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USA: Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Updating New York’s Accessibility Signage and Logos
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that will further advance New York State as an advocate of rights for people with disabilities. It amends existing law to require the removal of the word “handicapped” from new or replaced state signage, as well as update and destigmatize the accessibility logo. Just enacted, this legislation comes during the 24th anniversary of the national Americans with Disabilities Act, which was the first major step to prohibit discrimination on the basis of a disability.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/07/28/governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-updating-new-yorks-accessibility-signage-and-logos/, August 04, 2014

USA: Justice Department Announces Proposed Amendment to Americans with Disabilities Act Regulations to Expand Access to Movie Theaters for Individuals with Hearing and Vision Disabilities
The Justice Department announced today that Attorney General Eric Holder has signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Title III regulation for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to require movie theaters to provide closed movie captioning and audio description in order to give persons with hearing and vision disabilities access to movies.
From http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-proposed-amendment-americans-disabilities-act-regulations-expand, July 31, 2014

USA: Children with Disabilities Benefit from Classroom Inclusion
The secret to boosting the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities may be to put them in classrooms with typically developing peers, a new study finds. Researchers found that the average language skills of a child’s classmates in the fall significantly predicted the child’s language skills in the spring – especially for children with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/07/29/children-with-disabilities-benefit-from-classroom-inclusion/, July 29, 2014

New OHRC Policy Addresses Human Rights for People with Intellectual Disabilities
A new policy, released today, aims to provide user-friendly guidance on how to define, assess, handle and resolve human rights issues related to mental health and addiction disabilities. The Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions was released by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/06/21/new-ohrc-policy-addresses-human-rights-for-people-with-intellectual-disabilities/, July 28, 2014

USA: DoJ Announces Proposed Amendment to ADA Regulations to Expand Access to Movie Theaters for Individuals with Hearing and Vision Disabilities
The Justice Department announced today that Attorney General Eric Holder has signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Title III regulation for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to require movie theaters to provide closed movie captioning and audio description in order to give persons with hearing and vision disabilities access to movies.
From http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/July/14-crt-781.html, July 25, 2014

How Accessibility is Redefining Personalization
Accessibility that is grounded in a company’s values can bridge individual differences, better connect with customers, enable a diverse pool of talent in the workplace, and improve the standard of living for all members of society.
From http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2014/07/accessibility-cao.html, July 23, 2014

IBM Names Chief Accessibility Officer
IBM today appointed Frances West as the company’s first Chief Accessibility Officer. In this new role, West will guide IBM accessibility policies and practices. Additionally, she will lead IBM’s collaboration with business, government and academia to advance accessibility standards and policy.
From http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44426.wss, July 22, 2014

Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government
This Toolkit is your guide to Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government. Created with the input of social media leaders and users across government and the private sector, this living document contains helpful tips, real-life examples and best practices to ensure that your social media content is usable and accessible to all citizens, including those with disabilities.
From https://www.digitalgov.gov/resources/improving-the-accessibility-of-social-media-in-government/, July 18, 2014

UAE Central Bank Approves Currency Notes Featuring Braille
The board of directors of the Central Bank of the UAE, at a recent meeting, reviewed a memorandum regarding re-printing of set quantities of currency notes of denominations Dh1,000, Dh500, Dh200, Dh20, Dh10 and Dh5 using Braille characters so that they will be readable by the visually impaired, and instructed that necessary actions be taken to execute the proposal.
From http://gulfnews.com/business/banking/uae-central-bank-approves-currency-notes-featuring-braille-1.1358831, July 17, 2014

USA: Playgrounds for Kids Who Can’t Run and Jump
To make it easier, National Public Radio recently introduced “Playgrounds for Everyone” to create the first comprehensive national database of accessible playgrounds. Anyone can contribute to the online registry, which includes photos, a search bar and features to look for. After one year, the site included 1,920 such playgrounds. New York City, with 827 as of this writing, currently has the most. The Chicago metro area, with 109, comes in a distant second.
From http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/playgrounds-for-kids-who-cant-run-and-jump/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0, July 17, 2014

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