USA: Amy Goldman Appointed to the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities
Amy S. Goldman, Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities, has been appointed to the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Communication Disabilities. She joins representatives from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Physical Therapy Association, Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, TASH and the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
From http://atia.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=4566#Amy%20Goldman%20Appointed%20to%20NJC, February 28, 2014
How Assistive Technology Helps Persons with Disabilities Achieve the Impossible
It seems impossible to many people that a person who is blind can use an iPhone, that a person with a significant physical disability can drive himself to work, or that a person who can’t read can go to college. Impossible, until they see it done. Throughout the years, I’ve spoken with people who are unsure that their child/student/client could achieve a life goal, even with the support of assistive technology (AT). They might think that AT is just for people with physical disabilities or those who are good with computers or for anybody else but themselves.
From http://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2014/02/25/telling-at-stories/, February 28, 2014
Disney World and Disneyland to Offer Braille Menus at Select Locations Starting March 2014
Both Disney World and Disneyland Resort are preparing to offer a new service for guests with visual disabilities. Starting March 1, 2014, guests may request Braille menus at select food locations across the Parks.
From http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2014/02/25/news-disney-world-and-disneyland-to-offer-braille-menus-at-select-locations-starting-march-1st/, February 28, 2014
The Zero Project Report 2014 on Accessibility is Published
Under the motto “No one can enjoy a human right to which one does not have access,” the international initiative Zero Project (www.zeroproject.org), mobilized its worldwide network of more than 1,000 disability experts in spring 2013 to map the state of the implementation of the CRPD and to find innovative practice and policy solutions on accessibility.
From http://zeroproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/ZERO-PROJECT-REPORT-2014.pdf, February 27, 2014
USA: Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government
Social media is transforming how government engages with citizens, allowing agencies to share information and deliver services more quickly and effectively than ever before. As social content, data, and platforms become more diverse, agencies have a responsibility to ensure these digital services are accessible to all citizens, including people with disabilities.
From http://www.howto.gov/social-media/using-social-media-in-government/improving-accessibility#tip-facebook, February 17, 2014
UK: University of Derby Accessibility Series: Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Blackboard Collaborate Sessions
Using Blackboard Collaborate to deliver online sessions with your students can help to bring together students at a distance whilst still enabling them to receive teaching materials and interact with each other. However, there are a few things that disabled students might find particularly challenging about accessing this type of learning opportunity.
From http://learningtechnologyblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/accessibility-series-delivering-accessible-and-inclusive-blackboard-collaborate-sessions/, February 17, 2014
LHAC Project Selected as a Good Practice in the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2014
The League of Accessible and Historical Cities project has been selected as a Good Practice in the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2014 under the category: Products, services and environments already in use.
From http://www.lhac.eu/?i=accessible-cities.en.news-events.113, February 17, 2014
Vint Cerf: Consider Disability at the Outset for Accessible Products
Designing technological products that can be used by everyone, regardless of whether or not they have any disability, would be a win-win situation, a meeting has heard. “To think that you can apply some kind of magic pixie dust and make a technology accessible to disabled people after it’s been designed is just crazy,” Vint Cerf, a vice president at Google, told the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition meeting in Washington DC, United States.
From http://www.scidev.net/global/technology/news/consider-disability-at-the-outset-tech-designer-told.html, February 17, 2014
IBM Standardizing on EPUB to Reduce Digital Barriers and Increase Mobile Support
International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration to develop a white paper highlighting lessons learned from IBM’s recent decision to support EPUB as the company’s primary packaged portable document format. EPUB is the widely adopted open standard format, for digital publications, developed by IDPF, based on HTML5 and other technologies from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), as well as technologies from IDPF. IDPF is a trade and standards association with over 300 members in over 45 countries. Increased client demand for mobile solutions, accessibility through the cloud, and the transformational opportunities both pose for enterprise content are the key drivers for IBM’s move to the next-generation portable document format. By standardizing on EPUB, IBM is also extending its leadership in accessibility and delivering a richer user experience and engagement.
From http://idpf.org/news/ibm_adopts_epub, February 14, 2014
USA: FCC Chairman's Accessibility Awards Nomination Period Opening
Nominations for this year’s Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA) will be accepted soon. Part of the FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative (A&I
Initiative), the awards honor outstanding private and public sector ventures that advance accessibility for people with disabilities. Ventures may include mainstream or assistive technologies introduced into the marketplace, development of standards, and implementation of best practices that foster accessibility. Winners and honorable mentions will receive their awards from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in June 2014. The exact date and location will be announced in the future.
From http://www.fcc.gov/document/chairmans-accessibility-awards-nomination-period-opening, February 14, 2014