San Francisco International Airport: New Disability Awareness Training
A new disability awareness programme for airport, airline and security employees has been launched at San Francisco International Airport. Created in partnership with the San Francisco Chapters of The Arc San Francisco (@and the LightHouse (@lighthouse_sf) for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the video-based training includes information about the experiences of disabled passengers and is focused on providing a consistent level of sensitivity and respect for passengers with disabilities. The program has been developed to include a participant handout, and a manual, also published in Braille. SFO previously had forms of disability training, but the thorough new programme now involves employees getting trained throughout the customer’s journey from curbside, to security checkpoints, to the gate.
From http://www.accesstourismnz.org.nz/2013/10/san-francico-international-airport-new-disability-awareness-training/, October 24, 2013
Special Education: Numbers Down, Inclusion Up
Early and aggressive efforts by teachers to help young children with learning problems have led to a significant drop in the number of Palo Alto students who later need special education, officials said this week. In Palo Alto, about 9 percent — 1,115 students — officially qualify for special education — less than the national average of 10 percent.
From http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2013/10/12/special-education-numbers-down-inclusion-up, October 24, 2013
WHO Calls for Global Disability Action Plan
Not enough is being done to address the rights and ensure inclusion of people with disabilities in society. This was one of the conclusions of the sixty-fourth session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, held in Manila on 21–25 October. WHO believes that a global disability action plan aimed at improving the health of people with disabilities is an important step in addressing this issue.
From http://www.wpro.who.int/mediacentre/releases/2013/20131024dis/en/index.html, October 24, 2013
Apple Raise the Accessibility Bar with OS X Switch Control
One of the least promoted features in the Mavericks release of OS X, but in my view one of the most important, is the built-in switch access. Why? Well, one of the least supported group of people are those who rely on simple switch devices operated with limited gestures in order to interact with technology. Connecting switches is less of a problem than it was has with USB becoming the standard, (previously hardware mods were required invalidating warranty, if at all possible).
From http://opendirective.net/blog/2013/10/apple-again-raise-the-accessibility-bar-with-os-x-switch-control, October 24, 2013
4th International Conference On Information and Communication Technology and Accessibility
On 24-26 October, 2013, the 4th International Conference on ICT & Accessibility is organized in Hammamet, TUNISIA by the Research Laboratory of Technologies of Information and Communication & Electrical engineering (LaTICE) of the University of Tunis in collaboration with the Computing Center EL KHAWARIZMI (CCK), with the Co-sponsorship of IEEE Tunisian Section and with the support of: University of Tunis, Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Tunisian association of e-accessibility and ENSI.
From http://includ-ed.eu/newsandevents/4th-international-conference-information-and-communication-technology-and-accessibilit, October 24, 2013
VIDEO: Li-Fi Technology Uses LEDs to Transmit Data Wirelessly
The future of wireless broadband is here, and it may or may not give you a headache. The flicker in your office lighting may someday soon be caused by data transmissions and not faulty fluorescent bulbs. Professional Engineering reports that researchers at the University of Edinburgh have developed a wireless networking system that can handle up to 130 megabits per second of data transfer using light instead of radio waves. The system, dubbed "Li-Fi," uses LEDs to transmit data to photo-sensor receivers by making changes in the intensity of light that researchers claim are so fast they are imperceptible to the human eye.
From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bbTTF857G8, October 23, 2013
How Digital Technology is Supporting People Living with Dementia
I have had many conversations in the past few months about how access to the internet and digital technology is supporting people living with dementia to enjoy an enhanced quality of life. People living with dementia suffer from a variety of conditions ranging from social isolation and depression to behavioural changes and memory loss. For family and friends there are the additional emotional traumas of being with a person who may not recognise them or remember their shared life. It is encouraging to note the increasing number of local, UK wide and international online support networks providing support and advice for people living with dementia and their carers.
From http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/node/1448#sthash.1Y5bPbyj.dpuf, October 23, 2013
The Wheelchair Is Just One Small Part of the Picture: Why It's Time to Reimagine Accessibility
Last month, I blogged about Reimagining Accessibility, the international competition I've launched to find a contemporary symbol or set of symbols that will achieve the same global recognition as the International Symbol of Access.
From http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/hon-david-c-onley/wheelchair-symbol-redesign_b_4124704.html, October 22, 2013
The Triumphs of Disability Policy
Despite many challenges and failures, the history of disability policy -- which happens to be the subject of my next book -- represents an overlooked triumph in American life. Our nation has opened its heart and its wallet to millions of our fellow citizens who live with intellectual disabilities. In popular culture, law, and social policy, we have come a very long way. As a result, millions of people are now living more productive and dignified lives.
From http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/20/the-triumphs-of-disability-policy/, October 22, 2013
VIDEO: Human Rights Watch Video on Education for Children who are Deaf
Deaf children have a right to a quality education, like all other children, in a language and environment that maximizes their potential. In this video, in conjunction with a global conference in Sydney on equality for deaf people, Human Rights Watch shows some of the challenges faced by deaf children and young people, and the opportunities sign language education offers them.
From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwksMw6Ar_s&feature=youtu.be, October 21, 2013