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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

Denmark: ReSound Recognizes Global Accessibility Awareness Day
ReSound is pleased to support Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which falls on May 21, reaffirming the company’s commitment to advance matters of access for people with hearing loss. ReSound is leading a new era of Smart Hearing with forward-thinking technologies that revolutionize the way people address their hearing. In 2013, the company introduced the world’s smartest hearing aid, and the first Made for iPhone® hearing aid with ReSound LiNX™, and has built on its success with the new ReSound LiNX2™, giving the most advanced, natural hearing experience to users looking to connect, interact, and engage with their world on equal footing as everyone else.
From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150521005633/en/ReSound%C2%AE-Recognizes-Global-Accessibility-Awareness-Day#.VWLM2k-qqko, May 21, 2015

Apple Promotes Accessibility Awareness Day with Curated App Section
Apple has curated a new App Store section today highlighting Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which is observed on May 21st each year with the goal of “raising the profile of and introducing the topic of digital (web, software, mobile app/device etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities to the broadest audience possible.”
From http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/21/app-store-accessibility-awareness-day/, May 21, 2015

Canada: Opening Doors on Accessibility Through the Annual Access-A-Thon on May 30
It’s all about providing accessibility for residents across the city and the focus of the annual Access-A-Thon, organized by Quinte Access and the city’s accessibility advisory committee. “We’re inviting residents to come out and get in a wheelchair to discover some of the obstacles faced by handicapped residents,” said volunteer Bill Vandervoort. The Access-A-Thon runs Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Front Street parking lot adjacent to the Quinte Access offices.
From http://www.intelligencer.ca/2015/05/21/opening-doors-on-accessibility, May 21, 2015

Canada: Hiring Workers with Disabilities as a Business Advantage
Mark Wafer explains the business benefits of hiring workers with disabilities during a conference in North Bay. Mark Wafer knows why businesses don’t hire more people with disabilities, but he really doesn’t understand it. Wafer runs several Tim Hortons restaurants in the Toronto area, and has hired over 160 people with disabilities in twenty years.
From http://www.baytoday.ca/content/news/details.asp?c=78604, May 21, 2015

USA: 13-Year-Old Develops Device to Help People with Vision Disabilities
A 13-year-old Indian-origin student in the U.S. who developed a device to help people with vision disabilities navigate has been named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2015 and granted a $5,000 award. Raghav Ganesh, a seventh-grader from San Jose, California, was named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2015 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Ganesh started a quest to help people with vision disabilities by focusing his attention on the white canes used to detect obstacles in their path.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/16/13-year-old-develops-device-to-help-people-with-vision-disabilities/, May 18, 2015

USA: Ensuring access to jobs for people with disabilities
Americans with disabilities can face many unnecessary barriers to employment, both during the job application process and on the job. These barriers can prevent people with disabilities from finding and maintaining a job, receiving promotions and ultimately being economically self-sufficient and independent. During the job application process, applicants with disabilities may not want to disclose their disabilities to potential employers for a number of reasons, including the risk that the employer would refuse to hire them because of their disability. Sometimes employers stereotype people with disabilities or take adverse employment actions because of misinformation or ignorance about certain health conditions. Having to disclose a disability can deter people with disabilities even from applying for jobs out of fear of discrimination.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/17/ensuring-access-to-jobs-for-people-with-disabilities/, May 18, 2015

China: National Disabled Day Focuses on Children with Autism
This year’s “National Day for the Disabled” in China is focusing on autistic children. Five-year-old Rongrong is receiving rehabilitation therapy at a treatment center in Beijing. She is one of some 2-million children in China under the age of 14 that have been diagnosed with autism. The China Disabled Persons Federation estimates over 600-thousand pre-school children in China are autistic, and says that figure is increasing.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/18/national-disabled-day-focuses-on-children-with-autism/, May 18, 2015

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