USA: Welcoming Art Lovers With Disabilities
ON a recent Friday night, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York held its first public exhibition of original art made in its “Seeing Through Drawing” classes. Participants — all blind or partly sighted — created works inspired by objects in the museum’s collection that were described to them by sighted instructors and that they were also allowed to touch.
From http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/arts/artsspecial/welcoming-art-lovers-with-disabilities.html?_r=1&, November 04, 2013
Wearable Computing: Business Effects Of Google Glass And Smartwatches
Some say Google Glass represents the next phase in computing. Others say it’s just a geeky fad. It’s the same with smartwatches, and other forms of “wearable computing.” So much attention is being paid to this new trend that it’s time to understand what it really means—especially for businesses. Here’s my take. Google Glass has a camera on the front, capable of taking pictures or video without pointing or shooting. Although the camera is the focus of discussion, it’s really the least interesting or relevant thing about Glass.
From http://www.the-tech-blog.com/wearable-computing-business-effects-of-google-glass-and-smartwatches-2/#!, November 04, 2013
OLPC and Datawind to Collaborate on $80 Solar-Powered Tablet
One Laptop per Child, the education not-for-profit that provides cheap low-cost laptops to children in developing countries, is building a new device in partnership with Datawind, makers of the $50 (£29) Aakash tablets. "We are developing an intermediate tablet that will have a solar panel and a keyboard for less than $80 (£50). We have improved many of the things we thought needed to be improved -- from screen resolution, to battery life and many other things," Rodrigo Arboleda, OLPC's CEO, tells Wired.co.uk at the Transform Africa summit in Rwanda this week.
From http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-10/31/olpc-and-datawind-tablet, November 04, 2013
USA: New DOT Rules Make Flying Easier for Passengers with Disabilities
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), in its ongoing effort to ensure equal access to air transportation for all travelers, is requiring airline websites and automated airport kiosks to be accessible to passengers with disabilities. In addition, DOT will allow airlines to choose between stowing wheelchairs in a cabin compartment on new aircraft or strapping them to a row of seats, an option that will ensure that two manual, folding wheelchairs can be transported at a time.
From http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/new-dot-rules-make-flying-easier-passengers-disabilities, November 04, 2013
Lloyds Banking Group Leads in Becoming Dementia-Friendly
A landmark guide for banks and insurers to help improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia is being launched by Lloyds Banking Group and Alzheimer’s Society. The ‘Dementia-friendly financial services charter’ has been designed to help financial services organizations recognize, understand and respond to the needs of customers living with dementia and their carers.
From http://thecareruk.com/lloyds-banking-group-leads-in-becoming-dementia-friendly/, November 04, 2013
Nasscom Foundation Calls for Efforts to Promote ‘Digital Accessibility’
In an effort to further strengthen its vision to mainstream employment of Persons with Disabilities and making ICT accessible to all, NASSCOM Foundation hosted a Roundtable session - “Promoting Accessible Products-Bit-by-Bit” at the recently concluded NASSCOM Product Conclave.
From http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/nasscom-foundation-calls-for-efforts-to-promote-2018digital-accessibility2019#.UnEU_2bkaAU.twitter, October 31, 2013
UK: Commission Asks for Inputs from Persons with Disabilities to Compile Key Disability Issues for UN
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a questionnaire on its website today to get disabled people’s views on the priority disability issues that need to be reported to the United Nations in their examination of the rights of disabled people.
The questionnaire, for disabled people and disabled people’s user-led organizations in England and Wales, is part of the Commission’s ongoing work on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
From http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/news/2013/september/commission-asks-for-disabled-people-s-input-to-compile-list-of-key-disability-issues-for-un/, October 31, 2013
FCC Adopts New Video Accessibility Rules
he Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules that will enable people who are blind or visually impaired to have easier access to digital video
programming on a wide range of electronic devices. The rules will also enable consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing to activate closed captioning on their devices with greater ease. This action represents the final major step in the FCC’s implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), enacted in 2010 to
bring people with disabilities access to the modern and innovative communications technologies of the twenty-first century. The CVAA is the most significant accessibility legislation since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
From http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-new-video-accessibility-rules, October 31, 2013
Inclusive Publishing on the Horizon: Introducing the AAP EPUB 3 Implementation Project White Paper
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has been engaged in every aspect of the publishing marketplace to ensure that we continue to move toward the standard of "same book, same time, same price!" In other words our vision for the future is that a blind person (or anyone else requiring specific design features is a digital book to gain access to the content) will be able to buy the same digital copy of the book at the same time as everyone else and for the same price. At the 2013 NFB National Convention in Orlando, Thomas H. Allen, President and CEO, Association of American Publishers (AAP), announced the EPUB 3 Implementation Project (listen to the audio of his presentation, "A Collaboration That Enhances Opportunity: The Association of American Publishers and the National Federation of the Blind Change Possibilities for Literacy"). The NFB was pleased to receive news of this project as we have been a leading champion for EPUB 3 and the promise of accessibility that it represents.
From https://nfb.org/blog/vonb-blog/inclusive-publishing-horizon-introducing-aap-epub-3-implementation-project-white, October 30, 2013
New Website Aims to Connect People with Accessible Businesses
A new website launched just this week allows people to rate and review businesses based on the level of accessibility they provide to those with mobility, hearing, sight or cognitive disabilities. Ableroad.com was spear-headed by Kevin McGuire, Chairman & CEO of McGuire Associates, Inc., who I recently had the opportunity to hear speak at the Association of Workplace Investigators 2013 Annual Conference in Glendale, California.
From http://donnaseale.ca/new-website-aims-to-connect-people-with-accessible-businesses/#!, October 30, 2013