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    Ubuntu 12.04 Accessibility Plans

    Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon has detailed the development plans for accessibility support in next April’s 12.04 LTS release. The plans appear to have been developed with the problems of accessibility development that arose during the Ubuntu 11.10 cycle in mind. During that development cycle, the accessibility features were “broken throughout much of the cycle” and testing of, for… Continue Reading »

    University of Technology designing prototype device to aid children with disabilities

    JAMAICA: With statistics revealing that some three children per thousand are born in Jamaica each year with a physical disability and that there is an urgent need to provide them with cost effective, suitable means of mobility, the engineering department of the University of Technology (UTech) is spearheading a project to create the perfect assistive device to… Continue Reading »

    Advanced Academics makes online learning accessible to students with disabilities

    OKLAHOMA CITY: Advanced Academics, a nationally recognized online learning provider, announced today that it has modified more than 100 courses to become compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, making them accessible to hearing and visually impaired students. The organization plans to release 50 additional courses compliant with Section 508 by the end of… Continue Reading »

    Tobii PCEye brings hands-free control to PC

    The new Tobii PCEye is an easy to use, stand-alone eye control device that can be used with most personal computers. It is quick to set up, highly accurate and provides total control of your computer using only your eyes. Tobii PCEye, is a eye control unit, for users with cognitive disabilities wanting access to… Continue Reading »

    UNWTO and partners to promote accessible tourism

    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the ONCE Foundation for Cooperation and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) have signed a Cooperation Agreement aimed at developing ever more accessible tourism for persons with disabilities (Madrid, Spain, 16 September). “The facilitation of tourist travel for persons with disabilities is… Continue Reading »

    Google+ adds video chat feature hangouts to help deaf users to communicate in sign language

    Google+ is getting more accessible for sign language users to hangouts. Hangouts, the social network’s video chat feature is one thing that sets Google+ apart from Facebook and Twitter. When many people are chatting in a Hangout, only one person often “gets the floor” at a time and control of the video chat. Google used… Continue Reading »

    Are You Interested in Representing Your Country for the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)?

    GAATES is seeking Country Representatives to promote accessibility in your country and participate in the Global Alliance. GAATES is the leading international organization focusing on accessibility of the built environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please submit your applications for consideration. Applications will be… Continue Reading »

    W3C web services standards approved as ISO/IEC International standards

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Joint Technical Committee JTC 1, Information Technology, of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced formal approval of a package of W3C Web Services technologies as ISO/IEC International Standards. As ISO/IEC JTC 1 Standards, these widely deployed technologies now benefit from formal recognition from national bodies,… Continue Reading »

    ISO to contribute new standard for accessible packaging design

    Any consumer can find some packages or packaged products tricky to open. Such difficulties can be worse for people with disabilities or elderly people. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is contributing to a solution in the form of a standard for designing packaging that is easier to use for people with disabilities or elderly people… Continue Reading »