Australia: Bus Routes Open for Passengers with Vision Disabilities in Brisbane
A new-generation audible information system is being trialled on the Brisbane bus network to improve accessibility for passengers with vision disabilities. Minister for Disability Services, Coralee O’Rourke said King George Square bus station had been fitted with the easy-to-use Step-Hear system as part of a $50,000 trial of the new technology in a busy public transport environment.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/28/bus-routes-open-for-passengers-with-vision-disabilities/, May 28, 2015
UK Broadcast Regulator Ofcom Ups Sign Language Requirements for Small TV Channels
UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has set new rules that will boost the amount of TV programmes made specifically for sign language users. From next January, smaller TV channels — with an audience viewing share of between 0.05% and 1% – will be required to up their amount of British Sign Language-presented programmes form 30 minutes to 75 minutes per month.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/27/uk-broadcast-regulator-ofcom-ups-sign-language-requirements-for-small-tv-channels/, May 27, 2015
Finland: Sign-language Library Wins International Accessibility Award
The Finnish Association of the Deaf has received international recognition for its sign language library. The award was granted for the library’s innovative use of technological solutions in promoting accessibility.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/26/sign-language-library-wins-international-accessibility-award/, May 26, 2015
Selby Appoints UK's First Mayor with Learning Disabilities
Gavin Harding has been appointed as mayor for Selby, North Yorkshire, making him the UK’s first mayor with learning disabilities.Harding said that when he went into mainstream school in 1986 – one of only six people with learning disabilities to do so – it would have been “totally impossible” for someone with a learning disability to become mayor. He credited Valuing People, Labour’s 2001 strategy for people with learning disabilities, for turning things around.
From http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2015/may/21/selby-appoints-first-mayor-with-learning-disabilities-in-uk-gavin-harding, May 25, 2015
Free 'Smart Guide to Web Accessibility' Launched
Leading web accessibility software company Recite Me has published a free ‘smart guide to web accessibility’ to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Recite Me’s guide sets out key facts and practical tips on web accessibility for business.
From https://www.journalism.co.uk/press-releases/free-smart-guide-to-web-accessibility-launched/s66/a565181/, May 25, 2015
Canada: Public Feedback Requested for Accessible Transit Services for Ontarian City
Sault Ste. Marie Transit Services is hosting a public consultation meeting to gather feedback for the City of Sault Ste. Marie Transit Accessibility Plan. The Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (Section 41) requires transportation service providers to hold at least one annual public meeting to enable people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a review of their Accessibility Plan.
From http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=91903, May 25, 2015
USA: Richmond Community College Offering Braille Transcription Course
Richmond Community College is offering an eight-week course in literary Braille transcribing, which will teach students to transcribe print materials into Braille and allow them to pursue a Library of Congress certificate. Certified Braille transcribers are currently making between $15 and $25 per hour, according to the college.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/19/richmond-community-college-offering-braille-transcription-course/, May 22, 2015
Wireless RERC Releases 2015-2016 App Factory Call for Proposals
Through a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks to enhance the use and usability of wireless technologies for people of all ages and abilities. Included in this effort is the RERC’s mobile applications development project, the “App Factory”. Wireless RERC invites experienced organizations or individual developers based in the U.S. to submit proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows). Proposals for 2015-2016 are due on June 30, 2015. Selection of proposals for funding will be on October 15. More information can be found in the PDF of the Call for Proposals below.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/19/wireless-rerc-releases-2015-2016-app-factory-call-for-proposals/, May 22, 2015
Global Consultation on the Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities in Humanitarian Response
Handicap International has been mandated by the Secretariat of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) to launch a global consultation on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian response. Therefore HI, in partnership with IDDC and IDA, has launched three online surveys which are aimed at gathering the views of persons with disabilities, Disabled People Organizations (DPOs), and humanitarian actors in order to identify gaps and good practices in humanitarian response, and to find a way towards a more inclusive humanitarian system.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/20/global-consultation-on-the-inclusion-of-persons-with-disabilities-in-humanitarian-response/, May 22, 2015
Research aims to improve access to music for people using hearing aids
Now a collaborative project between the University of Leeds and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is bringing together music psychologist Dr Alinka Greasley and Dr Harriet Crook, Lead Clinical Scientist for Complex Hearing Loss, to investigate how music listening experiences are affected by hearing disabilities and the use of hearing aids.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/21/research-aims-to-improve-access-to-music-for-people-using-hearing-aids/, May 22, 2015