Accessibility In Practice: Can Design Thinking Help?
Here at TPG we do a great deal of work helping organizations remediate accessibility issues with their web sites and web applications. It’s very satisfying work — particularly when we do regression testing on a site or app and the issues are resolved. But we also work helping organizations with their design and development processes, helping integrate accessibility into practice so there’s no need to remediate or regression test. In this sense, if we are successful in our work, we will have consulted our way out of a job!
From http://blog.paciellogroup.com/2013/11/accessibility-practice-can-design-thinking-help/, November 11, 2013
NYC Emergency Preparedness Plan Fails to Protect Residents with Disabilities
A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that New York City was in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) because of deficiencies in its emergency plan for evacuating persons with disabilities during recent emergencies. New Yorkers with disabilities were dangerously stranded during and after the super storm Sandy, trapped in their apartments with no electricity, no running water, no heat, or working elevators to let them in or out. NYC is unprepared to assist persons with disabilities in emergencies, and that’s in violation of federal law.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/11/nyc-emergency-preparedness-plan-fails-to-protect-residents-with-disabilities/, November 11, 2013
New Book Released: ‘Technology Tools for Students with Autism’
Small, portable technology is giving those with autism greater freedom and independence, according to two American Institutes for Research (AIR) experts who contributed the opening chapter for the newly published book, ‘Technology Tools for Students with Autism’. In the book, published by Brookes Publishing, educational technology researchers Tracy Gray and Alise Brann provide an overview of emerging trends as they relate to autism services.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/11/new-book-released-technology-tools-for-students-with-autism/, November 11, 2013
New Initiative Launched to Empower People with Disabilities
Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, has launched the “My community…a city for everyone” initiative, said Dubai’s Government Media Office. “The new initiative comes in line with backing the current efforts of Dubai to empower people with disabilities within an overarching framework that contributes to enhancing the effectiveness of existing projects and initiatives, and developing more initiatives of this sort in accordance with a vision that aims to maximize the participation and integration of this category in the community, and to create new opportunities through which to overcome all the obstacles that may stand in the way of positively engaging and integrating this segment in their social environment as individuals who possess productive and creative capabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/11/new-initiative-launched-to-empower-people-with-disabilities/, November 11, 2013
New Zealand: Innovative Web-based Platform for People with Disabilities
AttitudeLive is an innovative web-based platform that will transform the way people see disability. Designed to be the home of disability content, it’s a place where you can watch videos about life with a disability, share information and connect to one another. It’s a powerful tool for sharing important messages and for driving social change. For nine years New Zealand-based Attitude Pictures Ltd has been producing documentaries, giving a voice to the millions of people living in New Zealand and around the world who live with a disability.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/08/innovative-web-based-platform-for-people-with-disabilities/, November 08, 2013
USA: New Service Helps Schools Adapt Classrooms for Students who are Blind
Students who are blind or low vision could have even better classroom experiences in STEM courses thanks to a new service for school districts, teachers and parents. Independence Science Inc. has launched the Adaptation Support Program, a support service primarily designed to assist instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – the STEM fields. Subscribers receive phone and email support from educators who are experienced in instructing students who are blind or low vision in K-12 and college settings.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/06/new-service-helps-schools-adapt-classrooms-for-students-who-are-blind/, November 08, 2013
Singapore Seeks Comment on Proposed Changes to the Copyright Act Provisions for People with Print Disabilities
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) is seeking feedback from members of the public on proposed changes to the Copyright Act, which will allow persons with reading disabilities greater access to different formats of copyrighted works. These changes will allow people with reading disabilities, and organizations that assist such people, greater flexibility to create and distribute copies of copyrighted works in formats accessible to people with print disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/06/singapore-seeks-comment-on-proposed-changes-to-the-copyright-act-provisions-for-people-with-print-disabilities/, November 08, 2013
HIMS Launches Next Generation Notetaker Braille Sense U2 MINI
HIMS Inc. this week announced the release of Braille Sense U2 MINI, the next generation of their very popular line of notetakers for people who are blind. Devices like this are similar to a tablet except that they use a Braille keyboard and, in this case, an 18-cell refreshable Braille display instead of a touch screen.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/11/08/hims-launches-next-generation-notetaker-braille-sense-u2-mini/, November 08, 2013
USA: Experience of Voters with Disabilities in the 2012 Election Cycle
In the Fiscal Year 2012 Senate Labor–Health and Human Services Appropriations bill (S. 1599), the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) was encouraged to consult with NCD “to monitor the implementation of the Help America Vote Act for voters with disabilities during the 2012 general election cycle.” Although the bill passed the Senate, it was not included in the final appropriation bill. However, HHS wanted to meet the spirit of the Senate-passed bill. Accordingly, ACF responded to the Senate language by writing in its budget justification: "The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) will work with the National Council on Disability (NCD) and other federal partners to assess the accessibility of the election process for people with disabilities during the 2012 general election." To achieve this goal, AIDD partnered with NCD to assess the aaccessibility of the election process for people with disabilities during the 2012 general election.
From http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2013/10242013/, November 07, 2013
Microsoft's Mobile App Lets Users 3D-Scan Objects on the Go
Microsoft Research is working on a mobile app that lets users move their phone around an object and then create a digital 3D model ready to be sent to a 3D printer any time. The project aims to make it easier for anyone to create or design their own 3D objects and send them to a 3D printer. As 3D printing continues to grow in popularity and 3D printers become cheaper and more accessible, the next step is for 3D content to also be easier for people to create. With the 3D scanning app, people will be able to create their own 3D content instead of downloading existing 3D models from the internet.
From www.psfk.com/2013/11/microsoft-mobile-scanning-app.html, November 07, 2013