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    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 Employers Guide to Assistive Technology Assistive Technology is a tool not just for new employees with disabilities but for all employees who wish to maximize their potential at work This guide is prepared by Mada Qatar Assistive Technology Center and Enable Ireland Assistive Technology Service Qatar Edition November 2011 Assistive Technology encompasses everything from alternative ways of using computers to communication aids that use synthetic speech power chairs operated by switch controlled interfaces and environmental control systems offering total remote control of lights doors and windows If disabled people are to find purposeful and meaningful employment the need for Assistive Technology that facilitates entry into the workplace is huge Your organization can hire a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities 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 Paratransit for Mobility Impaired Persons in Developing Regions Starting Up and Scaling Up It is about addressing the need of persons with disabilities and others for paratransit service when accessible fixed route bus or rail service is not available or if available cannot be used by persons who need more specialized transportation Published by Access Exchange International San Francisco September 2012 This guide is written for city officials transit operators entrepreneurs non governmental organizations NGOs social service agencies and others who may wish to start up or expand door to door paratransit services to help mobility impaired persons to get to where they need to go this guide provides information and guidance for cities and towns and villages in less wealthy regions faced with many barriers to such transportation These barriers are so great that many cities to say nothing of the countryside beyond these cities have not begun to address the task of providing paratransit for those who most need it 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 Benefits and Costs of e Accessibility Business Case White Paper This white paper seeks to document the discussions that took place at the 5th European e Accessibility Forum March 2011 organized by BrailleNet in Paris It can be considered to be a first step toward defining new analytical approaches to improve our understanding of how to best promote sustainable e accessibility models Published by G3ict March 2012 The key conclusions of this white paper are the following E accessibility costs are highly dependent on the structure of the market and of supporting e accessibility business ecosystems Cost benefit analysis can be applied to e accessibility to demonstrate its socioeconomic benefits as well as to document the costs incurred by the lack of e accessibility Litigation influences the e accessibility economy and can have a bearing on the costs involved Standards can help incorporate e accessibility widely in business and industrial practices so that products are accessible to everyone Standards create a level playing field so that accessible products and services can compete effectively Order your copy of this report today Simple Things Done Well Making Practical Progress on Digital Engagement and Inclusion Integrating the most vulnerable and excluded into digital public services is crucial for a dynamic efficient and inclusive digital by default government The government should also recognize support and strengthen the already available resources for helping vulnerable groups and can achieve this through the use of technology Published by Policy Exchange 2012 The internet provides great potential for public service delivery including for greater personalisation speedier service and substantial cost savings The transformation of public services must happen because the internet has become a pervasive feature of modern society With 76 percent of people online at home and 44 percent of people accessing the internet on their smartphones citizen expectations are rising and they expect more innovative use of technology in public service delivery 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 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 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 Inclusive Play Design Guide This Inclusive Play Design Guide has been developed by a group of playground and child development experts as an inspirational resource to guide the creation of great outdoor play environments for everyone Published by Playworld Systems May 2012 This design guide is essential for the future of playground design when considering the high number of people affected by disability in the United States According to the United States Census 12 of the population has a severe disability that affects at least one function of daily living But this group of people does not live in a vacuum they have parents siblings and grandparents who are involved in their daily lives So in actuality more than 36 of the population is touched by severe disability 1 in 3 people Disability challenges how affected individuals and their families go to school go to work and even spend the day at a park Also read Doing Transport Differently How to Access Public Transport for Persons with Disabilities Download here The Digital Dimension of Healthcare Policymakers are faced with three core challenges in healthcare growth in costs outpacing growth in GDP uneven quality in outcomes and patient experience and inadequate access to care in many regions Traditional solutions have been insufficient to address these challenges What is needed is a fundamental re invention A key component of that solution is innovation from digital and social media Report of the Digital Innovation in Healthcare Working Group 2012 Thanks to digital and social media connectivity has soared bringing unprecedented numbers of people into contact and delivering better health outcomes at lower cost It is also empowering people to participate more actively in their own health providing novel tools to manage chronic conditions and easing the burden on overstretched healthcare systems And by hugely expanding access to data the Internet has given rise to continuous learning systems and created feedback loops between medical advances and clinical practice These changes are opening up opportunities for new entrants smartphone health apps now number in the tens of thousands for instance while presenting both threats and opportunities for incumbents 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 Universal Access in Information and Communication Technologies This is a paper presented by Axel Leblos G3ict Executive Director at the World Bank Inaugural Disability and Development Core Course 2012 organized from May 7 11 2012 in Washington D C The World Bank s Disability and Development Core Course provided participants with an in depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the implementation of inclusive economic and social policies that are relevant for persons with disabilities in developing countries The course objectives were to Increase knowledge on disability its social and economic relevance and development policies and programs responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities and Increase understanding of the main issues involved in the process of including disability into development overall and at the level of sectoral policies and programs 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 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 The Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in School Accountability Systems Formerly excluded from measures of educational performance students with disabilities SWDs are now explicitly recognized in federal and state accountability systems At the national level the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act IDEA laid the foundation for accountability of SWDs by requiring states to include these students in state and district assessments and to report their participation and performance Published by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance Institute of Education Sciences U S Department of Education May 2012 The Institute of Education Sciences IES of the U S Department of Education ED has a congressional mandate to conduct a national assessment of how well the IDEA is achieving its purposes As part of the national assessment of IDEA this study is intended to provide policy relevant information about the education of SWDs by examining their inclusion in school accountability systems the use of school practices that may relate to their educational outcomes and SWD s achievement in relation to school accountability status BRAID Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development This document reports on the operational results of the BRAID project and includes details of the BRAID taxonomy stakeholder co ordination mechanism and engagement the vision and the roadmap and its implementation The results are synthesised into key recommendations to guide future European Commission research on ICT for active ageing Bridging Research in Ageing and Information and Communication Technology Development BRAID seeks to unleash the potential of technology as a vehicle to enable people to achieve their full capacity To this end BRAID has engaged with key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive Research and Technological Development RTD Roadmap for Ageing 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 Special Education Needs and Inclusion Reflection and Renewal Following a range of concerns raised by members about issues related to SEN and inclusion the NASUWT commissioned research to examine these issues This literature review represents the first stage of this research Research Report by Simon Ellis Professor Janet Tod and Lynne Graham Matheson Canterbury Christchurch University for and published by National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers UK 2008 The report looks at interpretations of inclusion including local authority interpretations and how this translates into policy and practice at different understandings of the term special educational needs at teacher attitudes to inclusion at classroom practice and teachers training and development needs and at issues of behaviour SEN and inclusion The NASUWT was also keen to look at what has happened across the UK and the report compares policies and practice in England Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF 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 Guidelines for the Development of Accessible Mobile Interfaces More and more people are using touch screens and traditional mobile devices Most are designed to work well for users with disabilities with or without the need for assistive technology Consequently it is increasingly necessary for those who develop apps and mobile interfaces to know more about accessibility and the different needs that users may have Funka Nu Sweden March 2012 Funka Nu s work and services are based on the international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2 0 WCAG 2 0 Their experience of accessibility work and user testing with users with various needs and abilities with and without assistive technology show that WCAG 2 0 is not enough to provide accessibility as it lacks development principles for mobile interfaces Funka has developed its own test criteria that supplements the international regulations Implementing Inclusive Education A Commonwealth Guide to Implementing Article 24 of the UNCRPD Second Edition The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires the development of an inclusive education system for all This revised and expanded second edition of Implementing Inclusive Education examines the adoption of the Convention and provides examples of how inclusive education systems for all children have been established in pockets throughout the Commonwealth and beyond Commonwealth Secretariat London 2012 Second Edition Article 24 of the UNCRPD requires the development of an inclusive education system at all levels where children and students with disabilities can be part of their local school alongside their non disabled peers with the right support and accommodation to develop academically and socially It has been necessary to revise and update this publication as more countries have since signed and ratified the Convention 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 A Comparative Test of Web Accessibility Evaluation Methods After a quick review and description of methods the paper illustrates a comparative test of two web accessibility evaluation methods conformance testing and barrier walk through Giorgio Brajnik Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica Università di Udine October 2008 Accessibility auditors have to choose a method when evaluating accessibility expert review a k a conformance testing user testing subjective evaluations barrier walkthrough are some possibilities The comparison in this study aims at determining merits of barrier walkthrough using conformance testing as a control condition A comparison framework is outlined followed by the description of a laboratory experiment with 12 subjects novice accessibility evaluators and its results Accessible Publishing Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers The publishing landscape is becoming much more user oriented ensuring your published content is accessible by all your potential readers is more and more important Providing access to content for people with print impairments is a challenge that all publishers can and should be tackling The aim of this publication is to supply publishers with clear and concise guidance to assist them in these endeavors April 2011 Making sure that your products are accessible makes good business sense commercially legally and ethically With the right people processes and practices in place you can increase the size of your market while at the same time enhancing your Corporate Social Responsibility profile at the same time Our guidelines encourage publishers to make their mainstream publications as accessible as possible so that full access becomes the norm rather than being special 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 Forced Migration Review Issue 35 Disability and Displacement The feature theme articles in this issue of FMR show why disabled people who are displaced need particular consideration and highlight some of the initiatives taken locally and at the global level to change thinking and practices so that their vulnerability is recognized their voices heard and responses made inclusive University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre July 2010 An oft quoted statistic is the World Health Organisation s estimate that persons with disabilities account for 7 10 of the world s population This would imply that there are three to four million persons living with disability among the world s 42 million displaced It is not yet common practice however to include people with disabilities among those who are considered as particularly vulnerable in disasters and displacement and who therefore require targeted response ILO Irish Aid Case Study on Ethiopia Disability Inclusion through Effective Legislation and Policies For nearly a decade the ILO Irish Aid Partnership Programme has been working with Ethiopia s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs MOLSA to raise awareness of the need for review and reform of legislation and policy on disability and employment ILO Irish Aid March 2012 Over the past four years in Ethiopia several factors have played a pivotal role in intensifying the focus on disability and better understanding the barriers faced by disabled persons At the international level the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD which came into force in 2008 and was ratified by Ethiopia in 2010 stimulated much discussion on the implications of the new international human rights instrument and how it might be utilized to support disability inclusive policies and practices At the national level the synergies and complementarities created by two recent instruments Right to Employment of Persons with Disability and the Growth and Transformation Plan for 2011 2015 provide a framework for more effective participation of disabled persons in Ethiopian society and embrace a disability perspective Together all three instruments help to strengthen and support legal protection policymaking and inclusive planning for development Making Television Accessible Polish Edition This report has been prepared by Peter Olaf Looms Chairman ITU T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility in cooperation with G3ict Polish translation courtesy National Broadcasting Council of Poland Krajowej Rady Radiofonii i Telewizji 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 ATHEN Report on the Accessibility of GMail and Google Calendar The Access Technology Higher Education Network ATHEN is continuing its functional evaluation of the components of the Google Application Suite to determine the accessibility of each component for users with various types of disabilities and assistive technology This evaluation covers GMail and Google Calendar Calendar There are several positive findings for users with certain types of disabilities including users of screen magnification software keyboard only interactions some high contrast visual layouts This report is the second in a series of reports on the accessibility of Google Apps Its predecessor the ATHEN Report on the Accessibility of Google Documents is available at http athenpro org google docs accessibility Doing Transport Differently How to Access Public Transport This guide is aimed at people with lived experience of disability or health conditions and at those advising or working with them Using a question and answer approach to enable different people with different travel needs to dip into it in different ways it will show you how far access to public transport has improved and how to make use of it Radar The Disability Rights People March 2012 During the last two decades much of the public transport in the UK has become accessible to disabled people although there remains much to do Despite this progress the missing element is often that some disabled people have insufficient information about what is available and therefore lack the confidence to use it This guide is an attempt to put that right The information you need to get out and about is between the covers of this publication Implementation of Universal Design for Learning and the Use of Accessible Technology to Improve the Learning of all Students Statement report by Dr John B Quick superintendent of Bartholomew Consolidated Schools Corporation BCSC in Columbus Indiana to the U S Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions in February 2012 UDL is a curriculum designing tool that helps teachers design lessons that will be accessible to all students There are three overarching principles engagement representation and action and expression Each is broken down into nine guidelines three under each principle The guidelines help teachers select teaching strategies methods and accessible technologies which will when combined create an accessible learning environment Because instructional goals might involve the use of technology it is expected that teachers choose whether or not to utilize accessible technology to align with the standards based goals they have determined for their lessons Specifically accessible technology must be chosen based on the framework of UDL Technology Accessibility in the Postsecondary Environment Statement of Mark Turner Director Center for Accessible Media California State University before the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions The Promise of Accessible Technology February 7 2012 The accessibility issues encountered by students with disabilities in a postsecondary environment are the result of a combination of factors including 1 the student s specific functional impairments 2 the specific instructional and administrative programs services with which they interact and 3 the level and nature of accessibility support provided by those programs services For this reason the campus Disability Services program meets with each CSU student to establish an individualized plan of services that constitute reasonable accommodations These services are essential for the success of students with disabilities By addressing accessibility gaps in university programs services postsecondary institutions ensure students have the opportunity to fully utilize curricular materials demonstrate a mastery of their curriculum and develop the skills necessary for future employment Internal Market for Inclusive and Assistive ICT Targeted Market Analysis and Legislative Aspects The report provides analysis of the market and the legal frameworks and implementation of support schemes referred to as Service Delivery Models for assistive ICT in nine EU Member States The study has been commissioned by the European Commission Directorate General for Information Society and Media unit ICT for Inclusion June 2011 The aim of the study was to examine the main barriers and opportunities today in the European Internal Market for assistive ICT and look at what could be gained from addressing these The study has assessed the different models existing in nine Member States for the provision of assistive ICT to people with a disability analysed the demand and supply side of the market and conducted a number of case studies The study puts forward a number of scenarios conclusions and recommendations for the achievement of the European Internal Market for assistive ICT that supports the digital inclusion of people with a disability Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities A Dialogue among Educators Industry Government and Civil Society On 17

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    their key relationship to the achievement of the development and poverty reduction objectives of the World Bank Published by The World Bank The Toolkit Building Resilient Communities Risk Management and Response to Natural Disasters through Social Funds and Community Driven Development Operations is designed to help Task Teams on World Bank social funds and community driven development CDD operations to identify disaster risk management issues in their programs and projects and to design and implement appropriate responses Guidance Note on Disability and Emergency Risk Management for Health An estimated 15 of the world s population live with some form of disability yet they are among the most vulnerable and neglected in any type of emergency Published by the World Health Organization 2013 This guidance note is intended primarily for health actors working in emergency and disaster risk management at the local national or international level and in governmental or nongovernmental agencies People with disabilities those working in the disability sector and those working in other sectors that contribute to improved health outcomes related to emergency risk management may also find this guidance note useful It is a short practical guide that covers actions across emergency risk management such as risk assessment prevention including hazard and vulnerability reduction preparedness response recovery and reconstruction From Exclusion to Equality The Rights of Persons with Disabilities a Handbook for Parliamentarians This is a handbook for parliamentarians on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol Published by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs UN DESA and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR 2007 Parliaments and parliamentarians have a key role to play in promoting and protecting human rights This Handbook aims to assist parliamentarians and others in efforts to realize the Convention so that persons with disabilities can achieve the transition from exclusion to equality The Handbook seeks to raise awareness of the Convention and its provisions promote an appreciation of disability concerns and assist parliaments in understanding the mechanisms and frameworks needed to translate the Convention into practice Towards an Inclusive and Accessible Future for All Persons with disabilities have a significant positive impact on society and their contributions can be even greater if we remove barriers to their participation With more than one billion persons with disabilities in our world today this is more important than ever Published by United Nations Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities New York 2013 While data on disability remain a challenge there is compelling evidence of the barriers that persons with disabilities face in achieving economic and social inclusion As the 2015 deadline for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals approaches the global community is discussing a new development framework that will build on the progress catalysed by the Millennium Declaration HelpAge International Global Age Watch Index 2013 Insight Report The Global AgeWatch Index is the first ever overview of the wellbeing of older people around the world Published by HelpAge International October 2013 As the number and proportion of older people increases at an unprecedented rate this ground breaking report illustrates how the world is adapting to this new reality by ranking more than 90 countries in terms of how their older populations are faring Visit the HelpAge International webpage for more information The ICT Opportunity for a Disability Inclusive Development Framework Synthesis report of the ICT Consultation in support of the High Level Meeting on Disability and Development of the sixty eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly September 2013 In today s world with the ubiquitous impact of ICTs across all sectors of activities in all countries no one should be excluded from using mobile phones the Internet televisions computers electronic kiosks and their myriad of applications and services including in education political life and cultural activities or for e government or e health The ICT Opportunity for a Disability Inclusive Development Framework contributes to a better understanding of the extent to which information and communication technologies ICTs enable and accelerate the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities It highlights that when ICTs are available affordable and accessible they significantly improve access to all aspects of society and development Human Rights Watch Report Barriers Everywhere Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Russia This report highlights obstacles such as the inability of people with physical disabilities to leave their homes due to lack of ramps and elevators employers unwillingness to hire people with disabilities and inadequate visual and auditory announcements on buses for people with sensory disabilities Human Rights Watch urges Russia to make meaningful reforms to transportation housing and workplaces among other facets of society Published by Human Rights Watch September 2013 Russia ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2012 and will host the Winter Paralympics in March 2014 Despite these high profile steps the government has taken to demonstrate its commitment to accessibility people living with disabilities in Russia face challenges carrying out basic daily tasks including going to work or to school visiting the doctor shopping for groceries or medicine attending cultural events or socializing with friends Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management This publication includes a number of good practices of inclusion of persons with disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction DRR and recovery practices The majority of the good practices come from the unique experience of the Disability inclusive DRR Network for Asia and the Pacific DiDRRN This publication will support you to reach everyone including persons with disabilities in the upcoming Hyogo Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction II It will help you focus on participation and effectiveness Because you want to listen to everyone this publication will show you how to bring persons with disabilities together with mainstream organizations increasing your efficiency Making Television Accessible to Everyone Accessible Media Inc AMI The Canadian Experience Most studies show that blind and visually impaired persons watch TV as much as sighted persons This G3ict White Paper Business Case Series published by G3ict in June 2013 is researched in cooperation with Accessible Media Inc AMI Data shows that visually impaired people have an interest in gaining access to television and video through the technique of video description and that individuals who are familiar with video description obtain numerous benefits from it This report will describe how the creation and growth of AMI was made possible and what is available to Canadian viewers In addition this case study examines international guidelines regarding media accessibility the regulatory background specific to Canada as well as the needs of the visually impaired community Order a Hard Copy of the Report See Related Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities Download Free PDF now in seven languages Putting e Accessibility at the Core of Information Systems This white paper follows discussions from the 6th European e Accessibility Forum organized by the Association BrailleNet and Universcience in Paris France on March 26 2012 This is a Business Case White Paper Series published by G3ict in March 2013 This G3ict White Paper presents and discusses The notion that e accessibility must no longer be approached as an afterthought but rather as a core component of information systems with the potential to increase business and performance The importance of widely recognized standards and technical guidance The need for industry leaders to rise to the challenge and provide all stakeholders from designers to end users with the necessary tools and training to make e accessibility feasible in large organizations The means to design build and distribute accessible products and services and The importance of implementing accessibility in the day to day activities of digital content and service providers Available in Russian Download PDF WirelessRERC Effects of Age on Use of Various Media to Receive and Share Public Alert Information by People with Disabilities This WirelessRERC Emergency Communications Survey research report sheds light on patterns of technology use by people with disabilities during public disasters and emergencies across age cohorts May 2013 Citizens with disabilities are at once the most vulnerable during an emergency and the most likely to have greater access challenges to communications media than the rest of the population Consequently finding technological solutions that ensure access is critical to an effective emergency communications and emergency management plan Mobile Health Apps 101 A Primer for Consumers This guide is designed to help you understand and make educated decisions about using mobile health applications app Published by AHIMA American Health Information Management Association The term mobile health or mHealth is used to describe the use of devices such as smartphones or tablets in the practice of medicine and the downloading of health related applications or apps This helps with the flow of information over a mobile network and can improve communication between you and your doctor Whether you have a specific condition that needs monitoring or simply wish to improve your overall health there is likely a mobile app to help you achieve your goals WirelessRERC Technology Use by People with Hearing and Speech Loss for Communicating with Emergency Response Services This research brief presents survey data collected by the Wireless RERC on actual and preferred methods for contacting emergency response services by people living with hearing and or speech loss The data were collected as part of the Survey on Emergency Communications and People with Disabilities conducted by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies Wireless RERC These questions are of critical importance as access to emergency services by people with physical sensory and cognitive disabilities can mean the difference between life and death Additionally ongoing innovation in consumer technologies especially mobile wireless technologies has made possible new ways of contacting and communicating with emergency response services Against this backdrop federal regulatory authorities have been engaged in rulemaking to ensure equitable access to emergency response services by people with disabilities especially people who have difficulty communicating by voice people living with hearing or speech loss 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 Ageing in the Twenty First Century A Celebration and A Challenge This timely report aims to raise awareness about the speed of population ageing and more generally about the experience of being old in our changing world It recommends moving urgently to incorporate ageing issues into national development plans and poverty reduction strategies Published by the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA New York and HelpAge International London 2012 This report a collaborative effort of the United Nations and other major international organizations working in the area of population ageing sheds light on progress towards implementing this Plan It utilizes both a quantitative approach analysing policies and actions and a qualitative approach bringing the voices of older persons themselves into the heart of the discussion 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 Employers Guide to Assistive Technology Assistive Technology is a tool not just for new employees with disabilities but for all employees who wish to maximize their potential at work This guide is prepared by Mada Qatar Assistive Technology Center and Enable Ireland Assistive Technology Service Qatar Edition November 2011 Assistive Technology encompasses everything from alternative ways of using computers to communication aids that use synthetic speech power chairs operated by switch controlled interfaces and environmental control systems offering total remote control of lights doors and windows If disabled people are to find purposeful and meaningful employment the need for Assistive Technology that facilitates entry into the workplace is huge Your organization can hire a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities 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 Paratransit for Mobility Impaired Persons in Developing Regions Starting Up and Scaling Up It is about addressing the need of persons with disabilities and others for paratransit service when accessible fixed route bus or rail service is not available or if available cannot be used by persons who need more specialized transportation Published by Access Exchange International San Francisco September 2012 This guide is written for city officials transit operators entrepreneurs non governmental organizations NGOs social service agencies and others who may wish to start up or expand door to door paratransit services to help mobility impaired persons to get to where they need to go this guide provides information and guidance for cities and towns and villages in less wealthy regions faced with many barriers to such transportation These barriers are so great that many cities to say nothing of the countryside beyond these cities have not begun to address the task of providing paratransit for those who most need it 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 Benefits and Costs of e Accessibility Business Case White Paper This white paper seeks to document the discussions that took place at the 5th European e Accessibility Forum March 2011 organized by BrailleNet in Paris It can be considered to be a first step toward defining new analytical approaches to improve our understanding of how to best promote sustainable e accessibility models Published by G3ict March 2012 The key conclusions of this white paper are the following E accessibility costs are highly dependent on the structure of the market and of supporting e accessibility business ecosystems Cost benefit analysis can be applied to e accessibility to demonstrate its socioeconomic benefits as well as to document the costs incurred by the lack of e accessibility Litigation influences the e accessibility economy and can have a bearing on the costs involved Standards can help incorporate e accessibility widely in business and industrial practices so that products are accessible to everyone Standards create a level playing field so that accessible products and services can compete effectively Order your copy of this report today Simple Things Done Well Making Practical Progress on Digital Engagement and Inclusion Integrating the most vulnerable and excluded into digital public services is crucial for a dynamic efficient and inclusive digital by default government The government should also recognize support and strengthen the already available resources for helping vulnerable groups and can achieve this through the use of technology Published by Policy Exchange 2012 The internet provides great potential for public service delivery including for greater personalisation speedier service and substantial cost savings The transformation of public services must happen because the internet has become a pervasive feature of modern society With 76 percent of people online at home and 44 percent of people accessing the internet on their smartphones citizen expectations are rising and they expect more innovative use of technology in public service delivery 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 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 Universal Access in Information and Communication Technologies This is a paper presented by Axel Leblos G3ict Executive Director at the World Bank Inaugural Disability and Development Core Course 2012 organized from May 7 11 2012 in Washington D C The World Bank s Disability and Development Core Course provided participants with an in depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the implementation of inclusive economic and social policies that are relevant for persons with disabilities in developing countries The course objectives were to Increase knowledge on disability its social and economic relevance and development policies and programs responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities and Increase understanding of the main issues involved in the process of including disability into development overall and at the level of sectoral policies and programs 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 Guidelines for the Development of Accessible Mobile Interfaces More and more people are using touch screens and traditional mobile devices Most are designed to work well for users with disabilities with or without the need for assistive technology Consequently it is increasingly necessary for those who develop apps and mobile interfaces to know more about accessibility and the different needs that users may have Funka Nu Sweden March 2012 Funka Nu s work and services are based on the international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2 0 WCAG 2 0 Their experience of accessibility work and user testing with users with various needs and abilities with and without assistive technology show that WCAG 2 0 is not enough to provide accessibility as it lacks development principles for mobile interfaces Funka has developed its own test criteria that supplements the international regulations Making Television Accessible Polish Edition This report has been prepared by Peter Olaf Looms Chairman ITU T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility in cooperation with G3ict Polish translation courtesy National Broadcasting Council of Poland Krajowej Rady Radiofonii i Telewizji 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 ATHEN Report on the Accessibility of GMail and Google Calendar The Access Technology Higher Education Network ATHEN is continuing its functional evaluation of the components of the Google Application Suite to determine the accessibility of each component for users with various types of disabilities and assistive technology This evaluation covers GMail and Google Calendar Calendar There are several positive findings for users with certain types of disabilities including users of screen magnification software keyboard only interactions some high contrast visual layouts This report is the second in a series of reports on the accessibility of Google Apps Its predecessor the ATHEN Report on the Accessibility of Google Documents is available at http athenpro org google docs accessibility Doing Transport Differently How to Access Public Transport This guide is aimed at people with lived experience of disability or health conditions and at those advising or working with them Using a question and answer approach to enable different people with different travel needs to dip into it in different ways it will show you how far access to public transport has improved and how to make use of it Radar The Disability Rights People March 2012 During the last two decades much of the public transport in the UK has become accessible to disabled people although there remains much to do Despite this progress the missing element is often that some disabled people have insufficient information about what is available and therefore lack the confidence to use it This guide is an attempt to put that right The information you need to get out and about is between the covers of this publication 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 Web Accessibility Policy Making An International Perspective Revised Edition 2012 This is the third edition of the Web Accessibility Policy Making An International Perspective Revised Edition 2012 white paper jointly researched by G3ict The Centre for Internet Society and The Hans Foundation Editor Nirmita Narasimhan Revised edition January 2012 In 2009 G3ict published a comparative review of the web and electronic accessibility policies of 14 countries and the European Union intended to serve as a guide to policy makers on how web accessibility has been implemented in different countries Since then there have seen several relevant developments in the policy landscape especially in the United States and the United Kingdom The White Paper has been updated January 2012 to keep abreast of these new changes With 153 countries parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as of February 2012 an increasing number of governments are now in the midst of developing policies and programs to ensure that websites and services under their jurisdictions are accessible Indeed the Preamble of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes the importance of accessibility to the physical social economic and cultural environment to health and education and to information and communication in enabling persons with disabilities to fully enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms Download the DAISY version here 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 Travelling with Hearing Loss Research Travelling with Hearing Loss commissioned by the New Zealand National Foundation for the Deaf aims to establish what people with hearing loss want in terms of tourism products and services and to offer a better understanding of Access Tourism as a legitimate tourism market In 2011 the New Zealand National Foundation for the Deaf NFD commissioned the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute NZTRI to conduct research into the tourism travel and hospitality experiences and needs of people with hearing impairments Hearing impairment ranges from slight hearing loss to total loss The research was led by Dr Sandra Rhodda Research Programme Leader in Access Tourism The research included two surveys one for residents of New Zealand and one for residents of countries other than New Zealand who are deaf or have hearing loss and who are 20 years old or older The aim of the research was to find out what it is like to travel with hearing loss and how the travel experiences of hearing impaired people can be improved A Community for All Implementing Article 19 A Guide for Monitoring Progress on the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities This guide and checklist were developed as part of a project of the Mental Health Initiative and the Law and Health Initiative of the Open Society Public Health Program Open Society Foundations December 2012 The Community for All guide and checklist offers a detailed look at the rights identified in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD especially Article 19 of the CRPD which provides for the right to live independently and be included in the community The guide and checklist are intended to help advocates and program implementers identify the obligations on States to realize these rights Community for All promotes the right of all people with disabilities to live and participate in the community as equal citizens particularly in countries in which people with disabilities continue to be segregated in institutions 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 Accessibility of Social Networking Services Discapnet s Observatory on ICT Accessibility has been carrying out sectoral studies on the accessibility of Web portals since 2004 This December 2010 report by Discapnet Technosite and Fundacion ONCE surveys present status of accessibility to social networking services for persons with disabilities

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    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 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 Implementing Inclusive Education A Commonwealth Guide to Implementing Article 24 of the UNCRPD Second Edition The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires the development of an inclusive education system for all This revised and expanded second edition of Implementing Inclusive Education examines the adoption of the Convention and provides examples of how inclusive education systems for all children have been established in pockets throughout the Commonwealth and beyond Commonwealth Secretariat London 2012 Second Edition Article 24 of the UNCRPD requires the development of an inclusive education system at all levels where children and students with disabilities can be part of their local school alongside their non disabled peers with the right support and accommodation to develop academically and socially It has been necessary to revise and update this publication as more countries have since signed and ratified the Convention ILO Irish Aid Case Study on Ethiopia Disability Inclusion through Effective Legislation and Policies For nearly a decade the ILO Irish Aid Partnership Programme has been working with Ethiopia s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs MOLSA to raise awareness of the need for review and reform of legislation and policy on disability and employment ILO Irish Aid March 2012 Over the past four years in Ethiopia several factors have played a pivotal role in intensifying the focus on disability and better understanding the barriers faced by disabled persons At the international level the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD which came into force in 2008 and was ratified by Ethiopia in 2010 stimulated much discussion on the implications of the new international human rights instrument and how it might be utilized to support disability inclusive policies and practices At the national level the synergies and complementarities created by two recent instruments Right to Employment of Persons with Disability and the Growth and Transformation Plan for 2011 2015 provide a framework for more effective participation of disabled persons in Ethiopian society and embrace a disability perspective Together all three instruments help to strengthen and support legal protection policymaking and inclusive planning for development Making Television Accessible Polish Edition This report has been prepared by Peter Olaf Looms Chairman ITU T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility in cooperation with G3ict Polish translation courtesy National Broadcasting Council of Poland Krajowej Rady Radiofonii i Telewizji 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 Implementation of Universal Design for Learning and the Use of Accessible Technology to Improve the Learning of all Students Statement report by Dr John B Quick superintendent of Bartholomew Consolidated Schools Corporation BCSC in Columbus Indiana to the U S Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions in February 2012 UDL is a curriculum designing tool that helps teachers design lessons that will be accessible to all students There are three overarching principles engagement representation and action and expression Each is broken down into nine guidelines three under each principle The guidelines help teachers select teaching strategies methods and accessible technologies which will when combined create an accessible learning environment Because instructional goals might involve the use of technology it is expected that teachers choose whether or not to utilize accessible technology to align with the standards based goals they have determined for their lessons Specifically accessible technology must be chosen based on the framework of UDL Technology Accessibility in the Postsecondary Environment Statement of Mark Turner Director Center for Accessible Media California State University before the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions The Promise of Accessible Technology February 7 2012 The accessibility issues encountered by students with disabilities in a postsecondary environment are the result of a combination of factors including 1 the student s specific functional impairments 2 the specific instructional and administrative programs services with which they interact and 3 the level and nature of accessibility support provided by those programs services For this reason the campus Disability Services program meets with each CSU student to establish an individualized plan of services that constitute reasonable accommodations These services are essential for the success of students with disabilities By addressing accessibility gaps in university programs services postsecondary institutions ensure students have the opportunity to fully utilize curricular materials demonstrate a mastery of their curriculum and develop the skills necessary for future employment Internal Market for Inclusive and Assistive ICT Targeted Market Analysis and Legislative Aspects The report provides analysis of the market and the legal frameworks and implementation of support schemes referred to as Service Delivery Models for assistive ICT in nine EU Member States The study has been commissioned by the European Commission Directorate General for Information Society and Media unit ICT for Inclusion June 2011 The aim of the study was to examine the main barriers and opportunities today in the European Internal Market for assistive ICT and look at what could be gained from addressing these The study has assessed the different models existing in nine Member States for the provision of assistive ICT to people with a disability analysed the demand and supply side of the market and conducted a number of case studies The study puts forward a number of scenarios conclusions and recommendations for the achievement of the European Internal Market for assistive ICT that supports the digital inclusion of people with a disability UK Parliament Human Rights Committee The Summary of the Report on Implementation of the Right of Disabled People to Independent Living This report is a easy read summary of the UK Parliament s Joint Committee on Human Rights report on Article 19 of the UN CRPD Implementation of the Right of Disabled People to Independent Living February 2011 Article 19 is all about living independently and being included in the community Because the UK has agreed to these rules the governments across the UK should be making sure that all disabled people including people with learning disabilities have the same rights as everyone else to live in the community have the same choices be fully included and take part in community choose where to live choose who to live with and other choices The Promise of Accessible Technology Challenges and Opportunities Statement of Eve Hill Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Department of Justice presented before the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions United States Senate concerning the Promise of Accessible Technology Challenges and Opportunities US Department of Justice February 2012 Excerpt from the report When Congress enaxted the ADA and Section 504 the internet and electronic and information technologies as we know them today the ubiquitous sources of information commerce services and activities did not exist For that reason although the ADA and Section 504 guarantee the protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities in a broad array of activities neither law expressly mentions the internet or contains specific requirements regarding developing technologies When Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act in 1998 it added what is now known as section 508 That provision specifically requires Federal government agencies to ensure that their electronic and information technologies including their websites are accessible to individuals with disabilities Watch the video transcription of the Senate Committee meeting here Framework for Designing and Implementing Accessible Information and Communication Technology ICT Strategic Plans This paper provides a framework that can be used to develop technical assistance tools to help employers including government contractors design purchase lease maintain and use ICT that is accessible to and usable by people with disabilities and others US Office of Disability Employment Policy February 2012 As technology continues to transform the workplace demand is growing for the development purchase maintenance and use of information and communication technology ICT that is accessible to and usable by all applicants and employees including individuals with disabilities Leading companies recognize that fostering an accessible workplace is the smart thing to do both from a business standpoint and a legal perspective The paper also includes a comprehensive Benchmarking Tool llocated in the Appendix which companies could use to conduct a self assessment and create their own corporate wide comprehensive strategic plan affirmative action program where applicable including accountability mechanisms and methods for ensuring continuous improvement This Benchmarking Tool is organized in accordance with the key components of an Accessible ICT Strategic Plan outlined herein Technological Innovations in Transportation for People with Disabilities The report summarizes a workshop held on February 23 2011 to examine technological innovations in accessible transportation and better understand the requirements of pedestrians and travelers with visual impairment or other disabilities U S Department of Transportation February 2011 To examine technological innovations in accessible transportation and better understand the requirements of pedestrians and travelers with visual impairment or other disabilities the Federal Highway Administration s Office of Research Development and Technology and specifically leaders from the Office of Operations Research and Development and the Exploratory Advanced Research Program convened a 1 day workshop to explore this area In February 2011 a panel of speakers made up of disability experts academia professionals transportation industry experts and other professionals were brought together to discuss applications of technology identify knowledge gaps and opportunities and highlight barriers to implementation Through the distribution of this summary report to the workshop participants and the broader highway and disability communities we aim to encourage further discussion regarding the development of technological applications for pedestrians and travelers with disabilities These discussions could also lead to the identification of future research needs and opportunities to enhance the transportation accessibility for all Americans 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 Universal Service for Persons with Disabilities Universal Service for Persons with Disabilities A Global Survey of Policy Interventions and Good Practices by The Centre for Internet Society India and G3ict December 2011 Universal Service definitions have been developed by 125 countries and are the foundation for policies and programs ensuring that telecommunications are available to all categories of population Universal service funds are the main vehicle used to fund those programs primarily addressing imbalances such as lack of availability of services in rural areas While geographic coverage has vastly improved over the past decade with wireless infrastructure the scope of Universal Service has expanded to include other categories of underserved populations This report aims to serve as a useful reference for policy makers operators organizations of persons with disabilities and as a framework for good practice sharing among countries currently implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities See a detailed content review here http cis india org accessibility universal service for persons with disabilities 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 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 Design for Accessibility A Cultural Administrator s Handbook The goal of Design for Accessibility A Cultural Administrator s Handbook is to provide guidance to cultural administrators on accessibility and inclusion for creating new or opening up existing programs to include individuals with disabilities and older adults whether as staff volunteers program participants or audience members Produced by National 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    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 Benefits and Costs of e Accessibility Business Case White Paper This white paper seeks to document the discussions that took place at the 5th European e Accessibility Forum March 2011 organized by BrailleNet in Paris It can be considered to be a first step toward defining new analytical approaches to improve our understanding of how to best promote sustainable e accessibility models Published by G3ict March 2012 The key conclusions of this white paper are the following E accessibility costs are highly dependent on the structure of the market and of supporting e accessibility business ecosystems Cost benefit analysis can be applied to e accessibility to demonstrate its socioeconomic benefits as well as to document the costs incurred by the lack of e accessibility Litigation influences the e accessibility economy and can have a bearing on the costs involved Standards can help incorporate e accessibility widely in business and industrial practices so that products are accessible to everyone Standards create a level playing field so that accessible products and services can compete effectively Order your copy of this report today Simple Things Done Well Making Practical Progress on Digital Engagement and Inclusion Integrating the most vulnerable and excluded into digital public services is crucial for a dynamic efficient and inclusive digital by default government The government should also recognize support and strengthen the already available resources for helping vulnerable groups and can achieve this through the use of technology Published by Policy Exchange 2012 The internet provides great potential for public service delivery including for greater personalisation speedier service and substantial cost savings The transformation of public services must happen because the internet has become a pervasive feature of modern society With 76 percent of people online at home and 44 percent of people accessing the internet on their smartphones citizen expectations are rising and they expect more innovative use of technology in public service delivery The Digital Dimension of Healthcare Policymakers are faced with three core challenges in healthcare growth in costs outpacing growth in GDP uneven quality in outcomes and patient experience and inadequate access to care in many regions Traditional solutions have been insufficient to address these challenges What is needed is a fundamental re invention A key component of that solution is innovation from digital and social media Report of the Digital Innovation in Healthcare Working Group 2012 Thanks to digital and social media connectivity has soared bringing unprecedented numbers of people into contact and delivering better health outcomes at lower cost It is also empowering people to participate more actively in their own health providing novel tools to manage chronic conditions and easing the burden on overstretched healthcare systems And by hugely expanding access to data the Internet has given rise to continuous learning systems and created feedback loops between medical advances and clinical practice These changes are opening up opportunities for new entrants smartphone health apps now number in the tens of thousands for instance while presenting both threats and opportunities for incumbents 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 The Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in School Accountability Systems Formerly excluded from measures of educational performance students with disabilities SWDs are now explicitly recognized in federal and state accountability systems At the national level the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act IDEA laid the foundation for accountability of SWDs by requiring states to include these students in state and district assessments and to report their participation and performance Published by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance Institute of Education Sciences U S Department of Education May 2012 The Institute of Education Sciences IES of the U S Department of Education ED has a congressional mandate to conduct a national assessment of how well the IDEA is achieving its purposes As part of the national assessment of IDEA this study is intended to provide policy relevant information about the education of SWDs by examining their inclusion in school accountability systems the use of school practices that may relate to their educational outcomes and SWD s achievement in relation to school accountability status BRAID Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development This document reports on the operational results of the BRAID project and includes details of the BRAID taxonomy stakeholder co ordination mechanism and engagement the vision and the roadmap and its implementation The results are synthesised into key recommendations to guide future European Commission research on ICT for active ageing Bridging Research in Ageing and Information and Communication Technology Development BRAID seeks to unleash the potential of technology as a vehicle to enable people to achieve their full capacity To this end BRAID has engaged with key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive Research and Technological Development RTD Roadmap for Ageing Special Education Needs and Inclusion Reflection and Renewal Following a range of concerns raised by members about issues related to SEN and inclusion the NASUWT commissioned research to examine these issues This literature review represents the first stage of this research Research Report by Simon Ellis Professor Janet Tod and Lynne Graham Matheson Canterbury Christchurch University for and published by National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers UK 2008 The report looks at interpretations of inclusion including local authority interpretations and how this translates into policy and practice at different understandings of the term special educational needs at teacher attitudes to inclusion at classroom practice and teachers training and development needs and at issues of behaviour SEN and inclusion The NASUWT was also keen to look at what has happened across the UK and the report compares policies and practice in England Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF A Comparative Test of Web Accessibility Evaluation Methods After a quick review and description of methods the paper illustrates a comparative test of two web accessibility evaluation methods conformance testing and barrier walk through Giorgio Brajnik Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica Università di Udine October 2008 Accessibility auditors have to choose a method when evaluating accessibility expert review a k a conformance testing user testing subjective evaluations barrier walkthrough are some possibilities The comparison in this study aims at determining merits of barrier walkthrough using conformance testing as a control condition A comparison framework is outlined followed by the description of a laboratory experiment with 12 subjects novice accessibility evaluators and its results Forced Migration Review Issue 35 Disability and Displacement The feature theme articles in this issue of FMR show why disabled people who are displaced need particular consideration and highlight some of the initiatives taken locally and at the global level to change thinking and practices so that their vulnerability is recognized their voices heard and responses made inclusive University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre July 2010 An oft quoted statistic is the World Health Organisation s estimate that persons with disabilities account for 7 10 of the world s population This would imply that there are three to four million persons living with disability among the world s 42 million displaced It is not yet common practice however to include people with disabilities among those who are considered as particularly vulnerable in disasters and displacement and who therefore require targeted response Business Case Study Costs and Benefits of Implementation of Dutch Webrichtlijnen The focus of the study is on the potential costs and benefits of implementation of the national Dutch Webrichtlijnen internationally known as W3C WCAG Authors Eric Velleman and Thea van der Geest from the Center for e Government Studies Universiteit Twente November 2011 Dutch English versions In 2004 the Dutch government published an extensive set of guidelines for the development of high quality maintainable and usable websites In 2011 the updated version including WCAG2 0 became part of the comply or explain list of Dutch Standards Both versions fully include the accessibility criteria that W3C the organization governing the Web has published for accessible web content In commission of ECP EPN Platform for the Information Society the University of Twente is conducting a study on the potential costs and benefits of implementation of the national Dutch Webrichtlijnen The focus of the study is on non governmental organizations like businesses corporations not for profit charity organizations and other private parties What is the cost benefit of starting to comply with the Webrichtlijnen internationally known as W3C WCAG with some added guidelines and what is the yield of the implementation of this national governmental standard International Impact of the United Nations Convention the Rights of Persons with Disabilities A New Engine of Reform This is a paper presented by Gerard Quinn Director Centre on Disability Law Policy National University of Ireland Galway at the 2009 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium Excerpt To see a theory of justice embodied in a single instrument in a single piece of law lives one confidence in the possibility of seeking justice through law That is precisely why the Americans with Disabilities Act lit a fire that spread rapidly throughout the world And so it is with the new United National Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities I once wrote that while disability rights is an American invention it is now truly a global challenge I want to talk about why such a convention was deemed necessary The real added value of the convention lies in its ability to trigger a new kind of disability politics worldwide For without a new dynamic of change one that can sustain itself we will not see real change happening The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities What Role for Philanthropy The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities what role for Philanthropy is a paper presented by Professor Gerard Quinn Director Centre for Disability Law Policy National University of Ireland Galway at the 2010 International Human Rights Funders Group conference held at San Francisco California The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is anchored on the view that the person with the disability is not the problem Remember what Theresia Degener says traditional disability law and policy problematizes the person The problem resides in how third parties including the State reacts to disability This is reflected in the definition of disability in Article 1 of the Convention disability does not exist in the abstract It is a function of how impairment is compounded by arbitrary barriers placed in front of people 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 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 Addressing the Proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities Recommendation or Mandatory Treaty The Information Society Project at Yale Law School Releases White Paper Addressing the Proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities This Working Paper addresses the proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities The authors conclude that if WIPO wants to achieve compliance this proposed instrument should be binding hard law Enacting this agreement as soft law would undermine the goal of making copyrighted works accessible to persons with print disabilities Authors Margot Kaminski Yale University Yale Information Society Project Yale University Information Society Project Yale University Law School Shlomit Yanisky Ravid Yale Law School ONO Academic College Yale University Information Society Project The Design of Human Powered Access Technology In this paper the authors frame recent developments in human computation in the historical context of accessibility and outline a framework for discussing new advances in human powered access technology Authors Jeffrey P Bigham Richard E Ladner and Yevgen Borodin People with disabilities have always overcome accessibility problems by enlisting people in their community to help The Internet has broadened the available community and made it easier to get on demand assistance remotely In particular the past few years have seen the development of technology in both research and industry that uses human power to overcome technical problems too difficult to solve automatically The paper presents a set of 13 design principles for humanpowered access technology motivated both by historical context and current technological developments We then demonstrate the utility of these principles by using them to compare several existing human powered access technologies The Effectiveness of M Health Technologies for Improving Health and Health Services A Systematic Review This systematic review will summarize the evidence for the effectiveness of mobile technology interventions for improving health and health service outcomes M Health around the world Authors Caroline Free Gemma Phillips Lambert Felix Leandro Galli Vikram Patel Philip Edwards BMC Research Notes M health the use of mobile computing and communication technologies in health care and public health is a rapidly expanding area of research and practice M health programmes and interventions use mobile electronic devices MEDs such as personal digital assistants and mobile phones for a range of functions to support health behaviour change and chronic disease management by patients in the community This systematic review will provide recommendations on the use of mobile computing and communication technology in health care and public health and will guide future work on intervention development and primary research in this field The Role of High Speed Broadband in Telecommunications Between People with Limited Speech and the Health Workforce Report for the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society University of Melbourne Australia detailing the role of high speed broadband in communication between people with little or no speech and GPs Year 2010 2011 In April 2009 the federal government announced that it will be launching a National Broadband Network with Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than current speeds in Australia Evidence has shown that internet based solutions enable people with communication impairments to make themselves heard and to interact with others This research sought to address the communication needs of people with little or no speech in healthcare and began to explore the potential role of high speed broadband in facilitating communication between GPs and patients with communication difficulties 99 Tips for the Use of Mobile Phones for Students with Disabilities The 99 tools from the magical pocket of Aki chan this research project provides tips on how mobile phones can offer strategies to engage students in learning in ways that best suit their needs The 99 tools from the magical pocket of Aki chan reading writing keeping and making notes understanding time planning activities listening calculating and using a dictionary surfing the web calling and messaging friends can all be undertaken on a mobile phone using tools from the magical pocket The Magical Pocket of Aki chan Project has been co researched by the Research Centre of Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo and SoftBank Mobile Corp The project name represents the mobile phone as a magical pocket filled with tools each time you go

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    for lasting solutions to human rights challenges forms part of the human rights mechanisms role Published by OHCHR 2013 In 2012 we observed growing emphasis on human rights within the international discourse on peace and security and development At the inational level progress was achieved through new laws and improved institutional frameworks in numerous countries Throughout the world a collective consciousness on human rights in many ways spurred by the Arab Spring continued to gain momentum UNICEF The State of the World s Children 2013 Children with Disabilities Given opportunities to flourish as others might 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 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 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 ITU UNESCO State of Broadband 2012 Achieving Digital Inclusion for All With this Report the Broadband Commission expands awareness and understanding of the importance of broadband networks services and applications for generating economic growth and achieving social progress A report by the Broadband Commission September 2012 The Broadband Commission for Digital Development promotes the adoption of broadband friendly practices and policies for all so everyone can take advantage of the benefits offered by broadband The Report recognizes a clear need for policy leadership to establish a strong vision among stakeholders and prioritize the deployment of broadband at the national level However additional growth in access is needed to achieve the targets for individual Internet user penetration Smartphones and mobile broadband may provide the much needed impetus to achieve this extra growth Also see UNESCO Broadcast Commission Education Technology and Broadband Advancing the Education for All Agenda Download PDF Federal Communications Commission FCC Broadband Use and Adoption in America Report Download PDF UNESCO Broadcast Commission Education Technology and Broadband Advancing the Education for All Agenda The ability of broadband to improve and enhance education as well as students experience of education is undisputed A good and well rounded education is the basis on which future livelihoods and families are founded and education opens up minds as well as job prospects A report by the Broadband Commission Working Group on Education published January 2013 The report begins with a brief overview of the rationale for expanding and improving the use of ICTs in education It stresses that participation in the global economy is increasingly dependent on the 21st century skill of navigating the digital world However traditional school curricula tend to prioritize the accumulation of knowledge above its application and many systems fail to adequately train students in how to become responsible digital citizens or prepare them to sustain their employability throughout their lives in a knowledge economy The report includes six recommendations for policy makers 1 Increase access to ICTs and broadband 2 Incorporate ICTs into job training and continuing education 3 Teach ICT skills and digital literacy to all educators and learners 4 Promote mobile learning and open educational resources 5 Support the development of content adapted to local contexts and languages 6 Work to bridge the digital divide 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 Thematic Study on the Work and Employment of Persons with Disabilities The present study focuses on the work and employment of persons with disabilities It analyses relevant provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities highlights good practices in promoting employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and identifies the main challenges that States parties encounter in ensuring that persons with disabilities enjoy access to retention of and advancement in employment on an equal basis with others Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Published December 2012 Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities sets out the right to work of persons with disabilities it constitutes one of the most detailed provisions of the Convention establishing the legal framework for State obligations in relation to work and employment of persons with disabilities The right of persons with disabilities to work implies an obligation on the part of States parties to create an enabling and conducive environment for employment in both the public and private sectors Related report CRPD 2012 ICT Accessibility Progress Report Download free PDF 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 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 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 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 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 ILO Irish Aid Case Study on Ethiopia Disability Inclusion through Effective Legislation and Policies For nearly a decade the ILO Irish Aid Partnership Programme has been working with Ethiopia s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs MOLSA to raise awareness of the need for review and reform of legislation and policy on disability and employment ILO Irish Aid March 2012 Over the past four years in Ethiopia several factors have played a pivotal role in intensifying the focus on disability and better understanding the barriers faced by disabled persons At the international level the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD which came into force in 2008 and was ratified by Ethiopia in 2010 stimulated much discussion on the implications of the new international human rights instrument and how it might be utilized to support disability inclusive policies and practices At the national level the synergies and complementarities created by two recent instruments Right to Employment of Persons with Disability and the Growth and Transformation Plan for 2011 2015 provide a framework for more effective participation of disabled persons in Ethiopian society and embrace a disability perspective Together all three instruments help to strengthen and support legal protection policymaking and inclusive planning for development Making Television Accessible Polish Edition This report has been prepared by Peter Olaf Looms Chairman ITU T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility in cooperation with G3ict Polish translation courtesy National Broadcasting Council of Poland Krajowej Rady Radiofonii i Telewizji 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 Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities A Dialogue among Educators Industry Government and Civil Society On 17 18 November 2011 UNESCO in cooperation with Microsoft Corporation convened a consultative two day meeting of 30 experts from more than 10 countries The participants included teachers working with children with learning difficulties and physical disabilities school administrators experts from the IT industry representatives from non governmental organizations and disabled persons organizations This report is an outcome of the meeting UNESCO Communication and Information Sector Knowledge Societies Division November 2011 Personalized learning requires attention to the unique needs of all students of all abilities acknowledging that each have different learning styles including students with mild moderate or severe disabilities The use of technology in education plays a particularly vital role by enabling flexible curriculum development and assisting students with disabilities to participate as equals in the learning experience It also helps to prepare them for life long learning recreation and work outside of school As the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities continues to be implemented globally State Parties to the Convention continue efforts to realise the goal of Inclusive Education to ensure that students with disabilities have full access on an equal basis with other students to regular schools and teachings Freedom Guide Paving the Way Towards Free Movement for Persons with Disabilities This publication provides an overview of the implications of the rights recognized by the European Union Treaties linked to Free movement of persons goods and services for persons with disabilities The Freedom Guide concretely aims to illustrate the fact that Freedom of movement is still not a reality for persons with disabilities European Disability Forum December 2011 Persons with disabilities often face accessibility barriers when they want to go to work to attend school or for example go to vote Such barriers also impede their full and equal participation in leisure sports and cultural activities In 2011 EDF launched a Top Campaign on the theme Freedom of movement focusing on the Free Movement of persons as well as goods and services within the European Union This campaign aims at removing the main barriers to Freedom of movement that persons with disabilities daily face This publication uses data derived from a survey launched by EDF during the summer 2011 This survey intends to generate a clearer picture of the experiences for persons with disabilities in relation to Freedom of Movement It was completed by individuals with disabilities and or family members of persons with disabilities who need support to represent themselves ILO Report Disability in the Workplace Employers Organizations and Business Networks Employers organizations and business networks can play a major role in providing technical advice and services that help employers to hire manage and retain employees with disabilities ILO Bureau for Employers Activities and Skills and Employability Department 2011 Disability in the Workplace Employers Organizations and Business Networks provides insights into how representative organizations of business address the issue of disability The practices described in these examples demonstrate how such organizations are well placed to link business interests and the productive integration of people with disabilities in the labour market At a moment when countries are rapidly ratifying and seeking to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities a comprehensive human rights convention for people with disabilities there are increasing needs to provide inspiration and guidance for businesses Disability in the Workplace Employers Organizations and Business Networks responds to an emerging body of information that supports the business case for hiring people with disabilities and the interest of companies to maintain diverse workforces ILO Report Disability in the Workplace Company Practices Disability in the Workplace Company Practices describes the contemporary experiences of 25 companies and their work on the issue of disability ILO Bureau for Employers Activities and Skills and Employability Department 2010 Disability in the Workplace Company Practices is timely for many reasons It comes in the wake of a major global economic crisis yet the companies profiled have nevertheless given strength to their disability and diversity initiatives It provides inspiration and guidance to companies at a time when countries are ratifying and seeking to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities a comprehensive human rights Convention for people with disabilities that will require some changes in national policies and practices related to work and employment Disability in the Workplace Company Practices also responds to an emerging body of information that supports the business case for hiring people with disabilities and the interest of companies to maintain diverse workforces 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 Travelling with Hearing Loss Research Travelling with Hearing Loss commissioned by the New Zealand National Foundation for the Deaf aims to establish what people with hearing loss want in terms of tourism products and services and to offer a better understanding of Access Tourism as a legitimate tourism market In 2011 the New Zealand National Foundation for the Deaf NFD commissioned the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute NZTRI to conduct research into the tourism travel and hospitality experiences and needs of people with hearing impairments Hearing impairment ranges from slight hearing loss to total loss The research was led by Dr Sandra Rhodda Research Programme Leader in Access Tourism The research included two surveys one for residents of New Zealand and one for residents of countries other than New Zealand who are deaf or have hearing loss and who are 20 years old or older The aim of the research was to find out what it is like to travel with hearing loss and how the travel experiences of hearing impaired people can be improved Review of International Best Practices in Accessible Public Transportation for Persons with Disabilities This United Nations Development Programme publication covers easy to long term practices for improving access in transport It discusses the elements of accessibility road and pedestrian environments vehicle design and operation stops and stations signage and information and training and policies Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita Keluarga dan Masyarakat Ministry of Women Family and Community Development One of the articles of the Convention which is also the subject of this report is the core issue of accessibility Article 9 of the Convention requires countries to identify and eliminate obstacles and barriers and ensure that persons with disabilities can access their environment transportation public facilities and e services and information and communications technologies More importantly the Convention approaches issues of persons with disabilities from a rights based approach Hence Article 9 also speaks about the importance of enabling persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life which will not be possible if accessibility is not fully ensured This report provides an international overview of the key technical issues on accessible public transportation for persons with disabilities It begins with a brief description of the prevalence of disability and factors that influence accessibility It also explains why safe and convenient pedestrian infrastructure is particularly essential for persons with disabilities if they wish to satisfactorily access public transport 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 Addressing the Proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities Recommendation or Mandatory Treaty The Information Society Project at Yale Law School Releases White Paper Addressing the Proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities This Working Paper addresses the proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities The authors conclude that if WIPO wants to achieve compliance this proposed instrument should be binding hard law Enacting this agreement as soft law would undermine the goal of making copyrighted works accessible to persons with print disabilities Authors Margot Kaminski Yale University Yale Information Society Project Yale University Information Society Project Yale University Law School Shlomit Yanisky Ravid Yale Law School ONO Academic College Yale University Information Society Project Design for Accessibility A Cultural Administrator s Handbook The goal of Design for Accessibility A Cultural Administrator s Handbook is to provide guidance to cultural administrators on accessibility and inclusion for creating new or opening up existing programs to include individuals with disabilities and older adults whether as staff volunteers program participants or audience members Produced by National Endowment of the Arts National Endowment of the Humanities National Assembly of State Art Agencies and John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Since the disability rights movement rose to prominence in the 1970s federal legislation has been passed and disabled individuals are finally becoming part of the cultural mainstream Great strides have been made particularly in architectural and program access Many Americans with disabilities now have the opportunity to create and participate fully in the arts and humanities Much work however remains to be done Design for Accessibility A Cultural Administrator s Handbook represents an update of the Arts Endowment s The Arts and 504 1992 with additional information from the 700 page Design for Accessibility An Arts Administrator s Guide produced by the Arts Endowment and NASAA in 1994 This resource is designed to help you not only comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act but to assist you in making access an integral part of your organization s planning mission programs outreach meetings budget and staffing The Effectiveness of M Health Technologies for Improving Health and Health Services A Systematic Review This systematic review will summarize the evidence for the effectiveness of mobile technology interventions for improving health and health service outcomes M Health around the world Authors Caroline Free Gemma Phillips Lambert Felix Leandro Galli Vikram Patel Philip Edwards BMC Research Notes M health the use of mobile computing and communication technologies in health care and public health is a rapidly expanding area of research and practice M health programmes and interventions use mobile electronic devices MEDs such as personal digital assistants and mobile phones for a range of functions to support health behaviour change and chronic disease management by patients in the community This systematic review will provide recommendations on the use of mobile computing and communication technology in health care and public health and will guide future work on intervention development and primary research in this field Accessible Content Best Practices Guide for Digital Environments Video description should offer equivalent access to film television and online content in multi platform environments for people who are blind or have low vision Publication by Analysis and Research in Communications ARC and Media Access Canada The purpose of video description is to support and reflect the entertainment qualities of the content through description of the visual stimuli and style conveyed Visual elements that are often overlooked by describers include title and end credits subtitles and captions Commercials and online content that stand alone or serve to support a program should also be described Visual elements necessary to understand and enjoy the entertainment experience are described in this publication ICTs in Education for People with Disabilities UNESCO IITE and the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education The Practice Review ICTs in Education for People with Disabilities has been published as part of the IITE ICTs in Education Best Practices series How Information and Communication Technology ICT can be used in the most effective ways for education of people with disabilities is currently high on the political agendas of all countries particularly those who have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities CRPD 2006 A number of the general principles included in the CRPD are directly linked to UNESCO s mandate In this context the application of ICT is very important as it plays an essential role in supporting high quality education for learners with disabilities With this in mind the UNESCO Institute for Information Technology in Education UNESCO IITE and the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education the Agency agreed in 2010 to combine their expertise in this field and collaborate on the development of a Review of innovative practice The intention for the review was to build on findings from past work notably UNESCO IITE s activities in this area and in particular ICTs in Education for People with Special Needs Specialized Training Course 2006 and the Agency s ICT in Special Needs Education project related work Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion Through the Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion initiative the U S Chamber of Commerce and the US Business Leadership Network USBLN invited business leaders to share their successful disability inclusion strategies September 2011 While businesses sometimes encounter serious challenges as they seek to implement inclusion strategies many employers have overcome these hurdles with robust and creative practices Through the Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion initiative the U S Chamber of Commerce and the US Business Leadership Network USBLN invited business leaders to share their successful disability inclusion strategies This publication highlights successful strategies that can be used by businesses of all sizes to create a more inclusive workplace marketplace and supply chain Real life examples such as these are important to help businesses realize the wide range of opportunities available and the potential for replicating success e Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons With Disabilities Russian Version 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 This is the Russian translation of the same 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 organisations and persons with disabilities on the implementation of the ICT dispositions of the CRPD The handbook is a joint publication of ITU G3ict and the Centre for Internet and Society in cooperation with The Hans Foun da tion The book is com piled and edit ed by Nir mi ta Narasimhan Preface by Dr Hamadoun I Toure Sec re tary Gen er al In ter na tion al Telecom mu ni ca tion Union Introduction by Dr Sami Al Basheer Di rec tor ITU D Foreword by Axel Leblois Ex ec u tive Di rec tor G3ict UNIC Moscow United Nations Information Centre Moscow has translated the English version of the kit to Russian For more information on the translation initiative by UNIC Moscow visit http www unic ru news inf viewer php uid 164 Implementation of Convention of Rights of Persons with Disability Role of the UN and Other International Organizations In this presentation initially 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    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 Employers Guide to Assistive Technology Assistive Technology is a tool not just for new employees with disabilities but for all employees who wish to maximize their potential at work This guide is prepared by Mada Qatar Assistive Technology Center and Enable Ireland Assistive Technology Service Qatar Edition November 2011 Assistive Technology encompasses everything from alternative ways of using computers to communication aids that use synthetic speech power chairs operated by switch controlled interfaces and environmental control systems offering total remote control of lights doors and windows If disabled people are to find purposeful and meaningful employment the need for Assistive Technology that facilitates entry into the workplace is huge Your organization can hire a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities 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 Paratransit for Mobility Impaired Persons in Developing Regions Starting Up and Scaling Up It is about addressing the need of persons with disabilities and others for paratransit service when accessible fixed route bus or rail service is not available or if available cannot be used by persons who need more specialized transportation Published by Access Exchange International San Francisco September 2012 This guide is written for city officials transit operators entrepreneurs non governmental organizations NGOs social service agencies and others who may wish to start up or expand door to door paratransit services to help mobility impaired persons to get to where they need to go this guide provides information and guidance for cities and towns and villages in less wealthy regions faced with many barriers to such transportation These barriers are so great that many cities to say nothing of the countryside beyond these cities have not begun to address the task of providing paratransit for those who most need it 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 Benefits and Costs of e Accessibility Business Case White Paper This white paper seeks to document the discussions that took place at the 5th European e Accessibility Forum March 2011 organized by BrailleNet in Paris It can be considered to be a first step toward defining new analytical approaches to improve our understanding of how to best promote sustainable e accessibility models Published by G3ict March 2012 The key conclusions of this white paper are the following E accessibility costs are highly dependent on the structure of the market and of supporting e accessibility business ecosystems Cost benefit analysis can be applied to e accessibility to demonstrate its socioeconomic benefits as well as to document the costs incurred by the lack of e accessibility Litigation influences the e accessibility economy and can have a bearing on the costs involved Standards can help incorporate e accessibility widely in business and industrial practices so that products are accessible to everyone Standards create a level playing field so that accessible products and services can compete effectively Order your copy of this report today Simple Things Done Well Making Practical Progress on Digital Engagement and Inclusion Integrating the most vulnerable and excluded into digital public services is crucial for a dynamic efficient and inclusive digital by default government The government should also recognize support and strengthen the already available resources for helping vulnerable groups and can achieve this through the use of technology Published by Policy Exchange 2012 The internet provides great potential for public service delivery including for greater personalisation speedier service and substantial cost savings The transformation of public services must happen because the internet has become a pervasive feature of modern society With 76 percent of people online at home and 44 percent of people accessing the internet on their smartphones citizen expectations are rising and they expect more innovative use of technology in public service delivery 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 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 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 Inclusive Play Design Guide This Inclusive Play Design Guide has been developed by a group of playground and child development experts as an inspirational resource to guide the creation of great outdoor play environments for everyone Published by Playworld Systems May 2012 This design guide is essential for the future of playground design when considering the high number of people affected by disability in the United States According to the United States Census 12 of the population has a severe disability that affects at least one function of daily living But this group of people does not live in a vacuum they have parents siblings and grandparents who are involved in their daily lives So in actuality more than 36 of the population is touched by severe disability 1 in 3 people Disability challenges how affected individuals and their families go to school go to work and even spend the day at a park Also read Doing Transport Differently How to Access Public Transport for Persons with Disabilities Download here The Digital Dimension of Healthcare Policymakers are faced with three core challenges in healthcare growth in costs outpacing growth in GDP uneven quality in outcomes and patient experience and inadequate access to care in many regions Traditional solutions have been insufficient to address these challenges What is needed is a fundamental re invention A key component of that solution is innovation from digital and social media Report of the Digital Innovation in Healthcare Working Group 2012 Thanks to digital and social media connectivity has soared bringing unprecedented numbers of people into contact and delivering better health outcomes at lower cost It is also empowering people to participate more actively in their own health providing novel tools to manage chronic conditions and easing the burden on overstretched healthcare systems And by hugely expanding access to data the Internet has given rise to continuous learning systems and created feedback loops between medical advances and clinical practice These changes are opening up opportunities for new entrants smartphone health apps now number in the tens of thousands for instance while presenting both threats and opportunities for incumbents 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 Universal Access in Information and Communication Technologies This is a paper presented by Axel Leblos G3ict Executive Director at the World Bank Inaugural Disability and Development Core Course 2012 organized from May 7 11 2012 in Washington D C The World Bank s Disability and Development Core Course provided participants with an in depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the implementation of inclusive economic and social policies that are relevant for persons with disabilities in developing countries The course objectives were to Increase knowledge on disability its social and economic relevance and development policies and programs responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities and Increase understanding of the main issues involved in the process of including disability into development overall and at the level of sectoral policies and programs 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 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 The Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in School Accountability Systems Formerly excluded from measures of educational performance students with disabilities SWDs are now explicitly recognized in federal and state accountability systems At the national level the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act IDEA laid the foundation for accountability of SWDs by requiring states to include these students in state and district assessments and to report their participation and performance Published by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance Institute of Education Sciences U S Department of Education May 2012 The Institute of Education Sciences IES of the U S Department of Education ED has a congressional mandate to conduct a national assessment of how well the IDEA is achieving its purposes As part of the national assessment of IDEA this study is intended to provide policy relevant information about the education of SWDs by examining their inclusion in school accountability systems the use of school practices that may relate to their educational outcomes and SWD s achievement in relation to school accountability status BRAID Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development This document reports on the operational results of the BRAID project and includes details of the BRAID taxonomy stakeholder co ordination mechanism and engagement the vision and the roadmap and its implementation The results are synthesised into key recommendations to guide future European Commission research on ICT for active ageing Bridging Research in Ageing and Information and Communication Technology Development BRAID seeks to unleash the potential of technology as a vehicle to enable people to achieve their full capacity To this end BRAID has engaged with key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive Research and Technological Development RTD Roadmap for Ageing 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 Special Education Needs and Inclusion Reflection and Renewal Following a range of concerns raised by members about issues related to SEN and inclusion the NASUWT commissioned research to examine these issues This literature review represents the first stage of this research Research Report by Simon Ellis Professor Janet Tod and Lynne Graham Matheson Canterbury Christchurch University for and published by National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers UK 2008 The report looks at interpretations of inclusion including local authority interpretations and how this translates into policy and practice at different understandings of the term special educational needs at teacher attitudes to inclusion at classroom practice and teachers training and development needs and at issues of behaviour SEN and inclusion The NASUWT was also keen to look at what has happened across the UK and the report compares policies and practice in England Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF 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 Guidelines for the Development of Accessible Mobile Interfaces More and more people are using touch screens and traditional mobile devices Most are designed to work well for users with disabilities with or without the need for assistive technology Consequently it is increasingly necessary for those who develop apps and mobile interfaces to know more about accessibility and the different needs that users may have Funka Nu Sweden March 2012 Funka Nu s work and services are based on the international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2 0 WCAG 2 0 Their experience of accessibility work and user testing with users with various needs and abilities with and without assistive technology show that WCAG 2 0 is not enough to provide accessibility as it lacks development principles for mobile interfaces Funka has developed its own test criteria that supplements the international regulations Implementing Inclusive Education A Commonwealth Guide to Implementing Article 24 of the UNCRPD Second Edition The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires the development of an inclusive education system for all This revised and expanded second edition of Implementing Inclusive Education examines the adoption of the Convention and provides examples of how inclusive education systems for all children have been established in pockets throughout the Commonwealth and beyond Commonwealth Secretariat London 2012 Second Edition Article 24 of the UNCRPD requires the development of an inclusive education system at all levels where children and students with disabilities can be part of their local school alongside their non disabled peers with the right support and accommodation to develop academically and socially It has been necessary to revise and update this publication as more countries have since signed and ratified the Convention 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 A Comparative Test of Web Accessibility Evaluation Methods After a quick review and description of methods the paper illustrates a comparative test of two web accessibility evaluation methods conformance testing and barrier walk through Giorgio Brajnik Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica Università di Udine October 2008 Accessibility auditors have to choose a method when evaluating accessibility expert review a k a conformance testing user testing subjective evaluations barrier walkthrough are some possibilities The comparison in this study aims at determining merits of barrier walkthrough using conformance testing as a control condition A comparison framework is outlined followed by the description of a laboratory experiment with 12 subjects novice accessibility evaluators and its results Accessible Publishing Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers The publishing landscape is becoming much more user oriented ensuring your published content is accessible by all your potential readers is more and more important Providing access to content for people with print impairments is a challenge that all publishers can and should be tackling The aim of this publication is to supply publishers with clear and concise guidance to assist them in these endeavors April 2011 Making sure that your products are accessible makes good business sense commercially legally and ethically With the right people processes and practices in place you can increase the size of your market while at the same time enhancing your Corporate Social Responsibility profile at the same time Our guidelines encourage publishers to make their mainstream publications as accessible as possible so that full access becomes the norm rather than being special 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 Forced Migration Review Issue 35 Disability and Displacement The feature theme articles in this issue of FMR show why disabled people who are displaced need particular consideration and highlight some of the initiatives taken locally and at the global level to change thinking and practices so that their vulnerability is recognized their voices heard and responses made inclusive University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre July 2010 An oft quoted statistic is the World Health Organisation s estimate that persons with disabilities account for 7 10 of the world s population This would imply that there are three to four million persons living with disability among the world s 42 million displaced It is not yet common practice however to include people with disabilities among those who are considered as particularly vulnerable in disasters and displacement and who therefore require targeted response ILO Irish Aid Case Study on Ethiopia Disability Inclusion through Effective Legislation and Policies For nearly a decade the ILO Irish Aid Partnership Programme has been working with Ethiopia s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs MOLSA to raise awareness of the need for review and reform of legislation and policy on disability and employment ILO Irish Aid March 2012 Over the past four years in Ethiopia several factors have played a pivotal role in intensifying the focus on disability and better understanding the barriers faced by disabled persons At the international level the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD which came into force in 2008 and was ratified by Ethiopia in 2010 stimulated much discussion on the implications of the new international human rights instrument and how it might be utilized to support disability inclusive policies and practices At the national level the synergies and complementarities created by two recent instruments Right to Employment of Persons with Disability and the Growth and Transformation Plan for 2011 2015 provide a framework for more effective participation of disabled persons in Ethiopian society and embrace a disability perspective Together all three instruments help to strengthen and support legal protection policymaking and inclusive planning for development Making Television Accessible Polish Edition This report has been prepared by Peter Olaf Looms Chairman ITU T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility in cooperation with G3ict Polish translation courtesy National Broadcasting Council of Poland Krajowej Rady Radiofonii i Telewizji 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 ATHEN Report on the Accessibility of GMail and Google Calendar The Access Technology Higher Education Network ATHEN is continuing its functional evaluation of the components of the Google Application Suite to determine the accessibility of each component for users with various types of disabilities and assistive technology This evaluation covers GMail and Google Calendar Calendar There are several positive findings for users with certain types of disabilities including users of screen magnification software keyboard only interactions some high contrast visual layouts This report is the second in a series of reports on the accessibility of Google Apps Its predecessor the ATHEN Report on the Accessibility of Google Documents is available at http athenpro org google docs accessibility Doing Transport Differently How to Access Public Transport This guide is aimed at people with lived experience of disability or health conditions and at those advising or working with them Using a question and answer approach to enable different people with different travel needs to dip into it in different ways it will show you how far access to public transport has improved and how to make use of it Radar The Disability Rights People March 2012 During the last two decades much of the public transport in the UK has become accessible to disabled people although there remains much to do Despite this progress the missing element is often that some disabled people have insufficient information about what is available and therefore lack the confidence to use it This guide is an attempt to put that right The information you need to get out and about is between the covers of this publication Implementation of Universal Design for Learning and the Use of Accessible Technology to Improve the Learning of all Students Statement report by Dr John B Quick superintendent of Bartholomew Consolidated Schools Corporation BCSC in Columbus Indiana to the U S Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions in February 2012 UDL is a curriculum designing tool that helps teachers design lessons that will be accessible to all students There are three overarching principles engagement representation and action and expression Each is broken down into nine guidelines three under each principle The guidelines help teachers select teaching strategies methods and accessible technologies which will when combined create an accessible learning environment Because instructional goals might involve the use of technology it is expected that teachers choose whether or not to utilize accessible technology to align with the standards based goals they have determined for their lessons Specifically accessible technology must be chosen based on the framework of UDL Technology Accessibility in the Postsecondary Environment Statement of Mark Turner Director Center for Accessible Media California State University before the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions The Promise of Accessible Technology February 7 2012 The accessibility issues encountered by students with disabilities in a postsecondary environment are the result of a combination of factors including 1 the student s specific functional impairments 2 the specific instructional and administrative programs services with which they interact and 3 the level and nature of accessibility support provided by those programs services For this reason the campus Disability Services program meets with each CSU student to establish an individualized plan of services that constitute reasonable accommodations These services are essential for the success of students with disabilities By addressing accessibility gaps in university programs services postsecondary institutions ensure students have the opportunity to fully utilize curricular materials demonstrate a mastery of their curriculum and develop the skills necessary for future employment Internal Market for Inclusive and Assistive ICT Targeted Market Analysis and Legislative Aspects The report provides analysis of the market and the legal frameworks and implementation of support schemes referred to as Service Delivery Models for assistive ICT in nine EU Member States The study has been commissioned by the European Commission Directorate General for Information Society and Media unit ICT for Inclusion June 2011 The aim of the study was to examine the main barriers and opportunities today in the European Internal Market for assistive ICT and look at what could be gained from addressing these The study has assessed the different models existing in nine Member States for the provision of assistive ICT to people with a disability analysed the demand and supply side of the market and conducted a number of case studies The study puts forward a number of scenarios conclusions and recommendations for the achievement of the European Internal Market for assistive ICT that supports the digital inclusion of people with a disability Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities A Dialogue among Educators Industry Government and

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    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 The Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in School Accountability Systems Formerly excluded from measures of educational performance students with disabilities SWDs are now explicitly recognized in federal and state accountability systems At the national level the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act IDEA laid the foundation for accountability of SWDs by requiring states to include these students in state and district assessments and to report their participation and performance Published by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance Institute of Education Sciences U S Department of Education May 2012 The Institute of Education Sciences IES of the U S Department of Education ED has a congressional mandate to conduct a national assessment of how well the IDEA is achieving its purposes As part of the national assessment of IDEA this study is intended to provide policy relevant information about the education of SWDs by examining their inclusion in school accountability systems the use of school practices that may relate to their educational outcomes and SWD s achievement in relation to school accountability status Special Education Needs and Inclusion Reflection and Renewal Following a range of concerns raised by members about issues related to SEN and inclusion the NASUWT commissioned research to examine these issues This literature review represents the first stage of this research Research Report by Simon Ellis Professor Janet Tod and Lynne Graham Matheson Canterbury Christchurch University for and published by National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers UK 2008 The report looks at interpretations of inclusion including local authority interpretations and how this translates into policy and practice at different understandings of the term special educational needs at teacher attitudes to inclusion at classroom practice and teachers training and development needs and at issues of behaviour SEN and inclusion The NASUWT was also keen to look at what has happened across the UK and the report compares policies and practice in England Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF Implementing Inclusive Education A Commonwealth Guide to Implementing Article 24 of the UNCRPD Second Edition The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires the development of an inclusive education system for all This revised and expanded second edition of Implementing Inclusive Education examines the adoption of the Convention and provides examples of how inclusive education systems for all children have been established in pockets throughout the Commonwealth and beyond Commonwealth Secretariat London 2012 Second Edition Article 24 of the UNCRPD requires the development of an inclusive education system at all levels where children and students with disabilities can be part of their local school alongside their non disabled peers with the right support and accommodation to develop academically and socially It has been necessary to revise and update this publication as more countries have since signed and ratified the Convention 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 Accessible Publishing Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers The publishing landscape is becoming much more user oriented ensuring your published content is accessible by all your potential readers is more and more important Providing access to content for people with print impairments is a challenge that all publishers can and should be tackling The aim of this publication is to supply publishers with clear and concise guidance to assist them in these endeavors April 2011 Making sure that your products are accessible makes good business sense commercially legally and ethically With the right people processes and practices in place you can increase the size of your market while at the same time enhancing your Corporate Social Responsibility profile at the same time Our guidelines encourage publishers to make their mainstream publications as accessible as possible so that full access becomes the norm rather than being special 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 Implementation of Universal Design for Learning and the Use of Accessible Technology to Improve the Learning of all Students Statement report by Dr John B Quick superintendent of Bartholomew Consolidated Schools Corporation BCSC in Columbus Indiana to the U S Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions in February 2012 UDL is a curriculum designing tool that helps teachers design lessons that will be accessible to all students There are three overarching principles engagement representation and action and expression Each is broken down into nine guidelines three under each principle The guidelines help teachers select teaching strategies methods and accessible technologies which will when combined create an accessible learning environment Because instructional goals might involve the use of technology it is expected that teachers choose whether or not to utilize accessible technology to align with the standards based goals they have determined for their lessons Specifically accessible technology must be chosen based on the framework of UDL Technology Accessibility in the Postsecondary Environment Statement of Mark Turner Director Center for Accessible Media California State University before the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions The Promise of Accessible Technology February 7 2012 The accessibility issues encountered by students with disabilities in a postsecondary environment are the result of a combination of factors including 1 the student s specific functional impairments 2 the specific instructional and administrative programs services with which they interact and 3 the level and nature of accessibility support provided by those programs services For this reason the campus Disability Services program meets with each CSU student to establish an individualized plan of services that constitute reasonable accommodations These services are essential for the success of students with disabilities By addressing accessibility gaps in university programs services postsecondary institutions ensure students have the opportunity to fully utilize curricular materials demonstrate a mastery of their curriculum and develop the skills necessary for future employment Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities A Dialogue among Educators Industry Government and Civil Society On 17 18 November 2011 UNESCO in cooperation with Microsoft Corporation convened a consultative two day meeting of 30 experts from more than 10 countries The participants included teachers working with children with learning difficulties and physical disabilities school administrators experts from the IT industry representatives from non governmental organizations and disabled persons organizations This report is an outcome of the meeting UNESCO Communication and Information Sector Knowledge Societies Division November 2011 Personalized learning requires attention to the unique needs of all students of all abilities acknowledging that each have different learning styles including students with mild moderate or severe disabilities The use of technology in education plays a particularly vital role by enabling flexible curriculum development and assisting students with disabilities to participate as equals in the learning experience It also helps to prepare them for life long learning recreation and work outside of school As the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities continues to be implemented globally State Parties to the Convention continue efforts to realise the goal of Inclusive Education to ensure that students with disabilities have full access on an equal basis with other students to regular schools and teachings The Promise of Accessible Technology Challenges and Opportunities Statement of Eve Hill Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Department of Justice presented before the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions United States Senate concerning the Promise of Accessible Technology Challenges and Opportunities US Department of Justice February 2012 Excerpt from the report When Congress enaxted the ADA and Section 504 the internet and electronic and information technologies as we know them today the ubiquitous sources of information commerce services and activities did not exist For that reason although the ADA and Section 504 guarantee the protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities in a broad array of activities neither law expressly mentions the internet or contains specific requirements regarding developing technologies When Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act in 1998 it added what is now known as section 508 That provision specifically requires Federal government agencies to ensure that their electronic and information technologies including their websites are accessible to individuals with disabilities Watch the video transcription of the Senate Committee meeting here The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities What Role for Philanthropy The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities what role for Philanthropy is a paper presented by Professor Gerard Quinn Director Centre for Disability Law Policy National University of Ireland Galway at the 2010 International Human Rights Funders Group conference held at San Francisco California The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is anchored on the view that the person with the disability is not the problem Remember what Theresia Degener says traditional disability law and policy problematizes the person The problem resides in how third parties including the State reacts to disability This is reflected in the definition of disability in Article 1 of the Convention disability does not exist in the abstract It is a function of how impairment is compounded by arbitrary barriers placed in front of people 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 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 Addressing the Proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities Recommendation or Mandatory Treaty The Information Society Project at Yale Law School Releases White Paper Addressing the Proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities This Working Paper addresses the proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities The authors conclude that if WIPO wants to achieve compliance this proposed instrument should be binding hard law Enacting this agreement as soft law would undermine the goal of making copyrighted works accessible to persons with print disabilities Authors Margot Kaminski Yale University Yale Information Society Project Yale University Information Society Project Yale University Law School Shlomit Yanisky Ravid Yale Law School ONO Academic College Yale University Information Society Project Accessibility of Social Networking Services Discapnet s Observatory on ICT Accessibility has been carrying out sectoral studies on the accessibility of Web portals since 2004 This December 2010 report by Discapnet Technosite and Fundacion ONCE surveys present status of accessibility to social networking services for persons with disabilities Anybody with access to Internet and basic knowledge of how to use such tools is a potential user of social networking services It is therefore a duty of the managers of such services to ensure accessibility both to the services themselves and to the information they generate under equal conditions for all users including people with functional diversity The study on the Accessibility of Social Networking Services on Internet carried out by the Observatory offers a panorama of the current level of accessibility of the most widespread social networking services in Spain with the aim of providing their managers with a diagnosis to help them improve accessibility and their users with a breakdown of what each service has to offer Related Blog Social Media and Accessibility by Debra Ruh Read Here Design for Accessibility A Cultural Administrator s Handbook The goal of Design for Accessibility A Cultural Administrator s Handbook is to provide guidance to cultural administrators on accessibility and inclusion for creating new or opening up existing programs to include individuals with disabilities and older adults whether as staff volunteers program participants or audience members Produced by National Endowment of the Arts National Endowment of the Humanities National 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    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 iPads for Communication Access Literacy and Learning iCALL Mobile devices such iPads iPods and iPhones have taken the world by storm and are increasingly used in teaching and learning and or in therapy to support learners with additional support needs as well as for personal use Published by CALL Scotland The University of Edinburgh September 2012 The primary aim of the Guide is to offer support to readers who are not necessarily technical specialists and who want to use the iPad with children or adults with some kind of additional support needs special educational needs or disability The book includes chapters on Getting to grips with the iPad Apps to support teaching learning Accessibility Options iPad Accessories iPad Resources iPad in Assessments and Exams Managing Implementing the iPad Glossary of Terms iPad Management using iTunes some useful tips Visit the publication page on CallScotland org for recent updates Also read Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities G3ict and ITU report Download Free PDF European Directory of Health Apps 2012 2013 This first edition of the European Directory of Health Apps was launched on October 3rd 2012 at the European Health Forum Gastein 2012 This unique Directory contains facts about 200 smartphone health apps capable of helping patients self manage their medical conditions The Directory represents not just the first occasion on which such information has been gathered together on a large number of medical conditions the key difference about the Directory is that the health apps it lists have all been recommended by patient groups and empowered consumers then categorised and indexed in several ways including by local language to make the details easy for readers to find Another distinction about the Directory is that it lists health apps on all of the major operating systems Android Apple BlackBerry Nokia and Windows Phone not just apps that are carried on one Robert Madelin European Commission Director General for Communications Networks Content and Technology DG Connect has written the Foreword to the Directory 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 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 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 Benefits and Costs of e Accessibility Business Case White Paper This white paper seeks to document the discussions that took place at the 5th European e Accessibility Forum March 2011 organized by BrailleNet in Paris It can be considered to be a first step toward defining new analytical approaches to improve our understanding of how to best promote sustainable e accessibility models Published by G3ict March 2012 The key conclusions of this white paper are the following E accessibility costs are highly dependent on the structure of the market and of supporting e accessibility business ecosystems Cost benefit analysis can be applied to e accessibility to demonstrate its socioeconomic benefits as well as to document the costs incurred by the lack of e accessibility Litigation influences the e accessibility economy and can have a bearing on the costs involved Standards can help incorporate e accessibility widely in business and industrial practices so that products are accessible to everyone Standards create a level playing field so that accessible products and services can compete effectively Order your copy of this report today Simple Things Done Well Making Practical Progress on Digital Engagement and Inclusion Integrating the most vulnerable and excluded into digital public services is crucial for a dynamic efficient and inclusive digital by default government The government should also recognize support and strengthen the already available resources for helping vulnerable groups and can achieve this through the use of technology Published by Policy Exchange 2012 The internet provides great potential for public service delivery including for greater personalisation speedier service and substantial cost savings The transformation of public services must happen because the internet has become a pervasive feature of modern society With 76 percent of people online at home and 44 percent of people accessing the internet on their smartphones citizen expectations are rising and they expect more innovative use of technology in public service delivery 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 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 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 The Digital Dimension of Healthcare Policymakers are faced with three core challenges in healthcare growth in costs outpacing growth in GDP uneven quality in outcomes and patient experience and inadequate access to care in many regions Traditional solutions have been insufficient to address these challenges What is needed is a fundamental re invention A key component of that solution is innovation from digital and social media Report of the Digital Innovation in Healthcare Working Group 2012 Thanks to digital and social media connectivity has soared bringing unprecedented numbers of people into contact and delivering better health outcomes at lower cost It is also empowering people to participate more actively in their own health providing novel tools to manage chronic conditions and easing the burden on overstretched healthcare systems And by hugely expanding access to data the Internet has given rise to continuous learning systems and created feedback loops between medical advances and clinical practice These changes are opening up opportunities for new entrants smartphone health apps now number in the tens of thousands for instance while presenting both threats and opportunities for incumbents 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 Universal Access in Information and Communication Technologies This is a paper presented by Axel Leblos G3ict Executive Director at the World Bank Inaugural Disability and Development Core Course 2012 organized from May 7 11 2012 in Washington D C The World Bank s Disability and Development Core Course provided participants with an in depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the implementation of inclusive economic and social policies that are relevant for persons with disabilities in developing countries The course objectives were to Increase knowledge on disability its social and economic relevance and development policies and programs responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities and Increase understanding of the main issues involved in the process of including disability into development overall and at the level of sectoral policies and programs 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 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 BRAID Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development This document reports on the operational results of the BRAID project and includes details of the BRAID taxonomy stakeholder co ordination mechanism and engagement the vision and the roadmap and its implementation The results are synthesised into key recommendations to guide future European Commission research on ICT for active ageing Bridging Research in Ageing and Information and Communication Technology Development BRAID seeks to unleash the potential of technology as a vehicle to enable people to achieve their full capacity To this end BRAID has engaged with key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive Research and Technological Development RTD Roadmap for Ageing 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 Guidelines for the Development of Accessible Mobile Interfaces More and more people are using touch screens and traditional mobile devices Most are designed to work well for users with disabilities with or without the need for assistive technology Consequently it is increasingly necessary for those who develop apps and mobile interfaces to know more about accessibility and the different needs that users may have Funka Nu Sweden March 2012 Funka Nu s work and services are based on the international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2 0 WCAG 2 0 Their experience of accessibility work and user testing with users with various needs and abilities with and without assistive technology show that WCAG 2 0 is not enough to provide accessibility as it lacks development principles for mobile interfaces Funka has developed its own test criteria that supplements the international regulations 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 A Comparative Test of Web Accessibility Evaluation Methods After a quick review and description of methods the paper illustrates a comparative test of two web accessibility evaluation methods conformance testing and barrier walk through Giorgio Brajnik Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica Università di Udine October 2008 Accessibility auditors have to choose a method when evaluating accessibility expert review a k a conformance testing user testing subjective evaluations barrier walkthrough are some possibilities The comparison in this study aims at determining merits of barrier walkthrough using conformance testing as a control condition A comparison framework is outlined followed by the description of a laboratory experiment with 12 subjects novice accessibility evaluators and its results Accessible Publishing Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers The publishing landscape is becoming much more user oriented ensuring your published content is accessible by all your potential readers is more and more important Providing access to content for people with print impairments is a challenge that all publishers can and should be tackling The aim of this publication is to supply publishers with clear and concise guidance to assist them in these endeavors April 2011 Making sure that your products are accessible makes good business sense commercially legally and ethically With the right people processes and practices in place you can increase the size of your market while at the same time enhancing your Corporate Social Responsibility profile at the same time Our guidelines encourage publishers to make their mainstream publications as accessible as possible so that full access becomes the norm rather than being special 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 ILO Irish Aid Case Study on Ethiopia Disability Inclusion through Effective Legislation and Policies For nearly a decade the ILO Irish Aid Partnership Programme has been working with Ethiopia s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs MOLSA to raise awareness of the need for review and reform of legislation and policy on disability and employment ILO Irish Aid March 2012 Over the past four years in Ethiopia several factors have played a pivotal role in intensifying the focus on disability and better understanding the barriers faced by disabled persons At the international level the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD which came into force in 2008 and was ratified by Ethiopia in 2010 stimulated much discussion on the implications of the new international human rights instrument and how it might be utilized to support disability inclusive policies and practices At the national level the synergies and complementarities created by two recent instruments Right to Employment of Persons with Disability and the Growth and Transformation Plan for 2011 2015 provide a framework for more effective participation of disabled persons in Ethiopian society and embrace a disability perspective Together all three instruments help to strengthen and support legal protection policymaking and inclusive planning for development Making Television Accessible Polish Edition This report has been prepared by Peter Olaf Looms Chairman ITU T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility in cooperation with G3ict Polish translation courtesy National Broadcasting Council of Poland Krajowej Rady Radiofonii i Telewizji 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 Technology Accessibility in the Postsecondary Environment Statement of Mark Turner Director Center for Accessible Media California State University before the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions The Promise of Accessible Technology February 7 2012 The accessibility issues encountered by students with disabilities in a postsecondary environment are the result of a combination of factors including 1 the student s specific functional impairments 2 the specific instructional and administrative programs services with which they interact and 3 the level and nature of accessibility support provided by those programs services For this reason the campus Disability Services program meets with each CSU student to establish an individualized plan of services that constitute reasonable accommodations These services are essential for the success of students with disabilities By addressing accessibility gaps in university programs services postsecondary institutions ensure students have the opportunity to fully utilize curricular materials demonstrate a mastery of their curriculum and develop the skills necessary for future employment Internal Market for Inclusive and Assistive ICT Targeted Market Analysis and Legislative Aspects The report provides analysis of the market and the legal frameworks and implementation of support schemes referred to as Service Delivery Models for assistive ICT in nine EU Member States The study has been commissioned by the European Commission Directorate General for Information Society and Media unit ICT for Inclusion June 2011 The aim of the study was to examine the main barriers and opportunities today in the European Internal Market for assistive ICT and look at what could be gained from addressing these The study has assessed the different models existing in nine Member States for the provision of assistive ICT to people with a disability analysed the demand and supply side of the market and conducted a number of case studies The study puts forward a number of scenarios conclusions and recommendations for the achievement of the European Internal Market for assistive ICT that supports the digital inclusion of people with a disability Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities A Dialogue among Educators Industry Government and Civil Society On 17 18 November 2011 UNESCO in cooperation with Microsoft Corporation convened a consultative two day meeting of 30 experts from more than 10 countries The participants included teachers working with children with learning difficulties and physical disabilities school administrators experts from the IT industry representatives from non governmental organizations and disabled persons organizations This report is an outcome of the meeting UNESCO Communication and Information Sector Knowledge Societies Division November 2011 Personalized learning requires attention to the unique needs of all students of all abilities acknowledging that each have different learning styles including students with mild moderate or severe disabilities The use of technology in education plays a particularly vital role by enabling flexible curriculum development and assisting students with disabilities to participate as equals in the learning experience It also helps to prepare them for life long learning recreation and work outside of school As the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities continues to be implemented globally State Parties to the Convention continue efforts to realise the goal of Inclusive Education to ensure that students with disabilities have full access on an equal basis with other students to regular schools and teachings Business Case Study Costs and Benefits of Implementation of Dutch Webrichtlijnen The focus of the study is on the potential costs and benefits of implementation of the national Dutch Webrichtlijnen internationally known as W3C WCAG Authors Eric Velleman and Thea van der Geest from the Center for e Government Studies Universiteit Twente November 2011 Dutch English versions In 2004 the Dutch government published an extensive set of guidelines for the development of high quality maintainable and usable websites In 2011 the updated version including WCAG2 0 became part of the comply or explain list of Dutch Standards Both versions fully include the accessibility criteria that W3C the organization governing the Web has published for accessible web content In commission of ECP EPN Platform for the Information Society the University of Twente is conducting a study on the potential costs and benefits of implementation of the national Dutch Webrichtlijnen The focus of the study is on non governmental organizations like businesses corporations not for profit charity organizations and other private parties What is the cost benefit of starting to comply with the Webrichtlijnen internationally known as W3C WCAG with some added guidelines and what is the yield of the implementation of this national governmental standard The Promise of Accessible Technology Challenges and Opportunities Statement of Eve Hill Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Department of Justice presented before the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions United States Senate concerning the Promise of Accessible Technology Challenges and Opportunities US Department of Justice February 2012 Excerpt from the report When Congress enaxted the ADA and Section 504 the internet and electronic and information technologies as we know them today the ubiquitous sources of information commerce services and activities did not exist For that reason although the ADA and Section 504 guarantee the protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities in a broad array of activities neither law expressly mentions the internet or contains specific requirements regarding developing technologies When Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act in 1998 it added what is now known as section 508 That provision specifically requires Federal government agencies to ensure that their electronic and information technologies including their websites are accessible to individuals with disabilities Watch the video transcription of the Senate Committee meeting here 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 International Impact of the United Nations Convention the Rights of Persons with Disabilities A New Engine of Reform This is a paper presented by Gerard Quinn Director Centre on Disability Law Policy National University of Ireland Galway at the 2009

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