M-Enabling Summit: A Conversation with Organizer Axel Leblois on Biometrics for Persons with Disabiltiies at the M-Enabling Summit 2014
Biometric authentication is a far-reaching technology, and the organizers of the M-enabling Summit 2014 are excited to see the accessible and assistive properties of recognition systems making their way to the forefront through new mobile devices. “The ability to automate the recognition of users is becoming central to everything,” Axel Leblois, the Executive Director of G3ict, an organizer of the M-Enabling Summit said in an interview with BiometricUpdate.com.
From http://www.biometricupdate.com/201406/m-enabling-summit-a-conversation-with-organizer-axel-leblois, June 10, 2014
Maintaining Momentum Through Efficient Mobile Design
When interacting with mobile devices, users have little patience for confusing interfaces or unnecessary steps that impede their progress. As designers, we must understand the role of momentum in effective user interface design and create experiences that keep our users moving forward.
From http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/06/10/maintaining-momentum-through-efficient-mobile-design/, June 10, 2014
World's First Braille Mobile Phone Goes on Sale in the UK
Touchscreens may have kicked-off a mobile computing revolution, but they didn't do much for the visually impaired. OwnFone, which launched a customizable mobile phone for kids and the elderly back in 2012, is now offering its stripped-down handset with braille or raised text contact buttons. The 3D-printed hardware lets you select up to four contacts that can be assigned to the device, making it ideal for emergencies and people who need to stay in touch with family or carers on a regular basis. It's available right now for a base price of GBP 60, plus an additional monthly charge of between GBP 7.50 and GBP 15 per month - depending on how much call time you want or need.
From http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/19/ownfone-braille-mobile-phone/, May 20, 2014
Making Websites Accessible Without Sacrificing Aesthetics
Fifteen years after the Web Accessibility Initiative was launched, which aimed to improve web usability for those with disabilities, online accessibility is still widely ignored. Far too often there is a belief that a compromise must be made between accessibility and an attractive design. As a result, a myriad of misconceptions have emerged, often preventing people from making a determined effort to integrate accessibility into their websites.
From http://www.nomensa.com/blog/2013/making-websites-accessible-without-sacrificing-aesthetics/, May 20, 2014
AT&T and IBM Make it to the DiversityInc Top 10 List of Companies for People With Disabilities
Both in the United States and globally, companies increasingly are recognizing the value of hiring and promoting people with disabilities. The 2014 DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities include EY, Procter & Gamble, Boehringer Ingelheim, IBM, General Motors, Wyndham Worldwide, WellPoint, The Hartford Financial Services Group, BASF, and AT&T.
From http://www.diversityinc.com/top-10-companies-people-with-disabilities/, May 01, 2014
UK: Live TV Subtitling 'Too Slow', Ofcom Says
On-screen subtitling lags too far behind speech on live TV programmes, UK media watchdog Ofcom has said. The average delay between speech being heard and the corresponding subtitles appearing on screen is 5.6 seconds, according to an Ofcom report. That is almost double the recommended maximum of three seconds.
From http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27218471, May 01, 2014
M-Enabling Summit to Host FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility
The M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase is pleased to announce that it will host the Award Ceremony for the 2014 FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility, the world’s leading award promoting innovation in information technology accessibility for persons with disabilities. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made accessible communications technologies one if its most valued missions. As people with disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group, the advancements made in accessible communications enhance the lives of millions.
From http://g3ict.org/press/press_releases/press_release/p/id_79, April 28, 2014
Singapore: Grey Launches Free Mobile Applications for People with Hearing Disabilities
Grey Group Singapore announced that the agency has developed two innovative mobile applications aimed at improving the quality of life of people with hearing disabilities. Developed with inputs and full support from the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf), the proprietary apps transform smart phones into intelligent devices that help the lives of people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing easier and safer.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/25/grey-launches-free-mobile-applications-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, April 25, 2014
Canada: Toronto Offers Voters with Disabilities Scytl’s Solutions for Internet and Telephone Voting
Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization, has been awarded a contract by the City of Toronto, Canada to provide improved accessibility for persons with disabilities via Scytl’s secure Online Voting and Scytl’s secure Phone Voting in the October 2014 election.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/24/toronto-offers-voters-with-disabilities-scytls-solutions-for-internet-and-telephone-voting/, April 25, 2014
Pakistan Launches Talking ATM
TPS has come up with VIP (visually impaired customer) CASH ATM feature to enable banks in assisting people who are blind or have low vision. The ATM machines with VIP CASH service feature an audio port where the user inserts an audio plug to listen to the voiceover for every action during a cash transaction or balance inquiry. The talking ATM has been installed in the branches of Standard Chartered Bank.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/24/pakistan-launches-talking-atm/, April 25, 2014