The Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University, UK, has announced a New Post Graduate Certificate Professional Practice in Design for Diversity in Information and Communication Technology. This course is now open to new applicants.
Transport for London is partnering with OneVoice to promote a competition to improve the variety of accessible apps providing real time travel information in London.
As part of the competition developers are being invited to apply with ideas for a new travel app which will make Transport for London (TfL) realtime data more accessible to a far wider audience than mainstream Apple/Android apps.
The winning entries will receive development support from TfL and a cash prize.
The closing date for entries is 30 August 2013.
The Technology4Good Awards celebrate the hard work of people of all ages who use the power of computers and the internet to make the world a better place. They were created by AbilityNet, working with BT and a range of commercial and not for profit partners and sponsors.
Nominations close 5pm, Friday 3 May 2013
There are eight categories and it is free to enter for any business, charity, public body or individual based in the UK:
Ageing, Adaption and Accessibility: Time for the Inclusive Revolution! Launched 25th of January 2013
Modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has, in the last few years, enriched the lives of many individuals and society as a whole. With all the benefits afforded by this new-found capability, however, come challenges for an ageing population. Why do we continue to digitally disfranchise older people in the modern era, especially given that the world’s population is ageing at an unprecedented rate and there is an increasing focus on the sustainability agenda?
Whilst the use of the internet has grown dramatically in recent years, particular groups of people in society are less likely to be online than others, and this includes older people with sight loss. So BT supported RNIB to investigate the barriers preventing older people with sight loss from using the internet.
In September 2012 AbilityNet commissioned Kevin Carey, a leading contributor to thinking about digital accessibility, to produce a policy paper to review citizen/consumer access to digital information in the public domain. In November 2012, in response to Kevin's paper, AbilityNet produced Mind the Digital Gap, a proposal for a new strategy to ensure digital inclusion, which was launched at a Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons on Wednesday 21 November 2012.
Mobile “apps” have huge potential to help and liberate disabled people and the elderly, offering new-found independence through access to information and services on the move. But there is also the potential to further exclude people by creating technologies that are hard to access by some groups of people such as blind people using speech tools or deaf people using captions.
The Employers' Forum on Disability and BT share best practice and innovative ideas on improving the accessibility of call centres.
At e-access 11 on 28 July OneVoice announced its latest initiative.
The First Seven Steps to Accessible Websites is a response to the question posed by many website owners "My website was not designed with accessibility as a consideration, I would like to improve the accessibility of my site how should I start?"