IEC Offers Free Technical Report on Accessibility for Multimedia Systems and Equipment

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New York October 11, 2010

Update: The tagged version of the PDF was kindly tagged by Mike Paciello, Founder & Principal, TPG,

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is offering free downloads of a Technical Report 62678 (TR) on audio, video, and multimedia systems and equipment activities and considerations related to accessibility and usability.

The TR is being offered in cooperation with this year's theme for World Standards Day: accessibility for all. Around the world, nations celebrating World Standards Day 2010 recognized the critical role of model codes, standards, and conformity assessment activities in developing and maintaining the built environment, products, technologies, and systems that are accessible for persons with special needs.

IEC/TR 62678, Audio, video, and multimedia systems and equipment activities and considerations related to accessibility and usability, provides information on accessibility and usability terms, activities, completed and ongoing standards, technical reports, and projects, and specifies user needs that may or may not apply to audio, video, and multimedia systems and equipment.

It also contains a user-friendly checklist of accessibility and usability considerations. The information provided in the TR may be applied by industry experts who are evaluating opportunities to integrate support for accessibility and usability.

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Accessibility Literature

Last updated: May 28, 2016

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  • Bibliography—literature in relation to Design for All (299 K .pdf) edited by Greta Olsson & Thomas Lyhne. This Bibliography is a part of CEN/CENELEC Guide 6 "Guidelines for standards developers to address the needs of older persons and persons with disabilities". The Guide addresses relevant aspects relating to the needs of older persons and persons with disabilities to be considered when drafting standards. Both documents are part of the Mandate 283 on the safety and usability of products by persons with special needs given by the Commission of the European Communities.
  • Disability Etiquette (.pdf). The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about etiquette. You don't have to feel awkward when interacting with, or when you meet, a person who has a disability. This booklet provides some basic tips for you to follow. And if you are ever unsure about what to do or say with a person who has a disability, just ask!
  • Disability Graphics
  • Health and Disability in North Carolina 2003: a joint report from the Office on Disability and Health and the State Center for Health Statistics collection of publications about removing barriers from health, meeting, and recreation facilities from the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health (NCODH)
  • New Harbinger Publications specializes in psychology and self-help books for medical conditions
  • H-Disability Discussion Network from H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online
  • Literature relating to women and technology:
    • Women With Disabilities: Essays in Psychology, Culture, and Politics. Introduction: Beyond Pedestals. Ed: Michelle Fine and Adrienne Asch. Temple University Press. Philadelphia. 1988. ISBN 0-87722-474-9.
    • "On the Margin of the Myth: Exploring the Landscape of Disabled Women's Lives." May 1997 Mainstream Magazine.
    • Saxton, Marsha, and Florence Howe, editors. "With wings: An anthology of
      literature by and about women with disabilities". NY: Feminist Press, 1987.
    • Schultz, Kara. "Every Implanted Child a Star (and Some Other Failures): Guilt and Shame in the Cochlear Implant Debates." Quarterly Journal of Speech 86.3(2000): 251-75.
    • Women's Health (.pdf). The United Spinal Association has a publication about health for women. For many women with spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D) knowledgeable physicians and the right facilities are often hard to find. Use this checklist, not only for your own personal information, but also for educating your primary health care provider on what he or she needs to know about the unique needs and concerns of women with SCI/D.
  • Mental Health Libraries and Libraries with Mental Health/Substance Abuse Collections
  • Parking Etiquette and Rules
    • ADA Handicapped Parking Rules – Access Signs Regulations access sign regulations, parking space size, location how many parking spaces are required. Updated PDF version (.pdf)
    • Parking Etiquette Notices for Windshields (.pdf). The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about disabled parking etiquette. Have you ever discovered someone illegally parked in a handicapped zone and wished you could say or do something? Now you can! Take action with our handy "Just a Minute…" is 60 Seconds too long parking pad. Simply slip one of these informative reminders under the offender's windshield wiper and you've made your point.
  • Special Needs Library Services in Rockville, Maryland
  • Taxicab Driver Customer Service Pocket Guide developed in part by TLPA provides important tips and guidelines for drivers when communicating with and providing transportation service to passengers with disabilities
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (.pdf). The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about the ADA. Many regard the ADA as the most sweeping piece of civil rights legislation since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Others believe that because of the many structural and communication barriers the ADA will remove, it is the farthest-reaching civil rights law ever enacted.
  • The Fair Housing Amendment Act (.pdf). The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about the FHA Act. This law is intended to increase housing opportunities for people with disabilities. However, individual citizens must come forward with concerns, file complaints or sue if they believe their rights have been violated. The government has no other way of detecting discrimination as it occurs. As a result, it is important to understand this legislation and how to make it work for you.


Last updated: May 25, 2016

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  • Concept Coding Framework (CCF): people with impaired communication, including difficulties to read or write, may use symbols as an alternative or complement to character based texts. Referencing to, and exchanging these alternatively coded messages over the Internet is difficult due to the lack of standardised encoding schemes and common practises. This site is intended to motivate, describe and promote the introduction and adoption of a common, open and vendor neutral Concept Coding Framework (CCF) to overcome some of these difficulties.
    • CCF Background Paper The presented paper, "Inclusive AAC – Multi-Modal and Multilingual Language Suppport for All", won the best paper award 2013. The paper and presentation builds on the work carried out during several years, also participating in EU projects, WWAAC, AEGIS, creating a framework for concept coding, to facilitate the use of many natural languages and symbol languages in applications. One practial appliance is symbolsupport for LibreOffice and an Android App. Contributors to this work, and the published paper submitted to the conference, is Mats Lundälv, Sandra Derbring of DART, and Bengt Farre, Annika Brännström of Androtech Consulting and Lars Nordberg of Femtio Procent Data.
    • WWAAC Report Summary – Project reference: IST-2000-27518 – "Concept coding framework" from Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), the European Commission's primary public repository and portal to disseminate information on all EU-funded research projects and their results in the broadest sense.
  • English as a Foreign Language (EFL) The mission of the Intensive English Program at Georgetown University is to provide quality language instruction and cultural orientation to students who require English for their academic, professional or personal needs. [Georgetown University, Washington, DC]
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Fulbright Scholar Program, a program of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Beginning with the 2014-2015 competition, opportunities for scholars specializing in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and associated fields are being organized and showcased in an entirely new way by the Fulbright Scholar Program. Although grants will continue to be made to a specific country, all TEFL opportunities are now grouped under a single award number (#5000). By presenting the full range of TEFL within a worldwide context, potential applicants will be able to examine and compare more than 50 country options simultaneously.
  • English Grammar FAQ
  • TESL/TEFL/TESOL/ESL/EFL/ESOL Links maintained by The Internet TESL Journal. Links of Interest to Students & Teachers of English as a Second Language There are currently 10192 registered links. (Last Update: 27-Mar-2012)
  • Foreign Languages for Travelers online translating dictionaries for 35 languages.
  • OISE Language schools around the world intensive language schools
  • German translating dictionaries German to English, German to to French, German to to Spanish, and German to to Italian
  • Makaton, a communication programme using symbols and signs for communication and learning disabilities
  • Stern Center for Language and Learning, is a nonprofit learning center dedicated to helping children and adults reach their full potential. The center is committed to helping individuals identify their learning strengths as well as their needs and to finding solutions that allow everyone to learn. We evaluate and teach more than 900 children and adults each year including those with learning disabilities, dyslexia, language disorders, autism, attention deficit disorders, and learning style differences.
  • The Internet TESL Journal The Internet TESL Journal published articles from 1995 through 2010. This website is now an online resource book for teachers who can refer to our published articles on teaching techniques and other things of interest to EFL and ESL teachers.
  • The SYMBERED Project "The aim of the Nordic SYMBERED project – funded by NUH – is to develop a user friendly editing tool that makes use of concept coding to produce web pages with flexible graphical symbol support targeted towards people with AAC needs."
  • Widgit, software for special needs, including symbols for literacy
  • World-Wide Augmentative and Alternative Communication (WWAAC) project This was a pan-european initiative to make the electronic highway more accessible for a wide range of persons with language and/or cognitive impairments. Their results are found on this site.