Bahamas Unveils Inclusive Education Manual
Officers of the Special Education Unit of the Ministry of Education Science and Technology presented the Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald with the manual for National Standards for Inclusive Education. The manual is designed to educate school administrators and teachers about their obligations to make school campuses conducive for the delivery of education to all students according to the Education Act.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/16/bahamas-unveils-inclusive-education-manual/, December 16, 2013
Increasing Accessibility to Computer Science Education in USA
Grace Hopper-computer pioneer, Navy rear admiral, and inventor of one of the first computer languages-was born on Dec. 9, 1906. To honor her life and achievements, in 2011 Congress inaugurated Computer Science Education Week (CS Ed Week), which encourages individuals of all ages to learn more about computer science and its important role in an increasingly computational and digital world.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/14/increasing-accessibility-to-computer-science-education-in-us/, December 16, 2013
Brunei to Ensure People with Disabilities Given High Priority in National Agendas
As members of society, people with disabilities are entitled to civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights on an equal basis with others. In the context of Brunei Darussalam, the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is strongly committed in ensuring that matters related to people with disabilities, comprising 1.06 per cent of the Sultanate’s total population, are given high priority in national agendas.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/13/brunei-to-ensure-people-with-disabilities-given-high-priority-in-national-agendas/, December 16, 2013
AT&T Scores 100% on Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index; Named Best Place to Work
AT&T has received a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index. For the 10th consecutive year, AT&T has been listed in the organization’s “Best Places to Work” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.
From http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=25151&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=37335&mapcode=mk-att-sustainability|mk-customer-diversity, December 16, 2013
Feature: Cinemas, Theatres and Sensory Disabilities
The current state of the relevant legislation does recognize the needs of people with disabilities within buildings such as auditoriums and cinemas. The inclusions to assist people with disabilities have however been somewhat limited in their scope. Requirements for the provision of wheelchair seating spaces and accessible paths of travel to these, as well as the provision of a Hearing Augmentation Listening Systems (HALS) to assist people with hearing impairments have been present in the Building Code of Australia for some time – not without their challenges however.
From http://www.functionalaccess.com.au/1/post/2013/12/cinemas-theatres-and-sensory-disabilities.html, December 13, 2013
Nigeria to Redesign Public Infrastructure for People with Disabilities
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has announced plans to redesign all public infrastructures to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities in the state. In his address to mark the 2013 World Human Rights Day celebration with the theme “Rights of People Living with Disabilities” and Human Rights Essay and Debate Competition for Private and Public Schools at Adeyemi-Bero auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, he said the state government was using the celebration to reaffirm its readiness to continue to uphold the rights of every Lagosian as no individual is able or disabled by choice.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/11/nigeria-to-redesign-public-infrastructure-for-people-with-disabilities/, December 13, 2013
Institutions Develop Databases of Sign Language in Hong Kong
People with hearing disabilities have fought to preserve sign language in the past. Fifty deaf students protested a ban on sign language with a strike in 1973 at the Hong Kong School for the Deaf, the first such school in Hong Kong, established in 1935. The students boycotted classes, but to no avail. The second such school was set up in 1948 by a couple with hearing disabilities from Shanghai, and introduced Shanghainese-style sign language to Hong Kong. The school closed in 1976. In 2004, the Hong Kong School for the Deaf became a school for able-bodied children, and was renamed Chun Tok School.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/09/institutions-develop-databases-of-sign-language-in-hong-kong/, December 13, 2013
UAE: Abu Dhabi International Airport Now More Accessible
As part of Abu Dhabi Airports commitment to delivering world-class services for all passengers, Abu Dhabi Airports is further enhancing Abu Dhabi International Airport’s accessibility by offering golf carts to passengers with wheelchairs. The golf carts are based in Terminals 1 and 3 and will assist in transporting passengers with mobility disabilities between the departure and arrival halls, and the aircraft gates. In its efforts to cater to the needs of all passengers, Abu Dhabi Airports continues to proactively introduce services and facilities that would enable passengers to enjoy the amenities and offerings at the airport. In recent years, Abu Dhabi Airports has installed specialized ramps, rails, and e-Gates designed for persons with mobility disabilities at its airports to ensure comfort and accessibility.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/09/abu-dhabi-international-airport-now-more-accessible/, December 13, 2013
Taiwan: Experts Urge Better Services for Persons with Disabilities
More than three decades after the passage of the People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act, care and services for people with intellectual and multiple disabilities have made little progress in the nation, experts said at a conference in Taipei this week. People with intellectual and multiple disabilities have severe intellectual and physical disabilities ranging from hearing, visual and learning disabilities, to swallowing difficulties, epilepsy, scoliosis and other disabilities, underlining their need for extensive care, said the Maria Social Welfare Foundation, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/09/experts-urge-better-services-for-persons-with-disabilities/, December 13, 2013
Accessibility Centre Opens at UN Headquarters in New York
A UN system that is inclusive for all” is the driving force behind the first UN Accessibility Centre, according to UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon. The centre was officially opened at the UN Headquarters in New York on December 4, 2013. Over 200 diplomats, UN agency staff and civil society representatives attended the inauguration ceremony held in advance of the opening, which included keynote addresses from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, H.E. Ambassador John W. Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly, 68th Session, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN, Mr. Oh Joon, and President of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section, Ms. Jenny Nilsson.
From http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/en/article/ida-press-release-accessibility-centre-opens-un-headquarters-new-york, December 12, 2013