Australia: Call for an International Convention for Older People
Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, has marked the International day of older persons by calling on the Australian government to support the drafting of a new international Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. “While taking part in the recent UN meeting on the rights of older people, I became convinced by a number of UN member states that the process of developing a new convention would be of practical value to the world's older people,” Commissioner Ryan said. “It would make a difference to those many millions living in precarious circumstances in countries that do not have welfare safety nets.”.
From http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/news/2012/103_12.html, October 02, 2012
Canada: Government Improves Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Winnipeg
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Winnipeg Region is increasing accessibility for persons with disabilities and enabling them to participate more fully in their community, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund. The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Charleswood–St. James–Assiniboia, congratulated CMHA – Winnipeg Region on the grand opening of their new facility today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/02/government-of-canada-improves-accessibility-in-winnipeg/, October 02, 2012
Tactile Books Help Blind Students Grasp Scientific Concepts
Tactile books from National Braille Press can help make concepts and experiments more accessible. A book such as Out-of-Sight Science Experiments offers hands-on orientation to 32 safe experiments kids can do at home or at school. The tactile representations in Touch the Stars bring the Solar System and the universe -- spatial awareness on the grandest scale -- to life. These books raise awareness about the crucial role touch plays in reinforcing facts. Hands-on learning is always good, but for blind students, it sometimes marks the boundary between hearing information and absorbing it.
From http://assistivetechnology.about.com/b/2012/10/01/tactile-books-help-blind-students-grasp-scientific-concepts.htm, October 01, 2012
USA: Disability Employment Office Awards $950K for National Assistive Technology Center
The Office of Disability Employment (ODEP) within the US Labor Department has now awarded a $950,000 grant to establish an accessible technology center. The recipient is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), located in Arlington, VA, a COAT member organization. With the funds RESNA will set up a National Accessible Technology Action Center to facilitate and promote the use of accessible technology in the hiring, employment, retention and career advancement of people with disabilities.
From http://www.coataccess.org/node/10115?goback=.nmp_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1.gde_3080152_member_171066503, October 01, 2012
Australia: Applications Open for Disability Leadership Program
Applications are now open to persons with disabilities to apply to take part in a new leadership program. Supported by the Federal Government, the Leaders for Tomorrow program is being delivered nationally and providing for 200 people with disabilities to be more “skilled, confident and active in leadership roles in business, community, government or their chosen area of interest”. The Leaders for Tomorrow program is an individual leadership program which is committed to developing 200 people with disability to be more skilled, confident and active in leadership roles in business, community, government or their chosen area of interest.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/01/applications-open-for-disability-leadership-program/, October 01, 2012
USA: Cinemark Installing Audio Description Technology Across the United States
Cinemark, one of the world’s largest motion picture exhibitors, today announced that it is providing an audio description option for people who are blind or have visual impairments in all of its first-run theatres. Cinemark has undertaken a national program to provide audio description (also referred to as video description, or descriptive narration) at theatres across the United States. This is a result of Structured Negotiations between the California Council of the Blind, Cinemark patrons with visual impairments, and Cinemark, a leading domestic and international motion picture exhibitor.
From http://lflegal.com/2012/09/cinemark-press/, September 28, 2012
India: The Centre for Internet and Society Kickstarts National Resource Kit Project for Persons with Disabilities
The Centre for Internet & Society is engaged in a two-and-a-half year project starting from August 2012 to create a national resource kit of state-wise laws, policies and programmes on issues relating to persons with disabilities in India. This project is supported by the Hans Foundation. The Resource Kit will be brought out in both English and Hindi and disseminated to policy makers from panchayat to ministry levels throughout India.
From http://cis-india.org/accessibility/creating-a-national-resource-kit-for-persons-with-disabilities, September 28, 2012
Windows 8 Adds an App Store, Lets Users Search only for Accessible Apps
The latest version of Microsoft Windows, Windows 8, is due for release in late October 2012 and is radically different to its predecessors. The main difference is that Windows 8 has been developed for both traditional computers and touchscreen devices such as tablets. Like Apple and Google Android operating systems, Windows 8 includes an app store, allowing users to easily download additional software. Unlike Apple and Android, however, the Windows Store lets users search only for apps which the developer has certified as accessible. A version of Windows 8 for tablets, called Windows RT, only allows software from the Windows Store to be installed.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/general/windows-8-accessibility, September 27, 2012
Jordanian Minister of Education Translates Curricula into Braille
Minister of Education Fayez Saudi on Monday said the ministry was committed to providing schools with qualified staff capable of dealing with students with disabilities. During a visit to the Royal Academy for the Blind, he noted that the ministry has translated school curricula into Braille. The four-storey academy, a cooperative effort of the Royal Court, the education ministry and the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, was established last year upon Royal directives.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/09/26/jordanian-minister-of-education-translates-curricula-into-braille/, September 26, 2012
YouTube Debuts Video Translator for 300 Languages
With 70 percent of its global audience living outside of the U.S., the video hosting platform introduces a new tool to make caption translations easier for video makers. YouTube has two types of translating services. One is the automatic caption translation service that uses Google Translate and has more than 60 languages. The other service translates more uncommon languages by letting users integrate the YouTube Video Manager with the Google Translator Toolkit.
From http://www.textually.org/tv/archives/2012/09/031095.htm, September 25, 2012