UK: London Students Designed Solutions to Improve Sports Participation for Athletes with Disabilities
A bobsled guided by mind power, guns fired by blowing into a headset, desert waves created by nanobots – the world of athletes with disabilities could be very different in the near future. A new exhibition of prototypes aimed at making sport more accessible has opened in the British capital, featuring innovative ideas from young designers. Taking this year’s London Paralympic games as their inspiration, students from Imperial College, London and the Royal College of Art have come up with 11 ingenious ideas that dream up new equipment and, in some cases, entirely new sports.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/03/12/london-students-designed-solutions-to-improve-sports-participation-for-athletes-with-disabilities/, March 13, 2012
USA: Blind Students Use Right Touch at Braille Competition
Forty students from around the state, including 14 from the Top of Utah, gathered Friday at the Utah State Division of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired People for the annual Utah Regional Braille Competition. The competition, held annually in states across the nation, is the only academic competition for blind students in the United States. Utah has been participating in the event for nine years, with the top scorers moving on to the National Braille Challenge, held in June at the Braille Institute in California.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/03/04/blind-students-use-right-touch-at-braille-competition/, March 13, 2012
UAE: Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Plans to Develop Restaurant Menus in Braille
The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry plans to develop restaurant menus in Braille language to help customers with visual disabilities. Braille language uses punctures on paper so that it could be read with fingers. “The menu scheme will be launched in collaboration with the Ebsar Society for Rehabilitation of Visually Impaired,” Chairman of the Hospitality Committee at the JCCI Khaled Al-Harithy said while participating in a program for manpower development of people with disabilities at the chamber headquarters in Jeddah yesterday.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com, March 13, 2012
UNESCO: Kuwait a Pioneer in Providing Latest Technologies to Aid Education for People with Disabilities
Assistant Director-General for Education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Dr. Qian Tang lauded Kuwait’s pioneering experience in providing well care and education for people with disabilities. Tang made this remark during an award-giving ceremony for the winners of Amir Jaber Al-Ahmad Prize that aims at giving a better education for people with intellectual disabilities. Kuwait’s experience in providing the latest technologies to aid the educational process for people with disabilities was a great “success” and it agrees with UNESCO’s goals which seek offering a wholesome educational opportunities for all sectors of the society.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com, March 13, 2012
Nigeria: Banks Plan Accessible Branches Across Cities
The Central Bank of Nigeria in conjunction with the Bankers’ Committee is working on a policy that will ensure that every bank has in every town, at least one branch that is accessible for people with disabilities. Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi disclosed this yesterday when members of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja. “At the last Bankers’ Committee where we talked about women, I told them we are going to come up with a policy that will make sure that every bank has in every town at least one branch that is accessible for people with disabilities. We will not ask them to restructure every branch but in Abuja there should be a branch, in Kano a branch, in every city a branch, in Lagos, you go to Ikoyi, Victoria Island or Ikeja, in each of those areas at least every bank must say this is our accessible branch.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/03/02/banks-plan-accessible-branches-in-nigeria/, March 13, 2012
USA: Edinboro University Recognized as One of the Best Schools for Students with Disabilities
A new book, "College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities," ranks Edinboro University of Pennsylvania as one of the top five most accessible schools in the country. Watch as disabled EUP student Phoebe Sherry talks about why she thinks that ranking is important.
From http://www.goerie.com/article/20120312/NEWS02/303119897/Edinboro-University-recognized-as-one-of-the-best-schools-for-students-with-disabilities, March 12, 2012
USA: Perkins School for the Blind Calls on Entreprenuers to Participate in USD 25,000 Assistive Technology Challenge
As part of MassChallenge 2012, Perkins School for the Blind is offering the Perkins Assistive Technology Prize of $25,000. dministered through MassChallenge, The Perkins Assistive Technology Prize seeks to encourage competitors to develop new, low- and high-technology devices that could have a significant impact on the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Such assistive technology could apply to any sector of life (education, transportation, recreation, communications, vocational, etc.). The assistive technology could be designed for a certain group of individuals with a disability (vision loss, hearing loss, mobility, etc.), or have a more universal market application. Details and application information are at www.MassChallenge.org.
From http://www.aisquared.com/blog/2012/03/calling-all-entrepreneurs/, March 12, 2012
USA: New Research Projects Explore Ways to Improve Special Education
More than two dozen research grants related to special education just got an infusion of cash from the Institute of Education Sciences. Overall spending on special education research by the federal government has dropped. Still, some interesting projects are on the horizon. Through the IES's National Center for Special Education Research, new research projects will explore the influence of male parents on children with disabilities, improving the accessibility for students with disabilities to large-scale reading assessments, and reducing the development of reading deficiencies or special education designations for urban learners. Another project will work on promoting school readiness for young children who have fetal alcohol disorders.
From http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2012/03/more_than_two_dozen_research.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter, March 12, 2012
CSUN Presentation: Law is Key to Web Access
Is the law useful in advancing the cause of web accessibility? If yes, how? This presentation was created by Lainey Feingold for the 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego, California.
From http://www.slideshare.net/lflegal/accessu-at-csun12-law-is-a-key-to-accessibility, March 12, 2012
Report on the Accessibility of Gmail and Google Calendar
The Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN) is continuing its functional evaluation of the components of the Google Application Suite to determine the accessibility of each component for users with various types of disabilities and assistive technology. This evaluation covers GMail and Google Calendar (Calendar). There are several positive findings for users with certain types of disabilities, including users of screen magnification software, keyboard-only interactions and some high-contrast visual layouts.
From http://t.co/6XWSBVhz, March 12, 2012