Canada: Ryerson University Takes Innovative Approach to Accessibility Challenge
“How can we accelerate the dialogue on accessibility with the goal of helping to shift attitudes and change behavior?” The answer to that question is at the heart of Ryerson University’s Hack-cessibility competition, an event taking place between October 23 and November 6, that will bring together students, businesses, members of the accessibility community, entrepreneurs and policymakers to envision creative digital media solutions to accessibility challenges. Hack-cessibility is the first event as part of Ryerson’s Policy Innovation Platform, a pilot initiative designed to assist governments and non-profits by developing a new model of collaboration to solve today’s policy challenges. The platform is sponsored by Ryerson’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Ontario Government.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/23/ryerson-university-takes-innovative-approach-to-accessibility-challenge/, October 26, 2015
USA: Disability Law Colorado Celebrates Two Decades of Serving Persons with Disabilities
Disability Law Colorado celebrates 20 years on the Western Slope with a community celebration on Thursday, October 22 in Grand Junction. Founded in 1976, Disability Law Colorado has always served people throughout the state. “In the early years, we always hoped to have an office on the Western Slope, but it wasn’t until the mid-90s that we actually had the resources to do it,” according to Executive Director Mary Anne Harvey. On May 1, 1995, the Grand Junction office opened for business.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/24/changes-and-celebrations-at-disability-law-colorado/, October 26, 2015
How Do Blind People See Emojis?
On this edition of BBC's Inside Ouch: Apple has released 150 brand new emojis. The internet is becoming increasingly visual but how do blind people experience these graphics, and is digital communication becoming more inaccessible?
From http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-ouch-34615982, October 26, 2015
$20 Million Grant Powers the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure
A global effort to create a new computer ecosystem that is easily accessible to people with disabilities, senior citizens and others with special needs is set to become reality through a $20 million federal grant to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The five-year project will develop and deploy the first operational version of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) in a large-scale pilot test. This new infrastructure will be accessed via the Internet, allowing people who have difficulty using today’s technology to select and configure the assistive features and settings needed to enable their use of the information and communication systems encountered in school, work and the community. The latest grant, the first from the U.S. Department of Education’s Disability Innovation Fund, will allow Vanderheiden and his international team to build out the GPII’s automatic personalization features and put them into use in a pilot project involving up to 15,000 users.
From http://www.cloud4all.info/20-million-grant-powers-game-changing-internet-access-effort/, October 23, 2015
UN launches Global Network on Monitoring and Evaluation for Disability-Inclusive Development
The UN DESA Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD/DSPD/DESA) has been mandated by the UN General Assembly to produce an UN flagship report assessing progress towards internationally agreed development goals, including SDGs. (UN GA resolution A/RES/69/142). A prototype report "Global Report on Disability and Development" is expected to be released by the end of 2015. The first edition of the UN flagship report on disability-inclusive implementation of the SDG is planned for 2018.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1640, October 23, 2015
USA: $12.6 Million in Grants Awarded to Help Improve Outcomes of Individuals with Disabilities in Vocational Rehabilitation and Workforce Development
The U.S. Department of Education\'s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) today announced more than $12.6 million in grants in multiple project areas to help improve the outcomes of individuals with disabilities—from cradle through career. The investments are aimed at promoting inclusion, equity and opportunity for individuals with disabilities to help ensure their economic self-sufficiency, independent living and full community participation.
From http://1.usa.gov/1VNLACk, October 21, 2015
UAE Issues Stamps in Braille
For the first time in its history, Emirates Post Group has issued a set of postage on the occasion of the International White Cane Day, which falls on October 15, to raise awareness of people who are blind or have low vision and services offered to ensure the safety of people who are blind in public places. Chief Commercial Officer Ibrahim Bin Karam said: “The stamps in Braille are aimed at highlighting the capabilities of people who are blind or have low vision as well as the need for their integration into mainstream society, through closer interaction with normal students in schools and colleges.\"
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/19/uae-issues-stamps-in-braille/, October 21, 2015
USA: G3ict Presents at IAAP Access 2015 Conference in Nevada
James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy & Development at Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT (G3ict) will lead a discussion on "Global Trends in Accessibility Public Policy" at the IAAP Access 2015 Conference scheduled to take place from October 21-23 at Henderson, Nevada at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Mr. Thurston's discussion will focus on the laws, regulations, and public policies related to digital inclusion and rights of persons with disabilities globally. The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and an increasingly politically engaged civil society are pushing governments around the world to become more active in policy making related to technology, disability, and inclusion. This session will present an overview and analysis of global trends related to digital inclusion policies and the CRPD.
From http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/content.asp?admin=Y&contentid=321#Global, October 21, 2015
Affordable Virtual Reality Creates Worlds for People With Disabilities
Virtual reality’s appeal as a medical tool is nothing new. It’s been used to treat phobias, reduce pain and even help doctors perform surgery. And now, it’s increasingly used to help people with disabilities explore the world in ways they may never be able to in real life—at a price within reach. For $10 you can buy a cardboard virtual reality “headset,” download a free iPhone app, slot in your phone and explore virtual worlds from a wheelchair, bed or couch. A couple months ago, virtual reality company Specular Theory was hosting a table at Singularity University’s Future of Virtual Reality event, when Danny Kurtzman cruised by in his wheelchair.
From http://bit.ly/1kpk5OV, October 21, 2015
USA: NDOT Seeks Public Feedback on Transportation Accessibility Plans
The Nevada Department of Transportation is soliciting public feedback on Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility plans for Nevada roadways and transportation infrastructure. New NDOT roadways and facilities are constructed to meet accessibility needs. NDOT has also developed a new ADA Transition Plan which establishes policy, procedures and programs to further enhance accessibility on Nevada roads. The public and other stakeholders are invited to review the plan and provide feedback through Oct. 31 by visiting nevadadot.com/ADA.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/10/20/ndot-seeks-public-feedback-on-transportation-accessibility-plans/, October 20, 2015