USA: FCC Extends Tech Program for People Who are Deaf-Blind
The Federal Communications Commission voted yesterday to make permanent its program that distributes communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind. Known as “iCanConnect,” the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program provides equipment needed to make telecommunications, advanced communications and the Internet accessible to Americans who have significant vision and hearing disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/22/fcc-extends-tech-program-for-people-who-are-deaf-blind/, May 28, 2015
Understanding the Assistive Technology Needs of People with Mobility Disabilities
A team of researchers at University of Wollongong (UOW) is working to understand the mobility issues experienced by people over the age of 55 who are not being adequately supported by existing assistive mobility aids. The long-term goal of the ‘Enabilise’ project is to help develop new assistive mobility aids that respond to actual lived experiences.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/26/understanding-the-assistive-technology-needs-of-people-with-mobility-disabilities/, May 28, 2015
Africa: National Electoral Commission Develops Policy for Persons With Disabilities in Elections Operations
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) recently in a workshop developed a NEC Disability Policy ( NECDiP) that is designed to ensure the right to election participation for Persons with Disabilities. The NECDiP was developed 2015 and for effective an effective implementation of the NECDiP, the Commission has developed the NECDiP training manual as a key support resource that aims to increase disability awareness issues relating to electoral rights of persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/28/national-electoral-commission-develops-policy-for-persons-with-disabilities-in-elections-operations/, May 28, 2015
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