Engineering Universal Access for Learning
Universal design usually means creating buildings that are physically accessible to everyone, with hallways wide enough for wheelchairs. But, in promoting ‘universal design for learning', we have to simultaneously confront the technological, social and psychological barriers to equal education.
From diverseeducation.com, May 17, 2011
May 17: World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
17 May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.
From itu.int, May 17, 2011
USA: Disability Convention Receives 100th Ratification With Colombia
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the first international human rights treaty of the twenty-first century. On 10 May, Colombia became the 100th country to ratify this Convention. In doing so, it joins the ranks of those countries that now support greater access, backed by their legal systems, for citizens with disabilities to fully participate in the lives of their communities, including the political process and health and education services.
From un.org, May 12, 2011
AT&T to Invest $1 Billion in Cloud and Mobility Solutions for Businesses
Dallas-based AT&T will target its investment strategy in five core areas, headlined by advanced mobility solutions for connected devices, including tablets, e-readers, laptops and other gadgets. In Q1 of 2011 alone, AT&T added 1.6 million emerging deices to its network. The company currently provides wireless service to more than 12 million connected devices and has seen the use of mobile apps on its network triple in the last two years.
From 4g-wirelessrevolution.net, May 11, 2011
UK: Thousands May Have Undiagnosed Autism
A survey conducted in England found that around 1% of adults met the diagnostic criteria for an autistic spectrum disorder. Autism covers a range of developmental handicaps, including Asperger's syndrome, which impair a person's ability to communicate with and relate to others.
From http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/, May 11, 2011
UK: Disabled People Stage Protest Over Spending Cuts
Organisers are calling it the Hardest Hit Protest, and say they want to send a message to ministers to scrap cuts. They object to cuts in disability living allowance, benefit changes and local service cutbacks. Ministers say the welfare system is failing people and that reforms will see benefits go to those who need them.
From bbc.co.uk, May 11, 2011
USA: Interactive Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities
Many teachers who work in special needs or in classrooms with autistic students find that their biggest challenge lies in handling a student group that has needs so particular. Think that the last thing these educators need is an unfamiliar gadget they must incorporate into a day packed with too many students and too little time? Teachers who have uncovered this key to a student’s potential say, Not so fast! Here is a sampling of tools that have put the “assist” in assistive tech and the teachers who use them.
From techlearning.com, May 10, 2011
AT&T Joins Forces With Special Olympics
AT&T* and Special Olympics announced today the launch of a new cause-related marketing initiative to support the organization and its mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. As part of the nationwide initiative, AT&T will make a donation to Special Olympics in the amount of $40 for each online purchase made on eligible AT&T products and services on the program's dedicated website, www.att.com/specialolympics. In addition, Special Olympics supporters may also participate in a text-to-donate program by texting the word UNITY to 80888, to make a one-time donation of $5 to Special Olympics. The donations program runs from May 9, 2011 through February 29, 2012.
From disabled-world.com/, May 10, 2011
Delaware Launches First Statewide Registry to Help Citizens With Special Needs During an Emergency
Gov. Jack A. Markell and Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) Secretary Lewis D. Schiliro launched the nation’s first statewide online registry designed to help Delaware citizens with special needs prepare for an emergency before it happens.
From governor.delaware.gov, April 25, 2011
Are Color Blind Gamers Left Out?
Next time you are playing a video game online and a member of your own team shoots you - spare a thought: they could be colour blind. The inability to easily distinguish between certain colors is a problem that affects about one in 20 men, and one in 200 women.
From bbc.co.uk, April 18, 2011