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New Job opportunities in Qatar

Mada, Qatar Assistive Technology Center is seeking to recruit committed and skilled people to help us achieve our vision of a fully accessible Qatar. The Mada center is an Assistive Technology Center, a not-for-profit organization devoted to ensuring that persons with disabilities in Qatar have access to the information and communications technologies that can improve their lives. The Center will serve as a catalyst for research and development of assistive technologies and create public… Continue

Added by David Banes on February 4, 2011 at 19:03 — No Comments

Assistive Technology Jobs In Qatar - Interested ?

Mada, Qatar Assistive Technology Center is seeking to recruit committed and skilled people to help us achieve our vision of a fully accessible Qatar. The Mada center is an Assistive Technology Center, a not-for-profit organization devoted to ensuring that persons with disabilities in Qatar have access to the information and communications technologies that can improve their lives. The Center will…

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Added by David Banes on July 14, 2010 at 12:36 — No Comments

Personal News and Accessibility resources

I wanted to let you all know that that Ill be leaving AbilityNet in two weeks time. Ive been with

AbilityNet for 10 years and im leaving the organisation, country and

continent to take up a post in Qatar as Deputy Director of the Mada

centre for assistive technologies.



The work with Telecentres has been one of the things that I have most valued

in those 10 years and I have every intention of trying to find a way of

staying involved, but in the short term I… Continue

Added by David Banes on April 30, 2010 at 15:35 — 3 Comments

Would you like to contribute to a podcast following tes 09

We would like to include a feature on TES09 in our next podcast that we are editing on Monday. We would love to include some soundbites from anyone who attended on their impressions, especially around the accessibility thread

If you would like to contribute - in english if possible - could you email me via the site or directly at david.banes@abilitynet.org.uk

Best regards to all

David Banes
AbilityNet

Added by David Banes on October 22, 2009 at 12:33 — No Comments

Great to meet you all in Istanbul

It was a pleasure to meet you all in Istanbul and a special hello to all those that attended the accessibility workstream. Feedback on the materials presented for your use would be very welcome and we look forward to working with you all in the coming months

Added by David Banes on October 18, 2009 at 23:03 — No Comments

Accessibility WorkStream at Istanbul Summit

Hi to all

At the Istanbul summit, I would be very interested in finding an attending network member who would like to present a case study of how they have worked with disabled people and what has been achieved

If you would like to take part could you contact me here on Ning or via email at david.banes@abilitynet.org.uk

Many thanks

David

Added by David Banes on August 21, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

Access IT Awards 2009 now open for nominations

Access IT Awards – Open for nominations



Following the successful launch of the awards in 2008, we are pleased to inform you that the ACCESS-IT initiative is now open for a second year.



The ACCESS-IT Awards are encouraging nominations of activities that promote a better quality of life for people with disabilities and the elderly, through the use of Information Technology (IT).

This year, we anticipate even more nominations than in 2008. Last year’s Finalists… Continue

Added by David Banes on July 8, 2009 at 17:00 — No Comments

New AbilityNet Podcast released

This months podcast swings from reviews of assistive software to issues of interoperability and some first thoughts on the apple iPhone 3GS. A round up op fthe latest AT news includes mention of Access IT 2009 (more to follow)

Available for free from www.abilitynet.org.uk/podcast or via ITunes

Added by David Banes on July 1, 2009 at 1:01 — No Comments

AbilityNet eLearning Website refresh

We've just completed a major refersh to our elearning website at www.abilitynettraining.org



The site is a collection of abilityNet materials, a portal to resources from across the web and embedded video courses for assistive technology and general applications



The site is based upon Moodle the free open source learning platform and the theme based upon free code from edugeek. These combined seem to offer a really good… Continue

Added by David Banes on June 25, 2009 at 23:49 — No Comments

Accessibility rss feed from Abilitynet Twitter

If you like to see daily links to information and resources - and general news and gossip on access for people with a disability you can follow us on Twitter - @abilitynet



for those who would liek to browse but not actually have an account you can get an rss feed with



http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/14978999.rss



Youll find the rss feed delivering live content on our page in the… Continue

Added by David Banes on June 19, 2009 at 23:16 — No Comments

Google wave - new platform for collaboration

Good guides to Google wave http://tinyurl.com/mk898h http://bit.ly/bCaE8 video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_UyVmITiYQ

Wave is a collaboration tool in real time from Google that is due for release soon - if you wnat to know more the links above should help

Added by David Banes on June 3, 2009 at 10:36 — 1 Comment

Proceedings of European eAccessibility Forum

Proceedings of European eAccessibility Forum are now on-line http://bit.ly/Te8ra

Added by David Banes on May 31, 2009 at 20:01 — No Comments

New AbilityNet Podcast released

www.abilitynet.org.uk/podcast/episodes/AbilityNetPodcast04-May2009.mp3





Contents for May



* Item on Amazon's Kindle ebook reader text to speech controversy

* Tips on how to customise your technology for your own use

* NVDA open source screen reader review

* Feedback from Digital Inclusion conference

* Events for your diary



A full transcript… Continue

Added by David Banes on May 19, 2009 at 10:59 — No Comments

new abilitynet blog - "Crab Claw Syndrome its so 2009" www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog

This blog post explores one way we could make RSI a popular issue

www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog

Read with a pinch of salt !

David

Added by David Banes on May 9, 2009 at 12:06 — No Comments

Analysing and federating the European assistive technology ICT industry - final report

Analysing and federating the European assistive technology ICT industry - final report

27 April 2009



This report represents the final report of the study, “Analysis of the Assistive Technologies Information and Communication Technologies (AT ICT) industry in Europe” for the European… Continue

Added by David Banes on May 1, 2009 at 23:01 — 1 Comment

‘Digital Inclusion Conference Adds Up To Big Debate’

‘Digital Inclusion Conference Adds Up To Big Debate’

The fourth National Digital Inclusion Conference 'Empowerment through Technology', took place on the 27th and 28th April 2009 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster. It saw more than 400 delegates come through the doors, more than 600 follow on the live webstream, seven Government Ministers report on progress and policy, four workshops whittle down 20 ideas for digital-inclusion action, a team of 12 social… Continue

Added by David Banes on May 1, 2009 at 22:58 — No Comments

Imagintaive ideas for Inclusion - one from disney

Saw this on twitter - Disney Audio description for rides I honestly cant work out if this is a well meaning gimmick (and Im not being cyncial here) or whether it adds real value to blind riders - I can see it working for Pirates of the Caribbean but my personal Audio Guide to Space Mountain, would be something like



"Oh **** Oh **** Im going to die, Oh God make it stop, oh no, oh no… Continue

Added by David Banes on April 19, 2009 at 20:32 — No Comments

New AbilityNet blogpost Fact v Fiction - The web and truth - Wearable Robotics

How far would you take technology to help you ?

What personal costs would you accept to have greater independence ?

Our new blog post raises these issues

www.abilitynet.org.uk

David Banes
AbilityNet

Added by David Banes on April 14, 2009 at 23:40 — No Comments

Towards an accessible information society" (Council of the European Union, March 31, 2009)

On 1st December 2008 the European Commission adopted the Communication "Towards an accessible information society". This has now been followed up on 31 March 2009 when the Council of the European Union adopted its conclusions on the Communication .



The Communication makes suggestions for improving both web accessibility in particular and e-accessibility in general, notably to:



* Pursue and make full use of instruments at European level - notably standardisation efforts,… Continue

Added by David Banes on April 5, 2009 at 20:19 — No Comments

Microsoft Tag - integrating the physical world with mobile technologies

This is a way of demonstrating innovation with mobile technologies



Have a look at Microsoft tag www.microsoft.com/tag



You can download the correct software for you mobile phone (free) if you have a web enabled phone – set your mobile browser to http://gettag.mobi and download the sopftware onto your phone



When you open the software it will initialise your phones camera, so point the camera at the tag at… Continue

Added by David Banes on April 4, 2009 at 14:29 — No Comments

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