University of Hawaii Adds Online Disability Course
The University of Hawaii at Manoa will offer an online course on disability history and culture this spring. The course will provide an overview of the history of disability from a disability studies perspective, the university says. The course, offered through the school’s Center on Disability Studies and taught by Steven Brown, will address politics and legislation, diversity, advocacy and education. Some of the other schools that offer disability studies courses include Nassau Community College, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Iowa.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/04/university-of-hawaii-adds-online-disability-course/, December 05, 2013
New Bill for People With Disabilities in Kenya
The Garissa county government will sponsor a bill to address the plight of people with disabilities.
Governor Nathif Jama directed the county executive Social Services Halima Mohamed and chief officer Abdullahi Omar to draft the bill. “The county government is concerned over the plight of people with disabilities. More than 1,000 are in Garissa town alone,” he said. Nadhif was speaking during the celebrations to mark the International Day of Persons with Disability in Garissa town yesterday. He said money has been allocated to support education of people with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/04/new-bill-for-people-with-disabilities-in-kenya/, December 05, 2013
Persons with Disabilities Must be Able to Reap Benefits of Development, UN Officials Stress
Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations is calling for global efforts to ensure that the more than one billion people worldwide who live with some form of disability can reap the benefits of development and fully participate in society. “We must remove all barriers that affect the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society, including through changing attitudes that fuel stigma and institutionalize discrimination,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, observed annually on 3 December. “We need to work harder to ensure that infrastructure and services support inclusive, equitable and sustainable development for all.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/03/persons-with-disabilities-must-be-able-to-reap-benefits-of-development-un-officials-stress/, December 05, 2013
New ‘Easy Read’ Mobile Phone Guide for People with Learning Disabilities
Ofcom has published a guide to using a mobile phone, designed to be easily understood by people with learning disabilities. Ofcom is the first UK regulatory body to publish consumer advice in the ‘Easy Read’ format, which makes information more accessible to people with learning disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/02/new-easy-read-mobile-phone-guide-for-people-with-learning-disabilities/, December 05, 2013
The All Wales Standards for Communication and Information for People with Sensory Loss
To ensure that the needs of people with a sensory loss are met when accessing our healthcare services. Under the Equality Act 2010 there is a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure equality of access to healthcare services for disabled people. Public bodies need to take positive action so that all access and communication needs are met.
From http://wales.gov.uk/topics/health/publications/health/guidance/standards/?lang=en, December 05, 2013
Accessibility in Mainstream Mobile and Tablets for Persons with Disabilities
In 2013 people with disability have been offered more choice in smartphones and tablet computers. While Apple still dominates this market, this year saw its competitors offer affordable and accessible alternatives. Here, Media Access Australia looks at a selection of mainstream electronic devices and how they have been improved for accessibility.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/affordable/highlights-of-2013-accessibility-in-mainstream-devices, December 04, 2013
New Technology to Give Voice to People with Severe Speech Impairment
The first speech recognition aid to give a voice to people with severe speech impairment is the flagship technology on display today at the launch of the University of Sheffield’s new Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH). The voice input voice output communication aid, VIVOCA, is the only technology able to interpret the sounds made by people with speech impairment and translate them into clear, synthesized speech – enabling users to communicate beyond their close family and friends for the first time.
From http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131119/New-technology-to-give-voice-to-people-with-severe-speech-impairment.aspx#!, December 04, 2013
Making Disability Visible: Inclusive Reconstruction in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States
Policy makers, researchers and activists may be skeptical about including disability in discussions about fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS). There are so many urgent and competing priorities for development initiatives in these states—how can we possibly add one more? Yet disability is an integral aspect of social vulnerability in FCAS. Continuing to accept the invisibility of disability has negative consequences for development policies and practices in FCAS.
From http://cips.uottawa.ca/making-disability-visible-inclusive-reconstruction-in-fragile-and-conflict-affected-states/, December 04, 2013
Japan: Novel Jewelry Creation Can 'Translate Sign Language into Words'
Designers from Japan have developed a novel concept that could help aid the communication of millions of people worldwide who suffer from hearing impairments, alongside those who do not understand sign language. And it is in the form of jewelry. The Sign Language Ring is a set of jewelry that has been created by designers from Asia University in Tokyo, Japan. It is a system that can translate sign language into either voice or text.
From http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269253.php, December 03, 2013
USA: Tongue Piercing Lets the Paralyzed Drive Wheelchairs
An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction. Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a joystick, in hopes of offering them more mobility and independence. Researchers reported Wednesday that 11 people paralyzed from the neck down rapidly learned to use the tongue device to pilot their wheelchairs through an obstacle course full of twists and turns, and to operate a computer, too.
From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/27/tongue-piercing-paralyzed-wheelchairs-drive_n_4351528.html, December 03, 2013