Category Archives: Accessibility

Intellectual Property Rights in Developing Countries

Developing countries have always been target audiences for media markets. In certain countries, like Brazil for example, there are more Hollywood movies been screened on theaters than national production. These countries are great Western movies consumers and have been receiving … Continue reading

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Wearable computers: extensions of the human body

Throughout human history, civilizations have always studied ways to face adversity and to build tools to facilitate living conditions. American anthropologist Edward Hall believed that body limitations triggered man’s curiosity to create tools that could be used as ‘extensions’ of … Continue reading

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Global and Regional A11y for ICTs: Policy Frameworks

This post is a bit delayed.  It should have been written a week ago, but that was in the middle of a meeting in New York City of monumental proportions. Last Monday, the United Nations General Assembly held a special … Continue reading

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Technology for All

Advances in technology have broken barriers across countries’ geographic and political boundaries, going to remote regions and connecting people worldwide. However, there is a large parcel of the world population who has not contemplated the benefits of ICTs.

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Technology as an Inclusive Concept

Continued advances in technology have generated increased opportunities for disparate peoples to communicate asynchronously across the world. Information and Communication Technology (ICT), which originated on a mass scale with the invention of the printing press, has evolved into a world … Continue reading

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Making a More Accessible World

In their paper Technology for People, Not Disabilities: Ensuring Access and Inclusion, Alan Foley and Beth A. Ferri make a point that technology should aim to assist, not accommodate, different needs from all people. The ideal situation is, through the help of … Continue reading

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Accessibility and Cyberinfrastructure

On May 3, 2008 the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) entered into force. This marks a historic shift in in attitudes toward accessibility – both as it applies to infrastructure and cyberinfrastructure. The CRPD … Continue reading

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Enabling environment: Access, Accessibility and Assistive Technology

This week reading/ class focus on the dynamic and complexity of technological innovations that impact people with disabilities. To accelerate ICT innovations that allow full participation of people with disabilities in society, Universal Design (UD) principles is one of the … Continue reading

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Connecting offline with the online world

Once entering the online world we have the tendency to believe that we are leaving the real world behind us. The woman or man typing and building up a profile online remains the same in both environments. Therefore, she or … Continue reading

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