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Session: Mobile Applications for Person's with disability.

There is a greater need to discuss and talk about inclusiveness and increase participation in the policy making process for person’s disability.

the inclusion of persons with disability on the web make these people feel less isolated and part of community.

The primary barriers perceived are value vs cost- the applications that may need to be added in the basic mobile phone to enable persons who are visually impaired or mentally challenged etc…comfortable use the mobile phone may not be a cost that the developers are willing to engage in.

Lack of skills and confidence, has been mentioned as another issue to inclusiveness and literacy, more especially for the visually impaired.

comments on On web accessibility:
- As simple as changing the font color and the font can open up the content to a wider group of people.

- As a web developer, always remember that person’s with disability are part of your audience.

Cooments On Mobile Web Accessibility:
we need to ;
- Have accessibility features of mobile services
- Have Text, voice or video based services
- Have Instant communication service
- Have Maps and location-based services
- Have Touch screen and screen keyboards.

However, the Mobile Web accessibility depends on support in:
- Hardwar design
- Operating system
- Application programming Interface
- Software (esp. browsers & media players)
- Content & services

talking about inclusiveness in this area ,(web,moblie)clearly depends highly on developers, be it software,web, hardware manufactrers, to try as much as possible to have inclusivesness in the forefront and this cannot be done if we continue to have proprietary exclusion.

the use of Open and international Standards, will lead to a great leap in this area.

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Comment by Judi on September 23, 2010 at 7:15pm
Sala, thank you very much for this information.....its of great help. take care!
Comment by Sala T on September 23, 2010 at 6:57am
Australia has Telephones that are accessible in braille for the visually impaired. I was studying Universal Service with the ITU some time ago and an Australian colleague had advised me that Australia was ahead in terms of provision of telecommunication services to the physically challenged.

Also see this excerpt:

Check this except from http://www.tiresias.org/research/guidelines/legislation.htm#Australia

Commonwealth departments and agencies are obligated by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) to ensure that online information and services are accessible to people with disabilities. Section 31 of the DDA allows the Federal Attorney-General to make disability standards about employment. This involves providing employees with services and/or facilities to make sure that they are provided with equal opportunities in the workplace.

Also significant is the Telecommunications Act 1997 and the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999. Of relevance are the sections on Universal Services Obligations, the National Relay Service and Industry Development Plans, and the Telecommunications (Equipment for the Disabled) Regulations 1998."



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