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
USA: Man Sues to Force Banks to Adapt ATMs for Blind People
A Beaver County man has filed federal lawsuits against at least seven banks over the past four weeks claiming that they haven’t complied with a law requiring that ATM machines can talk to blind people. Robert Jahoda, 30, has sued Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, First Commonwealth Bank, Commercial Bank & Trust of Pennsylvania, Fidelity Bank, Charleroi Federal Savings Bank, 1st National Community Bank and Home Savings and Loan of Youngstown, Ohio. More lawsuits are coming, said his attorney, Bruce Carlson.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/23/man-sues-to-force-banks-to-adapt-atms-for-blind-people/, May 18, 2012
Philippines: College Students Develop Voice-activated Wheelchair
People with physical disabilities who have lost control of their hands stand to benefit from a new voice-activated wheelchair created by five graduating computer engineering students from the Mapua Institute of Technology.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/04/23/mapua-institute-of-technology-students-develop-voice-activated-wheelchair/, May 18, 2012
USA: U.S. Department of Education Issues Resource Document that Discourages Restraint and Seclusion
the U.S. Department of Education issued a publication that outlines principles for educators, parents and other stakeholders to consider when developing or refining policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and avoid the use of restraint and seclusion. The goal of this resource document is to help ensure that schools are safe and healthy environments where all students can learn, develop and participate in instructional programs that promote high levels of academic achievement.
From http://www.ed.gov/policy/restraintseclusion, May 16, 2012
Qatar: Mada Launches ATbar in Arabic
Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center) has released the Arabic version of “AT Bar,” a powerful open source tool that enables people with disabilities to access the internet and computers with greater access. The Arabic version of the product was developed as part of a joint project between Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center) and University of Southampton in the UK, and will be made available through the Mada website to Arabic speakers around the world.
From http://mada.org.qa/en/news/2012/05/15, May 16, 2012
Canada: RIM Launches BlackBerry Screen Reader for Customers with Visual Impairments
Research In Motion (RIM) today launched BlackBerry® Screen Reader, a free software application that helps customers who are blind or visually impaired operate their BlackBerry® smartphone. BlackBerry Screen Reader provides an audible output based on visual information displayed on a BlackBerry smartphone.
From http://www.blackberry.com/screenreader, May 15, 2012
UNICEF welcomes Russian Federation ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
UNICEF congratulates the Russian Federation for ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, describing it as a great step forward
for people with disabilities, particularly children. Russia now joins 110 countries that have already ratified the Convention which recognizes the human rights of people with disabilities and commits Governments to making every effort to help them fully participate in their societies.
From www.unicef.org/ceecis/media_19897.html, May 15, 2012