Philippines: Department of Health Revises Policy on Persons with Disabilities
The Department of Health (DOH) has revised its policy on health and wellness of persons with disabilities in order to give them greater attention and considerations in terms of health needs without discrimination. DOH has just released the revised National Policy on Strengthening the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities. Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin said persons with disabilities are integral part in the country’s development.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/06/department-of-health-revises-policy-on-persons-with-disabilities/, August 07, 2015
USA: IBM Watson Will Soon Be Able to See
IBM’s famous cognitive computer can already beat the world’s best Jeopardy players. It can create gourmet meals (sort of), help banks with complex financial operations, and attack important health care problems. Now you can add seeing to its skill set. Today, Big Blue announced a $1 billion acquisition of Merge Healthcare, and thanks to a marriage of Watson’s existing image analytics and cognitive capabilities and Merge’s data and imagery, the computer should soon be able to recognize many types of medical imagery
From http://www.fastcompany.com/3049570/tech-forecast/ibms-watson-can-now-see, August 07, 2015
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