Disability Advocates Call Out Facebook Over Offensive Pages
A group of disability advocates is charging that Facebook is turning a blind eye to profiles and pages on the social network that they say are offensive to people with disabilities. In an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, advocates point to profiles and pages on the social network with names like “I am retarded and proud of it” and “Re Tard” that persist even after repeated reports to site administrators. They also claim that profiles critical of individuals with disabilities feature stolen photos of kids with special needs that have been ripped from personal Facebook pages.
From disabilityscoop.com, June 06, 2011
Science: Retina Holds the Key to Better Vision in Deaf People
People who are deaf benefit from better vision due to the fact their retinas develop differently, experts at the University of Sheffield have shown.
From sciencedaily.com, June 06, 2011
Scans Show It's Not Only Sight That Helps Us Get Our Bearings
Our brain's understanding of spatial awareness is not triggered by sight alone, scientists have found, in a development that could help design technology for the visually impaired.
From sciencedaily.com, June 06, 2011
All Government Websites Could Be Scrapped and Replaced by Single Domain
All government websites could be scrapped and replaced with a single domain where people will be able to log on and file their tax returns, apply for housing benefit or monitor their child benefit payments, ministers indicate today.
From Guardian.co.uk, June 03, 2011
U.S. Dept of Ed Requires Accessible New Technologies in Schools
the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) sent out new guidance on the legal obligation to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy new classroom technologies. The guidance letter and materials were provided to elementary and secondary school principals, school boards, school superintendents and institutions of higher education. This "Dear Colleague" letter and the associated FAQs emphasized new and emerging technologies, such as E-books and online courses and other online content, such as online applications for admission, class assignments, and housing.
From coataccess.org, June 02, 2011
USA: Implants Help Deaf Learn Language from Listening
These children, and others at the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech in Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, are all deaf or hard of hearing. Yet instead of using American Sign Language, all have learned to speak, in most cases aided by devices called cochlear implants. All are headed to mainstream kindergarten.
From centredaily.com, June 01, 2011
Iceland: Sign Language Legalized as First Language in Iceland
Members of the Icelandic Association of the Deaf celebrated the legislation of Sign Language as their first language. Icelanders are frontrunners in the development of Sign Language and such a conclusive recognition as the government has now given Sign Language has not been made anywhere else in the world, according to Dadi Hreinsson, managing director of the Icelandic Association of the Deaf.
From icelandreview.com, June 01, 2011
SpeechTrans Offers Mobile Translation App for Hearing Impaired
Custom Designed Speech Recognition App Gives Hearing Impaired Unparalleled Freedom to Engage in Personal Multi-Language Conversations.
From prnewswire.com, June 01, 2011
World Deaf Congress Headed for South Africa
The Deaf Federation of South Africa (Deafsa) will host two international events in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in July 2011. The 16th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, as well as the fifth International World Federation of the Deaf Youth Camp, will take place on African soil for the first time.
From southafrica.info, June 01, 2011
U.S. to Grant $20 Million for Improving Employment Outcomes for PWD
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately USD 20 million to fund programs that will improve education, training and employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. A solicitation for grant applications is published in today's edition of the Federal Register.
From dol.gov, June 01, 2011