U.S. Access Board Elects Michael K. Yudin Chair
The U.S Access Board unanimously elected Michael K. Yudin of the U.S. Department of Education as Chair. As Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Yudin serves as the Secretary of Education's principal adviser on special education, vocational rehabilitation, and disability and rehabilitation research. He previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and as Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. Yudin, who served a term as Board Chair in 2014, succeeds Sachin Dev Pavithran of Logan, Utah as Board Chair.
From https://www.access-board.gov/the-board/members, March 09, 2016
Disability-inclusion at the 54th Commission for Social Development
During its 54th session held at UN Headquarters from 3 to 12 February 2016, the Commission for Social Development (CSOCD54) held a multi-stakeholder panel discussion on implementation of the post-2015 development agenda in light of the CRPD, where the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities delivered the keynote address.
From https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/issues/csocd54.html, March 08, 2016
47th UN Statistical Commission: Side-event on Disability Statistics
In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and of the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme, a side-event will be held on 10 March during the upcoming session of the UN Statistical Commission (8-11 March). The side-event entitled: "Disability statistics and measurement: National experiences and opportunities for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" will provide an opportunity to learn more about national experiences on measurement of disability through censuses of the 2010 round.
From http://bit.ly/undisabilitystats, March 08, 2016
World Down Syndrome Day Conference on March 21
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day. The World Down Syndrome Day Conference will be organized by Down Syndrome International and co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Australia, Brazil, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Mongolia, Poland and Singapore, UNICEF and UN DESA, and the International Disability Alliance (IDA).
From http://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/, March 08, 2016
This Irish Startup Wants to be a Google Maps for Persons with Disabilities
The troubling experience led the Irish graduate from the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) to take on the overall issue himself. He created Access Earth, a web platform and app that crowdsources data on accessible buildings and locations to help people with disabilities.
From http://mashable.com/2016/03/06/access-earth-disabilities/#CYIXfndnjGqP, March 07, 2016
CSUN Conference to Feature Latest Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities
Assistive technology — whether it’s a mobile app or a modified wheelchair — can transform the lives of people with disabilities. The latest in the field of assistive technology will be the focus of the world’s largest gathering of people who develop or use assistive technology, taking place later this month in San Diego.
California State University, Northridge’s 31st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference is dedicated to presenting and exploring new ways technology can assist people with disabilities. It is scheduled to take place March 21-26 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.
From http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/media-releases/conference-to-feature-latest-assistive-technology-for-people-with-disabilities/http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/media-releases/conference-to-feature-latest-assistive-technology-for-people-with-disabilities/, March 07, 2016
Georgia Tech and EdX Offer New ICT Accessibility Online Course
Although international organizations – such as the W3C – have published several different standards and recommendations to promote the design of accessible platforms, achieving the goal of accessibility will also require other interventions, including training developers and information professionals. To address this problem, Georgia Tech has partnered with the EdX online learning platform to launch a new course called “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility” targeted for mid-career professionals in different areas such as business, policy making and software development. This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will start on February 29 and will be available for free to any user with an internet connection.
From http://digitalinclusionnewslog.itu.int/2016/02/17/georgia-tech-and-edx-offer-new-ict-accessibility-online-course/, March 07, 2016
India: "Awareness About Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities is Very Less"
In today's technology driven age, and with campaigns like Digital India, Made in India and Smart Cities, people with disabilities cannot be forgotten, says Shilpi Kapoor, Managing Director of BarrierBreak. In an interview with ETHealthworld, Shilpi talks about the role and accessibility of assistive technology during the 5th Edition of Techshare India, to be organized on the 3rd and 4th March in New Delhi.
From http://bit.ly/1L0T5kW, March 07, 2016
Google.org Awards Three Indian Disability Non-Profits with INR 54 Million Grant to Pursue 3D Printing & Scanning Technology
Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, has provided Rs 54 million (US $800,000) worth of grant funding to three Indian non-profit organizations for disabled people: The Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, the Leprosy Mission Trust India, and the Public Health Foundation India. The first two organizations will use their grant money to develop 3D printing and scanning technology. The announcement was made at TechShare India, a conference on accessibility and inclusion which took place in New Delhi.
From http://www.3ders.org/articles/20160304-indian-disability-nonprofits-to-pursue-3d-printing-scanning-tech-with-googleorg-grant.html, March 07, 2016
Australia: Tesla Summon Allows Drivers to Park Vehicle From Outside Using Mobile App
Over the weekend, Tesla announced its latest software update, version 7.1.1, was being digitally delivered to Australian Model S drivers. According to Tesla, drivers will first need to enable the Summon feature in the car's controls. Once activated, drivers should align their car with a parking space at a range of less than 10 metres. They can either direct it to drive forward or reverse into the spot. The car will move until its sensors detect an obstacle, such as the wall, and then put itself into park. It can then get out of the space in the same fashion.
From http://mashable.com/2016/02/29/tesla-summon-australia/http://mashable.com/2016/02/29/tesla-summon-australia/, February 29, 2016