Philippines: Engage Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction Planning
In line with this year’s celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (July 17-23), Senator Loren Legarda today urged the government to ensure that persons with disabilities are engaged in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) programs. A 2013 survey by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) among persons with disabilities revealed that, if a disaster occurs, 80% said they would be unable to evacuate immediately without difficulty, while six percent (6%) said they would not be able to evacuate at all.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/21/engage-persons-with-disabilities-in-disaster-risk-reduction-planning-legarda/, July 21, 2015
USA: Researchers One Step Closer to Reversing Hearing Loss
Studying mice, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified two signaling molecules that are required for the proper development of a part of the inner ear called the cochlea. Without both signals, the embryo does not produce enough of the cells that eventually make up the adult cochlea, resulting in a shortened cochlear duct and impaired hearing.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/21/researchers-one-step-closer-to-reversing-hearing-loss/, July 21, 2015
NFB and Verifone Collaborate to Make Taxicab Terminals Accessible
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Verifone will work together to enhance the accessibility of Verifone’s in-taxi technology for passengers who are blind by the end of this year, under an agreement that was recently reached by the two organizations. Verifone’s in-taxi systems enable passengers to pay their cab fare with a credit or debit card and enjoy curated media content during taxi rides.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/21/nfb-and-verifone-collaborate-to-make-taxicab-terminals-accessible/, July 21, 2015
Canada: Funding Supports Accessible Transportation in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotians will have easier access to safe, affordable and accessible transportation thanks to the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program. Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey announced $366,000 in funding on July 15.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/17/funding-supports-accessible-transportation/, July 21, 2015
The Future of Remote Healthcare Could be Woven into Your Clothes
Sensors placed on the right part of the body can provide detailed, real-time information. Patients can be continuously monitored away from the hospital and if there is a warning sign, for example high blood pressure or swelling, medical professionals can be alerted. The data collected can also offer valuable insights into the effectiveness of treatments.
From http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2015/jul/14/the-future-of-remote-healthcare-could-be-woven-into-your-clothes?CMP=share_btn_tw, July 14, 2015
Argentina Launches New Disability-Inclusive DRR Plan
Argentina has rolled out a new plan to ensure that the interests of people with disabilities are part of its efforts to tackle disaster risk, an inclusive approach that reflects the goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/10/argentina-launches-new-disability-inclusive-drr-plan/, July 14, 2015
Tablet Technology to Help Children with Autism
Monash University researchers have developed the world’s first tablet technology designed to assist children with developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome. The technology aims to help children stay focused, in a bid to facilitate learning and inclusion within the school environment.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/13/tablet-technology-to-help-children-with-autism/, July 14, 2015
Spain: Technology Makes Classrooms More Accessible
Students with hearing disabilities will be able to access a greater number of educational facilities and follow classes by way of tablets, SmartPhones or intelligent glasses, thanks to a system of accessibility developed by Aptent Soluciones, a spin-off of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/06/technology-makes-classrooms-more-accessible/, July 08, 2015
“Defining Moment” as UNICEF Steps Up Focus and Action on Supplies for Children with Disabilities
In a unified push to make assistive products for children with disabilities more available, affordable and appropriate, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was joined by governments, partners, leading disability advocates and NGOs at the first-ever forum to examine the global supply gap and identify ways to reverse longstanding deficiencies. “85 to 95 per cent of children who need assistive products do not have access to them,” said Shanelle Hall, Director of UNICEF’s Supply Division. “Plainly, we have before us a defining moment in which we can use our collective expertise, knowledge and experience to right this wrong.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/07/defining-moment-as-unicef-steps-up-focus-and-action-on-supplies-for-children-with-disabilities/, July 08, 2015
First Public Working Draft: Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module
The Protocols and Formats Working Group, in coordination with the Digital Publishing Interest Group, published a First Public Working Draft of Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module 1.0. This specification extends WAI-ARIA 1.1 to define an ontology of roles, states, and properties specific to digital publishing. It facilitates automated processing and accessibility support by providing semantics that are not included in base languages such as HTML. It allows authors to convey structural information to assistive technologies, and to enable semantic navigation, styling, and interactive features used by readers.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/08/first-public-working-draft-digital-publishing-wai-aria-module/, July 08, 2015