UN Rights Office Hails Ratification of Disability Convention By 150 States As 'Major Milestone'
Guyana became the latest country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is widely regarded as the first international human rights treaty of the twenty-first century and one of the fastest to be ratified.
From http://allafrica.com/stories/201409152663.html, September 16, 2014
Driverless Search-and-Rescue Boat Can Think for Itself in Crises
There’s no shortage of online chatter about driverless cars, but on the other side of the world a team of young roboticists have been working hard on the world’s first driverless search-and-rescue boat. Originating from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the team are designing vessels that can search for oil slicks, track down missing debris, and rescue anyone who’s gone overboard.
From http://www.psfk.com/2014/09/autonomous-maritime-vessels-queensland.html, September 16, 2014
Tesla CEO: Our Cars Will be Fully Autonomous ‘in the Five or Six-Year Time Frame’
The self-driving car debate continues to rage with strong opinions on both sides, but that isn’t stopping major automakers from progressing toward autonomy. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, speaking with Japanese news source Nikkei, recently said that his company will produce partially self-driving vehicles in three years, with more advancements to follow soon after.
From http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/tesla-ceo-cars-will-fully-autonomous-five-six-year-time-frame/, September 16, 2014
Worldwide Text-To-Speech Audio Description for Cavena with Acapela Voices
Audio description (AD) is a growing requirement for broadcasters, and serves the needs of people with vision disabilities who want to be able to access TV content. AD has established itself as a media access service for people who are blind and low vision across a range of countries, for different media and types of audiovisual performance (e.g. film, TV, theatre, opera) and is at the heart of European projects for the development of adequate Accessibility policies.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/15/worldwide-text-to-speech-audio-description-for-cavena-with-acapela-voices/, September 15, 2014
New Technology for New Zealanders With Hearing Disabilities
Auckland-based creative corporate communications agency, One Plus One, is bringing back the joy of music for New Zealanders with hearing disabilities, thanks to its latest trans-Tasman work with GN ReSound. Over the past eight months, One Plus One have developed a multi-layered PR campaign to introduce GN ReSound’s newest technology, the ReSound LiNX to the New Zealand market. Thanks to its made-for-iPhone capabilities, the ReSound LiNX has been dubbed “the world’s smartest hearing aid.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/12/new-technology-for-new-zealanders-with-hearing-disabilities/, September 15, 2014
Accessible Taxi Service Launches in Indonesia
Indonesia’s largest taxi operator, Blue Bird Group, launched on Wednesday its new line of taxis designed for people with disabilities, Blue Bird Lifecare Taxi, the first of its kind in the country.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/15/accessible-taxi-service-launches-in-indonesia/, September 15, 2014
Mexican DPOs Present Critical Rights Issues to the CRPD Committee
This week, representatives of the Disability Rights (Advocacy) Fund grantee – the Coalición México por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (COAMEX) – will participate in the interactive dialogue between the Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) and the Mexican government regarding conditions for people with disabilities in Mexico.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/15/mexican-dpos-present-critical-rights-issues-to-the-crpd-committee/, September 15, 2014
App Enables People With Vision Disabilities to Identify US Currency Notes With Android Smartphone
Apps4Android today announced the release of an updated version of their no-cost-to-the-user, U.S. currency note identification app called “IDEAL Currency Identifier (ICI).”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/09/app-enables-people-with-vision-disabilities-to-identify-us-currency-notes-with-android-smartphone/, September 11, 2014
New iBooks Textbook Helps People With Vision Disabilities Visit the Stars Through Touch and Sound
Children with visual disabilities can experience striking deep-space images like never before in a free, multi-touch iBooks textbook for the iPad entitled “Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn.” Astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) have teamed up with the SAS Corporation, the National Braille Press, and the National Federation of the Blind to create a book to inspire students of all abilities to pursue future careers in science. The book incorporates new assistive technologies to help the seeing impaired.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/08/new-ibooks-textbook-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities-visit-the-stars-through-touch-and-sound/, September 11, 2014
European Universities Accessibility Map Launched
On August 28, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is celebrating the launch of MapAbility platform, a ground-breaking online map designed to inform students with disabilities about the accessibility level of European Higher Education Institutions.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/04/european-universities-accessibility-map-launched/, September 11, 2014