India: Proposed Disability Law Set to be Tabled in Winter Session
The Government of India is set to table the new disability bill in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, to guarantee civil and political rights to such people and expand the definition of disability. "We feel the country should be ready for new developments that have taken place in the world and so we are considering a new law. It will be more encompassing with more disabilities being brought in," said Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Selja Kumari.
From http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/proposed-law-on-disabled-set-to-be-tabled-in-winter-session-113120900903_1.html, December 17, 2013
USA: Help Improve the Accessibility of Online Tools for Workers with Intellectual Disabilities
What can be done to make web-based job tools easier to use by people with intellectual disabilities, cognitive issues, traumatic brain injuries or other disabilities? An online dialogue that runs from December 9 - 20 will address these issues. The event is being held by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP); the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT); and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). Members of the public are invited to participate.
From http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USODEP/bulletins/998fff#!, December 17, 2013
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