Financial Literacy: Improving the Numbers for People with Disabilities
They were my first lessons in financial literacy — lessons that many of us with disabilities do not receive, with significant repercussions. Despite the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law 24 years ago, those of us with disabilities remain significantly less financially stable than those without.
From http://social.dol.gov/blog/financial-literacy-improving-the-numbers-for-people-with-disabilities/, August 13, 2014
USA: Scientists Link Environment and Inclusion for Adults with Disabilities
Kessler Foundation researchers have identified an association between the built environment and disability-related outcomes for adults with physical disabilities. The article, Disability and the built environment: an investigation of community and neighborhood land uses and participation for physically impaired adults, was published in the July issue of Annals of Epidemiology doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2014.05.003. The authors are Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, and Nicole Cobbold, BS, of Kessler Foundation, and Tanya Rohrbach, MS, of Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/12/scientists-link-environment-and-inclusion-for-adults-with-disabilities/, August 12, 2014
Ghana: Mobility Skills Training Workshop for People with Vision Disabilities
The Department of Social Welfare of the Twifo Atti-Morkwa District has organized a three day mobility skill training workshop for people with vision disabilities in the district. Speaking at the program the District Chief Executive Mr. Bossman Osei Hyiamang Jnr. admonished the participants not to be down hearted for being people with vision disabilities but to rather take good care of themselves so as to live long.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/11/mobility-skills-training-workshop-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, August 12, 2014
USA: NFB to Host Web Accessibility Training Day
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program will co-host Web Accessibility Training Day on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. During the morning sessions of this all-day event, representatives from a range of different governmental, educational, and business organizations will discuss their strategies for creating web content that complies with federal and state regulations. The afternoon will be devoted to in-depth breakout sessions on specific technical and policy topics, targeted to deliver information that will be immediately useful. Presenters include representatives from the Department of Justice, Google, Oracle, the Department of Homeland Security and the US Access Board.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/08/nfb-to-host-web-accessibility-training-day/, August 11, 2014
Dubai: RTA Launches Parking Permits Service for People with Disabilities via Smartphone App
The Roads and Transport Authority RTA has recently launched a service for issuing and renewing parking permits for older people and people with disabilities, and renewing permits for people with disabilities through smart phones using RTA DUBAI App.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/11/rta-launches-parking-permits-service-for-people-with-disabilities-via-smartphone-app/, August 11, 2014
USA: Boardmaker Launches Complete Online Learning System
DynaVox Systems, LLC (DynaVox), creators of Boardmaker, the leading symbol-adapted special education software for assisting individuals with overcoming their speech, language and learning challenges, introduces Boardmaker Online. Designed for educators, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), assistive technology specialists and parents, Boardmaker Online is a new, comprehensive solution for creating and managing accessible education instruction.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/11/boardmaker-launches-complete-online-learning-system/, August 11, 2014
Uganda: KiBO Foundation Starts Program to Help People with Disabilities Gain IT Skills
KiBO Foundation has started a programme in Entebbe to help young people with disabilities gain IT skills. KiBO Managing Director Abraham E. Temu, said they want to help people with hearing disabilities acquire IT knowledge to make them better suited for the job market. He said, “KiBO Foundation, Cisco and Entebbe Municipality officially launched a Community Knowledge Center (CKC) to provide members of rural communities’ and especially people who are deaf access to technology, to enable them find jobs, start businesses, gain education, and increase their financial self-sufficiency.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/06/foundation-starts-program-to-help-people-with-disabilities-gain-it-skills/, August 06, 2014
USA: San Francisco International Airport Unveils Prototype Smartphone App for Passengers with Vision Disabilities
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) unveiled a prototype version of a smartphone application which can help passengers with vision disabilities to navigate through an airport terminal.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/08/04/san-francisco-international-airport-unveils-prototype-smartphone-app-for-passengers-with-vision-disabilities/, August 04, 2014
UAE: Emirates Introduces Audio Description on Movies for Passengers with Vision Disabilities
Emirates continues to set industry standards by becoming the first airline to introduce Audio Description on movies for passengers with vision disabilities on its inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/07/31/emirates-introduces-audio-description-on-movies-for-passengers-with-vision-disabilities/, August 04, 2014
USA: New Gadget Helps People with Vision Disabilities to Read Graphs
People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Senior Lecturer Dr Iain Murray and PhD student Azadeh Nazemi developed a digital reading system for people who are blind, allowing them to read graphical material.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/07/30/new-gadget-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities-to-read-graphs/, August 04, 2014