Canadian Transportation Agency Launches Carriage of Mobility Aids Resource Tool
The Canadian Transportation Agency on June 1 launched its new Carriage of Mobility Aids Resource Tool for air, rail and interprovincial ferry carriers to assist travellers, travel agents and transportation service providers in the planning of and preparation for travel involving mobility aids. Over the last decade, there has been a marked increase in the frequency of use and in the size of some types of mobility aids. Carriage of mobility aids is an essential part of any mobility aid user’s travel, and requires extra planning and preparation.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/04/canadian-transportation-agency-launches-new-carriage-of-mobility-aids-resource-tool-for-air-rail-and-ferry/, June 15, 2012
India’s Parliament Passes Copyright Amendment Bill 2012
The bill tackles seven broad areas: right of author and music composer, right to blind and visually impaired people, extending compulsory regime to unpublished work and imposition of punitive action, among others. It also seeks to bring Indian laws originally enacted in 1957 in conformity with international norms and World Intellectual Property Organisation.
From globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/31/indias-parliament-passes-copyright-amendment-bill-2012/, June 15, 2012
UK: Visitors with Disabilities Face High Hurdles to London Olympics
The Olympic and Paralympic Games — which London has promised will be the most accessible and inclusive ever — are just weeks away. All sports venues are fully equipped for visitors with disabilities, but many city-goers with physical disabilities say they still feel like second-class citizens on public transport.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/31/visitors-with-disabilities-face-high-hurdles-to-london-olympics/, June 15, 2012
UK's Deaf Community Campaign for US-style Accessible Video Relay Service
After a decade of having their needs neglected by telecoms providers, leaders of the UK’s deaf community have written an open letter published in today’s Times newspaper. They are campaigning for a universally-accessible video relay service of the sort that the Americans have operated successfully for the past 10 years. This would enable British Sign Language users to make and receive calls at any time, with no pre-booking, and at no additional cost over a normal phone contract.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/02/uks-deaf-community-campaign-for-us-style-accessible-video-relay-service/, June 15, 2012
Antigua: Ratification of UN Disabilities Convention Supported
Senator Malaka Parker has agreed to support the efforts of the Antigua & Barbuda Association of Persons Living with Disabilities to ratify the UN Convention concerning persons living with disabilities. President of the association Bernard Warner and PRO Louise Herbert met with Senator Parker and the Minister of Public Works Trevor Walker on Friday to discuss plans to move forward in ratifying the convention.
From http://www.antiguaobserver.com/?p=76495, June 14, 2012
USA: Harvard University Professor Proposes Universal Education Design
Dr. Richard Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed., a Harvard University professor, visited the Oilsands City to discuss the importance of integration for students with learning disabilities. Diagnosed with extreme A.D.D., Lavoie has an intimate understanding of the roadblocks that students with learning disabilities can face, openly admitting that he has no concept of time.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/02/harvard-university-professor-proposes-universal-education-design/, June 14, 2012
USA: President Obama Orders Government Agencies to Optimize Websites for Mobile Web Accessibility
President Barack Obama on May 23 issued a directive that requires all major government agencies to make two of their key services available on mobile phones within the year. The President then ordered those agencies to create websites to report on their mobile progress, sites that are due within 90 days. In address the mobile optimization issues surrounding governmental websites President Obama said ”it is time for the federal government to do more. For far too long, the American people have been forced to navigate a labyrinth of information across different government programs in order to find the services they need.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/29/president-obama-orders-government-agencies-to-optimize-websites-for-mobile-web-accessibility/, June 14, 2012
Pakistan: Blind People Can Now Write Their Own Exams in Braille
Blind students now will be able to write on their own, in Braille, for intermediate exams, starting from May 7, according to the chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK). Chairman Anwar Ahmed Zai made this announcement at the launch of Braille textbooks at Ida Rieu Welfare Association on Tuesday. He was invited as the chief guest.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/25/blind-people-in-pakistan-can-now-write-their-own-exams-papers-in-braille-biek/, June 13, 2012
USA: Voters with Disabilities Asked to Assess Polling Place Accessibility
From now until June 29, voters with disabilities in California will have the opportunity, by filling out a first-of-its-kind online survey, to weigh in on whether and how well county elections officials are providing for them at the polls. Results from the survey, which was created by the Secretary of State’s office, are supposed to help determine whether elections staff need more training and whether there is a need for modified services or enhanced outreach programs for voters with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/18/voters-with-disabilities-asked-to-assess-polling-place-accessibility/, June 13, 2012
New Zealand: Sky TV Adds Closed Captioning to Four Channels
SKY is adding four new channels to its “closed caption” service to further improve its offering to New Zealand’s deaf and hearing impaired communities. The caption service will be launched today on History, BBC Knowledge, MTV and TVNZ Heartland channels.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/05/28/sky-tv-adds-closed-captioning-to-four-channels/, June 13, 2012