New Zealand: New Service to Strengthen New Zealand Sign Language Development
Education Minister Hekia Parata today launched a new Family Whānau Sign Language Facilitator service to support children who are deaf to develop a strong first language.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/28/new-service-to-strengthen-new-zealand-sign-language-development/, May 28, 2014
Portugal: 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons
The 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 28 to 31 July 2015. The 14th TRANSED conference will be hosted by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), a prestigious school of Engineering, Science and Technology of the Universidade de Lisboa, IST, well known by its short name Técnico, created in 1911, is the largest and most reputed school of Engineering, Science and Technology in Portugal.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/28/14th-international-conference-on-mobility-and-transport-for-elderly-and-disabled-persons/, May 28, 2014
Oman: Symposium on Disability Policy
A symposium on ‘Policies of Dealing with Disability and their Prospects in the Arab States in the Light of the UN Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ started at the InterContinental Hotel on Monday.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/27/symposium-on-disability-policy/, May 27, 2014
USA: App to Spot Autism Signs in Kids
Spotting the early warning signs of autism has just become a bit easier for parents and physicians with a software that tracks and records infants’ activity during videotaped autism screening tests. Early intervention may significantly impact development of autism syndrome disorders (ASD).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/24/app-to-spot-autism-signs-in-kids/, May 26, 2014
Nigerians with Disabilities Demand Accessible Polling Booths
Ahead of 2015 general election, persons with disabilities in the country have lamented the situation where most polling booths are not accessible to them during election days. This is even as they threw their weight behind the move by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to move some polling units to nearby classrooms, although, made a case for such classrooms to be ones that can easily be assessed by persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/21/nigerians-with-disabilities-demand-accessible-polling-booths/, May 21, 2014
India: New Guidelines Require Buildings to be Accessible for Persons with Disabilities
It is now mandatory for all new buildings in city to have a accessible design. This came to light during a seminar organized by Handicap International on Monday in which it was revealed that the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had issued a notification to this effect.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/21/new-guidelines-require-buildings-to-be-accessible-for-persons-with-disabilities/, May 21, 2014
World's First Braille Mobile Phone Goes on Sale in the UK
Touchscreens may have kicked-off a mobile computing revolution, but they didn't do much for the visually impaired. OwnFone, which launched a customizable mobile phone for kids and the elderly back in 2012, is now offering its stripped-down handset with braille or raised text contact buttons. The 3D-printed hardware lets you select up to four contacts that can be assigned to the device, making it ideal for emergencies and people who need to stay in touch with family or carers on a regular basis. It's available right now for a base price of GBP 60, plus an additional monthly charge of between GBP 7.50 and GBP 15 per month - depending on how much call time you want or need.
From http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/19/ownfone-braille-mobile-phone/, May 20, 2014
Making Websites Accessible Without Sacrificing Aesthetics
Fifteen years after the Web Accessibility Initiative was launched, which aimed to improve web usability for those with disabilities, online accessibility is still widely ignored. Far too often there is a belief that a compromise must be made between accessibility and an attractive design. As a result, a myriad of misconceptions have emerged, often preventing people from making a determined effort to integrate accessibility into their websites.
From http://www.nomensa.com/blog/2013/making-websites-accessible-without-sacrificing-aesthetics/, May 20, 2014
USA: High-tech Eyewear Device to Enable People with Vision Disabilities to See
Is there anything better than a breakthrough technological device that enables some visually impaired people to recapture activities they haven’t experienced in decades, like watching their kids play ice hockey, going to the movies or reading an exciting novel they’ve dreamed of reading all their life? eSight eyewear is an innovative, electronic assistive technology. The specifically designed glasses enhance whatever the user is looking at to maximize the effectiveness of the remaining eyesight. eSight glasses are different from other electronic low vision aids because they are mobile, hands free, and suitable for near, far, and mid-range tasks.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/19/high-tech-eyewear-device-to-enable-people-with-vision-disabilities-to-see/, May 19, 2014
USA: Online Dialogue on Accessibility of Social Media
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the National Council on Disability invite the public to participate in an online dialogue on the importance of technology accessibility and usability, particularly in regards to the universal design in the development of workplace technology products. The virtual town hall runs from, May 15, Global Accessibility Awareness Day, to Friday, May 30. “Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media — The Tech Industry Perspective” is the second of three online events on social media accessibility co-hosted by ODEP and NCD.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/16/online-dialogue-on-accessibility-of-social-media/, May 16, 2014