India: New Guidelines Require Buildings to be Accessible for Persons with Disabilities
It is now mandatory for all new buildings in city to have a accessible design. This came to light during a seminar organized by Handicap International on Monday in which it was revealed that the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had issued a notification to this effect.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/21/new-guidelines-require-buildings-to-be-accessible-for-persons-with-disabilities/, May 21, 2014
World's First Braille Mobile Phone Goes on Sale in the UK
Touchscreens may have kicked-off a mobile computing revolution, but they didn't do much for the visually impaired. OwnFone, which launched a customizable mobile phone for kids and the elderly back in 2012, is now offering its stripped-down handset with braille or raised text contact buttons. The 3D-printed hardware lets you select up to four contacts that can be assigned to the device, making it ideal for emergencies and people who need to stay in touch with family or carers on a regular basis. It's available right now for a base price of GBP 60, plus an additional monthly charge of between GBP 7.50 and GBP 15 per month - depending on how much call time you want or need.
From http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/19/ownfone-braille-mobile-phone/, May 20, 2014
Making Websites Accessible Without Sacrificing Aesthetics
Fifteen years after the Web Accessibility Initiative was launched, which aimed to improve web usability for those with disabilities, online accessibility is still widely ignored. Far too often there is a belief that a compromise must be made between accessibility and an attractive design. As a result, a myriad of misconceptions have emerged, often preventing people from making a determined effort to integrate accessibility into their websites.
From http://www.nomensa.com/blog/2013/making-websites-accessible-without-sacrificing-aesthetics/, May 20, 2014
USA: High-tech Eyewear Device to Enable People with Vision Disabilities to See
Is there anything better than a breakthrough technological device that enables some visually impaired people to recapture activities they haven’t experienced in decades, like watching their kids play ice hockey, going to the movies or reading an exciting novel they’ve dreamed of reading all their life? eSight eyewear is an innovative, electronic assistive technology. The specifically designed glasses enhance whatever the user is looking at to maximize the effectiveness of the remaining eyesight. eSight glasses are different from other electronic low vision aids because they are mobile, hands free, and suitable for near, far, and mid-range tasks.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/19/high-tech-eyewear-device-to-enable-people-with-vision-disabilities-to-see/, May 19, 2014
USA: Online Dialogue on Accessibility of Social Media
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the National Council on Disability invite the public to participate in an online dialogue on the importance of technology accessibility and usability, particularly in regards to the universal design in the development of workplace technology products. The virtual town hall runs from, May 15, Global Accessibility Awareness Day, to Friday, May 30. “Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media — The Tech Industry Perspective” is the second of three online events on social media accessibility co-hosted by ODEP and NCD.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/16/online-dialogue-on-accessibility-of-social-media/, May 16, 2014
USA: EEOC Seeks Public Input on How to Improve Federal Hiring of People with Disabilities
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it is inviting public input on potential revisions to the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a law that governs employment of individuals with disabilities by the federal government.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/16/eeoc-seeks-public-input-on-how-to-improve-federal-hiring-of-people-with-disabilities/, May 16, 2014
Turkey: Ministry Sets Deadline for Implementation of Accessibility Standards
Minister of Family and Social Policies Ayşenur İslam complained about public institutions’ failure to comply with the ministry’s accessibility standards for people with disabilities at an event on the occasion of Disability Week yesterday.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/14/ministry-sets-deadline-for-implementation-of-accessibility-standards/, May 14, 2014
USA: Global Forum on Disability
in New York
The Global Forum on Disability which will be held a day prior to the 7th session of the Conference of States Parties on 9th June, 2014. The 7th session of the Conference of States Parties will take place at United Nations Headquarters from 10 to 12 June 2014. The thematic discussions for this session are: Incorporating the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) provisions into the post-2015 development agenda; Youth with disabilities; and National implementation and monitoring.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/13/global-forum-on-disability%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8/, May 13, 2014
India: ASI Makes Monuments Accessible for Visitors with Vision Disabilities
In an effort to disseminate information to visitors with vision disabilities, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has put up signs in Braille, explaining the cultural and historical significance of the structures at the most-visited monuments in Delhi. The move came after officials at the Delhi circle of ASI realized the need to reach out to people with disabilities and decided to put these signboards up.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/13/archaeological-survey-of-india-makes-monuments-accessible-for-visitors-with-vision-disabilities/, May 13, 2014
USA: 7th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD
The 7th session of the Conference of States Parties will take place at United Nations Headquarters from 10 to 12 June 2014. The thematic discussions for this session are: Incorporating the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) provisions into the post-2015 development agenda; Youth with disabilities; and National implementation and monitoring.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/05/12/7th-session-of-the-conference-of-states-parties-to-the-crpd/, May 12, 2014