USA: Using iPods to Assist Workers with Autism
Jeffrey is a daytime custodian at a fast-food restaurant. And he has autism. On the job, he found it difficult to switch from one task to another or to complete complex tasks. Trying to calm himself, Jeffrey would sometimes spin in place or hum, disturbing customers. At risk of losing his job, he was trained to use an Apple iPod Touch as part of a study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. Working with an occupational therapist, Jeffrey was introduced to specific applications that cued him to switch tasks and provided step-by-step instructions for complex tasks. Within a week, according to case studies recently published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, Jeffrey was successfully performing his job duties with support from the device. A year later, Jeffrey continues to use his iPod Touch on the job, has increased his hours and is recognized as a reliable employee. His anxiety has lessened, and he no long exhibits troubling behaviors.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/04/using-ipods-to-assist-workers-with-autism/, October 05, 2012
USA: Texas Department of Information Resources Launches Website Accessibility Scanning Program
The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has announced a new program to assist state agencies, local government entities, and institutions of higher education in improving the accessibility of their public websites for people with disabilities. DIR will utilize web accessibility scanning services from Virginia-based Deque through a DIR cooperative contract with Knowbility, Inc., an Austin-based accessibility services vendor. This new program will help agencies ensure that their websites are accessible to all Texas citizens, regardless of ability, by improving accessibility levels of public facing web pages. The service scans and analyzes key portions of agency public websites and provides precise information on accessibility errors found.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/04/texas-department-of-information-resources-launches-website-accessibility-scanning-program/, October 05, 2012
Citibank Korea Launches Accessible ATMs for Wheelchair Users
Citibank Korea has launched new accessible ATMs for wheelchair users that will first be installed and operated in three Citi branches across Seoul. The new ATMs are in line with Korea’s CD/ATM Standards for Persons with Disabilities. According to Citi Korea, the first three ATMs will serve as part of a pilot test “to see what further improvements can be made”.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/05/citibank-korea-launches-accessible-atms-for-wheelchair-users/, October 05, 2012
USA: User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 Drafts Published
The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG) on October 4 published updated Working Drafts of User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 and Implementing UAAG 2.0. UAAG defines how browsers, media players, and other “user agents” should support accessibility for people with disabilities and work with assistive technologies. UAAG 2.0 is updated to better address mobile devices and input by speech, touch, and gesture. See the call for review e-mail for a summary of changes. Comments are welcome through 9 November 2012. Learn more about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/05/user-agent-accessibility-guidelines-uaag-2-0-drafts-published/, October 05, 2012
USA: State of Virginia Introduces Voting Accessibility Project for Persons with Disabilities
Virginia officials have launched a project to educate persons with disabilities and older residents about voting accessibility. The project includes online videos that show voters how to register, apply for an absentee ballot or annual application, vote curbside or use assistance at the polls on Election Day.
Global Accessibility News
Virginia introduces voting accessibility project
Americas Oct 3, 2012
RICHMOND, VA: Virginia officials have launched a project to educate persons with disabilities and older residents about voting accessibility.
The project includes online videos that show voters how to register, apply for an absentee ballot or annual application, vote curbside or use assistance at the polls on Election Day. The project is a joint effort by the State Board of Elections and the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/03/virginia-introduces-voting-accessibility-project/, October 04, 2012
U.S. Department of Education Grant Aids Work in Special Education
A five-year, $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs will continue funding of the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College . The IRIS Center develops coursework and teacher training materials to help students with disabilities achieve their academic potential. Naomi Tyler, associate professor of the practice of special education, says the IRIS Center bridges the research-to-practice gap through a free, interactive website that translates research about the education of students with disabilities into practice.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/03/u-s-department-of-education-grant-aids-work-in-special-education/, October 04, 2012
USA: Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 Improves eBooks Accessibility
Adobe has released Adobe Digital Editions 2.0, its freeware application for managing eBooks on a PC or Mac. Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 is required for transferring protected eBook files to compatible mobile eBook Readers using Adobe’s EPUB and PDF standards. Version 2.0 includes accessibility support for the first time, plus includes the latest reader mobile technology for managing ebooks between computer and mobile readers. The major new feature in Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 are its new accessibility features to allow eBooks to be more easily read. These include support for high-contrast screens, plus assistive software, including Window-Eyes (Windows), VoiceOver (Mac), JAWS and NVDA.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/04/adobe-digital-editions-2-0-improves-ebooks-accessibility/, October 04, 2012
USA: AbleGamers Foundation to Open First Permanent Accessibility Arcade for Gamers with Disabilities
The AbleGamers Foundation will be opening its first permanent arcade for gamers with disabilities on Wednesday, October 10 in Washington D.C. public library’s main MLK branch. The Accessibility Arcade offers a hands-on showcase of accessible technology that can enable gamers with disabilities to play mainstream video game systems and titles.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/04/ablegamers-foundation-to-open-first-permanent-accessibility-arcade-for-gamers-with-disabilities/, October 04, 2012
Report: New Paratransit Guide for Mobility-Impaired Persons
New technology and new thinking about sustainable transport systems are coming together to enable fresh approaches to the door-to-door transportation needed by disabled persons in less-wealthy regions. Access Exchange International (AEI), a non-governmental organization, has prepared a guide that takes a fresh look at everything from smart phone applications to ways non-profit NGOs can work together in order to scale up existing services. It also provides examples from some of the paratransit systems now operating beyond the “traditional” services found in Europe, North America, Japan, and Hong Kong – with fresh information from cities such as New Delhi, Cape Town, Istanbul, São Paulo, Kuala Lumpur, and Moscow.
From http://www.globalride-sf.org/, October 03, 2012
Apple App to Monitor Children Health in the Americas Developed by WHO
The GSHS allows iPod/iPad users to access data from the Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) electronic database to compare indicators among countries, visualize and share data in different formats such as tables, bars and trends. The purpose of the GSHS is to provide accurate data on health behaviors and protective factors among students 13 to 15 years of age concerning alcohol, drugs, diet, hygiene, mental health, physical activity, sexual behaviors, tobacco, violence, and unintentional injuries. The GSHS is part of a global surveillance system developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with UNICEF, UNESCO and UNAIDS, with technical assistance from the CDC.
From http://bit.ly/VqtCnQ, October 03, 2012