USA: DoJ Announces Proposed Amendment to ADA Regulations to Expand Access to Movie Theaters for Individuals with Hearing and Vision Disabilities
The Justice Department announced today that Attorney General Eric Holder has signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Title III regulation for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to require movie theaters to provide closed movie captioning and audio description in order to give persons with hearing and vision disabilities access to movies.
From http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/July/14-crt-781.html, July 25, 2014
How Accessibility is Redefining Personalization
Accessibility that is grounded in a company’s values can bridge individual differences, better connect with customers, enable a diverse pool of talent in the workplace, and improve the standard of living for all members of society.
From http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2014/07/accessibility-cao.html, July 23, 2014
IBM Names Chief Accessibility Officer
IBM today appointed Frances West as the company’s first Chief Accessibility Officer. In this new role, West will guide IBM accessibility policies and practices. Additionally, she will lead IBM’s collaboration with business, government and academia to advance accessibility standards and policy.
From http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44426.wss, July 22, 2014
Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government
This Toolkit is your guide to Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government. Created with the input of social media leaders and users across government and the private sector, this living document contains helpful tips, real-life examples and best practices to ensure that your social media content is usable and accessible to all citizens, including those with disabilities.
From https://www.digitalgov.gov/resources/improving-the-accessibility-of-social-media-in-government/, July 18, 2014
UAE Central Bank Approves Currency Notes Featuring Braille
The board of directors of the Central Bank of the UAE, at a recent meeting, reviewed a memorandum regarding re-printing of set quantities of currency notes of denominations Dh1,000, Dh500, Dh200, Dh20, Dh10 and Dh5 using Braille characters so that they will be readable by the visually impaired, and instructed that necessary actions be taken to execute the proposal.
From http://gulfnews.com/business/banking/uae-central-bank-approves-currency-notes-featuring-braille-1.1358831, July 17, 2014
USA: Playgrounds for Kids Who Can’t Run and Jump
To make it easier, National Public Radio recently introduced “Playgrounds for Everyone” to create the first comprehensive national database of accessible playgrounds. Anyone can contribute to the online registry, which includes photos, a search bar and features to look for. After one year, the site included 1,920 such playgrounds. New York City, with 827 as of this writing, currently has the most. The Chicago metro area, with 109, comes in a distant second.
From http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/playgrounds-for-kids-who-cant-run-and-jump/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0, July 17, 2014
USA: Expert Outlines Challenges of Accessibility for People with Low Vision
New approaches and tools are needed to improve visual accessibility for people with low vision in the “real world,” according to a special article in the July issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/06/25/expert-outlines-challenges-of-accessibility-for-people-with-low-vision/, July 14, 2014
Research Team Creates 3D Picture Books for Children with Vision Disabilities
“Goodnight room, goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon…” A children’s classic that already is a candidate for the all-time best feel-good book, “Goodnight Moon,” has gotten a boost: A University of Colorado Boulder team printed the first 3D version of it, allowing children with vision disabilities and their families to touch objects in the story – like the cow jumping over the moon — as it is read aloud.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/06/25/research-team-creates-3d-picture-books-for-children-with-vision-disabilities/, July 14, 2014
Canada Makes Captioning of Commercials and Promos Mandatory
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has made it a licence condition for all television commercials, sponsorship messages and promos to be closed captioned from September 1, 2014.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/policy-legislation/canada-makes-captioning-of-commercials-and-promos-mandatory, July 11, 2014
Web Accessibility Vital to Elections
Media Access Australia’s resident web accessibility expert, Dr Scott Hollier, has warned that a lack of accessible websites could lead to voters with disabilities potentially miscasting their votes at the next federal or state election. Speaking ahead of his presentation on disability and digital divides, to be given at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) conference in Melbourne, Dr Hollier said that a lack of web accessibility could have profound effects on society.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/online-media/web-accessibility-vital-to-elections, July 11, 2014