What are the Biggest Issues in Aging Over the Next 10 Years?
What are the biggest changes that are going to be shaping the world over the next 10 years? That’s a question that the Future Agenda seeks to answer. This is a global non profit project that is the largest (and only, that we know of) "open foresight” initiative. Rather than an expensive consulting project paid for by one deep-pocketed corporation that is read once by the client and then filed away to get dusty, the Future Agenda uses an 'open source' Creative Commons model that seeks input from hundreds of people in a series of workshops on key themes, then shares the output for free.
From https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-biggest-issues-aging-over-next-10-years-stephen-johnston?trk=hb_ntf_MEGAPHONE_ARTICLE_POST, July 28, 2015
USA: 25 Years Later, We Should Be Proud That The ADA Triggered An Expansion Of Human Rights And Protections Globally
When disability advocates started talking about the need for an international disability rights treaty, the frame of reference was the Americans with Disabilities Act. The legislation signed into law by President H.W. Bush, on July 26, 1990-the ADA-was the catalyst and the foundation on which the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was built. Now is an appropriate time to acknowledge that the ADA and CRPD are close siblings.
From http://www.usicd.org, July 28, 2015
U.S. Access Board Releases Next Installment of the Online Guide to the ADA and ABA Standards
The next installment of the U.S. Access Board's online guide to accessibility standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) is now available. This material features a series of technical bulletins covering requirements for accessible routes in Chapter 4 of the ADA and ABA Standards, including doors and gates, ramps and curb ramps, and elevators and platform lifts. There is also a bulletin on referenced requirements for accessible means of egress. The documents explain and illustrate requirements in the standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations.
From http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/buildings-and-sites/about-the-ada-standards/guide-to-the-ada-standards, July 28, 2015
AT&T, NYU Announce Winners of $100,000 Connect Ability Challenge to Improve the Lives of People Living with Disabilities
Marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Senator Charles Schumer joined AT&T* and New York University’s ABILITY Lab Monday to announce more than $100,000 in prizes awarded to developers of high-tech solutions to improve the lives of people living with disabilities.
From http://about.att.com/story/att_nyu_announce_winners_of_tech_challenge.html, July 28, 2015
Could You Design a Piece of Wearable Technology That Changes Lives?
A key part of this partnership over the last couple of months has been the Wearables for Good challenge, coordinated by Unicef, ARM and frog, which aims to generate ideas for new and innovative designs to make wearables and sensor technology a game-changer for women and children across the world.
From http://blogs.unicef.org.uk/2015/07/23/wearables-good/, July 27, 2015
Why Creating Accessible Digital Products is Important
Creating an accessible digital product means anyone can use it. Because digital technology is a vital role in everyday life, designing digital products that are accessible benefits people with or without disabilities, as well as businesses. When a digital product is accessible, it provides equal access to all. It offers a competitive advantage to businesses who can increase their audience and market their products to a larger customer base.
From http://www.lireo.com/creating-accessible-digital-products-is-important-infographic/, July 27, 2015
USA: Department of Labor's "Disability & Employment: A Timeline Commemorating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act"
Signed into law in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is civil rights legislation that works to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including employment. At the U.S. Department of Labor, we are committed to delivering on the promise of the ADA, not only for today’s workers with disabilities, but also future generations.
From http://www.dol.gov/featured/ada/, July 22, 2015
The Developmental Disability Network: Working Together Toward Full Integration
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approaches, ACL is featuring guest blogs from leaders in the disability community. In this guest blog, Andrew Imparato, director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, describes how the university centers work to ensure that the voices of people with disabilities are heard within and beyond the halls of academia.
From http://www.acl.gov/NewsRoom/blog/2015/2015_07_21.aspx, July 22, 2015
USA: Blind Institute of Technology Aims to Solve Jobless 'Epidemic'
With laptops and tablets on a desk, contract employees Antonio Rozier and Amelia Dickerson scan through the backbone of a health symptom and information website and mobile app, using screen readers that convert text to Braille or speech to determine how well they work with assistive technology for the vision-impaired.
From http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_28502401/blind-institute-technology-aims-solve-jobless-epidemic, July 22, 2015
USA: Accessible Documents, the Positive Approach to Compliance
The U.S. Department of Justice is swift in taking action on companies and businesses that are found to be out of ADA Compliance in all areas of practice. The list of companies being sued and fined over non-compliance of printed materials into an alternative format is growing and making negative headlines.
From https://brailleworks.com/accessible-documents-positive-approach-to-compliance/, July 22, 2015