Policy Spotlight: 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
The means and modes of communication have changed drastically in today’s age and the earlier bright lines, if they ever did exist have become increasingly blurred. The mainstreaming of social media has brought forth some new questions to the forefront, the issue of accessibility being one of them. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (21st CVAA) passed in October 2010 by the United States is a response to the regulatory challenges that the new generation of telecommunication, Internet and digital communication devices present for persons with disabilities.
From cis-india.org, June 27, 2011
ICT Accessibility in Sri Lanka
During a recent visit to Lirne Asia in Colombo, thanks to the efforts of the Lirne Asia team, I had an opportunity to meet the Sri Lankan regulator-TRC, the ICT Agency-ICTA and the Jinnasena Trust to discuss their initiatives for providing ICT and Telecommunications access for persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka.
From cis-india.org, June 27, 2011
Australia's Productivity Commission's Draft Report on Disability Care and Support Released
Canberra: One of the draft report's recommendations is ''To provide individually tailored taxpayer-funded support, which should be targeted at the subset of people with disabilities who are assessed as needing such support.'' This is called the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and it is about being equitable and giving people with disabilities the resources and the opportunity to have similar lives to other Australians and to realise their full potential.
From canberratimes.com.au, June 24, 2011
More People in Bimringham on Disability Living Allowance Than Anywhere in UK
A TOTAL of 350 drug addicts and alcoholics are receiving more than £2 million in Disability Living Allowance payments in Birmingham every year.
That is the equivalent of up to £125 each a week, depending on the severity of their addiction. In some cases they will receive more than someone with a physical disability, such as blindness, according to Maria Miller, minister for disabled people.
From www.birminghammail.net, June 24, 2011
Malta: Sonia Tanti Independent Living Centre Unveiled
The aim of the first Independent Living Centre (ILC) in Malta is to provide people with disability and their families with advice, information and training in aspects of independent living such as mobility and assistive technology. The National Commission Persons with Disability (KNPD) organised the official opening of the Sonia Tanti Independent Living Centre at Ħal Far, co-financed by the European Union.
From www.independent.com.mt, June 24, 2011
USA: Microsoft Sees A Role For Kinect In Health Care
Microsoft thinks its Kinect motion-sensing game controller will find a spot in operating rooms and doctors offices as it already has in consumers' living rooms. The software giant, which has been working for years to get health care companies to use its technology, is trying to open doors with Kinect. Today at the Pacific Healthcare Summit here, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, Craig Mundie, showed how medical providers can use the technology to improve care.
From news.cnet.com, June 23, 2011
Netherlands Makes Net Neutrality A Law
The Dutch may become the first in Europe to use Skype and other web-based services on smartphones for no extra charge.The bill must now pass through the Dutch senate, but its passage is expected to be a formality. The move may prove crucial in Europe's on-going debate over net neutrality.
From www.bbc.co.uk, June 23, 2011
'Assistive Technology Devices Help Make Home A Safer Place
With greater emphasis on keeping seniors in their own homes as long as possible, assistive technology (AT) can make home a safer place. Many seniors may need grab bars in the bathroom, wheelchair ramps or pill organizers as they age. But people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are a fast-growing segment of the AT market.
From news.cincinnati.com, June 22, 2011
Disability Rights Convention Distributed in Braille, Audio And Sign Language in Montenegro
Six children with visual and hearing impairments have received the first copies in the Balkans of the child-friendly version of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Braille, audio and sign language.
From www.unicef.org, June 21, 2011
UK: Police 'Fail' Disabled People Suffering Hate Crime
Mencap, launching a three-year campaign against hate crime, said there was a "general lack of police understanding of disability hate crime". It said lack of police action meant "years of harassment... escalating into more serious incidents".
From bbc.co.uk, June 21, 2011