Could Universal Design be the Next Mainstream Movement in Architecture?
Universal design, which employs design to encourage health and wellness and other quality-of-life improvements, may be poised to become the next mainstream endeavor in architecture and planning, according to two leading experts in the field. Edward Steinfeld, director of the University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center), and Jordana L. Maisel, the center’s director of outreach and policy studies, are authors of a new textbook, “Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/23/could-universal-design-be-the-next-mainstream-movement-in-architecture-planning/, May 23, 2012
Nigeria Passes Law on Discriminating Against Persons with Disabilities
House of Representatives has passed a law which makes it a crime for any individual or corporate organization to discriminate against persons with disabilities either in terms of employment or making public offices inaccessible to persons with disabilities. The bill sponsored by Abike Dabiri-Erewa seeks to “Ensure Full Integration of Nigerians with Disability into the Society and Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Them”. The bill prescribes punishment for offenders ranging from prison term or payment of fines as the case may be.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/30/nigeria-passes-law-on-discriminating-against-persons-with-disabilities/, May 23, 2012
USA: New Release of Axis 360 Allows Blind eBook Users to Access Library Digital Collections
Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books, today announced an important new release of its Axis 360 digital media platform that allows blind ebook users to have full access and use of their library’s digital collections.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/23/new-release-of-axis-360-allows-blind-ebook-users-to-access-library-digital-collections/, May 23, 2012
Inaccessible Municipalities to Face Legal Action in Turkey
A regulation that imposes obligations on municipalities with regards to addressing deficiencies in providing access for persons with disabilities will come into force on July 7 and municipalities that fail to fulfill these obligations could possibly face legal action. A law relating to access for persons with disabilities took effect in 2005, and Turkey’s municipalities were given seven years to comply with the regulations, which were aimed at helping the country’s 9 million persons with disabilities. With the deadline on July 7, 2012, the Interior Ministry has reminded the municipalities and governors’ offices of these requirements.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/30/inaccessible-municipalities-to-face-legal-action-in-turkey/, May 22, 2012
USA: Survey Faults ATMs for Blind People in Boston
Many ATMs and MBTA fare machines in the Boston area cannot be used by people who are blind, despite federal rules that went into effect last month requiring that more of the machines be accessible to people who are blind or low vision, according to a new survey to be released Tuesday.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/25/survey-faults-atms-for-blind-people-in-boston/, May 22, 2012
India: Chennai Metro will be Accessible to Persons with Disabilities
According to an official of the CMRL, all metro stations will have signage within and outside the station to guide users. A dedicated parking space will be provided to persons with disabilities, subject to space availability. Non-slippery flooring and well-lit passages will be provided. “We will make sure that the stations enable free movement. Tactile tiles will be provided to help persons with disabilities access functional areas and platforms,” the official told The Hindu.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/07/chennai-metro-will-be-accessible-for-persons-with-disabilities-cmrl/, May 22, 2012
Technology Accessibility is Improving, But Big Challenges Lie Ahead
It became very clear to a particular group of people - who advocates for those with autism spectrum disorders - that the device could be a new tool for communication and education in that community, something perhaps even Apple didn't foresee. Some autism-related apps aid conversation between parents and children, while others help with learning words or social skills.
From PhysOrg, May 21, 2012
Qatar: Protecting the Disabled with Technology
When the Tsunami struck Japan in 2011 the world watched in horror as lives were lost and destruction reigned. But there was a hidden tragedy that struck those with a disability the hardest.
From Digital QATAR, May 21, 2012
USA: Americans Lack Understanding, Concern for Disabilities’ Effects
Despite the risks posed by disability in retirement, many Americans don’t understand their chances of becoming disabled, a report released May 8 by the American College found.
From AdvisorOne, May 21, 2012
UK: Young People with Disabilities Test London Transport Ahead of Olympics
As young people from Whizz-Kidz set out to test London’s buses, trains and boats for persons with disabilities in Olympic year, its Kidz Board delivers a transport manifesto for No Go Britain.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/23/young-people-with-disabilities-test-london-transport-ahead-of-olympics/, May 18, 2012