United Arab Emirates: Gulf Disability Society hosts 'Employment of People with Disabilities in GCC - Laws, Systems and Working Environments' Conference
Hosted by the Gulf Disability Society and supported by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Msheireb Properties, the conference theme is "Employment of People with Disabilities in GCC - Laws, Systems and Working Environments" and will examine ways to develop, create and maintain work opportunities for people with disabilities.
From AME Info FZ LLC, April 25, 2012
USA: Technology Bridges the Employment Gap for Feds with Disabilities
An interactive online portal has spawned new hope for people with disabilities exploring a career in the federal government -- and for managers looking to recruit them.
From Federal Computer Week, April 25, 2012
India: Now the Blind and Deaf Can ‘Read' and Send SMS
PocketSMS Application helps the visual and audial impaired 'read’ SMS by converting messages into morse code vibrations.
From The Hindu, April 24, 2012
USA: Technology Can Help Special-needs Children to Communicate, Play
An amazing IPad program helps Caden, a 6-year-old boy born with Down syndrome and who struggles to engage in verbal communication, to communicate with others.
From PennLive LLC, April 24, 2012
Zambia: ZICTA Committed to Protecting Consumer Rights for the Disabled and Aged
The Zambia Information Communication and Technology Authority (ZICTA) has been empowered through the Information Communication and Technologies (ICT) Act of 2009 to regulate the provision of electronic communication services and products.
It has a mandate to monitor the performance of the ICT sector including levels of investment and the availability, quality, cost and standards of electronic communication services. This article looks at ZICTA’s regulatory role in protecting consumer rights for the disabled and aged.
From Zambia Daily Mail, April 23, 2012
USA: Federal Compliance Deadline Nearing for Public Pools
The American Disabilities Act was modified in 2010, requiring public pools have a chair lift or ramp to allow people in wheelchairs to access the water. The original deadline was March 15, 2012, but that was pushed back. Now pools are hoping they can make the new May 15 deadline.
From Salt Lake City, Utah: Fox 13 News, April 23, 2012
The Philippines: Pinoy Students Build Voice-activated Wheelchair
Physically disabled people who have lost control of their hands stand to benefit from a new voice-activated wheelchair created by five graduating computer engineering students from the Mapua Institute of Technology.
From GMA News Online, April 23, 2012
USA: New Technology to Help Blind Passengers Use Credit Cards in Taxis
City officials are slated to unveil some new technology Tuesday to make cab rides more convenient for the visually impaired. Former Governor David Paterson will be on hand for the unveiling of a new system to help the blind use credit cards in taxis. The city has faced criticism for not providing enough access to cabs for the disabled, specifically those in wheelchairs. The new technology is scheduled to be rolled out in the coming weeks.
From http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/transit/159524/new-technology-to-help-blind-riders-use-credit-cards-in-taxis, April 18, 2012
iPads Especially Helpful for Special-Needs Students
Two years after Apple introduced the iPad, the tablet is becoming increasingly popular with educators of students with special needs, especially learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
From The Washington Post, April 18, 2012
USA: Boy Designs Video Game for Blind Grandmother
Ten-year-old Dylan Viale and his grandmother, Sherry Nissen, share a very special bond. They go to the movies together and walk dogs together. According to video games blog Kotaku, the pair recently went to a Lego event in San Francisco where they helped build a giant Lego Yoda Santa. All pretty impressive considering that Sherry has been blind for decades.
From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/16/dylan-viale_n_1429112.html, April 17, 2012