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How Accessibility is Redefining Personalization
Accessibility that is grounded in a company’s values can bridge individual differences, better connect with customers, enable a diverse pool of talent in the workplace, and improve the standard of living for all members of society.
From http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2014/07/accessibility-cao.html, July 23, 2014

IBM Names Chief Accessibility Officer
IBM today appointed Frances West as the company’s first Chief Accessibility Officer. In this new role, West will guide IBM accessibility policies and practices. Additionally, she will lead IBM’s collaboration with business, government and academia to advance accessibility standards and policy.
From http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44426.wss, July 22, 2014

Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government
This Toolkit is your guide to Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government. Created with the input of social media leaders and users across government and the private sector, this living document contains helpful tips, real-life examples and best practices to ensure that your social media content is usable and accessible to all citizens, including those with disabilities.
From https://www.digitalgov.gov/resources/improving-the-accessibility-of-social-media-in-government/, July 18, 2014

UAE Central Bank Approves Currency Notes Featuring Braille
The board of directors of the Central Bank of the UAE, at a recent meeting, reviewed a memorandum regarding re-printing of set quantities of currency notes of denominations Dh1,000, Dh500, Dh200, Dh20, Dh10 and Dh5 using Braille characters so that they will be readable by the visually impaired, and instructed that necessary actions be taken to execute the proposal.
From http://gulfnews.com/business/banking/uae-central-bank-approves-currency-notes-featuring-braille-1.1358831, July 17, 2014

USA: Playgrounds for Kids Who Can’t Run and Jump
To make it easier, National Public Radio recently introduced “Playgrounds for Everyone” to create the first comprehensive national database of accessible playgrounds. Anyone can contribute to the online registry, which includes photos, a search bar and features to look for. After one year, the site included 1,920 such playgrounds. New York City, with 827 as of this writing, currently has the most. The Chicago metro area, with 109, comes in a distant second.
From http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/playgrounds-for-kids-who-cant-run-and-jump/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0, July 17, 2014

Canada Makes Captioning of Commercials and Promos Mandatory
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has made it a licence condition for all television commercials, sponsorship messages and promos to be closed captioned from September 1, 2014.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/policy-legislation/canada-makes-captioning-of-commercials-and-promos-mandatory, July 11, 2014

Web Accessibility Vital to Elections
Media Access Australia’s resident web accessibility expert, Dr Scott Hollier, has warned that a lack of accessible websites could lead to voters with disabilities potentially miscasting their votes at the next federal or state election. Speaking ahead of his presentation on disability and digital divides, to be given at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) conference in Melbourne, Dr Hollier said that a lack of web accessibility could have profound effects on society.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/online-media/web-accessibility-vital-to-elections, July 11, 2014

Australia: Telstra Backs ACCAN's Apps for All Challenge
Australian app developers have been encouraged to enter the Apps For All challenge following the news that significant cash and career development prizes have been added to the inaugural competition. Apps For All is a partnership between the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the Australian Human Rights Commission, now offers the winners in all four categories a $1500 cash prize, thanks to Telstra’s signing on as sponsor of the competition.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/digital-technology/telstra-backs-accan%E2%80%99s-apps-for-all-challenge, July 11, 2014

Thailand: Telephone Service for People With Hearing Disabilities
Realizing the importance of personal communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, especially in a situation where help is needed, Telephone Organization of Thailand (TOT) has been expanding and developing its ‘Telephone for the deaf’ service. There are now 500 telephone booths with the service installed nationwide, while 150 of them are located in Bangkok.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/07/07/telephone-service-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, July 07, 2014

UK: Lack of Accessible Tourism Costing Economy Billions
Researchers at the University of Surrey have found that the European tourism sector is losing out on as much as 142 billion euros every year due to poor infrastructure, services and attitudes towards travelers with disabilities. The research project, which was funded by the European Commission, found that travelers within the EU who required special access (whether through disability or age) undertook 783 million trips within the region in 2012, contributing 394 billion euros and 8.7 million jobs to the European economy.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/07/03/lack-of-accessible-tourism-costing-economy-billions/, July 07, 2014

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