India: Braille Handbook for Voters with Vision Disabilities Released
An election handbook in Braille for voters with vision disabilities was released by District Election Officer Sajjansingh R. Chavan in the south Indian city of Nagercoil. After releasing the handbook, Mr. Chavan appealed to the voters to ensure cent per cent voting in the Assembly election to be held on May 16. For the benefit of voters with vision disabilities, guidelines for enrollment of voters, deletion of names, online registration and website/ e-mail address were printed in Braille in the handbook.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/20/braille-handbook-for-voters-with-vision-disabilities-released/, March 21, 2016
DPI 9th World Assembly Scheduled to be Held in India from April 11-13 in New Delhi; G3ict Participates with Key Workshops on ICT Accessibility and Public Procurement
There's less than a month to go for the 9th World Assembly of Disabled People's International (DPI) in New Delhi, India. More than 200 participants from over 100 countries will gather to speak the new language of disability rights! Ambassador Luis Gallegos is a Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). He also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict). He has also been serving on the Special Olympics’ International Board of Directors since April 2012.
From http://dpiworldassembly2016.com/, March 17, 2016
USA: Wearable Tech That Can Translate Sign Language Into Text
A smart device that translates sign language while being worn on the wrist could bridge the communications gap between people who are deaf and those who don’t know sign language, says a Texas A&M University biomedical engineering researcher who is developing the technology. The wearable technology combines motion sensors and the measurement of electrical activity generated by muscles to interpret hand gestures, says Roozbeh Jafari, associate professor in the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and researcher at the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/16/wearable-tech-that-can-translate-sign-language-into-text/, March 16, 2016
South Africa Collects Data on Disability
The Department of Social Development, Pretoria, says it has started a project to collect more data on disability in the country. The project includes tracking statistical disability trends, including development indicators and investigating whether people with disabilities are considered and integrated in government programs and policies. It will also include the development of a Disability Inequality Index – a comparison between people with disabilities and those without.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/03/14/south-africa-collects-data-on-disability/, March 15, 2016
How to Make Videos Accessible for Blind, Disabled Users
Making videos accessible for blind and disabled users involves three components: the visual content, the audio content, and the player itself. PayPal offers an accessible HTML5 video player, as does YouTube and several others.
From http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/97439-How-to-Make-Videos-Accessible-for-Blind-Disabled-Users, March 15, 2016
USA: The Most Accessible Museum in the World is at Seattle
The museum, formerly known as Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, had accessibility built into the project from its inception. Celebrity consultants and advisory board members threw their weight behind public awareness of inclusiveness, and the museum serves as an exemplar of accessible public architecture. The non-profit EMP Museum was the dream of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
From http://www.ai-media.tv/the-most-accessible-museum-in-the-world/, March 15, 2016
Technology is Failing to Meet the Needs of Older People with Hearing and Sight Problems, Report Finds
Assistive technology developers and service providers need to do more to meet the diverse needs of the rising number of older people with both hearing and sight problems, according to a new report launched at the University of Sheffield today (10 March 2016). The study - Keeping in Touch with Technology? - was commissioned in 2014 by Sense, the national charity for deafblind people, to explore the experiences of older people using telecare and assistive technology. Growing numbers of people with sight and hearing problems are living in the community and seven in ten of those are aged over 70. By 2030, the UK is likely to have 570,000 people with hearing and sight problems, including 418,000 people over 70 and 245,000 people with severe impairments.
From http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-03-technology-older-people-sight-problems.html, March 14, 2016
From Walking Canes to Wrist Alarms: WHO’s Global Survey on Assistive Technologies
WHO has launched a global survey to gather views on the most necessary and useful assistive technologies such as hearing aids and wheel chairs. The survey will feed into the first ever WHO mandated list of essential assistive technologies to provide a tool for governments. Governments can use the list to plan and focus efforts to help populations acquire the 50 priority products, thereby improving the everyday lives of the elderly and people with disabilities.
From http://www.who.int/features/2016/assistive-technologies/en/, March 14, 2016
USA: Makeathon Develops Assistive Technology, Prosthetics
The Brown science, technology, engineering, arts and math community hosted an assistive technology makeathon over the weekend, bringing together an eclectic mix of students, volunteers and mentors to find solutions aiding those with disabilities. Held in the Brown Design Workshop, the students worked to re-invent traditional technologies. The event attracted a much more diverse group than simply Brown students. Along with a variety of RISD students and one visitor from Harvard, multiple engineering professors visited the event, gave commentary and participated as mentors. Unlike traditional hackathons and competitions, the makeathon aimed for a more intimate feel to foster collaboration through its size.
From http://www.browndailyherald.com/2016/03/07/makeathon-develops-assistive-technology-prosthetics/, March 14, 2016
USA: Adaptive Tech Connects Paralyzed Woman to the World
The equipment was made in collaboration with United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota, an organization that hopes to increase accessibility for all people with disabilities, said Jenna Berger, president and CEO. Assistive technology is any item that can increase access or functionality for people with disabilities. It can be as simple as a propping up a tablet on a lap pillow to highly specialized equipment and computer systems.
From http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/rocori/2016/03/05/adaptive-tech-connects-paralyzed-woman-world/80472778/, March 14, 2016