Windows 10 Anniversary Update Brings Accessibility Improvements for Users with Disabilities
Microsoft shared some additional details about the accessibility improvements coming in Windows 10 Anniversary Update on July 1. Key among them is a major update to Narrator screen reading app. But Microsoft is also improving some core Windows 10 apps for accessibility, and making it easier for developers to take advantage of these changes in their own apps. “With more than one billion people with disabilities in the world, Microsoft is passionate about accessibility and ensuring our products work for all our customers. Today we are excited to share additional details about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update which represents a significant step forward in our effort to make Microsoft products accessible” Microsoft’s Daniel Hubbell notes in a post to the Microsoft Accessibility Blog.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/04/windows-10-anniversary-update-brings-accessibility-improvements-for-users-with-disabilities/, July 04, 2016
New Zealand: UN CRPD to Boost Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the tabling of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which was submitted to Parliament for consideration on June 30. “The Protocol will provide New Zealand with a useful, independent, international source of expert feedback on areas of New Zealand’s disability policy and provides added protection to the rights of persons with disabilities under the CRPD,” Ms Wagner says.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/03/un-crpd-to-boost-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/, July 04, 2016
NCD Launches Brochure on Accessible Prescription Drug Labeling
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has developed a brochure about best practices for making prescription drug labels accessible for people who are blind, or have low vision and older people. NCD developed a trifold brochure summarizing these best practices and requested pharmacies and pharmacy associations disseminate the information to their affiliates and members. Persons with disabilities can also use the brochure when talking with their local pharmacies in order to increase the use of accessible prescription drug labels.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/02/ncd-launches-brochure-on-accessible-prescription-drug-labeling/, July 04, 2016
Japan: Conference on Insights on the Implementation of CRPD held in Tokyo
The Conference on the Insights on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) was held in Tokyo, June 30, 2016, and organized by the Zero Project and the Austrian Embassy Japan. “In Tokyo the discussions go on: The 9th session of the Conference of the States parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York is over but not the dialogue on the implementation of the UN CRPD."
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/01/conference-on-insights-on-the-implementation-of-crpd-held-in-tokyo/, July 04, 2016
Ghana to Make Public Places Accessible for Persons with Disabilities
Ghana is working to adopt and gazette standard designs to ensure that all public places become accessible for persons with disabilities this year, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mr Kwasi Amo-Himbson, has said. The designs are currently being worked on by the government in collaboration with the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD), the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and other stakeholders.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/29/ghana-to-make-public-places-accessible-for-persons-with-disabilities/, July 01, 2016
USA: Partnership to Bring Bookshare to People with Print Disabilities
Benetech, provider of Bookshare, is proud to announce a new partnership with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), making over 425,000 accessible ebooks available for free to patrons who cannot read printed books due to blindness, low vision, dyslexia, and other print disabilities. GLASS is the statewide network of talking book centers that provides library services for the blind and others whose physical abilities require the use of books and magazines in digital audio formats or in braille.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/29/partnership-to-bring-bookshare-to-people-with-print-disabilities/, July 01, 2016
UAE: Sharjah Teachers Build Syllabus in Electronic Sign Language
The students at Al Amal School for the Deaf have easy access to course material because teachers have created an electronic library of the curriculum in sign language. The sign language content covers subjects including Arabic, physics, chemistry and some topics in geography and history for several grades from middle to high school. There are plans to share this bank with other deaf schools in the region.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/29/sharjah-teachers-build-syllabus-in-electronic-sign-language/, July 01, 2016
Canada: Ontario Providing More Support for Children with Autism
Ontario is providing more support for children and youth with autism, including an accelerated implementation of the new Ontario Autism Program. The new program will provide all children, regardless of age, with more flexible services at a level of intensity that meets each child’s individual needs, significantly reduce wait times for service, and increase the number of treatment spaces available to serve more children and accommodate the rising prevalence in autism diagnoses.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/29/ontario-providing-more-supports-for-children-with-autism/, July 01, 2016
USA: UNESCO Promotes Universal Access to Digital Information for Persons with Disabilities
On 15 June 2016, UNESCO, in collaboration with UNDESA and OHCHR organized a side event entitled “Universal Access to Information using ICTs with Disabilities: Digital Empowerment for Inclusive Development” during the ninth session of the Conference of States to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP9) at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/27/unesco-promotes-universal-access-to-digital-information-for-persons-with-disabilities/, June 27, 2016
Legislation Will Improve Access to Copyrighted Materials for Canadians with Vision Disabilities
Canadians who are blind or have low vision will have better access to books and other copyrighted materials. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today announced that the Act to Amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities) has received royal assent. The amendments to the Copyright Act enable Canada to be among the first countries in the world to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, or low vision or Otherwise Print Disabled.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/25/legislation-will-improve-access-to-copyrighted-materials-for-canadians-vision-with-disabilities/, June 27, 2016