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
'Priority' Waiting List To Provide Housing For Thousands With Developmental Disabilities
It’s evident in the folder overstuffed with hundreds of documents that he keeps in the basement of his Toms River home, in his voice when he dials Trenton searching for answers, in his sigh as he describes the thousands of hours spent in a decade-long fight to find a suitable home for his 35-year-old autistic son, Michael.
From nj.com, April 18, 2011
Podcast: Social Media Networking For the Disabled
From BBC, April 18, 2011
Phone App Guide System For Disabled Commuters
AbleLink Technologies has released Wayfinder, a smartphone-based software program that enables people with intellectual and other cognitive disabilities to take the bus or light rail so they can be independent.
From itodaynews.com, April 18, 2011
India: First–ever RTI Book in Braille Launched for Blind People
To observe the 12th death anniversary of Jagdish Patel, founder of the Blind People's Association (BPA), the Gujarati version of Right to Information Act in Braille was launched on Thursday. This is the first time such a book has been brought out in Braille so that visually challenged people can learn about their rights. Speaking to DNA, director of BPA, Bhushan Punani, said, "The deputy secretary of Gujarat Information Commission, K S Diwan wanted the RTI Act to be translated into Gujarati and Braille for blind people." He added that the book will give an opportunity to the blind to access information on rights. This step would empower them and make them self–reliant, he said.
From http://www.dnaindia.com, April 15, 2011
India: High Court Backs E–ticketing Facility for Disabled People
Supporting the idea of e–ticketing facility for disabled people, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Railways and the central government on a PIL demanding web reservation for them at concessional rates. A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the authorities must first display the sensitivity and that the technical requirements could be taken care of subsequently.
From http://www.indianexpress.com, April 15, 2011
How Google Is Teaching Computers To See
Computers used to be blind, and now they can see. Thanks to increasingly sophisticated algorithms, computers today can recognize and identify the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa or a can of Budweiser. Still, despite huge technological strides in the last decade or so, visual search has plenty more hurdles to clear.
From edition.cnn.com, April 14, 2011
Committee on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities Concludes Discussion With Non-Governmental Organizations
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities this afternoon concluded its discussion with non-governmental organizations and other bodies about the implementation and monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. During the discussion, a representative from the Association of World Citizens spoke on behalf of parents of children with autism, saying that these children needed additional support from governments, which often did not recognize their needs in their policies or with adequate financial support. Autistic children often needed assistance above and beyond what people with less complex disabilities needed. Their symptoms were often not visible at birth and this made the situation worse because their condition was often not recognized until they were older. This situation could be compounded for people who did not speak the language or did not have health insurance.
From www.ohchr.org/, April 13, 2011
FCC Names New Administrator for National Relay Services Fund
COAT notes that the FCC has named a new Administrator for the Interstate Telecommunications Relay Services Fund (TRS fund), a company called Rolka Loube Saltzer Associates, LLC (RLSA) located in Harrisburg, PA. This Fund supports interstate relay service for people who have hearing disasbilities, or speech disabilities, or who are deaf-blind. RLSA will also oversee the distribution of funds for the FCC’s National Equipment Distribution Program for persons who are deaf-blind.
From coataccess.org, April 13, 2011