Bank Sued for not having Accessible ATMs for Blind People
A Plano bank is being sued for failing to have ATMs that are fully accessible to people who are blind by having operational voice-guidance features. Richard Davis, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed suit against Amegy Bank N.A. on June 21 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/27/bank-sued-for-not-having-accessible-atms-for-blind-people/, June 28, 2012
USA: Michigan Department of Transportation and Indian Trails Launch Bus Fleet with ‘Hearing Loop’ Technology
The inside of a bus, train, airplane or transportation terminal can be noisy enough that passengers with ordinary hearing aids can’t separate important public announcements from the sound of a crowd, a crying baby, background music, or nearby conversations. A hearing loop can make a dramatic difference, enabling most hearing aid wearers to clearly hear the PA system by broadcasting its sound directly into their ears. Hearing loops are based on a simple technology that enables hearing aids equipped with “telecoils” or “T-coils” to amplify a single source of sound (telephone, television, PA system, etc.) instead of amplifying all sounds, as ordinary hearing aids do. Nearly 70 percent of hearing aids in the U.S. are already equipped with telecoils, which are just tiny coils of copper wire.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/28/michigan-department-of-transportation-and-indian-trails-launch-first-u-s-bus-fleet-with-hearing-loop-technology/, June 27, 2012
France: Robot Technology helps Blind People Navigate Indoor and Outdoor Spaces Independently
Robots need help navigating their surroundings and sophisticated location systems keep track of their position. Now, the same technologies are being adapted to help people who are blind navigate indoor and outdoor spaces independently. One such system, being developed by Edwige Pissaloux and colleagues at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France, consists of a pair of glasses equipped with cameras and sensors like those used in robot exploration.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/27/robot-technology-helps-blind-people-to-navigate-indoor-and-outdoor-spaces-independently/, June 27, 2012
EU Foreign Affairs Council adopts New Human Rights Package
The EU Foreign Affairs Council has adopted the new Human Rights package. Advocacy efforts have lead to a reference to disability rights, including a specific focus on the CRPD, the EU Disability strategy, and development programmes.
From http://siteresources.worldbank.org/DISABILITY/Resources/2806581298502475589/article_on_EU_HR_package.docx, June 26, 2012
EU: Unlocking Europe's Potential through Accessibility
More than 70 parliamentarians, policy experts and representatives of disabled people's organizations will gather at the European Parliament for a high-level debate on how to unlock Europe's potential through accessibility, under the lead of Dr Ádám Kósa MEP, the Essl Foundation and the World Future Council, and in collaboration with the European Disability Forum.
From http://bit.ly/NSkfLB, June 26, 2012
Botswana Revises Building Regulations to Accommodate Persons with Disabilities
The Attorney General is revising building control regulations to cater for the needs of people with physical disabilities, the Minister of Transport and Communications Nonofo Molefhi has said. The revised draft of the 1981 Building Control Regulations seeks to make it mandatory that buildings should cater for people with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/25/botswana-revises-building-regulations-to-accommodate-persons-with-disabilities/, June 25, 2012
Turkish Streets Remain Inaccessible to Persons with Disabilities
July 7 is the last day of a seven-year timeframe provided in law for Turkey’s public domains to be made accessible for persons with disabilities; however, not much has changed to make it easy for persons with disabilities to live in this country.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/25/turkish-streets-remain-inaccessible-to-persons-with-disabilities/, June 25, 2012
Australia: Certificate Course in Web Accessibility
With the Australian Government and the Human Rights Commission adopting the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, this six-week online course, Australia’s first tertiary-backed accessibility course for web professionals, will give you the skills needed to meet the demand for inclusive design and development.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/25/certificate-course-in-web-accessibility/, June 25, 2012
Canada: Government Launches Call for Proposals to Support Persons with Disabilities
The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, on June 22 invited not-for-profit organizations to apply for funding for projects that support the Government’s commitments under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “The Government of Canada’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2010 underscored our commitment to remove obstacles and create opportunities for persons with disabilities,” said Minister Finley. “This call for proposals provides us with an opportunity to further demonstrate that commitment by supporting not-for-profit organizations in their efforts to strengthen the social and economic inclusion of Canadians with disabilities.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/25/government-of-canada-launches-call-for-proposals-to-support-persons-with-disabilities/, June 25, 2012
Excellence Canada Invites Applications for 2012 Ontario Accessibility Award
Excellence Canada on June 22 announced a call for applications for the second annual Excellence Canada - Ontario Accessibility Award. The award recognizes and celebrates organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment by going above and beyond the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) Standards.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/23/excellence-canada-invites-applications-for-2012-ontario-accessibility-award/, June 25, 2012