USA: Yellow Cab of Columbus Unveils City’s First Wheelchair Accessible Taxi
Yellow Cab of Columbus’ recent investment in the new vehicles and expected future investment for additional vehicles was initiated earlier this year when Columbus City Council lifted the moratorium on taxi licenses to add wheelchair accessible cabs to Columbus. Yellow Cab received 10 of the 30 taxi licenses.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/08/08/yellow-cab-of-columbus-unveils-citys-first-wheelchair-accessible-taxi/, August 08, 2013
Device Lets People Who are Deafblind Converse with Anyone
HumanWare, in partnership with the Washington State Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), developed a deafblind communication system. The DeafBlind Communicator is the result of collaboration between individuals who are deafblind and focus groups, professionals from both people who are deaf and blind, and HumanWare’s engineering and marketing teams.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/08/08/device-lets-people-who-are-deafblind-converse-with-anyone/, August 08, 2013
New Smartphone Apps Find Ways to Assist People with Vision Disabilities
A smartphone app that keeps track of your location and distance walked from home or hotel and warns you when you are likely to be caught out after dark has been developed by researchers in Pakistan to help people with vision disabilities. The app can also help travelers with the night blindness pinpoint hotels should they find themselves too far from base to get home safely. The researchers describe details of the smartphone software in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal Mobile Learning and Organisation.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/08/08/new-smartphone-apps-find-ways-to-assist-people-with-vision-disabilities/, August 08, 2013
Call for Candidatures: UNESCO / Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
The UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities is now open for submissions. The prize is awarded every two years and it recognizes the work of individuals, organizations, groups and centres, with an impact on promoting equal education opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities.
From http://www.unesco.org/new/emir-jaber-al-sabah-prize, August 02, 2013
UK: Mobilizing Technology: The App Changing the Lives of Disabled Children
At Whizz-Kidz we estimate there are over 70,000 disabled children and young people in the UK who have the wrong wheelchair for them - if they have one at all. We are singularly focused on reaching as many of these young people as possible. Charity Whizz-Kidz has developed a pioneering mobile app that helps disabled children get access to the right wheelchairs.
From http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/technology-topics/10204856/Mobilising-technology-the-app-changing-the-lives-of-disabled-children.html?fb, August 01, 2013
Market for Disabled and Elderly Assistive Technologies to Reach $60.5 Billion in 2018
In the new report, the U.S. disabled and elderly assistive technologies market (including glasses and contacts) was valued at $43.4 billion in 2012. The report forecasts total market value to reach $45.9 billion in 2013 and $60.5 billion in 2018, after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7%.
From http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/7/prweb10964121.htm?985, August 01, 2013
UK: National Inclusion Week is Celebrated from October 7-11
We are excited to announce that we will be celebrating National Inclusion Week for the first time from 7 – 11th October this year. National Inclusion Week is an annual week of workplace activities and events that highlight the importance and value of inclusion in the workplace. It is a unique opportunity to get connected to people who are passionate about inclusion in your workplace and beyond. You can host an event of your own or join in one of the exciting activities across the UK. Pledge your support for National Inclusion Week and get your brand included on our list of inclusive workplaces.
From http://www.inclusiveemployers.co.uk/events/national-inclusion-week, August 01, 2013
ONCE Foundation and HP Sign Agreement to Promote Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
NCE Foundation and HP have signed on Tuesday in Madrid an agreement whereby both organizations will work together for the full social and work inclusion of persons with disabilities. Alberto Duran, ONCE Foundation’s Executive Vice-president, and Helena Herrero, Hewlett-Packard Spain’s CEO, have signed this agreement.
From http://www.discapnet.es/Castellano/Actualidad/Discapacidad/fundacion-once-y-hp-se-unen-inclusion-de-las-personas-con-discapacidad.aspx, August 01, 2013
Louisiana Tech to Change Policies Following ADA Settlement
Louisiana Tech University and the Department of Justice have reached a settlement regarding allegations that, in violation of the ADA, the University used an “online learning product” that was inaccessible to a blind student in addition to not providing the student with accessible course materials in a subsequent course.
From http://www.wirelessrerc.gatech.edu/content/newsroom/louisiana-tech-change-policies-following-ada-settlement?sthash.Hx5rXI1r.mjjo#sthash.Hx5rXI1r.gydIoNgQ.dpuf, August 01, 2013
Talking Cash Machines Win Technology4Good Award
Banking and financial services company Barclays is among winners of the Technology4Good Awards 2013, an annual event which celebrates the potential of technology to affect social change. The award recognizes Barclays’ use of technology in making its services more accessible to people with disabilities and impairments. This includes adapting more than 3,500 of its ATMs (automated teller machines, or cashpoints) – 84% of the bank’s network – so that they can be used with earphones, allowing people with impaired vision, dyslexia or other reading problems to listen to the on-screen options.
From http://bit.ly/fKLUxh, July 31, 2013