UNICEF Takes Step to Improve Access to Assistive Products for Children with Disabilities
In a unified push to make assistive products for children with disabilities more available, affordable and appropriate, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was joined by governments, partners, leading disability advocates and NGOs at the first-ever forum to examine the global supply gap and identify ways to reverse longstanding deficiencies.
From http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150708/UNICEF-takes-step-to-improve-access-to-assistive-products-for-children-with-disabilities.aspx, August 11, 2015
How Google Designs for the Blind
Laura Palmaro is now a program manager at Google (GOOG). She's using her own unique perspective to make the Chrome browser work for people with disabilities. For example, there are magnification features and an extension that customizes a web page for the colorblind. All the big technology companies have dedicated teams working on accessibility -- making software and hardware features that allow people with disabilities to use them. Employing people who have disabilities is one way to make sure tools are built with accessibility in mind.
From http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/04/technology/google-accessability/index.html, August 08, 2015
USA: How Makerspaces can be Accessible to People with Disabilities
Inside the University of Washington’s CoMotion MakerSpace, students, faculty and staff use sewing machines to create anime convention costumes, 3D print models for aeronautics research or make circuits for a custom-built amplifier.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/06/how-makerspaces-can-be-accessible-to-people-with-disabilities/, August 07, 2015
USA: Peckham Provides Entry-Level IT Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Peckham Inc., a nonprofit that provides training and employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities, has partnered with Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids to offer entry-level careers in the IT industry. The new opportunity has given a renewed sense of independence, confidence and freedom to agents like Jonathan Krieger, 31, who began in January. Krieger, who has cerebral palsy, came to Peckham with an unfulfilling work history – most recently working customer service at a cash-advance facility, and before that unemployed.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/06/peckham-provides-entry-level-it-opportunities-for-people-with-disabilities/, August 07, 2015
Canada: Disability Awareness Advocate Trish Robichaud Launches Innovative Web-based Accessibility Solutions
With the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games just a month away, the entire GTA is getting ready to host some estimated 250,000 visitors, and for many, accessibility will be top of mind. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed in 2005, and mandates that Ontario be fully accessible to all Ontarians by 2025. Living with MS for 25 years, disability advocate Trish Robichaud knows very well the importance of accessibility and has created a ground-breaking cloud-based solution called JACK to allow Ontario businesses to be more accessible, required by Ontario law.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/06/disability-awareness-advocate-trish-robichaud-launches-innovative-web-based-accessibility-solutions/, August 07, 2015
Philippines: Department of Health Revises Policy on Persons with Disabilities
The Department of Health (DOH) has revised its policy on health and wellness of persons with disabilities in order to give them greater attention and considerations in terms of health needs without discrimination. DOH has just released the revised National Policy on Strengthening the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities. Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin said persons with disabilities are integral part in the country’s development.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/06/department-of-health-revises-policy-on-persons-with-disabilities/, August 07, 2015
USA: IBM Watson Will Soon Be Able to See
IBM’s famous cognitive computer can already beat the world’s best Jeopardy players. It can create gourmet meals (sort of), help banks with complex financial operations, and attack important health care problems. Now you can add seeing to its skill set. Today, Big Blue announced a $1 billion acquisition of Merge Healthcare, and thanks to a marriage of Watson’s existing image analytics and cognitive capabilities and Merge’s data and imagery, the computer should soon be able to recognize many types of medical imagery
From http://www.fastcompany.com/3049570/tech-forecast/ibms-watson-can-now-see, August 07, 2015
U.S. Access Board Advisory Committee Submits Report on Rail Car Accessibility
The Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee (RVAAC) has submitted to the U.S. Access Board a final report on refreshing the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles. The committee's report provides detailed recommendations on updating provisions in the guidelines for fixed guide way systems, including rapid, light, commuter, intercity, and high speed rail. Recommendations from the committee address rail car communications, boarding and alighting, on-board circulation, seating, and rooms and spaces.
From www.access-board.gov/, August 03, 2015
USA: New Technology Helps Students with Vision Disabilities Navigate Penn State Campus
Walking around Penn State University Park is not the easiest thing to do for any student. There are hundreds of people around you at any time, and the sheer number of buildings make it easy for anyone to get lost. Madeline Garber, a recent graduate from Lower Merion High School, will be attending Muhlenberg College in the fall, but was on campus at University Park to test out two new pieces of technology to benefit students with vision disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/30/new-technology-helps-students-with-vision-disabilities-navigate-penn-state-campus/, August 03, 2015
USA: University of Toledo Creates Innovative Disability Studies Degree Program
As the country celebrates the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this week, The University of Toledo is working to advance the conversation beyond addressing discrimination and accessibility. A new undergraduate degree in disability studies beginning this fall at UToledo is the first of its kind in the country rooted in the humanities and offered exclusively on campus.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/31/university-of-toledo-creates-innovative-disability-studies-degree-program/, August 03, 2015