Courseload Releases First eText Platform with Accessible Collaborative Features
Courseload, the leading innovator in the aggregation, delivery and use of digital course materials in higher education, announced the release of Courseload Version 2.3 (Courseload v2.3), the first eText platform to provide a single, unified collaborative experience for faculty and students of all abilities. Beyond delivering accessible collaboration features, guided by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Courseload v2.3 establishes a basis for continual improvement toward the ultimate goal of born-accessible content, technology, and experiences.
From http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/02/06/4598623/courseload-releases-first-etext.html#storylink%3Dmisearch, February 26, 2013
Media Access Australia's Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility
Develop your understanding of web accessibility principles and the techniques needed to develop, maintain and audit websites in compliance with the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Jointly conducted by W3C member Media Access Australia and the University of South Australia, this six week online course is a fully-assessed certificate for technical web professionals.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/learn, February 26, 2013
Canadian Museum Sets Benchmark for Accessibility
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is currently under construction in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is a $351 million project created in partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, The Forks North Portage Partnership and the private sector. It was established to provide a place for Canadians, and the world, to explore the subject of human rights and to encourage human rights action. The first meeting of its Inclusive Design Advisory Council (IDAC) was recently held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. IDAC, made up of 8 disability rights experts, will assist the CMHR in providing visitors with a universally inclusive and satisfying experience, regardless of age or ability. The CMHR is striving to set a new benchmark for museum accessibility, incorporating inclusive design into all aspects of its exhibits, programming, the building itself, and the Museum’s business practices.
From http://www.accesstourismnz.org.nz/2013/02/new-351-million-canadian-museum-sets-benchmark-for-accessibility/, February 26, 2013
Australia: Trials of iPads as Assistive Technologies
Through funding support provided by Telstra Australia we have been undertaking research into the efficacy of mainstream devices such as iPads as assistive technologies over the last few months. The aim of the research is to provide empirical evidence of the impact of the use of such mainstream technologies on the attainment of the participation goals of 10 adults with varying physical disabilities and communication needs.
From http://denisewood.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/trials-of-ipads-as-assistive-technologies/, February 26, 2013
iPhone Maps for the Blind, Using Haptic Tech
Imagine an urban route you know well--extremely well. It’s the kind of comfortable path you walk from your front door to the bus stop five days a week, or the shortcut you follow to your favorite coffee shop. After your first step, it’s like muscle memory kicks in and your body just takes you there without thinking. You feel like could do it with your eyes closed. Could you? Navigation becomes infinitely more complex when sight is no longer an option, and even more so when unknown territory is being explored.
From http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671924/iphone-maps-for-the-blind-using-haptic-tech, February 25, 2013
RIM Changes its Name to BlackBerry
The company formerly known as Research in Motion on Wednesday announced that it had formally changed its name to BlackBerry, the longtime brand name of its famous mobile devices. More importantly, the company announced its first new smartphones in more than a year: The BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q10.
From http://bgr.com/2013/01/30/rblackberry-z10-q10-announce-311920/, February 25, 2013
TCF launches 1st Global Telecentre Awards
Telecentre.org Foundation and Spark (the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres) organizers, in cooperation with the regional telecentre networks, are proud to announce the launch of first ever Global Telecentre Awards (GTA)! The Awards seek to recognize and celebrate the best players in the international telecentre arena, and encourage them to continue raising the bar of excellence in the delivery of ICT-based services to the communities.
From http://community.telecentre.org/profiles/blogs/tcf-launches-1st-global-telecentre-awards, February 25, 2013
How Browsers Interact with Screen Readers and where ARIA Fits in the Mix
The differing behaviors of screen readers across various browsers are noticed all the time by screen reader users, and differing levels of ARIA support are noticed in a similar manner, but the reasons why this happens aren’t commonly understood by the majority of people. For example, the most widely used screen reader, JAWS, is hard coded to work best in Internet Explorer. The second most widely used screen reader, NVDA, is hard coded to work best in Firefox. This includes ARIA support.
From https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/2013/01/02/how-browsers-interact-with-screen-readers-and-where-aria-fits-in-the-mix/, February 21, 2013
USA: Legislation Mandates Accessible Learning Technology
U.S. Representative George Miller (CA), the ranking Democrat in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, introduced a new education bill: The Transforming Education through Technology Act [H.R. 521]. The bill proposes that Congress fund educational grants to be distributed to states and districts totaling $500 million.
From http://www.wirelessrerc.org/content/newsroom/legislation-mandates-accessible-learning-technology, February 21, 2013
Google Shows Off Glass in New Video, Puts Out Call for New Buyers
Google has launched a new program called If I Had Glass, which is designed to reach a new Google Glass demographic. For the first time, the company has posted a video (below) that shows off what the interface within the Glass system looks like. Those familiar with the Android operating system will instantly recognize the slick, translucent pane aesthetic, which allows the Glass user to take photos, shoot video, send audio messages, view maps, use voice search, and get directions with real-time graphic overlays.
From http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415620,00.asp, February 20, 2013