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EU Directive 2016/2102/EU: Overview and Drivers

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Overview On October 26, 2016, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union issued Directive 2016/2102/EU (“the Directive”) to make public sector websites and mobile applications (“apps”) more accessible across the European Union (“EU”). The Directive requires EU countries to ensure that the websites and mobile apps of public sector bodies meet common/harmonized European accessibility standards. The Directive will allow citizens with disabilities to more fully participate in society, wherever they reside or choose to move to. Common standards allow for providers to know what standards need to be met thus reducing the cost of operation in different… Read More

SSB CEO Tim Springer at Future Accessibility Summit in Dubai

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SSB BART Group (SSB) CEO Tim Springer recently returned from a trip to Dubai to present at the Future Accessibility Summit. This summit supports His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s initiative to have Dubai become an inclusive and accessible city by 2020. The Emirate of Dubai issued Law No. (2) of 2014 which protects the rights of persons with disabilities. In April 2016, a project was announced to ensure all new buildings and public spaces are accessible and that existing facilities are retrofitted for improved accessibility. Of course, physical access must be accompanied by digital access. One of the… Read More

Can Assistive Technology Really Help the Deaf to Communicate Independently?

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By Guest Blogger, Anirban Lahiri The field of Assistive Technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be well reflected with the existing solutions for the deaf with regards to communication. According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), across all age groups, approximately 600,000 people in the United States (0.22% of the population, or 2.2 per 1,000) alone are “deaf” (Gallaudet Research Institute, 2011). The primary medium of communication within the deaf community is Sign Language. It is estimated that more than 500,000 people use American Sign Language. Sign language… Read More

The Government of the Sultanate of Oman Adopts eAccessibility

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By Debra Ruh, SSB BART Group, Chief Marketing Officer The Information Technology Authority (ITA) Sultanate of Oman invited me to visit Muscat, Oman last week to help them draft an eAccessibility Policy.  It was an amazing experience and I was quite surprised in the eagerness to not only comply, but to raise the bar in eAccessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities (PwD) and senior citizens.  I met with many of the stakeholders including Social Services, Telecommunications, Banking, Health, Media, Education (Primary, Secondary, Higher Education and Vocational Training) and other IT stakeholders.  It was refreshing to dialog with these groups and hear the… Read More

The CRPD – Impact & Opportunities

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by Debra Ruh, Chief Marketing Officer Since its opening for signature in March 2007, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been signed by 153 countries and ratified with full enforceability by 110 countries. This is one of the fastest rates of adoption of any international treaty in recent history. Its article 27 (see below) on “Work and employment” establishes the foundation for national policies and programs similar in nature to some of the most advanced legislations around the world, including the requirement for reasonable accommodation. Significant opportunities can be leveraged in this context by organizations… Read More

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