Smart Assist System for People Who are Blind
Palestinian students at the Polytechnic University in Hebron have developed a smart vest for people who are blind. The vest uses a ground sensor to detect obstacles and voice and vibration cues to navigate the user through them.
From http://www.interactiveaccessibility.com/news/smart-assist-system-people-who-are-blind#.VSS0EvmUfaD, April 09, 2015
UK Deaf Sport to Hold Conference on How to Make Sport More Inclusive
UK Deaf Sport, the National Disability Sports Organization for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, has announced plans to hold a major conference. ReDEAFining Deaf Sport, the first national conference organized by UK Deaf Sport, will be held on Friday 15 May, 2015 at The Wesley hotel, near Euston station in London.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/08/uk-deaf-sport-to-hold-conference-on-how-to-make-sport-more-inclusive/, April 08, 2015
ActionAid Publishes Laws on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Braille
ActionAid Bangladesh on Monday launched the braille version of the laws protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, at Biswa Sahitya Kendra in the capital, said a press release. The organization brought it out to help people with vision disabilities in knowing their rights.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/08/actionaid-publishes-laws-on-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-in-braille/, April 08, 2015
Courses by edX to Improve Access for People with Disabilities
On April 2, the United States Department of Justice announced an agreement with edX related to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. EdX has agreed to conform its website, platform and mobile applications to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA, published by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/04/08/courses-by-edx-to-improve-access-for-people-with-disabilities/, April 08, 2015
Crowdfunding Platform Kickstarter Adds Closed Caption Support for Videos
Kickstarter, one of the world’s most popular crowdfunding platforms, has announced a new accessibility feature enabling entrepreneurs to add closed captions and subtitles for videos uploaded to its website.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/news/crowdfunding-platform-kickstarter-adds-closed-caption-support-for-videos, April 08, 2015
USA: GSA Wants to Make More Dot-Govs Accessible to Persons with Disabilities
The General Services Administration’s quick-fix IT team 18F is trying to change that standard, beginning with federal websites. On Tuesday, 18F hosted its first “Accessibility Hackathon," tasking volunteers and 18F staff with creating technology to improve the Internet experience for disabled communities. (18F helmed the event in conjunction with the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, and DC Legal Hackers, a technology and law meet-up group.)
From http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/03/18f-trying-make-federal-sites-better-disabled-users/108961/, April 08, 2015
Smartphone App Enables Deaf People to Make Phone Calls
A new smartphone app has launched in the UK, giving deaf and hard of hearing people the freedom to have real time phone conversations. From booking a table at a restaurant, to calling a plumber or talking to the local doctor, the new app called ‘Pedius’, harnesses voice recognition and speech synthesis technology to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing remain as independent as possible and confident using their phones.
From http://www.disabledgo.com/blog/2015/03/smartphone-app-enables-deaf-people-to-make-phone-calls/, April 07, 2015
UK: New Forest Spectrum: First Ever Festival for People with a Learning Disability Comes to the New Forest
The first ever music festival for people with a learning disability is coming to the New Forest. More than 40 acts are set to perform at the inaugural New Forest Spectrum Festival in July. Organizers say the event, which is being held in Lymington, is the first festival exclusively for people with a learning disability and autism, their families and carers. The three-day event will run from Friday, July 10, to Sunday, July 12, and will include a variety of acts and entertainment.
From http://bit.ly/1c71rac, April 07, 2015
UN Challenges Businesses to Hire More on the Spectrum
The leader of the United Nations is calling on businesses around the world to step up and do their part in employing people with autism. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is launching a “call to action,” urging employers to make “concrete commitments” to hire those on the spectrum. “We encourage public offices, corporations and small businesses to have a closer look at the way they perceive people with autism, to take the time to learn about the condition and to create life-changing opportunities,” Ban said.
From https://disabilityemployment.org.au/news/item/2516/, April 07, 2015
Microsof Announces Pilot Program to Hire People with Autism
In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, Thursday, I had the privilege to attend and speak at an event held at the United Nations in New York City, where the theme was “Autism, The Employment Advantage.” This theme resonates with me on two levels. First, as a parent. I am the proud mom of Shawn, now 19, diagnosed with autism when he was four years old. Secondly, as a proud executive at Microsoft. A company that believes strongly in diversity.
From http://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2015/04/03/microsoft-announces-pilot-program-to-hire-people-with-autism/, April 06, 2015