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UK: Care Is Failing 1.5 Million People with Learning Disabilities
The system of care and support for the 1.5 million people who have a learning disability is breaking down because of spending cuts and an "alarming" shortage of accommodation, according to consultants commissioned by the Department of Health.
From www.guardian.co.uk, May 31, 2011

iPad App for Cerebral Palsy Patients Developed by Michigan Engineering Students
A University of Michigan team of engineering students and rehabilitation engineers is building an app to help people whose impaired motor movements (Cerebral Palsy patients) make it hard to manipulate touch-sensitive screens or press the small buttons on iPads and other mobile devices.
From cerebralpalsychildren.edusped.com, May 30, 2011

Report on Captioning in the European Union Released
The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) has released a report which looks at levels of captioning on audiovisual media across the European Union. The EFHOH, which has been campaigning for increased levels of captioning for the last ten years, notes that some countries have made great progress in that time. The United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France now have 100% captioning on their main television channels, but other countries are lagging behind.
From mediaaccess.org, May 30, 2011

JAN Releases Updated Accommodation and Compliance Series
The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act regulations took effect May 24th! Learn the basic changes the ADAAA made to the definition of disability by reviewing JAN's newly updated Accommodation and Compliance Series: The ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
From askjan.org/, May 27, 2011

Achieving Green, Intelligent and Safe Mobility in Europe
A few days ago we saw the first of the Digital Agenda for Europe actions in Transport (action 95) accomplishing objectives, as the Commission adopted a Regulation on standards in the field of telematics applications for rail passenger services. This success was attained by the harmonious collaboration and commitment of public and private stakeholders and undoubtedly constitutes a firm step towards a European integrated multimodal transport system.
From ec.europa.eu, May 27, 2011

Workshop: Access and Digital Ability - Building A Barrier-free Digital Society
The focus of the workshop will be on shaping and co-creating a barrier-free digital Europe by people with disabilities themselves, addressing the relevant policy, technology, innovation and cooperation perspectives. Particular attention will be paid to web accessibility for public and private online services. Other aspects will be also addressed such as accessibility for audio-visual content, ICT-based mobility assistance, cloud-based and dynamically personalized interfaces.
From ec.europa.eu, May 27, 2011

European Commission Funds Online Survey To Look At eAccessibility
The survey will provide an overview of the status and progress of eAccessibility-related policies and technologies in 12 selected European countries and three non-European countries. It aims to contribute to the development and implementation of the European Union’s policy of eAccessibility by providing useful information about the approaches, practices and the impact of measures to promote eAccessibility. It will look at the ways that people with disabilities and others (such as older people) overcome the technical barriers and difficulties they experience when trying to participate on equal terms in the information society.
From www.accesstourismnz.org, May 27, 2011

World Blind Union Releases Audio Description Toolkit
The World Blind Union (WBU) has released a comprehensive document which aims to increase the awareness and availability of audio description throughout the world. The ‘World Blind Union Toolkit on providing, delivering and campaigning for audio description on television and film’ was developed with input from WBU members in many countries. It explains what audio description is, describes the technical methods used to deliver it on various media, and provides sample of audio description and real-life case studies of people who use it.
From mediaaccess.org, May 27, 2011

2011 Print Disability Scholarship Program and Seniors Grant
A person with a print disability is unable to access printed material, either because they are blind or vision impaired, or have a perceptual or learning disability, such as dyslexia. The inability to read affects people from all walks of life. From young children in school to older people at home, having a print disability impacts on the daily lives of individuals in unique and fundamental ways.
From cicada.org, May 27, 2011

Underwater Hearing Aid from Siemens Coming This June 2011
Launched at the Audiology Now! conference in the USA, April 6, the new Siemens “Aquaris” hearing aid is not only watertight and dust-proof, but also robust and impact-resistant. The hearing aid has been cast as one-piece with a scratch-proof, rubber-like surface which holds the device securely behind the ear preventing it from slipping.
From cicada.org, May 27, 2011

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