USA: Fight Against Climate Change Starts at a Smart Home
New technology that taps into the Internet of Things could help make our homes smarter and greener, with potential savings for consumers, benefits for the planet, and opportunities for investors, according a recent Morgan Stanley Research report, "Consumers and Climate Change: The Home Energy Efficiency Opportunity." The burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) promises to make our houses smarter and more energy efficient, passing cost savings to consumers, creating opportunities for investors and perhaps most importantly, benefiting the planet in the process, according to the report.
From http://www.morganstanley.com/ideas/fight-against-climate-change-starts-at-home.html?cid=sm_corp_lnk_dec_2_2015, December 11, 2015
USA: Bracelet to Help People with Vision Disabilities Navigate
Sunu, a startup focused on assistive wearable technology, announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign designed to raise at least $50,000 to help bring a new generation of its product to market. The award-winning technology powers a sonar smart-bracelet called the Sunu Band, providing enhanced mobility and independence for people who are blind and low vision. The campaign also offers Sunu Tags, helping owners track and retrieve personal items. “From my own experience, independent mobility for people living with vision disabilities can be especially frustrating and stressful,” said Fernando Albertorio, Sunu’s CEO and co-founder, and a entrepreneur with vision disability. “The current aids in the market are simply too expensive, not intuitive and tend to label or stigmatize the user, causing many people to opt-out. A user-centered design creates functional but discreet and intuitive devices.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/09/bracelet-to-help-people-with-vision-disabilities-navigate/, December 11, 2015
Promoting Rights of Persons with Disabilities in ASEAN
It is a historic coincidence that the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Dec. 3, marks a decade of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), while the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will officially become a single community of nations politically, economically and socio-culturally by the end of this year, and seven days prior to the commemoration of the 67th of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The theme of the day for 2015 is inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/11/promoting-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-in-asean/, December 11, 2015
17th Annual International Roundtable on Inclusive Transport in Less-Wealthy Countries
For the upcoming 17th Annual International Roundtable on Inclusive Transport in Less-Wealthy Countries, we are currently soliciting presentations and reports relevant to accessible fixed-route, paratransit, and pedestrian modes for seniors and persons with disabilities in developing regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/10/17th-annual-international-roundtable-on-inclusive-transport-in-less-wealthy-countries/, December 11, 2015
Creating Incentives for Digital Inclusion: Microsoft Announces Support for G3ict Charter for Accessible Technology
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced our support for the newly announced Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) charter, "Promoting Global Digital Inclusion through ICT Procurement Policies & Accessibility Standards." The Charter calls on governments worldwide to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities by demanding only accessible technology from their suppliers. We are proud to join the other signatories, which include some of the most forward-thinking governments and advocacy groups around the world such as the European Disability Forum (EDF), the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and Disabled People’s International (DPI), and we encourage other companies to consider joining the charter.
From http://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2015/12/09/creating-incentives-for-digital-inclusion-microsoft-announces-support-for-g3ict-charter-for-accessible-technology/, December 09, 2015
China: Screen Reading Applications Bring Light to People with Vision Disabilities
Starting with a group of ten, Cao launched the Protection and Ease Company to create mobile applications and computer software tailored to people with vision disabilities. Their applications transform contents on the screen into audio instructions and enable people with vision disabilities to use GPS, online meal ordering, and wechat, China’s mobile messaging platform, almost everything that able-bodied people enjoy in the Internet Age. “People with vision disabilities can live more independently,” said Zhao Liping, director of civil rights department at Beijing Disabled Persons’ Federation, “This is going to be the future for them.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/08/screen-reading-applications-bring-light-to-people-with-vision-disabilities/, December 08, 2015
USA: American Sign Language Typeface Added to the Vignelli Center for Design Studies Collections
Peter A. Blacksberg's passion for a project involving American Sign Language (ASL) culminated this year using digital font creation and management tools, 42 years after he began it using traditional pen and ink design techniques. The 1975 alumnus from the School of Photography has created a modern typeface for American Sign Language, officially named “ASL Manutype Black.” R. Roger Remington, the Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design, recently met with Blacksberg to view the typeface and give some final pointers.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/07/american-sign-language-typeface-added-to-the-vignelli-center-for-design-studies-collections/, December 08, 2015
Public Transport Operators Required to Provide Accessible Services in Taiwan
The Legislative Yuan passed a law amendment Tuesday that requires public transport operators to provide services accessible to persons with disabilities. The requirement applies to all operators of rail, road, rapid transit, air and water transport, according to the amendment to the People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act. An operator can gain an exemption if it obtains approval from transportation authorities and disability rights groups, the amendment stipulates.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/05/public-transport-operators-required-to-provide-accessible-services-in-taiwan/, December 08, 2015
USA: Arizona State University Center Releases New Style Guide on Disabilities
The National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) at Arizona State University has released a one-of-a-kind style guide for journalists and professionals who report or write about people with disabilities. The guide offers information and advice on nearly 70 commonly used words or terms — from “able-bodied” to “confined to a wheelchair.” It is being released to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, Dec. 3. The day of observance aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/04/asu-center-releases-new-style-guide-on-disabilities/, December 08, 2015
Belgium: European Commission Publishes the European Accessibility Act
The European Commission published the European Accessibility Act. EDF welcomes this long-awaited piece of legislation that has been at the center of its Freedom of Movement campaign for over three years. Persons with disabilities currently face barriers to free movement within the EU on an equal basis with others. The European Accessibility Act has great potential to bring a positive change. The Act, which takes the form of a Directive, will have a major influence on the accessibility of goods and services for persons with disabilities in the EU.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/12/03/european-commission-publishes-the-european-accessibility-act/, December 07, 2015