UN Declares Internet Access A Human Right
As evidenced by the Facebook Revolutions and ensuing Middle East turmoil, the Internet is a powerful tool and one capable of change. Of course, its eliminating citizen use of the Web under oppressive regimes has also yielded consequences. Perhaps inspired by these effects, the UN has declared the Internet a human right. A recent report titled “Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression” declares that Internet access falls under freedom of expression.
From www.digitaltrends.com, June 10, 2011
USA: New Broadway Theatre Accessibility Initiative
A new partnership between Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts and arts access provider G-PASS means visitors to New York will have the opportunity to enjoy more Broadway shows. The Broadway Accessibility/Audience Expansion Initiative enables theatre-goers to view captions or listen to audio description at every performance of designated shows.
From mediaaccess.org, June 09, 2011
CRTC Releases Report On Mobile Handset Accessibility
The CRTC commissioned the study, titled “Mobile Wireless Handset Accessibility Assessment,” which found mixed results for the state of accessibility for mobile wireless handsets in late-2010. The report said there are effective accessibility features for some people with disabilities but that there are also substantial accessibility gaps for others.
From thewirereport.ca/, June 09, 2011
India: A Special Sports Contingent Carries Country's Gold Medal Hopes in The Olympics
A gold medal won in the Olympics triggers nationwide celebration. Yet, the fact that India has won over 70 gold medals in another version of the Olympics is a feat that has largely escaped our notice. The Special Olympics, held in summer and winter editions, just as the Olympic Games, is for persons with intellectual disabilities (those with an Intelligence Quotient below 80). The SO World Summer Games (WSG) will be held in Athens, Greece, from June 25 to July 4 2011.
From thehindu.com, June 09, 2011
South Australia Budget 2011 For Disabled Population Disappoints
An allocation of $37.5 million will be spent over the next four years on South Australians living with a disability and also their carers with support aimed to assist with accommodation, community access and respite service for carers.
From www.abc.net.au/, June 08, 2011
Australia: Transport Review of Disability Access
The first five year statutory review of accessibility standards for people with disability using public transport has found significant changes during the period but recommended more for the future. Commissioned by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport and conducted by a consulting firm, the report included 15 recommendations to improve accessibility of public transport and addressed issues such as mobility aids; school buses; taxis; air travel; transport in rural and regional areas; and the collection and analysis of data.
From psnews.com, June 08, 2011
Mental Illness Leading Cause Of Disability In Young People, Says WHO
Mental health problems such as depression account for nearly half of all disability among young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to a new study from the World Health Organization (WHO).
From huffingtonpost.com, June 08, 2011
Philippines: Council On Disability Conducts Accessibility Audit In Prov'l Capitol
The member-agencies of the Regional Council for Disability Affairs (RCDA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga as the lead agency conducted recently the accessibility audit in the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol, this city.
From pia.gov, June 08, 2011
Pakistan Becomes 101st Country to Ratify UN CRPD
On the occasion of ratification addressing the gathering, the President of Pakistan termed the day as historic and said that it was a great pleasure and privilege that the signing and the ratification was happening during the present democratic government.
From apcdfoundation.org, June 07, 2011
Sci-Tech: Brain-Computer Interfaces for Communication and Control
Brain activity produces electrical signals detectable on the scalp, on the cortical surface, or within the brain. Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) translate these signals into outputs that allow users to communicate without participation of peripheral nerves and muscles.
From cacm.acm.org, June 07, 2011