Three Disability 'Firsts' in a European Court of Human Rights Case
In the recent case of Glor v. Switzerland, the European Court of Human Rights has for the first time (1) found a violation of the right to non-discrimination on the basis of the applicant's disability, (2) referred to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and (3) used the human rights concept of "reasonable accommodation".
From Mental Disability Advocacy Center, June 02, 2009
Boston: Arlington T station Reopens with Disabled Acess
Karen Schneiderman used her wheelchair to get through Arlington Station yesterday, an unremarkable action by many standards but a first for her and other disabled transit riders.
From The Boston Globe, June 02, 2009
Government of Canada Employment Program for People with Disabilities Benefits T'sou-Ke Nation
The T'Sou-ke Nation will provide a band member with disabilities with work experience to develop valuable employment skills thanks in part to Government of Canada support. The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
From Marketwire, June 01, 2009
AOL/TopCoder® Accessibility Developer Competition to Culminate at 2009 TopCoder Open
AOL today announced that the AOL/TopCoder® Sensations Developer Challenge will culminate at the 2009 TopCoder Open (TCO) on Monday, June 1 – Thursday, June 4, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV where the winning accessibility application developed by competition participants will be announced. AOL teamed with TopCoder, Inc., leader in online programming competitions, skills assessment and competitive software development, to encourage third party development of targeted value-add features for the disability community.
From WebWire, May 22, 2009
New Accessibility Guidelines Part IV: Robustness
The fourth principle of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines requires new web documents to be “robust.” Robustness, future-proofing, user-agent independence, accessibility-supported: All are terms that suggest the same basic idea that your documents should follow standard, supported models for web document types. In many ways, this is the simplest and most testable requirement of the WCAG, but the details can be quite complicated.
From Practical e-commerce, May 22, 2009
Reading Rights Coalition Denounces Random House
The Reading Rights Coalition, representing more than 15 million print-disabled Americans, has denounced publishing giant Random House, which has turned off text-to-speech on all of its e-books available for Amazon's Kindle 2 reading service.
From PRWire, May 20, 2009
Assistive Technology: Low Vision Doesn't Mean Low-Tech
Luxury puts up a good fight, but necessity is still the true mother of invention. Innovations in assistive technology, such as Bluetooth hearing aids and Braille-input PDAs, are helping the physically and mentally disabled and impaired keep pace with our increasingly tech-dependent world--at least, for those who can afford them! Here's a look at some of the latest tech products for people with visual disabilities.
From Gearlog, May 19, 2009
Living Better with MS
On a sunny spring afternoon, Janet Tipton teaches her sixth-grade students Spanish using an electronic device that enables her to write and instruct without leaving her seat...Tipton's story is the epitome of the vision behind the MS Technology Collaborative, a partnership between Bayer HealthCare, Microsoft and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
From JC online -Indiana, May 19, 2009
Researcher Dawn M. Taylor on Brain-Computer Interfaces
The researcher talks about decoding brain signals to bring sight, movement and sensation to the disabled.
From ComputerWorld, May 17, 2009
Georgia Takes Lead in Travel/Tourism for the Disabled
Consider all of the frustrations that you may experience preparing for and during overseas travel. Now imagine the existence of these difficulties in addition to the challenge of being visually impaired, deaf or physically disabled. These considerations and concerns for people with disabilities have inspired public and private sector leaders in Georgia to direct efforts toward statewide travel and tourism.
From Global Atlanta, May 15, 2009