UK: How Have the Cuts Affected Disability Services?
The government expects to save GBP2bn over five years by encouraging people into work, or pushing them on to a lower-paid benefit. Disability living allowance will be cut by 20% – worth GBP2.43bn – which will include the removal of mobility payments to around 80,000 disabled people in care homes.
From The Guardian, March 30, 2011
UK: 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Disability Ticketing Set Out
Tickets and practical help for disabled people applying to go to London 2012 have been announced by organizers.
From bbc.co.uk, March 30, 2011
Wii Game for Visually Impaired, Blind Children
From now on visually impaired, blind and fully sighted children can play together on Nintendo Wii. For the first time, children with and without visual impairment can play together on an equal level, thanks to the game called "The Explorer and the Mystery of the Diamond Scarab".
From http://www.visio.org/Wii-game, March 30, 2011
USA: ADA Amendments Act - Changes to Definition of Disability
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just announced the final regulations to the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), in order to simplify and clarify the definition of "disability". This is important stuff. The ADAAA was passed into law in 2009. In the Act, the US Congress tasked the EEOC with revising regulation to conform with the Act. One of the most significant change is that the ADAAA new regulations overturn several decisions made by the US Supreme Court, where Congress found the Supreme Court had interpreted the definition of disability too narrowly.
From accessibility.net.nz, March 28, 2011
Wireless Hearing Aids Stream Sound From TV, Computers to Your Hearing Aid
In the simplest sense, hearing aids are designed to amplify sound. Now, new wireless hearing aids by hearing aid maker Starkey stream sound directly from your TV, radio or computer to your hearing aids, allowing you to hear these devices at the volume you want without disturbing others in the room.
From kpvi.com, March 25, 2011
ADA Amendments Act Aims to Change Definition of Disability
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just announced the final regulations to the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), in order to simplify and clarify the definition of "disability". This is important stuff. The ADAAA was passed into law in 2009. In the Act, the US Congress tasked the EEOC with revising regulation to conform with the Act.
From accessibility.net, March 25, 2011
How Technology Can Help Disabled Students in the Classroom
Everyone likes having techie gadgets -- and college student Adam Amick is no exception. He carries an iPad instead of heavy textbooks and uses a Bluetooth-enabled microphone to offset his hearing loss. A Newport News Daily Press story explains how these gadgets help the 19-year-old sophomore, who has cerebral palsy. "It levels the playing field," he told the paper. "It allows people with disabilities to adapt to their environment and be treated like everybody else."
From latimes.com, March 25, 2011
New Zealand’s First Report to the UN on Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia is welcoming New Zealand’s first report to the United Nations on implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “The report illustrates that New Zealand is relatively advanced in its implementation of the Convention and considerable work has been achieved across all articles,” says Mrs Turia.
From beehive.govt.nz, March 25, 2011
Technology Helps Visually Impaired People to Enjoy Art
The Long Gallery at Nottingham Castle is crowded with fine art – but how do you make it appeal to visitors who can't see the exhibits? This was the task for Artfully Sighted, a group of people with a range of visual impairments who are all involved with the Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind (NRSB). The result is Blockwerk Orchestra, an installation which enables visitors to hear music and sound effects depending on which pictures they are near to in the gallery.
From thisisnottingham.co.uk, March 25, 2011
A Fresh Approach to Disability Employment
In the first of two articles, New York based disabled businessman and former Wall Street trader, Rich Donovan, considers what circumstances would lead to companies embracing disabled people as employees by first seeing their potential as customers.
From BBC - Ouch! (disability), March 25, 2011