U.S. Access Board Advisory Committee Submits Report on Rail Car Accessibility
The Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee (RVAAC) has submitted to the U.S. Access Board a final report on refreshing the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles. The committee's report provides detailed recommendations on updating provisions in the guidelines for fixed guide way systems, including rapid, light, commuter, intercity, and high speed rail. Recommendations from the committee address rail car communications, boarding and alighting, on-board circulation, seating, and rooms and spaces.
From www.access-board.gov/, August 03, 2015
USA: New Technology Helps Students with Vision Disabilities Navigate Penn State Campus
Walking around Penn State University Park is not the easiest thing to do for any student. There are hundreds of people around you at any time, and the sheer number of buildings make it easy for anyone to get lost. Madeline Garber, a recent graduate from Lower Merion High School, will be attending Muhlenberg College in the fall, but was on campus at University Park to test out two new pieces of technology to benefit students with vision disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/30/new-technology-helps-students-with-vision-disabilities-navigate-penn-state-campus/, August 03, 2015
USA: University of Toledo Creates Innovative Disability Studies Degree Program
As the country celebrates the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this week, The University of Toledo is working to advance the conversation beyond addressing discrimination and accessibility. A new undergraduate degree in disability studies beginning this fall at UToledo is the first of its kind in the country rooted in the humanities and offered exclusively on campus.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/31/university-of-toledo-creates-innovative-disability-studies-degree-program/, August 03, 2015
Azerbaijan: AccessBank Supported Project on Inclusive Education
AccessBank supported the project ‘Inclusive Decisions for Equal and Accountable Society’ implemented by the British Council and the Centre for Innovations in Education. This 34 month project focuses on ensuring that people with disabilities are better represented in the policy making process and that their rights are understood, upheld and protected. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Program, AccessBank regularly implements projects that seek solutions to problems of people with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/01/accessbank-supported-project-on-inclusive-education/, August 03, 2015
Malta: Students Develop Euro Note Reader for People with Vision Disabilities
Mechanical Engineering students at Mcast presented a euro note reader on July 28, a simple device beneficial to people with vision disabilities, to the Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA). The credit card sized device was manufactured by the students from the Mcast Foundation College to help people with vision disabilities differentiate between euro notes of different value.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/29/students-develop-euro-note-reader-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, July 30, 2015
USA: New PSA Focused on People with Disabilities Preparing for Emergencies Launched
The Ad Council and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the launch of a new public service advertisement (PSA) to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. While the PSA targets all communities, We Prepare Every Day is the first in a series of videos that aim to deliver a strong preparedness message by showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/28/new-psa-focused-on-people-with-disabilities-preparing-for-emergencies-launched/, July 30, 2015
USA: Freedom Scientific Offers Enterprise Accessibility Training
Freedom Scientific has announced a collaboration with IBM to offer training modules to enable organizations to manage accessibility compliance and to ensure its integration throughout the enterprise. Freedom Scientific is now a global enterprise accessibility training provider for IBM Accessibility training modules.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/28/freedom-scientific-offers-enterprise-accessibility-training/, July 30, 2015
Philippines: Cebu Government Office Staff Learn Sign Language to Improve Service
The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the Provincial Governor’s Office extension office took the sign language classes with some community organizers.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/27/cebu-government-office-staff-learn-sign-language-to-improve-service/, July 28, 2015
What are the Biggest Issues in Aging Over the Next 10 Years?
What are the biggest changes that are going to be shaping the world over the next 10 years? That’s a question that the Future Agenda seeks to answer. This is a global non profit project that is the largest (and only, that we know of) "open foresight” initiative. Rather than an expensive consulting project paid for by one deep-pocketed corporation that is read once by the client and then filed away to get dusty, the Future Agenda uses an 'open source' Creative Commons model that seeks input from hundreds of people in a series of workshops on key themes, then shares the output for free.
From https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-biggest-issues-aging-over-next-10-years-stephen-johnston?trk=hb_ntf_MEGAPHONE_ARTICLE_POST, July 28, 2015
USA: 25 Years Later, We Should Be Proud That The ADA Triggered An Expansion Of Human Rights And Protections Globally
When disability advocates started talking about the need for an international disability rights treaty, the frame of reference was the Americans with Disabilities Act. The legislation signed into law by President H.W. Bush, on July 26, 1990-the ADA-was the catalyst and the foundation on which the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was built. Now is an appropriate time to acknowledge that the ADA and CRPD are close siblings.
From http://www.usicd.org, July 28, 2015