India: ‘Disability Act Should Include Elderly’
Estimates from International Longevity Centre (I.L.C.) show that population of elderly people in India is set to increase by over 55% by 2050 and those above 80 will go up by 326% in the same year. Dr Sharadchandra Gokhale, President of I.L.C., said: “Since the ageing population is on rise and is estimated to increase by many folds, there is a need to understand and address the profound consequences of the ageing population”. “The Disabilities Act, which is in existence but is hardly implemented, has no reference to the elderly associated disabilities. For the same, the law needs to be amended, the policy and programmes on disabilities need to include age related disabilities in a major way,” Dr Gokhale suggested.
From www.dnis.org, March 17, 2011
G3ict Publishes White Paper on 'Accessibility, Innovation and Sustainability at AT&T'
The White Paper "Accessibility, Innovation and Sustainability at AT&T," highlights telecommunications company AT&T's efforts to integrate Universal Design (designing products and services for the greatest number of users) and accessibility in product development, customer services and other areas. The study also examines how creating a corporate culture of citizenship and sustainability fosters inclusion in the workplace that can encourage greater innovation for customers with and without disabilities.
From disabled-world.com/, March 16, 2011
UK: Disabled Make Music at Studio
A professional recording studio is throwing open its doors to people with disabilities who want to learn to play an instrument and record their own CD. Amber Studios, in Stratton Road, is run by Andy Watts, who today launches his new 10-week course aimed at people with any form of physical disability, those with learning difficulties or mental health issues.
From swindonadvertiser.co.uk, March 16, 2011
USA: Regulations for Disability Access Take Effect
New federal regulations improving access for the disabled took effect Tuesday at more than 7 million facilities nationwide, including many used for recreation. The changes, required under the Americans with Disabilities Act, affect places such as amusement parks and movie theaters. The new standards, which were set in 2004 to give builders time to plan, affect amusement parks, movie theaters, event venues, hotel rooms and other facilities.
From latimes.com, March 16, 2011
Ecuador: Disabled Vice President is Inspiration to Nation
Governing from a wheelchair, Ecuador’s vice president, Lenin Moreno, has helped shine a spotlight on the nation’s disabled population.
From miamiherald.com, March 16, 2011
Japan: Elevator With Voice Recognition And Wheelchair Detection
Japan's Mitsubishi Electric has made elevator rides for people with disabilities a lot more easier by adding two important features to its elevator user interface. The new system adds voice recognition so that blind users could speak out the floor number they need to go to, and the elevator makes an announcement when it reaches its destination.
From www.assistivetechnologyblog.com, March 15, 2011
USA: South Side Innovation Center Named Finalist For NBIA’s Incubator of the Year Award
California: The South Side Innovation Center (SSIC), the area’s leading small business incubator and training center, has been named one of two finalists for the National Business Incubator Association (NBIA) Incubator of the Year award in the general and special focus category. The winner of this prestigious, international award will be announced on April 12 at NBIA’s 25th annual International Conference on Business Incubation in San Jose, California. The center provides targeted services to those with low incomes or disabilities, as well as to women- and minority-owned businesses.
From insidesu.syr.edu/, March 15, 2011
UK: David Cameron Backs Video Games Centre for Disabled
The UK's most tangible example of how, contrary to the opinion of a swathe of the population, video games can be a force for good, is now up and running. The Accessible Video Games Centre, in Witney, Oxfordshire, was created by games charity SpecialEffect, whose mission is to enable the severely disabled to access video games and leisure software.
From www.guardian.co.uk, March 15, 2011
American Council of the Blind Campaign for Accessible Prescription Drug Labelling
ACB calls on Congress to introduce and pass The Prescription Drug Accessibility Act. This legislation would grant the FDA clear authority to regulate this area and develop standards to ensure that prescription labeling is accessible to individuals with vision loss. A number of existing solutions demonstrate the feasibility of providing access to prescription drug labeling and pharmacies should be prepared to provide prescription labeling by multiple means.
From www.acb.org/, March 15, 2011
India: Heritage Monuments to Become Disabled-Friendly
The Government has approved a grant of Rs 5 crore to the Archaeological Survey of India (A.S.I.) to make five of its World Heritage Sites and 25 other ticketed monuments accessible to disabled people. The monuments for which accessibility has been sanctioned are: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Sun Temple at Konark and Jama Masjid Champner-Pavgarh in Gujarat. Some of the ticketed monuments for which accessibility has been sanctioned are: Charminar, Golconda Fort, Nagarjunakonda, Sun Temple in Gujarat, Laxman Temple in Chhattisgarh and some temples in Bhubaneswar. The funds released by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (M.S.J.E.) will be used to undertake the works for making access pathways, ramps, accessible toilets, tactile maps, Braille signage, and modifications in ticket counters, etc.
From www.dnis.org, March 15, 2011