India Approves Persons with Disabilities Bill 2011
India's Union Cabinet on December 12, 2013 approved the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2011. The Bill is a comprehensive measure that covers a whole spectrum issues of people with disabilities. It will replace the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act of 1995. The Bill has been prepared on the basis of recommendations made by Sudha Kaul Committee. The Committee was appointed in 2010 by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Main highlights of the Bill: Provides for 5% reservation in public sector jobs and makes the private sector more accountable for creating a accessible environment. It provides incentives for the private sector to take such measures.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/16/india-approves-persons-with-disabilities-bill-2011/, December 16, 2013
India: NID Student Designs Wristwatch for People with Vision Disabilities
In a bid to make watches universal to all, a student of National Institute of Design (NID) has developed a tactile wristwatch that will be especially meant for people with vision disabilities. Suraj Patel, an undergraduate student of NID has created ‘Taq’, a watch that can tell time even in the dark. Instead of the minute and hour hands, Taq offers a tactile surface, and uses electromagnets that help in avoiding errors caused by touching its surface. “The brief for the product was that it could be used by anyone and in situations where a regular wristwatch fails; for instance, if a person with vision disability wanted to use it or if the user was in a dark room,” said Patel, who is in his final semester in product design.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/16/nid-student-designs-wristwatch-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, December 16, 2013
Bahamas Unveils Inclusive Education Manual
Officers of the Special Education Unit of the Ministry of Education Science and Technology presented the Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald with the manual for National Standards for Inclusive Education. The manual is designed to educate school administrators and teachers about their obligations to make school campuses conducive for the delivery of education to all students according to the Education Act.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/16/bahamas-unveils-inclusive-education-manual/, December 16, 2013
Increasing Accessibility to Computer Science Education in USA
Grace Hopper-computer pioneer, Navy rear admiral, and inventor of one of the first computer languages-was born on Dec. 9, 1906. To honor her life and achievements, in 2011 Congress inaugurated Computer Science Education Week (CS Ed Week), which encourages individuals of all ages to learn more about computer science and its important role in an increasingly computational and digital world.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/14/increasing-accessibility-to-computer-science-education-in-us/, December 16, 2013
Brunei to Ensure People with Disabilities Given High Priority in National Agendas
As members of society, people with disabilities are entitled to civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights on an equal basis with others. In the context of Brunei Darussalam, the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is strongly committed in ensuring that matters related to people with disabilities, comprising 1.06 per cent of the Sultanate’s total population, are given high priority in national agendas.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/13/brunei-to-ensure-people-with-disabilities-given-high-priority-in-national-agendas/, December 16, 2013
AT&T Scores 100% on Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index; Named Best Place to Work
AT&T has received a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index. For the 10th consecutive year, AT&T has been listed in the organization’s “Best Places to Work” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.
From http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=25151&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=37335&mapcode=mk-att-sustainability|mk-customer-diversity, December 16, 2013
Feature: Cinemas, Theatres and Sensory Disabilities
The current state of the relevant legislation does recognize the needs of people with disabilities within buildings such as auditoriums and cinemas. The inclusions to assist people with disabilities have however been somewhat limited in their scope. Requirements for the provision of wheelchair seating spaces and accessible paths of travel to these, as well as the provision of a Hearing Augmentation Listening Systems (HALS) to assist people with hearing impairments have been present in the Building Code of Australia for some time – not without their challenges however.
From http://www.functionalaccess.com.au/1/post/2013/12/cinemas-theatres-and-sensory-disabilities.html, December 13, 2013
Nigeria to Redesign Public Infrastructure for People with Disabilities
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has announced plans to redesign all public infrastructures to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities in the state. In his address to mark the 2013 World Human Rights Day celebration with the theme “Rights of People Living with Disabilities” and Human Rights Essay and Debate Competition for Private and Public Schools at Adeyemi-Bero auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, he said the state government was using the celebration to reaffirm its readiness to continue to uphold the rights of every Lagosian as no individual is able or disabled by choice.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/11/nigeria-to-redesign-public-infrastructure-for-people-with-disabilities/, December 13, 2013
Institutions Develop Databases of Sign Language in Hong Kong
People with hearing disabilities have fought to preserve sign language in the past. Fifty deaf students protested a ban on sign language with a strike in 1973 at the Hong Kong School for the Deaf, the first such school in Hong Kong, established in 1935. The students boycotted classes, but to no avail. The second such school was set up in 1948 by a couple with hearing disabilities from Shanghai, and introduced Shanghainese-style sign language to Hong Kong. The school closed in 1976. In 2004, the Hong Kong School for the Deaf became a school for able-bodied children, and was renamed Chun Tok School.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/09/institutions-develop-databases-of-sign-language-in-hong-kong/, December 13, 2013
UAE: Abu Dhabi International Airport Now More Accessible
As part of Abu Dhabi Airports commitment to delivering world-class services for all passengers, Abu Dhabi Airports is further enhancing Abu Dhabi International Airport’s accessibility by offering golf carts to passengers with wheelchairs. The golf carts are based in Terminals 1 and 3 and will assist in transporting passengers with mobility disabilities between the departure and arrival halls, and the aircraft gates. In its efforts to cater to the needs of all passengers, Abu Dhabi Airports continues to proactively introduce services and facilities that would enable passengers to enjoy the amenities and offerings at the airport. In recent years, Abu Dhabi Airports has installed specialized ramps, rails, and e-Gates designed for persons with mobility disabilities at its airports to ensure comfort and accessibility.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/09/abu-dhabi-international-airport-now-more-accessible/, December 13, 2013