How a Smartphone for the Blind May Save Drivers’ Lives
An Israeli-developed smartphone for the blind is providing technology that will now help the fully sighted to drive more safely. RayGo is the first eyes-free patented smartphone system that lets drivers interact with their smartphones without taking their eyes off the road.
From http://www.timesofisrael.com/how-a-smartphone-for-the-blind-may-save-drivers-lives/, April 13, 2015
New Zealand Sign Language Week May 4-10, 2015
From 4 – 10 May 2015, Deaf Aotearoa is hosting the ninth New Zealand Sign Language Week – a celebration of one of the country’s official languages: New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/13/new-zealand-sign-language-week-4-10-may-2015/, April 13, 2015
New Mobile App Enhances Cinema Experience for the Vision Impaired
Audible Magic, the leading provider of content recognition software solutions announced that Cybercom Group of Stockholm, Sweden has licensed its technology for Sweden’s “Available Cinema” project, making movie experiences more accessible to those with sight and reading impairments.
From http://www.sys-con.com/node/3321602, April 09, 2015
Museums Welcome People with Disabilities, Offer Array of Creative Opportunities, Technology
Luz Cantres works on a drawing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York after viewing a sculpture by French artist Jean Dubuffet. Cantres was participating in "Create Ability," a program for individuals with learning and developmental disabilities. Each month participants in the MoMA program explore a different theme through an exploration of the museum’s galleries and art-making workshops.
From http://www.theprovince.com/travel/Museums+welcome+people+with+disabilities+offer+array+creative/10951954/story.html, April 09, 2015
USA: AT&T's Challenge to Developers: Inventive Apps for the Disabled
As of now, all the apps, devices, and wearables out there don't meet Chalkias's needs. That's why he has volunteered to work as one of four exemplars for AT&T's latest app challenge, which is offering up $100,000 for technology specifically aimed at aiding those with disabilities. In a partnership with NYU's Assistive Technology and Ability Lab, AT&T is putting out a call to developers to create new apps or devices aimed at what Chalkias calls "atypical users"—other disabled people like him. Submissions will be due at the beginning of July, and AT&T will announce the winner on July 26, the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
From http://www.fastcompany.com/3044652/most-creative-people/atts-challenge-to-developers-inventive-apps-for-the-disabled, April 09, 2015
Smart Assist System for People Who are Blind
Palestinian students at the Polytechnic University in Hebron have developed a smart vest for people who are blind. The vest uses a ground sensor to detect obstacles and voice and vibration cues to navigate the user through them.
From http://www.interactiveaccessibility.com/news/smart-assist-system-people-who-are-blind#.VSS0EvmUfaD, April 09, 2015
UK Deaf Sport to Hold Conference on How to Make Sport More Inclusive
UK Deaf Sport, the National Disability Sports Organization for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, has announced plans to hold a major conference. ReDEAFining Deaf Sport, the first national conference organized by UK Deaf Sport, will be held on Friday 15 May, 2015 at The Wesley hotel, near Euston station in London.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/08/uk-deaf-sport-to-hold-conference-on-how-to-make-sport-more-inclusive/, April 08, 2015
ActionAid Publishes Laws on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Braille
ActionAid Bangladesh on Monday launched the braille version of the laws protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, at Biswa Sahitya Kendra in the capital, said a press release. The organization brought it out to help people with vision disabilities in knowing their rights.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/08/actionaid-publishes-laws-on-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-in-braille/, April 08, 2015
Courses by edX to Improve Access for People with Disabilities
On April 2, the United States Department of Justice announced an agreement with edX related to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. EdX has agreed to conform its website, platform and mobile applications to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA, published by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/08/courses-by-edx-to-improve-access-for-people-with-disabilities/, April 08, 2015
Crowdfunding Platform Kickstarter Adds Closed Caption Support for Videos
Kickstarter, one of the world’s most popular crowdfunding platforms, has announced a new accessibility feature enabling entrepreneurs to add closed captions and subtitles for videos uploaded to its website.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/news/crowdfunding-platform-kickstarter-adds-closed-caption-support-for-videos, April 08, 2015