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Category: People with disabilities

Having several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data is at the core of the work by Pranav Mistry, the inventor of SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data. Below video includes a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop”. In the onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.
Looking at what Pranav Mistry demoed at TEDIndia, there is serious potential for affordable advanced technology, that can potentially be very helpful for usage by both people with disabilities and older people.

The National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM) has written guidelines for content providers who would like to create accessible iTunes U media via captions, subtitles and audio descriptions. This guidelines document provides step-by-step documentation on creating fully accessible media, including: – Closed captions and audio descriptions that the user can turn on or off as needed. – Open subtitles and descriptions that are available to everyone watching or listening. – Closed subtitles for adding multiple language tracks to video files. – Accessible PDFs. Also included with the guidelines are links to eight video and audio clips that illustrate the various forms of accessible media discussed in the document. Using these guidelines, iTunes U content providers can create content that all people can learn from including people with vision and hearing loss. See Creating Accessible iTunes U Content on Apple’s iTunes site.

In her speech on the new European digital agenda of 1st October Commissioner Reding addressed e-accessibility and web accessibility.

She said: “… We cannot achieve the Single Market by leaving aside certain parts of our population. I am talking about e-accessibility: 15% of our population is disabled and our rules on accessibility are still fragmented. Each Member State is going its own way. We have to consider that this is costly for industry because they have to respond to a wide range of fragmented national standards. It also leaves disabled people without a consistent level of service that they can expect. What should we do? We should in my view encourage the European-wide adoption of the global web accessibility standard, the new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We should do it together and in step so that the online services industry can reap economies of scale and the users get a decent and reliable framework. I believe the way we should do this is to develop together with stakeholders a European Disability Act.”

Read the full speech.