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
UK: Housing Benefit Changes 'Could Force 11,000 Disabled People Out of Homes'
Homeless charity Crisis says young disabled people who can no longer afford flats could end up being forced to live on the streets.
From guardian.co.uk, June 07, 2011
Mobile App Instantly Translates Text into Any Language Via Camera
Point your iPhone or iPad 2 camera lens at text using Word Lens and the application takes an image from the video and detects where the text is. The application then reads the letters in the text and puts the letters into words and sentences in order to perform translations.
From mashable.com, June 06, 2011
Newest Kinect Hack: A Grocery Cart That Loyally Follows Disabled Shoppers
Microsoft's Kinect is the gift that keeps on giving for hackers, spawning everything from glasses-free teleconferencing to Tesla coil manipulation to uh, well, Android dance parties. But Luis de Matos's wi-Go project is one of the most socially conscious we've seen: it adds a laptop and (despite its name) a Kinect to a shopping cart, enabling the cart to follow a wheelchair user. Improving on the B.O.S.S. bot we saw a half-decade ago, the wi-Go could allow anyone -- including the disabled or elderly -- to shop independently, regardless of physical capability. De Matos doesn't offer many technical details, but see the video above for a before-and-after demonstration.
From endgadget.com, June 06, 2011
Obama Aide To Take Reins At Disability Group
One of the nation’s largest disability organizations is getting a new CEO and he’s coming straight from the White House. Mark Perriello will take over as head of the American Association of People with Disabilities next week, officials from the organization said Wednesday. He will become only the second president and CEO to serve the 16-year-old organization, a position which has been vacant since last fall when the group’s longtime leader, Andrew Imparato, left to join the staff of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
From disabilityscoop.com, June 06, 2011
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