USA: Access Board Releases Rights-of-Way Guidelines for Public Comment
On July 26th the U.S. Access Board released for public comment proposed guidelines for accessible public rights-of-way. The guidelines provide design criteria for public streets and sidewalks, including pedestrian access routes, street crossings, curb ramps and blended transitions, on-street parking, street furniture, and other elements. The specifications comprehensively address access that accommodates all types of disabilities, including mobility and vision impairments, while taking into account conditions and constraints that may impact compliance, such as space limitations and terrain, as indicated in an overview of the rule.
From access-board.gov, July 27, 2011
K-12 to See Double-Digit Growth in e-Learning through 2015
Worldwide, the growth of electronic learning technologies and services is slowing. But the growth in K-12 electronic learning in the United States will continue in the double digits at least through 2015, according to a revised e-learning forecast released this week.
From thejournal.com, July 27, 2011
Study: 3D Video Causes Eye Strain, Fatigue
3D displays cause extra eye fatigue, according to a study published by the Journal of Vision today that was funded in part by Samsung's R&D arm. A group of researchers from the University of Califonia-Berkeley found that when test subjects watched 3D displays, they reported more eye strain and fatigue and less vision clarity afterward than when they watched 2D video.
From www.cnn.com, July 27, 2011
USA: Social Media Find Place in Classroom
The principal of New Milford (N.J.) High School has nearly 12,300 Twitter followers (his handle: @NMHS_Principal). He and his teachers use Facebook to communicate with students and parents, and students use it to plan events. In class, teachers routinely ask kids to power up their cellphones to respond to classroom polls and quizzes. Rather than ban cellphones, Sheninger calls them "mobile learning devices."
From www.usatoday.com, July 26, 2011
Four Ways iPads Are Changing the Lives of People with Disabilities
Noah Rahman has moderate Cerebral Palsy affecting his communication, cognition and upper and lower body movement. When he turned two, his language, cognitive abilitity and fine motor skills were diagnosed by a developmental specialist as being at least 12 months behind. Then Noah got an iPad. Four months later, his language and cognition were on par with his age level. His fine motor skills had made significant leaps.
From mashable.com, July 26, 2011
Touchscreen Keyboard Morphs to Fit Your Typing Style
Typing on a touchscreen is not one of life's pleasures: the one-size-fits-all nature of most virtual keyboards is a hassle that puts many of us off using them. IBM, however, says it doesn't have to be that way. In a recently filed US patent application, three IBM engineers posit the notion of a virtual keyboard in which the position of the keys and the overall layout is entirely set by the user's finger anatomy.
From gizmodo.com, July 26, 2011
State Looks to Curb School’s Use of Electric Shock
After years of controversy surrounding a Massachusetts school that administers electric shocks to people with developmental disabilities, the state is taking steps to restrict the practice. The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Mass. is believed to be the only school in the country to regularly use electric shock to control students’ behavior. For years, disability advocates have criticized the practice arguing that it is inhumane and even torturous. But many parents and former students have praised the school for accepting students that no one else would and using a treatment approach that they say is effective.
From disabilityscoop.com, July 26, 2011
21 Years after Americans with Disabilities Act, Still More Work to Be Done
Today marks the 21st anniversary of America's second civil rights revolution. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was passed on July 26, 1990. It's opened doors — literally and figuratively — for individuals with disabilities and restored rights denied to some that most of society takes for granted.
From poconorecord.com, July 26, 2011
Ford puts Blind Drivers Behind the Wheel
Ford of Europe has given 30 visually impaired people the opportunity to drive at high speeds in an exercise designed to be both fun and educational.
From www.caradvice.com.au, July 25, 2011
UK: Welfare to Work Policy 'Casts the Disabled as Cheats'
The government's flagship Welfare to Work policy is inciting hatred and violence towards the disabled by portraying them as cheats and benefits scroungers, an alliance of charities has warned.
A drip-feed of statistics about claimants who have been denied benefits by the Department for Work and Pensions because they are deemed fit to work threatens the safety and quality of life of its members, says an alliance of 50 charities. The government is feeding a negative attitude towards people with disabilities, which, the charities warn, will ultimately end in violence.
From www.guardian.co.uk, July 25, 2011