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
UAE to Launch Banknotes with Braille
The Central Bank of the UAE has announced that it would put in circulation currency notes with tactile features of Dh500 and Dh5 denominations for people who are blind or have low vision.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/08/uae-to-launch-banknotes-with-braille/, July 08, 2015
United Nations: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Disability
During the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20, Member States agreed to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), whose achievement period concludes in 2015. The SDGs are to address all three dimensions of sustainable development (environmental, economic and social) and be coherent with and integrated into the United Nations global development agenda beyond 2015.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1618, July 08, 2015
Over 8 Percent of Indian Households Have Persons with Disabilities
Over eight percent, or 207.8 lakh, of the total households in the country have persons with disabilities, reveals data on disabled population in India. Of the total households that have persons with disabilities, about 99 percent are normal households, 0.4 percent are institutional, and 0.2 percent are households of people who do not have their own houses.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/01/over-8-percent-of-indian-households-have-persons-with-disabilities/, July 02, 2015
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Launches First Smartwatch App for People with Vision Disabilities
Novartis Pharmaceuticals announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of using ViaOpta app with wearable devices, such as Apple Watch and Android Wear, provides users with an experience that seamlessly fits into their existing routines allowing those with visual impairments to navigate daily life with even greater ease. To see these applications in action, click here for a short video demonstration.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/01/novartis-pharmaceuticals-launches-first-smartwatch-app-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, July 02, 2015
India: Government Opens New Department for Persons with Disabilities
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday threw open a new department for Social Security and Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities at State Institute of Disability Rehabilitation (SIDR) on Capital Hospital campus here. The Department is aimed at providing education and training to persons with disabilities along with facilities and opportunities to gain skilled employment.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/07/02/government-opens-new-department-for-persons-with-disabilities/, July 02, 2015
ZERO PROJECT 2016: Call for Nominations in Inclusive Education / ICT – Deadline: July 10
Once again, the Zero Project team would like to invite leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices and innovative policies concerning this year’s topics: Inclusive Education and/or ICT (Information and Communication Technology). The “Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies 2016” will be selected by the Zero Project network of experts in a multistep process, and will be featured in the Zero Project Report 2016, on its website zeroproject.org and on social media platforms; and their representatives will be invited to speak at the Zero Project Conference in Vienna (Austria) in February 2016.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/06/26/zero-project-2016-call-for-nominations-in-inclusive-education-ict-deadline-10th-july-2015/, July 02, 2015