USA: Bill in Congress Would Improve Technology Access for Blind, Deaf
Legislation under review in the U.S. Congress could lift the barriers deaf and blind people face when using the Internet and other online innovations like YouTube.
From Statepress.com, August 24, 2010
The Role of International Cooperation in Support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
International cooperation is widely recognized as vital for ensuring that persons with disabilities can fully enjoy their human rights.
From Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights News, August 23, 2010
Blinding Technology of Online Learning
Online learning is often heralded as a way to make college an option for people who would not otherwise have the money or mobility to access it. But for blind students, online learning can present more obstacles than opportunities — especially as e-learning materials become more technologically sophisticated.
From Inside Higher Ed, August 23, 2010
Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing Students Perform First Test of Sign Language by Cell Phone
University of Washington engineers are developing the first device able to transmit American Sign Language over U.S. cellular networks.
From Science Daily, August 18, 2010
USA: University of Illinois Opens State-of-the-Art Dorm for Students with Disabilities
Facility marks new milestone for university, already a leader in disability services
From Chicago Tribune, August 18, 2010
Sierra Leone: UN-HABITAT Gives $ 20,000 Grant for Disability Project in Sierra Leone
A DISABLED YOUTH-led centre in Sierra Leone that almost had to close its doors is celebrating a new lease of life with the help of a UN-HABITAT grant from its Urban Youth Fund which awards grants worth in total close to USD one million annually.
From Standard Times Press News Sierra Leone, August 18, 2010
MobileASL: The First Mobile Phone for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
And it doesn't require users to wear a crazy looking glove. MobileASL incorporates compressed video signals, increased image quality around the face and hands, and motion detection to make it a better option than other mobile video conferencing services.
From Gizmodo, August 17, 2010
Tech Savvy Transportation Center Opens in Aiken
Federal officials marked the opening of a new transportation center in Aiken that will help hundreds of elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people get around.
From WJBF-TV, August 17, 2010
Blind Driver Challenge Project Wins Top Awards at Niweek
National Instruments awarded its 2010 Application of the Year award to the Virginia Tech Blind Driver Challenge, a project designed to one day allow blind people to independently drive automobiles. The project is a collaborative effort between the Virginia Tech College of Engineering and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), partnering with TORC Technologies.
From OptoIQ, August 17, 2010
Lawmakers Push to Make Web Devices More Accessible to Users with Disabilities
Blind or deaf consumers, who have fought to make home phones and television more accessible, say they are now being left behind on the Web and many mobile devices.
From Statesman.com, August 17, 2010