The Smartphone App That Lets a Blind Skater Roam Free
The 21-year-old Helsinki student usually knows where she is, skating in areas she is familiar with - but sometimes she does gets lost. This used to mean either finding someone nearby to help, or phoning a friend. Using data from FourSquare (a location-based social network for mobile devices) and Open Street Map, BlindSquare looks up information about the surrounding area and communicates this to users with speech.
From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23903336#, September 03, 2013
Singapore Introduces New Accessibility Code
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) introduced its new Code on Accessibility for the Built Environment – a comprehensive set of requirements that building owners and professionals have to follow so that our buildings and public spaces meet a minimum standard of accessibility. For the first time, the Code includes requirements catering to families and more requirements catering to the elderly and persons with disabilities, supporting the Singapore Government’s efforts in building an inclusive society.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/09/02/singapore-introduces-new-accessibility-code/, September 02, 2013
Indian Students Develop Navigation Device for People with Vision Disabilities
Four final year B.Tech students of Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) at Matunga have developed a portable device that will enable people with vision disabilities to navigate without any other assistance. The students claim that the device would offer unprecedented autonomy for people with vision disabilities. The device will be unveiled on Wednesday at a school for people with vision disabilities and will be exhibited during the annual technological festival of the institute, Technovanza, in December.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/09/01/indian-students-develop-navigation-device-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, September 02, 2013
India: University Installs Software for Students with Vision Disabilities
Ravenshaw University has installed a software for students with vision disabilities. This software, JAWS, reads out whatever is typed on the computer. The eight computers with this software have been kept at a special section in the Kanika library.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/08/30/university-installs-software-for-students-with-vision-disabilities/, September 02, 2013
Video: Starhub Mobile: App for the Visually Impaired
We designed a mobile app for the visually impaired to crowdsource vision and care for them. Using inbuilt iOS and Android's accessibility features, a visually impaired person can easily take a picture of anything with just a tap. The image is then shared with micro-volunteers in real-time as a query. The volunteers can describe the image to the visually impaired, from wherever they are, making volunteering effortless, easy and instant -- a movement also known as micro-volunteering. The replies are then converted from text to speech for the visually impaired. With this app, now anyone, anywhere, can connect to a visually impaired person, and help even if they only have seconds to spare.
From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOSVN30RPE4, September 01, 2013
Live Webcasting of the 10th Session of the CRPD Committee
The 10th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has opened on Monday and will run for two weeks (2-13 September). We are pleased to announce that the public sessions will be webcast live at www.treatybodywebcast.org.
From http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/Session10.aspx, September 01, 2013
Singapore: Travel Assistant App for People with Vision Disabilities
A team of Ngee Ann Polytechnic lecturers and students have designed a smartphone application to help people who are blind and low vision navigate and discover their surroundings. The app, called the Travel Assistant for the Visually Impaired (TAVI) is thought to be the first of its kind in mapping specific locations into an app.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/08/31/travel-assistant-app-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, August 31, 2013
UAE: Accessible Taxi for Persons with Disabilities Now in Service
The new taxi designed for passengers with mobility disabilities, now in service in Abu Dhabi, are the latest in a growing list of services and programs made available to people with disabilities, across the emirate and throughout the country. Modern, sophisticated societies around the world have moved steadily forward in extending services to those with physical or mental disabilities, and the UAE is no exception. Through much of history, those with mobility or other disabilities have too often been shut away and forgotten. This approach, neither humane nor rewarding, is now starting to fade away.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/08/28/uae-accessible-taxi-for-persons-with-disabilities-now-in-service/, August 30, 2013
India: Device to Help People with Hearing Disabilities with Household Tasks
A device that can raise an alarm through light and vibration can prove to be a life-saver for people with hearing disabilities. Designed by Vikram Dubal, a city-based software engineer, this device can not only alert but also help people with hearing disabilities manage tasks around the house. The battery-operated device interfaces the light and vibration effects into everyday gadgets like door bells, lamps and water storage tanks, and safety mechanisms like different kinds of alarms. Dubal, who explained the potential of the kit to a group of students from Dhayari Karnabadhir Vidyalaya at Bal Kalyan Sanstha on Tuesday, demonstrated how it can be used to alert the user about overflowing water, rain, overheating, theft and even intruder movement.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/08/28/device-to-help-people-with-hearing-disabilities-with-household-tasks/, August 30, 2013
Mexico Creates Program Allowing People with Vision Disabilities to Travel Freely on Bicycles
Mexico City’s government has implemented a program that allows people with vision disabilities to take bicycle tours within the City, a move that has benefited over 500 users in the last three years, according to information shared by Univision’s health portal. In Mexico City, this project is directed by professional and passionate cyclists who lend their services to support people with vision disabilities so they can enjoy the experience of riding a bicycle. The project’s director, Manuel de la Torre, assured that “we use the bicycle as a work tool so that people with disabilities can feel the experience of riding a bike, like those of us who are passionate about cycling, cyclists at heart.”
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/08/26/mexico-creates-program-allowing-people-with-vision-disabilities-to-travel-freely-on-bicycles/, August 30, 2013