Taiwan: Experts Urge Better Services for Persons with Disabilities
More than three decades after the passage of the People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act, care and services for people with intellectual and multiple disabilities have made little progress in the nation, experts said at a conference in Taipei this week. People with intellectual and multiple disabilities have severe intellectual and physical disabilities ranging from hearing, visual and learning disabilities, to swallowing difficulties, epilepsy, scoliosis and other disabilities, underlining their need for extensive care, said the Maria Social Welfare Foundation, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/09/experts-urge-better-services-for-persons-with-disabilities/, December 13, 2013
Accessibility Centre Opens at UN Headquarters in New York
A UN system that is inclusive for all” is the driving force behind the first UN Accessibility Centre, according to UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon. The centre was officially opened at the UN Headquarters in New York on December 4, 2013. Over 200 diplomats, UN agency staff and civil society representatives attended the inauguration ceremony held in advance of the opening, which included keynote addresses from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, H.E. Ambassador John W. Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly, 68th Session, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN, Mr. Oh Joon, and President of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section, Ms. Jenny Nilsson.
From http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/en/article/ida-press-release-accessibility-centre-opens-un-headquarters-new-york, December 12, 2013
Smart Homes: Smartphone Apps That Allow You Control Over Household Appliances
In the past few months several major technology companies including Philips, Samsung and Belkin have launched off-the-shelf products in Australia that let you do everything from put on a load of washing to control the lighting or air conditioning in your home using an app on your smartphone. Recent research from the US-based ABI Research predicts a global explosion in smart home appliances in the next five years, with the market predicted to reach $25 billion by 2018 with 21 million wi-fi enabled appliances shipped.
From http://www.news.com.au/technology/gaming/australian-homes-to-be-controlled-from-a-smartphone-using-apps/story-fn81y8rt-1226779919667, December 12, 2013
Video: Smarty Ring Sends Smartphone Updates to Your Finger
Even though smartwatches like the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Pebble are just starting to penetrate the market, it looks like they could soon be overshadowed by smart rings. Although consumers won't quite be able to channel their inner Green Lantern and speak to their fingers, the Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo, claims it will bring smartphone connected wearable devices to the jewelry world.
From http://mashable.com/2013/12/08/smarty-ring/, December 12, 2013
Just Adopted: European Parliament Report on Women With Disabilities
The disability movement welcomes the adoption today of the European Parliament’s report on women with disabilities, which took on board all of its recommendations. During the last year, EDF was given the opportunity to present its views in the European Parliament on the draft report on ’women with disabilities’ of the Committee on Women’s rights and gender equality. EDF worked closely with the Committee Members and with the European Parliament Disability Intergroup to ensure that the voice of the disability movement is heard. Promoting the rights of women and girls with disabilities is one of key aspect of EDF’s work; we are mainstreaming the rights of women and girls with disabilities in our work as well as taking specific actions to promote their rights, as for example the 2nd Manifesto on the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities in the European Union.
From http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13854&thebloc=33242http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13854&thebloc=33242, December 12, 2013
Information Center Set Up for Children With Disabilities in Indonesia
A number of people who have children with disabilities have established a special information center and shelter for children hidden by their parents. Wayan Sujana, head of the association of parents with children (Potadin), said that the center was set up to care for these neglected children with disabilities.
“Many parents feel embarrassed to have children with disabilities, and therefore they cover up the fact that they have these children with disabilities,” Sujana said. Children, including those with disabilities, have the right to education, healthcare, a caring family and a social environment that enhances their potential.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/11/information-center-set-up-for-children-with-disabilities-in-indonesia/http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/11/information-center-set-up-for-children-with-disabilities-in-indonesia/, December 12, 2013
Former WFD President Receives 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize
The International Disability Alliance (IDA) congratulates Dr. Liisa Kauppinen, former President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), on her receipt of the 2013 United Nations (UN) Human Rights Prize. IDA extends its sincerest congratulations to Dr. Liisa Kauppinen today as she is awarded the 2013 UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights (UN Human Rights Prize). The UN is recognizing Dr. Kauppinen on Human Rights Day for her tireless efforts to strengthen the human rights of millions of persons with disabilities worldwide.
From http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/, December 11, 2013
Actuate and American Foundation for the Blind Collaborate to Offer Increased Accessibility to the Visually Impaired Community
Actuate Corporation, The BIRT Company, and the leader in personalized analytics and insights, today announced their collaboration with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), to develop content that can be easily accessed and interpreted by the visually impaired community. The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential and be better served by the institutions they depend on.
From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131209005309/en/Actuate-American-Foundation-Blind-Collaborate-Offer-Increased, December 11, 2013
USA: Newseum to Improve Access for Persons with Disabilities
The Department of Justice announced on December 6 that it has reached a settlement with Newseum Inc., which owns and operates the Newseum, to address alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The settlement agreement resolves allegations that the Newseum, a museum of news and history in Washington, D.C., was operating exhibits and providing facilities that were not accessible to people with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/10/newseum-to-improve-access-for-persons-with-disabilities/, December 11, 2013
Belgium: European Commission Announces Access City Award Winner 2014
On the occasion of the European Day for people with disabilities (3 December) the European Commission announced that Gothenburg is the winner of the Access City Award 2014. The Award recognizes Gothenburg’s outstanding work towards increasing accessibility for people with disabilities and older people. The 2014 Award is organized by the European Commission together with the European Disability Forum, and is presented in Brussels during the event ”Accessible Tourism in Europe” on the occasion of the annual European Day of People with Disabilities and the European Tourism Day. The Award aims to encourage cities with at least 50,000 inhabitants to share their experience and to improve accessibility for the benefit of all.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/09/european-commission-announces-access-city-award-winner-2014/, December 11, 2013