USA: Richmond Community College Offering Braille Transcription Course
Richmond Community College is offering an eight-week course in literary Braille transcribing, which will teach students to transcribe print materials into Braille and allow them to pursue a Library of Congress certificate. Certified Braille transcribers are currently making between $15 and $25 per hour, according to the college.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/19/richmond-community-college-offering-braille-transcription-course/, May 22, 2015
Wireless RERC Releases 2015-2016 App Factory Call for Proposals
Through a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks to enhance the use and usability of wireless technologies for people of all ages and abilities. Included in this effort is the RERC’s mobile applications development project, the “App Factory”. Wireless RERC invites experienced organizations or individual developers based in the U.S. to submit proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows). Proposals for 2015-2016 are due on June 30, 2015. Selection of proposals for funding will be on October 15. More information can be found in the PDF of the Call for Proposals below.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/19/wireless-rerc-releases-2015-2016-app-factory-call-for-proposals/, May 22, 2015
Global Consultation on the Inclusion of Persons With Disabilities in Humanitarian Response
Handicap International has been mandated by the Secretariat of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) to launch a global consultation on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian response. Therefore HI, in partnership with IDDC and IDA, has launched three online surveys which are aimed at gathering the views of persons with disabilities, Disabled People Organizations (DPOs), and humanitarian actors in order to identify gaps and good practices in humanitarian response, and to find a way towards a more inclusive humanitarian system.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/20/global-consultation-on-the-inclusion-of-persons-with-disabilities-in-humanitarian-response/, May 22, 2015
Research aims to improve access to music for people using hearing aids
Now a collaborative project between the University of Leeds and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is bringing together music psychologist Dr Alinka Greasley and Dr Harriet Crook, Lead Clinical Scientist for Complex Hearing Loss, to investigate how music listening experiences are affected by hearing disabilities and the use of hearing aids.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/21/research-aims-to-improve-access-to-music-for-people-using-hearing-aids/, May 22, 2015
USA: 13-Year-Old Develops Device to Help People with Vision Disabilities
A 13-year-old Indian-origin student in the U.S. who developed a device to help people with vision disabilities navigate has been named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2015 and granted a $5,000 award. Raghav Ganesh, a seventh-grader from San Jose, California, was named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2015 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Ganesh started a quest to help people with vision disabilities by focusing his attention on the white canes used to detect obstacles in their path.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/16/13-year-old-develops-device-to-help-people-with-vision-disabilities/, May 18, 2015
USA: Ensuring access to jobs for people with disabilities
Americans with disabilities can face many unnecessary barriers to employment, both during the job application process and on the job. These barriers can prevent people with disabilities from finding and maintaining a job, receiving promotions and ultimately being economically self-sufficient and independent. During the job application process, applicants with disabilities may not want to disclose their disabilities to potential employers for a number of reasons, including the risk that the employer would refuse to hire them because of their disability. Sometimes employers stereotype people with disabilities or take adverse employment actions because of misinformation or ignorance about certain health conditions. Having to disclose a disability can deter people with disabilities even from applying for jobs out of fear of discrimination.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/17/ensuring-access-to-jobs-for-people-with-disabilities/, May 18, 2015
China: National Disabled Day Focuses on Children with Autism
This year’s “National Day for the Disabled” in China is focusing on autistic children. Five-year-old Rongrong is receiving rehabilitation therapy at a treatment center in Beijing. She is one of some 2-million children in China under the age of 14 that have been diagnosed with autism. The China Disabled Persons Federation estimates over 600-thousand pre-school children in China are autistic, and says that figure is increasing.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/18/national-disabled-day-focuses-on-children-with-autism/, May 18, 2015
USA: Microsoft Hires 13-Year-Old Boy for Braille Printer
A 13-year-old Indian-origin boy, who invented a low-cost portable Braille printer, is now working with technology giant Microsoft to integrate it with Windows. This move is to make it easily accessible to people with vision disabilities and Microsoft plans to launch it commercially in November. Shubham Banerjee, an eighth-grade student in Santa Clara, California was invited by Microsoft to showcase his Braigo 2.0 printer at a tech fair organized by the company. Our relationship with Microsoft will help Braigo achieve a seamless experience for a people with vision disabilities who wants to use a computer at home or at the office to print documents for offline reading, Banerjee said in Microsoft blog post, PTI reported.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/18/microsoft-hires-13-year-old-boy-for-braille-printer/, May 18, 2015
Singapore: NTU Hosts Global ICT Conference Highlighting Innovations that Advance Open Inclusive Development
An assistive smart technology that helps seniors cope with degenerative changes and independent living by simply pointing a device or smartphone camera at an object to send a text message or activate a phone call. A haze analytics tool that provides users with the latest health advisories during haze episodes, and that can be integrated with wearable devices such as smart watches and smart bands to objectively measure a user’s heart rate and other health parameters.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/05/18/ntu-hosts-global-ict-conference-highlighting-innovations-that-advance-open-inclusive-development/, May 18, 2015
Apple VoiceOver Accessibility Receives Award from American Foundation for the Blind
The American Foundation for the Blind announced Apple among its four honorees to receive a Helen Keller Achievement Award later this June, recognizing the company's contribution to accessibility with VoiceOver.
From http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/05/06/apple-voiceover-accessibility-receives-award-from-american-foundation-for-the-blind, May 14, 2015