India: State Bank of India to Upgrade 2,500 ATMs with Voice-Guided Feature
Supporting Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s objective of providing financial accessibility to every citizen in India irrespective of his or her disability, NCR Corporation, one of the leading ATM service provider, will transform over 2,500 State Bank of India (SBI) ATMs to voice-guided ATMs. These voice-guided ATMs – which not only allows access to people with vision disabilities but also people with physical disabilities through ramps for wheelchair access.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/05/state-bank-of-india-to-upgrade-2500-atms-with-voice-guided-feature/, October 08, 2012
Singapore Building Authority Reviewing Code to Ensure Accessibility for Everyone
Pro-family features such as nursing rooms and child-friendly facilities at shopping malls and transport interchanges where human traffic is high. Parking lots in public buildings that are family friendly – not just for families with young children but for families who need to ferry older persons around. Greater accessibility not just for wheelchair users but for persons with vision or hearing disabilities as well. These are what the public can look forward to in the future as the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) conducts its latest review of the Code on Accessibility in the Built Environment.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/05/singapore-building-authority-reviewing-code-to-ensure-accessibility-for-all/, October 08, 2012
USA: Bancroft Unveils Accessible Campus for People with Autism, Intellectual Disabilities
Disabilities advocates and local dignitaries celebrated the unveiling of a newly rebuilt, state-of-the-art campus in Upper Pittsgrove for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. The “grand re-opening” took place at the Bancroft Lakeside Campus at Mullica Hill – where the facility’s new name was also announced. Opened in 1973, it was formerly called the Bancroft Mullica Hill Campus. “The Bancroft Lakeside Campus is an important component of our continuum of care,” said Toni Pergolin, president and CEO of Haddonfield-based Bancroft. “It helps people prepare for the next step in their independence: to live successfully in the community, in a group home or supervised apartment, and to work or volunteer in the community.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/07/bancroft-unveils-accessible-campus-for-people-with-autism-intellectual-disabilities/, October 08, 2012
USA: National Restaurant Association Offers Toolkit on Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) on October 2 released “Americans with Disabilities Act: Toolkit for Restaurant Operators,” an information-rich resource that helps restaurateurs comply with updated accessibility guidelines and welcome guests with disabilities to their restaurants. “Restaurants invest millions of dollars every year to increase their accessibility to all guests,” said Jack Crawford, chairman of the NRA Board’s Jobs and Careers Committee and president & CEO of Ground Round IOC, Freeport, Maine. “They do so not just because it’s the law, but because it’s the right thing to do. We hope this toolkit makes it easier for NRA members to navigate the ADA’s complex requirements.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/08/national-restaurant-association-offers-toolkit-on-americans-with-disabilities-act-compliance/, October 08, 2012
USA: Using iPods to Assist Workers with Autism
Jeffrey is a daytime custodian at a fast-food restaurant. And he has autism. On the job, he found it difficult to switch from one task to another or to complete complex tasks. Trying to calm himself, Jeffrey would sometimes spin in place or hum, disturbing customers. At risk of losing his job, he was trained to use an Apple iPod Touch as part of a study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. Working with an occupational therapist, Jeffrey was introduced to specific applications that cued him to switch tasks and provided step-by-step instructions for complex tasks. Within a week, according to case studies recently published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, Jeffrey was successfully performing his job duties with support from the device. A year later, Jeffrey continues to use his iPod Touch on the job, has increased his hours and is recognized as a reliable employee. His anxiety has lessened, and he no long exhibits troubling behaviors.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/04/using-ipods-to-assist-workers-with-autism/, October 05, 2012
USA: Texas Department of Information Resources Launches Website Accessibility Scanning Program
The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has announced a new program to assist state agencies, local government entities, and institutions of higher education in improving the accessibility of their public websites for people with disabilities. DIR will utilize web accessibility scanning services from Virginia-based Deque through a DIR cooperative contract with Knowbility, Inc., an Austin-based accessibility services vendor. This new program will help agencies ensure that their websites are accessible to all Texas citizens, regardless of ability, by improving accessibility levels of public facing web pages. The service scans and analyzes key portions of agency public websites and provides precise information on accessibility errors found.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/04/texas-department-of-information-resources-launches-website-accessibility-scanning-program/, October 05, 2012
Citibank Korea Launches Accessible ATMs for Wheelchair Users
Citibank Korea has launched new accessible ATMs for wheelchair users that will first be installed and operated in three Citi branches across Seoul. The new ATMs are in line with Korea’s CD/ATM Standards for Persons with Disabilities. According to Citi Korea, the first three ATMs will serve as part of a pilot test “to see what further improvements can be made”.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/05/citibank-korea-launches-accessible-atms-for-wheelchair-users/, October 05, 2012
USA: User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 Drafts Published
The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG) on October 4 published updated Working Drafts of User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 and Implementing UAAG 2.0. UAAG defines how browsers, media players, and other “user agents” should support accessibility for people with disabilities and work with assistive technologies. UAAG 2.0 is updated to better address mobile devices and input by speech, touch, and gesture. See the call for review e-mail for a summary of changes. Comments are welcome through 9 November 2012. Learn more about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/05/user-agent-accessibility-guidelines-uaag-2-0-drafts-published/, October 05, 2012
USA: State of Virginia Introduces Voting Accessibility Project for Persons with Disabilities
Virginia officials have launched a project to educate persons with disabilities and older residents about voting accessibility. The project includes online videos that show voters how to register, apply for an absentee ballot or annual application, vote curbside or use assistance at the polls on Election Day.
Global Accessibility News
Virginia introduces voting accessibility project
Americas Oct 3, 2012
RICHMOND, VA: Virginia officials have launched a project to educate persons with disabilities and older residents about voting accessibility.
The project includes online videos that show voters how to register, apply for an absentee ballot or annual application, vote curbside or use assistance at the polls on Election Day. The project is a joint effort by the State Board of Elections and the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/03/virginia-introduces-voting-accessibility-project/, October 04, 2012
U.S. Department of Education Grant Aids Work in Special Education
A five-year, $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs will continue funding of the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College . The IRIS Center develops coursework and teacher training materials to help students with disabilities achieve their academic potential. Naomi Tyler, associate professor of the practice of special education, says the IRIS Center bridges the research-to-practice gap through a free, interactive website that translates research about the education of students with disabilities into practice.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/10/03/u-s-department-of-education-grant-aids-work-in-special-education/, October 04, 2012