USA: University of Nevada Hosts 7th Annual Assistive Technology Fair
Participants will have an opportunity to explore hardware and software through “hands on” demonstrations at exhibit booths. Held in conjunction with the 6th annual Nevada Student Leadership Transition Summit.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/08/university-of-nevada-hosts-7th-annual-assistive-technology-fair/, November 08, 2012
New Zealand: Claims About Accessible Buses Denied by Council
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is hitting back at claims there are no wheelchair-accessible buses in Rotorua. Information released by Statistics New Zealand shows persons with disabilities around the country face issues relating to a lack of disability services and awareness. Persons with disabilities said in the report they felt their human rights were not being met and barriers were preventing their inclusion in the community. A story in The Daily Post on Tuesday contained comments from a local disability support worker who said difficulties accessing public transport and finding employment were the biggest problems for Rotorua residents with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/08/claims-about-accessible-buses-denied-by-council/, November 08, 2012
USA: Winter Weather Preparedness for People with Disabilities
People with disabilities may need to take additional precautions in order to be ready for expected and unexpected winter weather events. First, get a kit. Make sure your kit includes warm clothing, blankets, food, water, a flashlight, and small shovel, salt or sand, and additional blankets and supplies for service animals and pets. Try to obtain an emergency supply of medications and medical supplies in case travel becomes hazardous. Remember that cold weather can stress respiratory and circulatory systems, making it more difficult to travel or complete tasks that require physical exertion.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/08/winter-weather-preparedness-for-people-with-disabilities-fema/, November 08, 2012
The Netherlands: Dutch Government Begins Developing Universal Service for People with Hearing Disabilities
The Dutch ministry of economic affairs, agriculture and innovation (EL&I) will appoint a company to implementation the Universal Service for people with hearing disabilities. The ministry also published two regulation schemes, the first providing procedure rules for mediation services, and the second presenting some changes to the rules covering universal services and end-user interests (Rude).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/07/dutch-government-begins-developing-ud-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, November 07, 2012
Hong Kong Introduces Web Accessibility Recognition Program
To show appreciation to businesses and organizations for making their websites accessible, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) recently launched the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme. Under the scheme, websites of the participating organizations meeting the accreditation criteria will be authorized to display the gold or silver award logo as recognition for their achievement in adopting barrier-free design, hence contributing to a caring and inclusive society. The scheme also offers seminars for organizations and website managers to help them familiarize with the requirements and benefits of adopting web accessibility design.
From http://bit.ly/VQJaif, November 06, 2012
USA: Oregon Testing Windows 8 Tablets for Voters with Disabilities
Last fall, Oregon became the first state in the nation to utilize tablet technology in elections. Now in the state’s latest technology move, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown has arranged to provide Samsung Series 7 PC tablets, featuring the Windows 8 operating system, to be used by Oregon voters with disabilities in Tuesday’s general election. “Specifically, in this pilot project, Oregon voters with disabilities will be encouraged to test their own accessibility devices with the brand-new technology that should increase the use and confidence in our accessible voting system,” said Secretary Brown.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/06/oregon-testing-windows-8-tablets-for-voters-with-disabilities/, November 06, 2012
Asia-Pacific Countries Adopt Landmark Strategy for Building Disability-Inclusive Societies
Thirty nine Asia-Pacific countries attending a once-in-a-decade United Nations forum on disability issues in the region, adopted a pioneering framework of action aimed at building more disability-inclusive societies for the 650 million persons with disabilities living in the region.
The groundbreaking Incheon Strategy to Make the Right Real for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific was endorsed at the conclusion of the High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Final Review of the Implementation of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012 convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea in Incheon last week.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/11/06/asia-pacific-countries-adopt-landmark-strategy-for-building-disability-inclusive-societies/, November 06, 2012
Guideline: Web Content Accessibility and Mobile Web
With global mobile phone use at an all time high, there has been a surge of interest in developing websites that are accessible from a mobile device. Similarly, making websites accessible for people with disabilities is an integral part of high quality websites, and in some cases a legal requirement. Most Mobile Web specialists don't know about design issues for people with disabilities. Likewise, most web accessibility specialists don't know Mobile Web design best practices.
From http://www.w3.org/WAI/mobile/overlap, November 02, 2012
Action to Deliver Better Employment Support Services for Australians with Disabilities
Australians with disabilities will now have access to a higher standard of employment support services in more locations across Australia, following the Australian Government’s tender for Disability Employment Services. Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis said the Government is expanding the number of high performing quality service providers as well as expanding the locations of services across Australia following the completion of the first full competitive tender for Disability Employment Services - Employment Support Service.
From http://www.disabilitynewsasia.com/home-mainmenu-1/1245-action-to-deliver-better-employment-support-services-for-australians-with-disabilities.html, November 01, 2012
Philippines: Asia Foundation Encourages Persons with Disabilities to Vote
Asia Foundation has initiated efforts encouraging Persons with disabilities to exercise their right of suffrage especially this coming elections. The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region began to implement a three year “Disability Inclusive Election Program.” Its aim is to ultimately address the needs of persons with disabilities and make Comelec increase their access to registration sites and polling places in order to reduce or remove constraints that PWD voters might face.
From http://www.disabilitynewsasia.com/home-mainmenu-1/1241-asia-foundation-encourages-persons-with-disabilities-to-vote.html, November 01, 2012