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Digital Inclusion a Key to Government Modernization
In the past, many federal employees with disabilities felt that accessibility in technology was a “bolt-on” instead of a “built-in.” As federal agencies look to modernize through information technology for mobility, security, compliance, and agility, they must ensure that their technology and communications are accessible to all. By doing so, there is a significant side benefit for governments: attracting a huge untapped pool of talent.
From Federal News Radio, November 01, 2017

Smart Cities Want to be More Inclusive
The Smart Cities for All (SC4A) global initiative begins to develop a new tool, a maturity model, designed specifically to help cities worldwide assess and benchmark their level of digital inclusion and ICT accessibility. The new Maturity Model tool will help assess ICT accessibility in Smart Cities globally.
From Medium, November 01, 2017

Web Accessibility: Steps to WCAG 2.0 Compliance
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires electronic and information technology of federal agencies to be accessible to people with disabilities. It is important for businesses to think of website accessibility as an ongoing process rather than a project. It is important to set achievable goals that will take companies further down the accessibility path, mitigating the risk of lawsuits. This article gives a few helpful tips on how to go about becoming WCAG 2.0 compliant.
From Business to Community, October 29, 2017

Cochlear Releases new Made for iPhone Hearing Implants
Following the announcement of their partnership with Apple, Cochlear has released its Made for iPhone Nucleus 7 Sound Processor in Australia that will soon be available in other countries as well. The product is designed for users with profound hearing loss. Users will be able to listen to music and podcasts, watch videos, make calls and more.
From 9 to 5 Mac, October 28, 2017

Digital Inclusion Should Become a Priority of the new EU Disability Strategy
Technological developments are full of opportunities, but also risks, disability organisations warned at a European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) public hearing. To achieve digital inclusion and other priorities, the new The EU Disability strategy for 2020-2030 must have “concrete objectives and deadlines” and include the participation of disabled people, participants.
From European Economic and Social Committee, October 27, 2017

UK Tourism Board Launches Accessible Websites Guides
UK tourism boards VisitEngland and VisitScotland have launched a website for tourism businesses to produce accessibility guides. These guides by tourism operators will provide persons with disabilities with important accessibility information in a user-friendly format. The new accessibility guides will allow travelers to compare attractions, accommodation businesses, and other venues before choosing their destination, enabling them to make an informed choice.
From Travel Daily UK, October 26, 2017

Norwegian Survey Indicates Benefits of Technology for Persons with Disabilities
Researchers at the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research have followed ten different technologies and software that have contributed to greater accessibility for children with disabilities. Results of the study suggest that these technologies are well suited for children and young people with disabilities, and that help better language understanding, and contribute to independence and social contact.
From Science Nordic, October 24, 2017

Learning to Design for Virtual Reality for Accessibility
With Virtual Reality pushing into the mainstream, there are a host of challenges and possibilities for designers and developers. To make the experience enjoyable for all, designers must ensure accessibility.
From Upload, October 22, 2017

States Adjust Policies with Rising Demand for Digital Education Material
As schools increasingly forego print for digital materials, states have been forced to revamp how they procure classroom resources.The State Educational Technology Directors Association has, in collaboration with state and district digital learning leaders, developed a publication that highlights state-level procurement case studies that share how states have effectively established and implemented policies for the procurement of high-quality instructional materials and devices.
From Edweek, October 21, 2017

Bangladesh: Smart Mobility for Persons with Visual Disabilities
The Access to Information (a2i) program of the Prime Minister’s Office in Bangladesh has been working on ways to improve inclusive development. Innovators of all ages are being encouraged to come up with small-scale innovation prototypes which, if successful, can be up-scaled to reach persons with disabilities. Read about two such innovations to help persons with visual disabilities navigate spaces by themselves.
From Dhaka Tribune, October 20, 2017

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