Articles for 2013

FCC Requires Mobile Phone Manufacturers and Service Providers to Make Internet Browsers Accessible to the Blind and Visually Impaired by October 2013

The FCC recently released a Second Report and Order addressing the accessibility requirements of Internet browsers on mobile phones for the blind and visually impaired that it failed to address in January 2012 when it released a Report and Order implementing provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”) to ensure that [...]

G3ict Releases Preliminary Findings from ICT Report

September 2013 – Disabled People International (DPI) and the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technology (G3ICT) have release preliminary findings from the upcoming third edition of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Progress Report on the accessibility of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The report outlines the actions taken [...]

Amazon, Sony Ask FCC to Waive E-Readers From Handicap Accessibility Rules

A coalition consisting of Amazon, Sony and Kobo has petitioned the FCC to waive e-readers from its rules governing access to advanced communications services (ACS) and equipment by people with disabilities. The coalition argues that although e-readers can be used for ACS, they are primarily designed for reading and should therefore be exempt from the law. [...]

Technology and Disability Policy Highlights from the Wireless RERC

September, 2013 Technology and Disability Policy Highlights reports on national and local public policy events and recent wireless technological advances and political activities; and tracks emerging issues of interest to individuals with disabilities.  Technology and Disability Policy Highlights is published monthly by the Wireless RERC. The Wireless RERC is a research center that promotes universal [...]

Upcoming Event: STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host the STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities on October 16, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The conference is intended to help foster an interest in STEM fields among students with disabilities in grades 3-12, by providing an [...]

Youth with Disabilities Key to Transforming the American Workforce

September 2013 — U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, released a report entitled, “High Expectations: Transforming the American Workforce as the ADA Generation Comes of Age.” The report highlights that the “ADA Generation,” described as youth with disabilities who have “come of age after the passage [...]

Georgia Tech’s People and Technology Forum

The Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) at Georgia Tech will host the People and Technology Forum on November 5-6, 2013 at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference “will focus on ‘The Future of Being Human,” featuring speakers, such as Google Glass creator Bakak Parviz, and discussions on how advancements [...]

16th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference

The 16th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference, presented by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), will be held in Westminster, Colorado November 4 – 8, 2013. The conference will address accessibility, including “accessible media, universal design and assistive technology” for institutions of higher education and businesses.  Online registration for the conference can be [...]

Sampling of IDEAL Group/Apps4Android Grant Participations

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education Grant Number H133E110002 Dates: 10/1/2011 – 9/30/2012 National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Funded by The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies Objective: To develop ID accessibility packs for Sprint. ID Packs are bundles of applications which have been designed to assist individuals who cannot effectively read [...]