USA: NFB to Host Web Accessibility Training Day
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program will co-host Web Accessibility Training Day on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. During the morning sessions of this all-day event, representatives from a range of different governmental, educational, and business organizations will discuss their strategies for creating web content that complies with federal and state regulations. The afternoon will be devoted to in-depth breakout sessions on specific technical and policy topics, targeted to deliver information that will be immediately useful. Presenters include representatives from the Department of Justice, Google, Oracle, the Department of Homeland Security and the US Access Board.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/08/nfb-to-host-web-accessibility-training-day/, August 11, 2014
Dubai: RTA Launches Parking Permits Service for People with Disabilities via Smartphone App
The Roads and Transport Authority RTA has recently launched a service for issuing and renewing parking permits for older people and people with disabilities, and renewing permits for people with disabilities through smart phones using RTA DUBAI App.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/11/rta-launches-parking-permits-service-for-people-with-disabilities-via-smartphone-app/, August 11, 2014
USA: Boardmaker Launches Complete Online Learning System
DynaVox Systems, LLC (DynaVox), creators of Boardmaker, the leading symbol-adapted special education software for assisting individuals with overcoming their speech, language and learning challenges, introduces Boardmaker Online. Designed for educators, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), assistive technology specialists and parents, Boardmaker Online is a new, comprehensive solution for creating and managing accessible education instruction.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/11/boardmaker-launches-complete-online-learning-system/, August 11, 2014
Uganda: KiBO Foundation Starts Program to Help People with Disabilities Gain IT Skills
KiBO Foundation has started a programme in Entebbe to help young people with disabilities gain IT skills. KiBO Managing Director Abraham E. Temu, said they want to help people with hearing disabilities acquire IT knowledge to make them better suited for the job market. He said, “KiBO Foundation, Cisco and Entebbe Municipality officially launched a Community Knowledge Center (CKC) to provide members of rural communities’ and especially people who are deaf access to technology, to enable them find jobs, start businesses, gain education, and increase their financial self-sufficiency.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/06/foundation-starts-program-to-help-people-with-disabilities-gain-it-skills/, August 06, 2014
USA: San Francisco International Airport Unveils Prototype Smartphone App for Passengers with Vision Disabilities
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) unveiled a prototype version of a smartphone application which can help passengers with vision disabilities to navigate through an airport terminal.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/04/san-francisco-international-airport-unveils-prototype-smartphone-app-for-passengers-with-vision-disabilities/, August 04, 2014
UAE: Emirates Introduces Audio Description on Movies for Passengers with Vision Disabilities
Emirates continues to set industry standards by becoming the first airline to introduce Audio Description on movies for passengers with vision disabilities on its inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/07/31/emirates-introduces-audio-description-on-movies-for-passengers-with-vision-disabilities/, August 04, 2014
USA: New Gadget Helps People with Vision Disabilities to Read Graphs
People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Senior Lecturer Dr Iain Murray and PhD student Azadeh Nazemi developed a digital reading system for people who are blind, allowing them to read graphical material.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/07/30/new-gadget-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities-to-read-graphs/, August 04, 2014
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: 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