USA: Voting Problems Widespread for Persons with Disabilities
More than a decade after Congress took steps to ensure equal access for people with disabilities at the polls, a new report finds that legal, physical and attitudinal barriers remain. During the 2012 election cycle, 1 in 5 voters with disabilities said they were kept from casting their ballot on their own and more than half said they encountered hurdles — including rude or condescending attitudes from election workers — while inside their polling place.
From http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/11/04/voting-problems-widespread/18860/, November 05, 2013
Ratification of the Disabilities Treaty: An Opportunity To Reinforce U.S. Leadership on Disability Rights
This is an important week for people with disabilities, including myself. In fact, it’s important to anyone who supports opening the world to Americans with disabilities, Americans who wish to enjoy the same opportunities as our fellow citizens to study, travel, serve, and work overseas. On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will begin considering the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disabilities Treaty), which embodies, at the international level, the principles of non-discrimination, equality of opportunity, accessibility, and inclusion grounded in our own Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
From http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2013/11/04/ratification-disabilities-treaty-opportunity-reinforce-us-leadership-disability, November 05, 2013
How to Use Your iPhone's Accessibility Features
iPhone's Accessibility tools (available on the 3GS and 4 only) are targeted at people with certain disabilities. If you are hearing or visually impaired, the iPhone offers solutions so that you can easily check your messages, browse Web content, and more.
From http://ht.ly/quoYf, November 05, 2013
Pan-African Conference on Disability Rights in Africa at the Centre for Human Rights
A Pan-African conference on the rights of people with disabilities and the launch of the African Disability Rights Yearbook and the final round of the first Southern African Disability Rights Moot Court Competition will be hosted by the Centre for Human Rights on 5 and 6 November 2013. The theme of the conference is ‘Overcoming obstacles: towards the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Africa’. The conference will reflect on the relevance for Africa of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which the UN adopted in 2006.
From http://www1.chr.up.ac.za/index.php/centre-news-2013/1231-pan-african-conference-and-other-events-on-disability-rights-in-africa-at-the-centre-for-human-rights.html, November 05, 2013
Singapore: New Technology to Improve Rehabilitation Services for Elderly and Disabled
A suite of equipment featuring enhanced technology was launched on Friday by Temasek Cares, Singapore Polytechnic and the Agency for Integrated Care to improve rehabilitation services for the elderly and the disabled.
From http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/new-technology-to-improve/861688.html#!, November 05, 2013
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