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    New University-wide web accessibility testing tool to be adopted July 1

    UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.: On July 1, the Penn State enterprise accessibility testing application will change from Compliance Sheriff to the Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE), a web-based application developed by the University of Illinois. FAE, and a companion product, AInspector toolbar, will be available to all University staff, faculty, and students who wish to test the… Continue Reading »

    Vodafone launches service line for people with hearing disabilities

    GHANA: The service will enable people with hearing disabilities to have access to services provided by the network without any hindrances. In line with the initiative, registered members of the Ghana National Association for the Deaf and close families will have the opportunity to use data that is highly subsidised and SMS bundle packages designed… Continue Reading »

    New Zealand to join Marrakesh Treaty

    The NZ Government will join an international treaty to improve access to written materials for New Zealanders who are blind and low vision , Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean say. The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or… Continue Reading »

    Telia Lithuania adapts smartphones for use by people with vision disabilities

    Operator Telia Lithuania, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Union of the Blind, has launched a project to offer mobile phones adapted for use by people with vision disabilities. The smartphones tested and certified by the Union of the Blind will be specially marked in shops. The devices have software converting information available on the screen… Continue Reading »

    Managed care programs must have digital information comply with modern accessibility standards

    PROVIDENCE, RI: New regulations are soon coming into effect that will further impact website accessibility for health care organizations. Beginning July 1, 2017, all managed care programs under the Medicaid umbrella must make their Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) compliant with modern accessibility standards. The new Medicaid Rule will require that entities providing managed care… Continue Reading »

    Vodafone Egypt Launches New App for Customers with Vision Disabilities

    CAIRO: Vodafone Egypt has launched a new mobile application called “E3rafli” for customers who are blind or have low vision, in an attempt to making its products and services inclusive for all customers. The E3rafli app can recognize colors, identify the value of Vodafone cards and charge it. The app will enable its users with… Continue Reading »

    Mada launches e-accessibility program

    DOHA: The Mada Centre has launched a comprehensive year-long project with the aim of increasing the e-accessibility of all government websites. The project includes training web developers and designers, audits of e-accessibility of government websites, and putting in place remedial steps as part of a comprehensive consultation process. In the first quarter of 2017, the… Continue Reading »

    Startup Developing Educational Aids for Children with Vision Disabilities

    CROATIA: Thanks to the startup’s projects, children who are blind or have low vision  can learn Braille and identify objects in the environment. A meeting with children with vison disabilities and getting acquainted with their daily difficulties was the major reason for the establishment of a startup from Rijeka called Braille Riddles, which is oriented… Continue Reading »

    New App to Teach Kiwis Sign Language

    NEW ZEALAND: An innovative online learning resource will help teach Kiwis New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Learn NZSL is an e-learning resource developed by the Deaf Studies Research Unit at Victoria University of Wellington, will be launched on April 6 2017, the 11th anniversary of NZSL becoming an official language of New Zealand. It covers… Continue Reading »