U.S. Access Board Releases Next Installment of the Online Guide to the ADA and ABA Standards
The next installment of the U.S. Access Board's online guide to accessibility standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) is now available. This material features a series of technical bulletins covering requirements for accessible routes in Chapter 4 of the ADA and ABA Standards, including doors and gates, ramps and curb ramps, and elevators and platform lifts. There is also a bulletin on referenced requirements for accessible means of egress. The documents explain and illustrate requirements in the standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations.
From http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/buildings-and-sites/about-the-ada-standards/guide-to-the-ada-standards, July 28, 2015
AT&T, NYU Announce Winners of $100,000 Connect Ability Challenge to Improve the Lives of People Living with Disabilities
Marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Senator Charles Schumer joined AT&T* and New York University’s ABILITY Lab Monday to announce more than $100,000 in prizes awarded to developers of high-tech solutions to improve the lives of people living with disabilities.
From http://about.att.com/story/att_nyu_announce_winners_of_tech_challenge.html, July 28, 2015
Could You Design a Piece of Wearable Technology That Changes Lives?
A key part of this partnership over the last couple of months has been the Wearables for Good challenge, coordinated by Unicef, ARM and frog, which aims to generate ideas for new and innovative designs to make wearables and sensor technology a game-changer for women and children across the world.
From http://blogs.unicef.org.uk/2015/07/23/wearables-good/, July 27, 2015
Why Creating Accessible Digital Products is Important
Creating an accessible digital product means anyone can use it. Because digital technology is a vital role in everyday life, designing digital products that are accessible benefits people with or without disabilities, as well as businesses. When a digital product is accessible, it provides equal access to all. It offers a competitive advantage to businesses who can increase their audience and market their products to a larger customer base.
From http://www.lireo.com/creating-accessible-digital-products-is-important-infographic/, July 27, 2015
USA: Department of Labor's "Disability & Employment: A Timeline Commemorating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act"
Signed into law in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is civil rights legislation that works to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including employment. At the U.S. Department of Labor, we are committed to delivering on the promise of the ADA, not only for today’s workers with disabilities, but also future generations.
From http://www.dol.gov/featured/ada/, July 22, 2015
The Developmental Disability Network: Working Together Toward Full Integration
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approaches, ACL is featuring guest blogs from leaders in the disability community. In this guest blog, Andrew Imparato, director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, describes how the university centers work to ensure that the voices of people with disabilities are heard within and beyond the halls of academia.
From http://www.acl.gov/NewsRoom/blog/2015/2015_07_21.aspx, July 22, 2015
USA: Blind Institute of Technology Aims to Solve Jobless 'Epidemic'
With laptops and tablets on a desk, contract employees Antonio Rozier and Amelia Dickerson scan through the backbone of a health symptom and information website and mobile app, using screen readers that convert text to Braille or speech to determine how well they work with assistive technology for the vision-impaired.
From http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_28502401/blind-institute-technology-aims-solve-jobless-epidemic, July 22, 2015
USA: Accessible Documents, the Positive Approach to Compliance
The U.S. Department of Justice is swift in taking action on companies and businesses that are found to be out of ADA Compliance in all areas of practice. The list of companies being sued and fined over non-compliance of printed materials into an alternative format is growing and making negative headlines.
From https://brailleworks.com/accessible-documents-positive-approach-to-compliance/, July 22, 2015
Philippines: Engage Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction Planning
In line with this year’s celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (July 17-23), Senator Loren Legarda today urged the government to ensure that persons with disabilities are engaged in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) programs. A 2013 survey by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) among persons with disabilities revealed that, if a disaster occurs, 80% said they would be unable to evacuate immediately without difficulty, while six percent (6%) said they would not be able to evacuate at all.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/21/engage-persons-with-disabilities-in-disaster-risk-reduction-planning-legarda/, July 21, 2015
USA: Researchers One Step Closer to Reversing Hearing Loss
Studying mice, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified two signaling molecules that are required for the proper development of a part of the inner ear called the cochlea. Without both signals, the embryo does not produce enough of the cells that eventually make up the adult cochlea, resulting in a shortened cochlear duct and impaired hearing.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/21/researchers-one-step-closer-to-reversing-hearing-loss/, July 21, 2015