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    about the changing needs of accessibility on a global basis To kick things off it s my great pleasure to introduce James Thurston Vice President for Global Strategy and Development in the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies G3ict James very kindly took some time out of his busy schedule to explain his remarkable work in supporting the access needs of people with disabilities around the world and the goals of G3ict From http www accessiq org news w3c column 2016 02 dedication to access on a global scale an interview with james thurston February 01 2016 Media Access Australia Web Accessibility Training and Certification for Developers Australia s only university accredited web accessibility certificate for web professionals Students first gain an understanding of the challenges faced by users with a disability through hands on experience with assistive technologies This module provides the ethical practical and financial arguments for implementing accessibility across your organization From http www mediaaccess org au digitalaccessibilityservices services education and training pcwa February 01 2016 Georgia Tech Partners with edX to Offer Course on Disabilities in the Workplace The Georgia Institute of Technology has signed an agreement with edX the nonprofit online learning destination to offer massive open online courses MOOCs for learners around the world The first Georgia Tech class Information and Communication Technology ICT Accessibility is open for enrollment and will address the importance of developing an inclusive workplace for employees and customers with disabilities The Institute AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center is launching the course in partnership with the United Nations Global Initiative on Inclusion From http www news gatech edu 2016 01 26 georgia tech partners edx offer online courses February 01 2016 Apple Stores to Begin Selling Accessibility Accessories in Early 2016 Monday December 21 2015 5 56 AM PST by Mitchel Broussard Apple is rumored to begin selling accessibility related accessories and peripherals in its retail stores sometime in early 2016 The report from Mac Otakara Google Translate states that the new iOS and OS X supported devices will go on sale between January and March of next year From http www macrumors com 2015 12 21 apple stores selling accessibility January 17 2016 Facebook Plans to Improve Accessibility for Visually Impaired Users Odds are you ve checked your Facebook account in the last few hours Odds are even pretty good that you have Facebook open on your desktop or smartphone at this very moment In its 11 years Facebook has gone from cyber novelty to internet tentpole a if not the hub around which a tremendous number of people orient their everyday online activity For seeing impaired users however Facebook s inherently visual offerings can make using the social network a difficult proposition And while Facebook has long worked on tools to make the site particularly its photos functionality more accessible to those with visual impairments reports of a new feature indicate the company is preparing to up their usability in a significant way From https

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    app named Efhamni Arabic for understand me after research revealed that families with deaf children tend to adopt more informal methods of communication that could limit the child s potential to engage with wider society The technology is being developed as part of the Ripples of Happiness Programme a region wide community initiative delivered by the Coca Cola Foundation and Injaz UAE which aims to encourage social responsibility From http www albawaba com business dubai students develop sign language app benefit deaf community 786540 January 15 2016 The Value of Web Accessibility Visually impaired people navigate the web for the same reasons we all do to find information to shop and to perform a myriad of important tasks using web based applications But visually impaired people experience the web differently and we need to be sensitive to their needs when we design and build websites According to the U S Census Bureau and the U N and World Bank over 47 million Americans and up to 650 million people worldwide have some kind of disability From http www webdesignerdepot com 2015 12 the value of accessibility January 13 2016 Why You Should Care About Accessibility in Email Marketing A couple of months ago I was attending a UX conference in London where I was inspired by the talk of Alastair Campbell from Nomensa He explained how many different problems you should consider if you try to make your website truly accessible And there was the problem again accessibility It s not about any kind of human disability it s just the software Siri who scans and tries to make sense out of it And most of the time Siri can t From https medium com silcucc why you should care about accessibility in email marketing 2f7443acb422 341lr6ocb January 13 2016 First Public Working Draft Requirements for WCAG 2 0 Extensions The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Requirements for WCAG 2 0 Extensions This document describes the requirements that the WCAG WG is setting for the development of WCAG 2 0 extensions Extensions are optional standards modules that build on the existing requirements for WCAG 2 0 and are designed to work in harmony with the WCAG 2 0 standard From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2016 01 06 first public working draft requirements for wcag 2 0 extensions January 12 2016 USA Bringing Braille Back with Better Display Technology Today blind people fluent in Braille can read computer screens through refreshable mechanical displays that convert the words to raised dots but only one line at a time For the sighted imagine a Kindle that showed just 40 characters per page says Sile O Modhrain an associate professor in the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre and Dance and the School of Information who is blind Forty characters amounts to about 10 words Even though fluency in the nearly 200 year old code is linked with higher employment and academic performance for the

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    Priority Assistive Products to assistivetechnology who int From https extranet who int dataform 355553 January 08 2016 Best of CES 2016 Car Technology and the Rise of Virtual Reality The Mashable Tech Team has been there for the announcements and the demos and walked the halls of CES 2016 to find the standouts in waiting This year s show has seen both car technology and virtual reality rise to new prominence Turntables made a surprise comeback And after an inconsistent year smart devices were still able to bring the wow From http mashable com 2016 01 07 best tech ces 2016 NgG My8yqkqV January 08 2016 W3C to be Honored with Emmy Award for Standards Work on Accessible Video Captioning and Subtitles W3C is delighted to announce that it will receive a 2016 Technology Engineering Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts Sciences for its work on the Timed Text Mark up Language standard that makes video content more accessible with text captioning and subtitles Representatives from W3C staff and the Timed Text Working Group will attend the awards ceremony on 8 January at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show CES From https www w3 org blog news archives 5253 January 06 2016 USA Researchers Find Way to Improve Image Sharpness for People with Vision Disabilities Retinal implants that deliver longer pulses of electrical current may noticeably improve image sharpness for individuals who have lost their sight due to retinitis pigmentosa according to a new study by researchers from the University of Southern California USC Eye Institute and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering The research was published online in the peer reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2016 01 05 researchers find way to improve image sharpness for people with vision disabilities January 05 2016 UAE Law Books Released in Braille Dubai Police Academy has released seven law books to Braille to encourage reading by people who are blind The newly published Braille books can be borrowed by anyone including students not attending the academy From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2016 01 05 law books released in braille January 05 2016 India All India Radio Creates History with Braille News Bulletin The All India Radio in Pune created history on Monday when its morning bulletin was read out by a newsreader with vision disability officials said The second half of the regular regional news bulletin at 7 10 a m was typed out in Braille script and Dhanraj Patil read it out during a live broadcast in Maharashtra to Marathi audiences From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2016 01 05 all india radio creates history with braille news bulletin January 05 2016 Dubai Airports to Have Counters for Persons with Disabilities The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai GDRFA Dubai is considered the first in the Middle East to offer services for persons with disabilities at Dubai Airports Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri Director General of GDRFA Dubai said

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    this information to convey it to their users From http www ssbbartgroup com blog how the w3c text alternative computation works December 22 2015 Helpline Launched for People with Vision Disabilities in India Now people with vision disabilities in India can call a toll free number and get their queries addressed in their local language thanks to an initiative launched recently Lov Verma secretary in the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities formally launched the Eyeway Helpdesk for people who are blind This is an initiative of Score Foundation with support from the central government Essel Foundation Tech Mahindra Foundation and Hans Foundation Now the visually impaired citizens will be able to call the Eyeway Helpdesk on 1800 300 20469 and get their queries addressed in their local language From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 12 22 helpline launched for people with vision disabilities in india December 22 2015 UGA Georgia Tech Partner to Create Fully Accessible Camp for Children with Disabilities The University of Georgia s College of Environment and Design and Georgia Tech s College of Architecture have partnered with Extra Special People Inc to build Camp Hooray the first of its kind fully accessible overnight camp for children and young adults with developmental disabilities Located on a 70 acre parcel of land in Jackson County the camp will have traditional camp activities including music sports and games art swimming boating archery field days talent shows and overnight stays while providing a safe fun and meaningful experience for campers of all abilities From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 12 21 uga georgia tech partner to create fully accessible camp for children with disabilities December 22 2015 New Rules Help Ensure Hearing Aids Compatible with Wireless Devices The Federal Communications Commission FCC has passed new rules that ensure greater access to wireless communications services and handset devices for Americans with hearing disabilities New rules and proposed rules passed reflect a consensus driven approach to foster accessibility for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing while promoting innovation and investment by the wireless industry From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 12 21 new rules help ensure hearing aids compatible with wireless devices December 22 2015 USA A Smartwatch for the Visually Impaired Developed by University Students Developed by University of Washington students Dot translates When a group of students at the University of Washington saw a fellow classmate struggling with big heavy Braille books to study it sparked an idea that could change the way the visually impaired interact with technology Similar to other smartwatches on the market Dot is designed to pair with a Bluetooth enabled phone When a text message arrives on the phone the app translates it to Braille and sends it to Dot which vibrates Then the pins rise and fall to relay the characters Other Dot features include a watch alarm and notifications Initial tests show Dot should last about five days between charges From http www smithsonianmag com innovation smartwatch visually impaired 180957581 no ist

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    forecast to reach 1 3 trillion by 2019 December 15 2015 New Zealand Disability Action Plan and Disability Strategy being updated Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today released the updated Disability Action Plan 2014 2018 and announced the first steps in the revision of the New Zealand Disability Strategy The Disability Action Plan brings together multiple government agencies to act on disability issues and is jointly governed with Disabled People s Organisations It was updated to make sure it was relevant and focused on the issues that are the most important to disabled people and the disability sector Ms Wagner says There was strong interest with multiple disability organizations providing feedback and more than 50 official submissions received during public consultation From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 12 15 disability action plan and disability strategy being updated December 15 2015 Bangladesh Dhaka Calls for Inclusion in DRR There was a resounding call for greater inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in disaster risk management worldwide if the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is to deliver on its promise of being people centered Participants at the Dhaka Conference on Disability and Disaster Risk Management in Bangladesh adopted a strong declaration calling for inclusion and leadership of persons with disabilities within all disaster risk management programs At least two countries per region should have representation of persons with disabilities on all disaster management committees by the end of 2017 given their higher rates of mortality in disaster events From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 12 15 dhaka call for inclusion in drr December 15 2015 Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education Launches Program for Students with Disabilities in Riyadh This educational program is the first of its kind that has been launched in the regions and governorates in the Kingdom said Mohammed Al Mirshid director general of the Department of Education in Riyadh region Called My start the program aims to encourage students with disabilities to explore hidden talents and excel in their fields of interest The program is backed by lectures and social events to inform and educate the community about disabilities Meanwhile the Department of Education recently announced to public high school students an initiative called Twenty students in twenty schools Under the initiative 20 students will be recruited from 20 high schools and they will undergo development in culture talent as well as scientific research The initiative is in collaboration with the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology KACST From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 12 15 ministry of education launches program for students with disabilities December 15 2015 SwiftKey Launches Communication App for People Who are Non Verbal SwiftKey the predictive smartphone keyboard company wants to help people who are non verbal communicate with others The company launched a new assistive symbol based communication app called SwiftKey Symbols which it says can be used to build sentences using pictures SwiftKey staff who have family members with autism came up with the idea of developing an assistive app This team visited Riverside

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    China Screen Reading Applications Bring Light to People with Vision Disabilities Starting with a group of ten Cao launched the Protection and Ease Company to create mobile applications and computer software tailored to people with vision disabilities Their applications transform contents on the screen into audio instructions and enable people with vision disabilities to use GPS online meal ordering and wechat China s mobile messaging platform almost everything that able bodied people enjoy in the Internet Age People with vision disabilities can live more independently said Zhao Liping director of civil rights department at Beijing Disabled Persons Federation This is going to be the future for them From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 12 08 screen reading applications bring light to people with vision disabilities December 08 2015 USA American Sign Language Typeface Added to the Vignelli Center for Design Studies Collections Peter A Blacksberg s passion for a project involving American Sign Language ASL culminated this year using digital font creation and management tools 42 years after he began it using traditional pen and ink design techniques The 1975 alumnus from the School of Photography has created a modern typeface for American Sign Language officially named ASL Manutype Black R Roger Remington the Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design recently met with Blacksberg to view the typeface and give some final pointers From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 12 07 american sign language typeface added to the vignelli center for design studies collections December 08 2015 Public Transport Operators Required to Provide Accessible Services in Taiwan The Legislative Yuan passed a law amendment Tuesday that requires public transport operators to provide services accessible to persons with disabilities The requirement applies to all operators of rail road rapid transit air and water transport according to the amendment to the People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act An operator can gain an exemption if it obtains approval from transportation authorities and disability rights groups the amendment stipulates From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 12 05 public transport operators required to provide accessible services in taiwan December 08 2015 USA Arizona State University Center Releases New Style Guide on Disabilities The National Center on Disability and Journalism NCDJ at Arizona State University has released a one of a kind style guide for journalists and professionals who report or write about people with disabilities The guide offers information and advice on nearly 70 commonly used words or terms from able bodied to confined to a wheelchair It is being released to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday Dec 3 The day of observance aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity rights and well being of persons with disabilities From http globalaccessibilitynews com 2015 12 04 asu center releases new style guide on disabilities December 08 2015 Belgium European Commission Publishes the European Accessibility Act The European Commission published the European Accessibility Act EDF welcomes this long awaited piece of legislation that

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    the symbolic Walk To Freedom at India Gate on December 3 the International Day of Persons with Disabilities From http ncpedp org about htm December 04 2015 New G3ict Global Charter Released on the Occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015 The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies G3ict a digital inclusion and human rights advocacy organization launched in 2006 at the initiative of the United Nations announced today a global charter calling on governments worldwide to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities by demanding only accessible technology from their suppliers G3ict recognized the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by launching this charter with an international group of accessibility leaders including the Australian Communications Consumer Action network ACCAN the Mexican National Council for the Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities CONADIS the Royal National Institute of Blind People RNIB and several others From http g3ict org press press releases press release p id 92 December 03 2015 Member States Move Toward More Inclusive and Accessible UN At the conclusion of its session last week the Third Committee adopted a resolution on realizing an inclusive and accessible United Nations for all persons with disabilities A C 3 70 L 25 under agenda item 72 Human Rights The resolution entitled Toward the full realization of an inclusive and accessible United Nations for persons with disabilities calls upon the Secretary General to take measures to create an accessible and inclusive non discriminatory environment at the UN as well as to raise awareness of UN staff on disability issues Furthermore the resolution requests a comprehensive report on the status of inclusion and accessibility at the UN as well as for recommendations on measures for improvement From http www un org disabilities documents gadocs a c 3 70 l 56 pdf December 03 2015 International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 The theme of the 2015 commemoration of IDPD is Inclusion matters Access and empowerment for people of all abilities that seeks to reduce inequalities and remove barriers to the equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and development Sub themes for IDPD 2015 are 1 Making cities inclusive and accessible for all 2 Improving disability data and statistics and 3 Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development IDPD has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide continue to face many barriers to inclusion and do not have access to key aspects of society on an equal basis with others From http www un org disabilities default asp id 1637 unhq December 03 2015 ITU Join in the Open Consultation on Access to the Internet for Persons with Disabilities The International Telecommunication Union ITU invites all relevant stakeholders to contribute to an open consultation on the challenges faced by persons with disabilities when accessing Internet

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