Talking Cash Machines Win Technology4Good Award
Banking and financial services company Barclays is among winners of the Technology4Good Awards 2013, an annual event which celebrates the potential of technology to affect social change. The award recognizes Barclays’ use of technology in making its services more accessible to people with disabilities and impairments. This includes adapting more than 3,500 of its ATMs (automated teller machines, or cashpoints) – 84% of the bank’s network – so that they can be used with earphones, allowing people with impaired vision, dyslexia or other reading problems to listen to the on-screen options.
From http://bit.ly/fKLUxh, July 31, 2013
CBM and Partners Launch Publication on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management
As disasters have such a huge impact on human lives, it is important to make Disaster Risk Management inclusive to all. CBM and its partners have launched a key publication on good practices in this important field. It gives great examples of disability inclusive Disaster Risk Management, showing persons with disabilities as active participants in Disaster Risk Response interventions.
From http://www.cbm.org/Publication-on-Inclusive-Disaster-Risk-Management-389451.php, July 30, 2013
Human Rights Watch: Expand Protections for People With Disabilities
The United States should mark July 26, 2013, the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), by strengthening legal protections for people with disabilities at home and abroad, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to US senators today. The US should ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities– the Disability Rights Treaty – without further delay.
From http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/07/26/us-expand-protections-people-disabilities, July 30, 2013
U.S. DoT: Airline Liable for Passengers with Disabilities at EU Airports
The US Department of Transportation is reminding airlines of their direct responsibility for assisting passengers with disabilities at European airports. The key differences between American and European disability anti-discrimination legislation reside on who is responsible for providing support to passengers and the applicability of the law.
From http://www.reducedmobility.eu/20130730347/The-News/airline-liable-for-passengers-with-disabilities-at-eu-airports-dot-reminds.html, July 30, 2013
Haptic Icons in Mobile Phones Can Help Visual Impaired Users
An article entitled “Enhancing mobile phones for people with visual impairments through haptic icons: The effect of learning processes” was recently published in the Assistive Technology journal. It reports a study performed by researchers from the University of Málaga and Technosite in Spain, pointing out the potential of using vibrotactile feedback for improving mobile phone use by people with visual impairments.
From http://blogs.collaborativeportal.atis4all.eu/RDBlog/post/327.aspx, July 30, 2013
Using Apps to Support Special Needs Students
Using technology to support learning of students with developmental disabilities including Autism would seem to make sense. These are visual systems which can be used regardless of reading ability or comprehension ability. The research in this area however falls behind the daily advances in the technology. In a recent review of the literature (Kagohara et al, 2013) The Ipod Touch™ and Ipad™ have been used to teach individuals with developmental disabilities.
From http://icepe.ie/blog/autism-2/using-apps-to-support-special-needs-students/, July 30, 2013
UNESCO Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
The UNESCO / Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities is now open for submissions. The prize, awarded every two years, recognizes the work of individuals, organizations, groups and centers, with an impact on promoting equal education opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities.
From http://www.wsis-community.org/pg/announcements/view/832293/, July 29, 2013
Australia: Sydney Unveils Braille Street Signs
his morning the City of Sydney unveiled the prototype for its specially designed Braille street signs. The signs use both Braille and raised lettering, and are part of a 10 year plan to make Sydney "pedestrian friendly", and give people with disabilities equal access to streets, buildings and facilities. Today a group of visually impaired people were invited to test out the signs and give their feedback.
From http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2013/s3785827.htm, July 29, 2013
ADA Anniversary: Looking Forward to a People-Centric Society
The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 23 today and we have done a lot to make technology more accessible during its first two decades. But, we can accomplish even more in the coming years. The landmark ADA delivered a promise of equal access to 43 million Americans with disabilities. Last year, I wrote about how much the technology industry has delivered by offering a broad range of accessible devices and services. This year, I am looking forward, proposing three steps that industry can take to ensure a more inclusive future.
From http://blogs.msdn.com/b/accessibility/archive/2013/07/26/ada-anniversary.aspx, July 26, 2013
USA: New Rules for Speech-to-Speech Calling Services, FCC
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in the Matter of Speech-to-Speech and Internet Protocol (IP) Speech-to-Speech Telecommunications Relay Services [CG Docket No. 08-15] and Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities [CG Docket No. 03-123]. The Order adopts rules to increase the minimum amount of time that a Communications Assistant must stay with a call from 15 to 20 minutes, allow speech-to-speech (STS) users the option to mute their voice to other parties on the call, and ensure that users who dial 711 (the Telecommunications Relay Service dialing code) are able to easily access a STS communications assistant.
From http://www.wirelessrerc.org/content/newsroom/new-rules-speech-speech-calling-services?sthash.lVdDI5Vd.mjjo, July 25, 2013