How Apps Can Help People With Disabilities Navigate Cities
37-year-old filmmaker Jason DaSilva recently won an Emmy for When I Walk, a documentary chronicling his life with multiple sclerosis. DaSilva was diagnosed in 2005, and the disease has affected his vision, hearing, and muscle control. “Living in the East Village, I was finding that it could be 9 out of 10 businesses on a city block that would be inaccessible to me,” he tells CityLab. For the estimated 53 million U.S. adults living with disabilities, moving through a city may feel like an obstacle course.
From http://www.citylab.com/navigator/2016/06/how-apps-help-people-with-disabilities-navigate-the-city/489128/, July 18, 2016
Open Data Creates Life-Simplifying Apps
Cities are constantly gathering and producing immense amounts of information. What if all that data were up for grabs for anyone to use? The Helsinki Region Infoshare service has opened the capital region’s data for everyone, and gives rise to apps and services that make everyday life easier. A recipient of multiple international awards, the Helsinki Region Infoshare service (HRI) contains over 1 200 open statistics and datasets.
From http://www.goodnewsfinland.com/feature/open-data-creates-life-simplifying-apps/, July 18, 2016
Thailand: Language Assistance Software Aids Students with Learning Disabilities
Students with learning disabilities are usually unable to write and read Thai words correctly, which hinders their ability to move ahead with their education. In the past, they had to get their teachers to correct their errors for them.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/15/language-assistance-software-aids-students-with-learning-disabilities/, July 18, 2016
USA: ManpowerGroup Named “Best Place to Work” by the Disability Equality Index
ManpowerGroup has been recognized as one of the Disability Equality Index (DEI) Best Places to Work, receiving a top score for its commitment to diversity inclusion in the workplace. The DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), honoring those organizations with a commitment to driving their organization’s success through full inclusive business practices.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/15/manpowergroup-named-best-place-to-work-by-the-disability-equality-index/, July 18, 2016
India: High-tech Devices Aid People with Vision Disabilities
A Class 12 student at a school for the blind in the city had heard about a ‘sensor walker’, but got to hold it only at the first assistive technology devices workshop in the state for people with vision disabilities. The workshop was organized by Karna Vidya Foundation, an NGO for people with disabilities, at Anna University on Saturday. “These kinds of assistive devices will help us live independently. I have heard about the sensor walker, which detects obstacles in front of a person, but got to feel the demo only here at this workshop,” said T Vignesh, a student with visual disability.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/14/high-tech-devices-aid-people-with-vsion-disabilities/, July 18, 2016
Apple Wins Award for Accessibility Advances
The American Council of the Blind (ACB) has awarded Apple the coveted Robert S. Bray Award for their continued accessibility innovations, which will be presented on 4 July during the ACB’s annual conference and convention in Minneapolis, USA.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/digital-technology/apple-wins-award-for-accessibility-advances, July 07, 2016
Recap: 9th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD
The 9th annual Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) took place on 14-16 June at UN Headquarters in New York City, under the overarching theme “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind”. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD.
From https://www.un.org/development/desa/undesavoice/in-case-you-missed-it/2016/07/, July 07, 2016
Can Google Glass Help Children with Autism Read Faces?
The facial recognition software was developed at Stanford University and runs on Google Glass, a computerized headset with a front-facing camera and a tiny display just above the right eye. Julian is one of about 100 children with autism participating in a Stanford study to see if “autism glass” therapy can improve their ability to interpret facial expressions. “There’s not a machine that can read your mind, but this helps with the emotions, you know, recognizing them,” Julian said.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/07/can-google-glass-help-children-with-autism-read-faces/, July 07, 2016
Singapore: Making Workplaces Accessible for People with Disabilities
More persons with disabilities are joining the workforce in what is seen as an inclusive working environment. Government agency SG Enable – set up in 2014 to boost the employability of those with disabilities – said the numbers have increased from 350 in FY2014, to 500 in FY2015. The agency also supported about 650 employers to hire these individuals over the past two years. Mr Ong Peng Kai, who has cerebral palsy, works as a researcher with the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). To ensure the 24-year-old’s safety in any emergency, the organization has an evacuation chair, which can be converted to a wheelchair or stretcher.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/07/making-workplaces-accessible-for-people-with-disabilities/, July 07, 2016
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Brings Accessibility Improvements for Users with Disabilities
Microsoft shared some additional details about the accessibility improvements coming in Windows 10 Anniversary Update on July 1. Key among them is a major update to Narrator screen reading app. But Microsoft is also improving some core Windows 10 apps for accessibility, and making it easier for developers to take advantage of these changes in their own apps. “With more than one billion people with disabilities in the world, Microsoft is passionate about accessibility and ensuring our products work for all our customers. Today we are excited to share additional details about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update which represents a significant step forward in our effort to make Microsoft products accessible” Microsoft’s Daniel Hubbell notes in a post to the Microsoft Accessibility Blog.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/04/windows-10-anniversary-update-brings-accessibility-improvements-for-users-with-disabilities/, July 04, 2016