USA: San Francisco International Airport Unveils Prototype Smartphone App for Passengers with Vision Disabilities
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) unveiled a prototype version of a smartphone application which can help passengers with vision disabilities to navigate through an airport terminal.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/04/san-francisco-international-airport-unveils-prototype-smartphone-app-for-passengers-with-vision-disabilities/, August 04, 2014
UAE: Emirates Introduces Audio Description on Movies for Passengers with Vision Disabilities
Emirates continues to set industry standards by becoming the first airline to introduce Audio Description on movies for passengers with vision disabilities on its inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/07/31/emirates-introduces-audio-description-on-movies-for-passengers-with-vision-disabilities/, August 04, 2014
USA: New Gadget Helps People with Vision Disabilities to Read Graphs
People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Senior Lecturer Dr Iain Murray and PhD student Azadeh Nazemi developed a digital reading system for people who are blind, allowing them to read graphical material.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/07/30/new-gadget-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities-to-read-graphs/, August 04, 2014
USA: Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Updating New York’s Accessibility Signage and Logos
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that will further advance New York State as an advocate of rights for people with disabilities. It amends existing law to require the removal of the word “handicapped” from new or replaced state signage, as well as update and destigmatize the accessibility logo. Just enacted, this legislation comes during the 24th anniversary of the national Americans with Disabilities Act, which was the first major step to prohibit discrimination on the basis of a disability.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/07/28/governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-updating-new-yorks-accessibility-signage-and-logos/, August 04, 2014
USA: Children with Disabilities Benefit from Classroom Inclusion
The secret to boosting the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities may be to put them in classrooms with typically developing peers, a new study finds. Researchers found that the average language skills of a child’s classmates in the fall significantly predicted the child’s language skills in the spring – especially for children with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/07/29/children-with-disabilities-benefit-from-classroom-inclusion/, July 29, 2014
New OHRC Policy Addresses Human Rights for People with Intellectual Disabilities
A new policy, released today, aims to provide user-friendly guidance on how to define, assess, handle and resolve human rights issues related to mental health and addiction disabilities. The Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions was released by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/06/21/new-ohrc-policy-addresses-human-rights-for-people-with-intellectual-disabilities/, July 28, 2014
USA: DoJ Announces Proposed Amendment to ADA Regulations to Expand Access to Movie Theaters for Individuals with Hearing and Vision Disabilities
The Justice Department announced today that Attorney General Eric Holder has signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Title III regulation for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to require movie theaters to provide closed movie captioning and audio description in order to give persons with hearing and vision disabilities access to movies.
From http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/July/14-crt-781.html, July 25, 2014
How Accessibility is Redefining Personalization
Accessibility that is grounded in a company’s values can bridge individual differences, better connect with customers, enable a diverse pool of talent in the workplace, and improve the standard of living for all members of society.
From http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2014/07/accessibility-cao.html, July 23, 2014
IBM Names Chief Accessibility Officer
IBM today appointed Frances West as the company’s first Chief Accessibility Officer. In this new role, West will guide IBM accessibility policies and practices. Additionally, she will lead IBM’s collaboration with business, government and academia to advance accessibility standards and policy.
From http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44426.wss, July 22, 2014
Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government
This Toolkit is your guide to Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government. Created with the input of social media leaders and users across government and the private sector, this living document contains helpful tips, real-life examples and best practices to ensure that your social media content is usable and accessible to all citizens, including those with disabilities.
From https://www.digitalgov.gov/resources/improving-the-accessibility-of-social-media-in-government/, July 18, 2014