accessible and affordable mobile phones says Paul Schroeder American Foundation for the Blind s VP for Programs and Policy Odin will have exclusive rights in the US to offer the Emporia Essence VF 4 and the Emporia Click We are excited to sell the emporia Essence and Emporia Click which emphasize simplicity ease of use and are just fantastic devices for the visually impaired says Robert Felgar Odin General Manager Emporia USA s President and CEO Greg Foley demonstrated the

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/press/press_releases/press_release/p/id_68 (2016-02-11)
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  • G3ict.org - Event overview
    Committee EAAC will hold their next meeting on Friday December 14 2012 The EAAC is a Federal Communications Commission FCC advisory committee that was created under the Twenty First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 CVAA The primary responsibility of the EAAC is to evaluate and recommend the most effective and efficient technologies and methods that allow individuals with disabilities access to Next Generation 911 NG 9 1

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/events/schedule/event_overview/p/eventId_386/id_884 (2016-02-11)
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  • G3ict.org - News
    of my book Web Accessibility Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance and asked me to autograph it It was an honour to do so at a time when both the English and Japanese translations of the book have been so popular It certainly helps that my colleagues and co authors are the best in the field Published by Apress 2006 ISBN 1 59059 638 2 Published in Japanese 2007 ISBN 978 4 8399 2220 7 The Forum was opened by Ranongruk Suwanchawee Minister of MICT who told the delegates that the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a significant step for all of humanity since its main purpose is to protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities and to promote respect for their inherent dignity Many resources were shared during the three day Forum including the Joint ITU and G3ict online Toolkit for Policy Makers on e Accessibility Service Needs for Persons with Disabilities As one of the Editors and Authors of this Toolkit I am encouraged that national regulators policy makers and legislators have a helpful tool to support the digital accessibility agenda of the UN Convention During the Forum CART was provided in English and a number of participants told me that the captioning made it easier to follow the speakers since English was not their native tongue Captioning was displayed on the Forum screen as well as on a website that laptop users could follow Here is a picture of the captioning underway as viewed on my laptop During the Forum we learned that the Government of Thailand had ratified the UN Convention and is working to establish learning centers nationwide that include assistive technologies such as Braille printers and digital talking

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_183 (2016-02-11)
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  • G3ict.org - News
    sg report html Perhaps the most visible acknowledgement of accessibility during the Forum was the ground breaking provision of real time captioning for the first time It was during the preparatory meetings in Geneva Switzerland that ITU first began to offer real time captioning services so that I could participate due to my hearing loss Yet it was during these Geneva preparatory meetings that we saw the many benefits of real time captioning We learned first hand that captioning was also assisting delegations whose mother tongue was not English We also found it helpful to have the captioning transcript available for reference after our deliberations It became clear that you did not have to have a hearing loss to benefit from this accessibility feature for meetings Here is a picture of my laptop showing the captioning being streamed onto a website The picture also shows that captioning was being displayed on the conference venue screen for all participants By the way having the captioning on my screen allowed me to stop the scrolling and to go back and review previous statements by delegates on the fly I could then quickly return to the current speaker and catch up to what was being said by the current speaker The vendor that provided this wonderful service was CaptionFirst and I highly recommend them Check them out at www captionfirst com Picture of meeting with Real Time Captioning system I found Lisbon and its people to be a beautiful and very friendly City Seeing their 25 de Abril Bridge and the Christo Rei made me wonder if I was both in San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro at the same time Right after the WTPF I hopped over to the British Isle At the request of the British Group Inter Parliamentary Union IPU I accepted an invitation to speak at a regional seminar to inform parliamentarians from various countries about the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities and how they can encourage their Governments to ratify and implement this important human rights treaty The agenda topics during the two day seminar were introduced by Members of Parliament experts and representatives of international and regional human rights bodies The emphasis of the meeting was on discussion and thematic debate with a view to allowing ample time for a free exchange of views It was certainly an honor to participate and to learn from the parliamentarians My topic fell under Session I What does the Convention Cover with a focus on the Accessibility provisions of the Convention Having served as the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee expert on accessibility for the built environment and ICT Information and Communications Technology during the drafting of the treaty I presented my analysis of the provisions I also discussed the accessible design of mainstream technology and pointed to the Kindle 2 controversy that was brewing in the U S Advancements in mainstream technologies along with the growing convergence of audio text and video functionalities enable the accessible design

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_165 (2016-02-11)
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  • G3ict.org - News
    equal access to the Information Society We are convinced that the entire community can benefit from an accessible ICT world as people can be permanently or temporarily disabled due to personal environmental e g a phone call in a noisy environment or cultural e g spoken language diversity conditions Moreover we will all grow old and lose abilities that we take for granted now thus enlarging the part of the population that would benefit from accessible communication We cannot allow isolation of a part of the population due to lack of appropriate functionality that prevents the use of ICT resources by everybody to the fullest possible degree For the first IGF meeting of the DCAD in Hyderabad I agreed to moderate the meeting at the request Andrea Saks DCAD Coordinator who was unable to travel due to illness The purpose of the meeting was to approve a Declaration which became the first output of the IGF The Declaration is addressed to IGF as a whole and to all stakeholders stating the core views and policies from the field of accessibility and disability rights and calls for Internet accessibility and full participation by persons with disabilities in all IGF deliberations The DCAD Agenda included the approval of the DCAD Action Plan the Hyderabad Declaration on IGF Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities a discussion on questions raised during the ITU IGF workshop and a request for feedback from IGF participants on accessibility measures taken at this third IGF meeting The Action Plan and Declaration were approved and a report was submitted to the IGF Secretariat For further details including the language of the Declaration please visit http www itu int themes accessibility dc meetings 001 html Background of DCAD Last year prior to the second IGF meeting in Rio de Janeiro I

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_157 (2016-02-11)
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  • G3ict.org - News
    translation was received with great interest Although we had a number of power outages during the event which disconnected us from our satellite Internet connection we were able to resume captioning as needed Many thanks to the remote captioning writers who were on the ball and definitely in a different time zone than we were In addition to providing CART ITU also provided sign language interpreters for a number of attendees having a sign based language As for accessible materials one attendee specifically asked for a Braille version of the conference materials when he arrived After further consultation with DAISY representatives and the attendee it was agreed that a DAISY talking book DAISY stands for Digital Accessible Information System would be made available on a MP3 player so that the attendee could listen to the workshop presentations and papers This was another benefit for captioning the event since the words of the presenters were captured for archival and DAISY purposes The outcome of the workshop was the Lusaka Declaration on Supporting Access to Information and Communication Technologies and Services for Persons with Disabilities This declaration will be posted on the workshop website as soon as it is possible The Lusaka Declaration is significant for a number of reasons First it is the second declaration issued at an ITU regional meeting since the World Summit on the Information Society and the World Telecommunication Development Conference Global Initiative 56 on Access to telecommunication services for Persons with Disabilities The first one issued in Cairo in November 2007 is online at http www ituarabic org 2007 Disabilities Second there is now a shift in perspective of the workshop attendees that even with the lack of an ITC infrastructure the African region countries see the benefits of incorporating Universal Design in the planning for

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_152 (2016-02-11)
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