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
USA: Social Media Helping Children with Autism ‘Navigate the World’
Jordan Hilkowitz is layering household products into a beaker for his latest science experiment. Right beside his mom’s coffeemaker on the kitchen counter, he is preparing a video entitled Layers and Density, describing each step for his 3,800 YouTube channel subscribers and more than 1.5-million viewers. It’s an extraordinary feat considering that five years ago, the 10-year-old autistic boy was non-verbal.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/22/social-media-helping-children-with-autism-navigate-the-world/, June 25, 2012
USA: Drexel Computer Science Students Develop Apps to Aid People with Vision Disabilities
For people with vision disabilities daily activities such as reading a newspaper, texting or checking Facebook often require the extra step of sitting down at a computer or pulling out a text magnifier – a step that instantly signals their difference from those around them. A group of undergraduate computer science students at Drexel are now hoping to make these tasks as easy and common as using a smartphone.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/22/drexel-computer-science-students-develop-apps-to-aid-people-with-vision-disabilities/, June 22, 2012
Guatemala Launches Central America’s First Braille Newspaper
“You don’t need to see to be able to read” was the message Guatemala sent to the world last month when it launched Central America’s first ever Braille newspaper. Together with the Committee for Blind and Deaf People in Guatemala (Prociegos), Publinews produced 2,500 copies of the newspaper, which were distributed to people with vision disabilities throughout the country.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/22/guatemala-launches-central-americas-first-braille-newspaper/, June 22, 2012
Malaysian Couple Compiles Encyclopedia for People who are Deaf
The first encyclopedic dictionary for the country’s 20 million people who are deaf and hard of hearing was published early June, Xinhua news agency reported. The 200,000-word reference book embodies more than 1,000 entries on medicine, education, psychology, sociology, rehabilitation, linguistics, law, history and culture concerning the life of people who are deaf. The book was compiled by a disabled couple living in east Anhui province’s capital Hefei.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/22/malaysian-couple-compiles-encyclopedia-for-people-who-are-deaf/, June 22, 2012
Brazil: Rio+20 Outcome Document Includes Disability
Disability has been included in the Rio+20 Outcome Document – a result of our joint efforts in advocacy and partnership toward disability-inclusive development in the work of the United Nations and beyond.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/21/rio20-outcome-document-includes-disability/, June 21, 2012
Lack of Information Affects Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Politics
Lack of confidence and information on Ghana’s electoral process have been identified as major barriers to the participation of women and persons with disabilities in politics. This came to light in a survey conducted by SAVE-Ghana in partnership with STAR-Ghana, both non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Wa East Constituency of the Upper West Region. The project dubbed “credibility watch” is aimed at promoting participation of the youth, women and persons with disabilities in partisan politics and local governance.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/06/21/lack-of-information-affects-participation-of-persons-with-disabilities-in-politics/, June 21, 2012