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Amóvil helps you identify mobile devices that accommodate your personal preferences by selecting your profile.

Amóvil will help you identify mobile devices that best suit your needs and preferences. To begin searching, you need to select your profile and the features that best accommodate your specific needs. If a matching device is found, a list of compatible assistive technology and web-based applications will be provided in order to improve your user experience.

Have you ever observed how people with disabilities are experiencing your content on social media? Is someone who uses a screen reader or other assistive technology able to understand your content on Twitter or Facebook? Following video is a 20-minute sprint where you’ll learn specific tips for making your social media content more accessible. The video goes through tools and tactics you can use to help make sure your social media engagements are readable for all your communities.
Presenter: Scott Horvath, USGS
Produced by DigitalGov University, an initiative of the General Services Administration.
Source: DigitalGov University

On 22 January 2013, the conference “Accessible ICT: Priorities for Future Research on Accessible Information and Communication Technology Systems and Services” will take place at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL.

The aim of this conference is to obtain a consensus on priorities for future research on accessible information and communication technology systems and services. Funding bodies need to ascertain the best strategy for investing their finite resources in research and development to benefit disabled and elderly people. The scope will include network-based services (social networks, collective intelligent systems, augmented reality, cloud computing, advanced location aware services and ambient intelligent systems) as well as novel user interfaces and technology transfer.

Speakers include Mike Short, Brian Collins, Gregg Vanderheiden, Graham Worsley, Patrick Roe, Alan Newell, Deborah Pullen, Gunela Astbrink and Guido Gybels.

The agenda can be found here.

To register for this conference, please click here.

The Interactive Technologies and Games Conference (ITAG) brings together academics and practitioners who work with interactive technologies to explore and innovate within the areas of Education, Health and Disability.

ITAG2012 banner

ITAG2012 banner

The Conference provides an excellent opportunity to showcase practice and to mainstream research ideas and outcomes. It introduces a wider audience to key findings and products and illustrates how practice feeds back into and informs research. The conference creates a forum for two-way communication between the academic and practitioner communities and particularly welcomes user led presentations and workshops.
For full details of papers, please see the conference schedule.

Date: Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 October 2012
Venue: Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham
Day 1: 8.30 am – 6.30 pm
Day 2: 9.00 am – 3.30 pm
Conference rate (both days):
Standard – £150.00
Concessions – £75.00
ISVR Members – £125.00
Daily rate:
Standard – £80.00
Concessions – £45.00
ISVR Members – £67.50

Find out how to become an ISVR member.

Book ITAG Conference online.

Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities is a joint report of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and G3ict. Researched and Edited by the Center for Internet & Society, and was released in November 2011.

Mobile communications have become in less than two decades omnipresent in all countries, reaching out to the most isolated and underserved populations in developed and developing countries alike. In 2011more than 5.4 billion mobile phones are in use, almost one per human being on the planet.

In the midst of this telecommunication revolution, however, populations of senior citizens and persons living with disabilities have been left out due to accessibility factors: complex human interfaces difficult to understand and activate for persons with cognitive impairments or learning disabilities, lack of alternative communications for persons living with low vision, blind, hard of hearing or deaf, or, quite often handset ergonomics too difficult for persons with physical disabilities such as dexterity or mobility limitations.

This report contains references to the new legislative and regulatory framework set by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an important resource for policy makers. It also covers practical elements required for a successful implementation of those programs and policies.

Download report.

Following its objective of making digital technology more accessible to all, the European Commission has just announced that it is to fund a project which aims to make self-service terminals easier for people with disabilities to use: the APSIS4All project, to which the European Commission will provide funding of €3.41 million.
“Public self-service terminals can be found everywhere, and their numbers keep increasing. Yet, many present a challenge for persons with disability or for some elderly persons, denying them the service”, said Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes. As the European Commission’s European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 asserts: “accessibility is a precondition for participation in society and in the economy”.
The project will design and validate, in real-life situation, innovative, personalised digital terminals that overcome existing accessibility barriers. The goal of the project is to propose a standardised framework that could help bank cash machines (automated teller machines or ATMs) and other public digital terminals be more accessible to a wider range of users, from people who are not familiar with the technology, to people with reading difficulties, and tourists who do not master the local language.
For example, tests could involve a programmed card that contains the user’s preferences. When the user brings the card close to the terminals, the machine instantly adapts to the user’s needs (possibly even changing the size of the font or choice of language). Other interfaces could include a mobile phone with accessibility features that enables a customer to purchase a ticket online and pay at the machine issuing the ticket using a secure code sent to their phone.
To access the project website: http://www.apsis4all.eu/