Denmark: ReSound Recognizes Global Accessibility Awareness Day
ReSound is pleased to support Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which falls on May 21, reaffirming the company’s commitment to advance matters of access for people with hearing loss. ReSound is leading a new era of Smart Hearing with forward-thinking technologies that revolutionize the way people address their hearing. In 2013, the company introduced the world’s smartest hearing aid, and the first Made for iPhone® hearing aid with ReSound LiNX™, and has built on its success with the new ReSound LiNX2™, giving the most advanced, natural hearing experience to users looking to connect, interact, and engage with their world on equal footing as everyone else.
From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150521005633/en/ReSound%C2%AE-Recognizes-Global-Accessibility-Awareness-Day#.VWLM2k-qqko, May 21, 2015
Apple Promotes Accessibility Awareness Day with Curated App Section
Apple has curated a new App Store section today highlighting Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which is observed on May 21st each year with the goal of “raising the profile of and introducing the topic of digital (web, software, mobile app/device etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities to the broadest audience possible.”
From http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/21/app-store-accessibility-awareness-day/, May 21, 2015
Canada: Opening Doors on Accessibility Through the Annual Access-A-Thon on May 30
It’s all about providing accessibility for residents across the city and the focus of the annual Access-A-Thon, organized by Quinte Access and the city’s accessibility advisory committee. “We’re inviting residents to come out and get in a wheelchair to discover some of the obstacles faced by handicapped residents,” said volunteer Bill Vandervoort. The Access-A-Thon runs Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Front Street parking lot adjacent to the Quinte Access offices.
From http://www.intelligencer.ca/2015/05/21/opening-doors-on-accessibility, May 21, 2015
Canada: Hiring Workers with Disabilities as a Business Advantage
Mark Wafer explains the business benefits of hiring workers with disabilities during a conference in North Bay. Mark Wafer knows why businesses don’t hire more people with disabilities, but he really doesn’t understand it. Wafer runs several Tim Hortons restaurants in the Toronto area, and has hired over 160 people with disabilities in twenty years.
From http://www.baytoday.ca/content/news/details.asp?c=78604, May 21, 2015
USA: 13-Year-Old Develops Device to Help People with Vision Disabilities
A 13-year-old Indian-origin student in the U.S. who developed a device to help people with vision disabilities navigate has been named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2015 and granted a $5,000 award. Raghav Ganesh, a seventh-grader from San Jose, California, was named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2015 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Ganesh started a quest to help people with vision disabilities by focusing his attention on the white canes used to detect obstacles in their path.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/16/13-year-old-develops-device-to-help-people-with-vision-disabilities/, May 18, 2015
USA: Ensuring access to jobs for people with disabilities
Americans with disabilities can face many unnecessary barriers to employment, both during the job application process and on the job. These barriers can prevent people with disabilities from finding and maintaining a job, receiving promotions and ultimately being economically self-sufficient and independent. During the job application process, applicants with disabilities may not want to disclose their disabilities to potential employers for a number of reasons, including the risk that the employer would refuse to hire them because of their disability. Sometimes employers stereotype people with disabilities or take adverse employment actions because of misinformation or ignorance about certain health conditions. Having to disclose a disability can deter people with disabilities even from applying for jobs out of fear of discrimination.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/17/ensuring-access-to-jobs-for-people-with-disabilities/, May 18, 2015
China: National Disabled Day Focuses on Children with Autism
This year’s “National Day for the Disabled” in China is focusing on autistic children. Five-year-old Rongrong is receiving rehabilitation therapy at a treatment center in Beijing. She is one of some 2-million children in China under the age of 14 that have been diagnosed with autism. The China Disabled Persons Federation estimates over 600-thousand pre-school children in China are autistic, and says that figure is increasing.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/18/national-disabled-day-focuses-on-children-with-autism/, May 18, 2015
USA: Microsoft Hires 13-Year-Old Boy for Braille Printer
A 13-year-old Indian-origin boy, who invented a low-cost portable Braille printer, is now working with technology giant Microsoft to integrate it with Windows. This move is to make it easily accessible to people with vision disabilities and Microsoft plans to launch it commercially in November. Shubham Banerjee, an eighth-grade student in Santa Clara, California was invited by Microsoft to showcase his Braigo 2.0 printer at a tech fair organized by the company. Our relationship with Microsoft will help Braigo achieve a seamless experience for a people with vision disabilities who wants to use a computer at home or at the office to print documents for offline reading, Banerjee said in Microsoft blog post, PTI reported.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/18/microsoft-hires-13-year-old-boy-for-braille-printer/, May 18, 2015
Singapore: NTU Hosts Global ICT Conference Highlighting Innovations that Advance Open Inclusive Development
An assistive smart technology that helps seniors cope with degenerative changes and independent living by simply pointing a device or smartphone camera at an object to send a text message or activate a phone call. A haze analytics tool that provides users with the latest health advisories during haze episodes, and that can be integrated with wearable devices such as smart watches and smart bands to objectively measure a user’s heart rate and other health parameters.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/18/ntu-hosts-global-ict-conference-highlighting-innovations-that-advance-open-inclusive-development/, May 18, 2015
Apple VoiceOver Accessibility Receives Award from American Foundation for the Blind
The American Foundation for the Blind announced Apple among its four honorees to receive a Helen Keller Achievement Award later this June, recognizing the company's contribution to accessibility with VoiceOver.
From http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/05/06/apple-voiceover-accessibility-receives-award-from-american-foundation-for-the-blind, May 14, 2015