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
New Zealand: UN CRPD to Boost Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the tabling of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which was submitted to Parliament for consideration on June 30. “The Protocol will provide New Zealand with a useful, independent, international source of expert feedback on areas of New Zealand’s disability policy and provides added protection to the rights of persons with disabilities under the CRPD,” Ms Wagner says.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/03/un-crpd-to-boost-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/, July 04, 2016
NCD Launches Brochure on Accessible Prescription Drug Labeling
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has developed a brochure about best practices for making prescription drug labels accessible for people who are blind, or have low vision and older people. NCD developed a trifold brochure summarizing these best practices and requested pharmacies and pharmacy associations disseminate the information to their affiliates and members. Persons with disabilities can also use the brochure when talking with their local pharmacies in order to increase the use of accessible prescription drug labels.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/02/ncd-launches-brochure-on-accessible-prescription-drug-labeling/, July 04, 2016
Japan: Conference on Insights on the Implementation of CRPD held in Tokyo
The Conference on the Insights on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) was held in Tokyo, June 30, 2016, and organized by the Zero Project and the Austrian Embassy Japan. “In Tokyo the discussions go on: The 9th session of the Conference of the States parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York is over but not the dialogue on the implementation of the UN CRPD."
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/07/01/conference-on-insights-on-the-implementation-of-crpd-held-in-tokyo/, July 04, 2016
Ghana to Make Public Places Accessible for Persons with Disabilities
Ghana is working to adopt and gazette standard designs to ensure that all public places become accessible for persons with disabilities this year, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mr Kwasi Amo-Himbson, has said. The designs are currently being worked on by the government in collaboration with the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD), the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and other stakeholders.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/29/ghana-to-make-public-places-accessible-for-persons-with-disabilities/, July 01, 2016
USA: Partnership to Bring Bookshare to People with Print Disabilities
Benetech, provider of Bookshare, is proud to announce a new partnership with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), making over 425,000 accessible ebooks available for free to patrons who cannot read printed books due to blindness, low vision, dyslexia, and other print disabilities. GLASS is the statewide network of talking book centers that provides library services for the blind and others whose physical abilities require the use of books and magazines in digital audio formats or in braille.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/29/partnership-to-bring-bookshare-to-people-with-print-disabilities/, July 01, 2016
UAE: Sharjah Teachers Build Syllabus in Electronic Sign Language
The students at Al Amal School for the Deaf have easy access to course material because teachers have created an electronic library of the curriculum in sign language. The sign language content covers subjects including Arabic, physics, chemistry and some topics in geography and history for several grades from middle to high school. There are plans to share this bank with other deaf schools in the region.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/29/sharjah-teachers-build-syllabus-in-electronic-sign-language/, July 01, 2016
Canada: Ontario Providing More Support for Children with Autism
Ontario is providing more support for children and youth with autism, including an accelerated implementation of the new Ontario Autism Program. The new program will provide all children, regardless of age, with more flexible services at a level of intensity that meets each child’s individual needs, significantly reduce wait times for service, and increase the number of treatment spaces available to serve more children and accommodate the rising prevalence in autism diagnoses.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2016/06/29/ontario-providing-more-supports-for-children-with-autism/, July 01, 2016