USA: Robots to Assist Persons with Disabilities
New research in robotics might help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism. Projects investigating co-robotics are the focus of new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/15/robots-to-assist-persons-with-disabilities/, December 15, 2014
India: Tata Institute of Social Sciences Campus to be Accessible for Students with Disabilities
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is all set to make its campus more accessible to its 34 students with disabilities. The institute has sent a proposal to the ministry of social justice to create a barrier-free campus, which will allow these students and visitors to move around without assistance. Vaishali Kolhe, assistant professor, centre for disability studies, TISS, said: “We recently conducted an access audit of the campus and sent a proposal to the ministry of social justice under Scheme for Implementation of Persons with Disability Act (SIPDA). The ministry has agreed to the proposal. The grant will be released in a few months and work will soon begin on the campus.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/15/tiss-campus-to-be-accessible-for-students-with-disabilities/, December 15, 2014
India: Delhi University Training Nurses on Use of Sign Language in Hospitals
Delhi University is providing sign language training to nursing staff in hospitals across the national capital to help them deal with patients with hearing disabilities. “The use of sign language is minimal in our country and a survey done by DU students had revealed that even people with vision disabilities are not aware of the proper technical language in place.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/15/delhi-university-training-nurses-on-use-of-sign-language-in-hospitals/, December 15, 2014
India: Children Learn Better with Inclusive Education
Inclusive education is the need of the hour. It helps build friendships and inculcate mutual respect and understanding. Patricia Mascarenhas investigates why inclusive education is not successful in India and what is the way forward.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/14/children-learn-better-with-inclusive-education/, December 15, 2014
USA: Students Develop Devices for People with Disabilities
Penn State Berks University students demonstrated a kayak that would make it easier for anyone with one arm to have fun on the water. Students majoring in Engineering and Occupational Therapy have collaborated to create devices to meet the needs of people with physical disabilities as part of the Pfreimer Adaptive Equipment Project (PADEP).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/13/students-develop-devices-for-people-with-disabilities/, December 13, 2014
New Zealand: Green Party Welcomes Commitment to Make Parliament Accessible
The Green Party welcomes the commitments made in the Speaker’s report on improving the accessibility of Parliament for people with disabilities. The Speaker’s report was a response to the recommendations of the Government Administration select committee report on its inquiry into the accessibility of services to Parliament that was released earlier this year.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/12/green-party-welcomes-commitment-to-make-parliament-accessible/, December 12, 2014
Making National Parks More Accessible for People with Vision Disabilities
A team of University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers has received a $278,300 National Park Service grant for the development of new technologies to provide dynamic experiences for visitors with vision disabilities of national parks. Led by Assistant Professor Brett Oppegaard from the School of Communications, the group will explore the use of digital communication to convert traditional “unigrid” brochures used at all national parks into an audio description-format that better serves visually impaired audiences.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/11/making-national-parks-more-accessible-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, December 12, 2014
Swedish City Wins the Access City Award 2015
The European Commission (EC) has announced the Swedish city of Borås is the winner of the 2015 Access City Award. The Award recognizes Borås’s comprehensive and strategic approach to creating an accessible city for all; a good example of local action to help removing the many barriers that people with disabilities still face in their daily life.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/10/swedish-city-wins-the-access-city-award-2015/, December 12, 2014
Toronto Police Introduce Text 9-1-1 Service for People with Hearing Disabilities
The Toronto Police Service, along with emergency services partners, have announced that the T9-1-1 service for people who are deaf or Hard of Hearing in Toronto. The Text with 9-1-1 Service (T9-1-1) for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Speech Impaired (DHHSI) Community is now available in the city of Toronto.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/09/toronto-police-introduce-text-9-1-1-service-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, December 12, 2014
Australia: The Accessible Exit Sign Project
Early in 2013, Lee Wilson, Director of Egress Group Pty Ltd embarked on a journey to write an evacuation guidebook for people with disabilities. It was during the research to prepare the book that he identified a major problem with exit signs currently provided in commercial buildings, facilities, ships and other forms of transportation.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/09/the-accessible-exit-sign-project/, December 11, 2014