Feature: Cinemas, Theatres and Sensory Disabilities
The current state of the relevant legislation does recognize the needs of people with disabilities within buildings such as auditoriums and cinemas. The inclusions to assist people with disabilities have however been somewhat limited in their scope. Requirements for the provision of wheelchair seating spaces and accessible paths of travel to these, as well as the provision of a Hearing Augmentation Listening Systems (HALS) to assist people with hearing impairments have been present in the Building Code of Australia for some time – not without their challenges however.
From http://www.functionalaccess.com.au/1/post/2013/12/cinemas-theatres-and-sensory-disabilities.html, December 13, 2013
Nigeria to Redesign Public Infrastructure for People with Disabilities
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has announced plans to redesign all public infrastructures to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities in the state. In his address to mark the 2013 World Human Rights Day celebration with the theme “Rights of People Living with Disabilities” and Human Rights Essay and Debate Competition for Private and Public Schools at Adeyemi-Bero auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, he said the state government was using the celebration to reaffirm its readiness to continue to uphold the rights of every Lagosian as no individual is able or disabled by choice.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/11/nigeria-to-redesign-public-infrastructure-for-people-with-disabilities/, December 13, 2013
Institutions Develop Databases of Sign Language in Hong Kong
People with hearing disabilities have fought to preserve sign language in the past. Fifty deaf students protested a ban on sign language with a strike in 1973 at the Hong Kong School for the Deaf, the first such school in Hong Kong, established in 1935. The students boycotted classes, but to no avail. The second such school was set up in 1948 by a couple with hearing disabilities from Shanghai, and introduced Shanghainese-style sign language to Hong Kong. The school closed in 1976. In 2004, the Hong Kong School for the Deaf became a school for able-bodied children, and was renamed Chun Tok School.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/09/institutions-develop-databases-of-sign-language-in-hong-kong/, December 13, 2013
UAE: Abu Dhabi International Airport Now More Accessible
As part of Abu Dhabi Airports commitment to delivering world-class services for all passengers, Abu Dhabi Airports is further enhancing Abu Dhabi International Airport’s accessibility by offering golf carts to passengers with wheelchairs. The golf carts are based in Terminals 1 and 3 and will assist in transporting passengers with mobility disabilities between the departure and arrival halls, and the aircraft gates. In its efforts to cater to the needs of all passengers, Abu Dhabi Airports continues to proactively introduce services and facilities that would enable passengers to enjoy the amenities and offerings at the airport. In recent years, Abu Dhabi Airports has installed specialized ramps, rails, and e-Gates designed for persons with mobility disabilities at its airports to ensure comfort and accessibility.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/09/abu-dhabi-international-airport-now-more-accessible/, December 13, 2013
Accessibility Centre Opens at UN Headquarters in New York
A UN system that is inclusive for all” is the driving force behind the first UN Accessibility Centre, according to UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon. The centre was officially opened at the UN Headquarters in New York on December 4, 2013. Over 200 diplomats, UN agency staff and civil society representatives attended the inauguration ceremony held in advance of the opening, which included keynote addresses from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, H.E. Ambassador John W. Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly, 68th Session, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN, Mr. Oh Joon, and President of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section, Ms. Jenny Nilsson.
From http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/en/article/ida-press-release-accessibility-centre-opens-un-headquarters-new-york, December 12, 2013
Smart Homes: Smartphone Apps That Allow You Control Over Household Appliances
In the past few months several major technology companies including Philips, Samsung and Belkin have launched off-the-shelf products in Australia that let you do everything from put on a load of washing to control the lighting or air conditioning in your home using an app on your smartphone. Recent research from the US-based ABI Research predicts a global explosion in smart home appliances in the next five years, with the market predicted to reach $25 billion by 2018 with 21 million wi-fi enabled appliances shipped.
From http://www.news.com.au/technology/gaming/australian-homes-to-be-controlled-from-a-smartphone-using-apps/story-fn81y8rt-1226779919667, December 12, 2013
Video: Smarty Ring Sends Smartphone Updates to Your Finger
Even though smartwatches like the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Pebble are just starting to penetrate the market, it looks like they could soon be overshadowed by smart rings. Although consumers won't quite be able to channel their inner Green Lantern and speak to their fingers, the Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo, claims it will bring smartphone connected wearable devices to the jewelry world.
From http://mashable.com/2013/12/08/smarty-ring/, December 12, 2013
Just Adopted: European Parliament Report on Women With Disabilities
The disability movement welcomes the adoption today of the European Parliament’s report on women with disabilities, which took on board all of its recommendations. During the last year, EDF was given the opportunity to present its views in the European Parliament on the draft report on ’women with disabilities’ of the Committee on Women’s rights and gender equality. EDF worked closely with the Committee Members and with the European Parliament Disability Intergroup to ensure that the voice of the disability movement is heard. Promoting the rights of women and girls with disabilities is one of key aspect of EDF’s work; we are mainstreaming the rights of women and girls with disabilities in our work as well as taking specific actions to promote their rights, as for example the 2nd Manifesto on the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities in the European Union.
From http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13854&thebloc=33242http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13854&thebloc=33242, December 12, 2013
Information Center Set Up for Children With Disabilities in Indonesia
A number of people who have children with disabilities have established a special information center and shelter for children hidden by their parents. Wayan Sujana, head of the association of parents with children (Potadin), said that the center was set up to care for these neglected children with disabilities.
“Many parents feel embarrassed to have children with disabilities, and therefore they cover up the fact that they have these children with disabilities,” Sujana said. Children, including those with disabilities, have the right to education, healthcare, a caring family and a social environment that enhances their potential.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/11/information-center-set-up-for-children-with-disabilities-in-indonesia/http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2013/12/11/information-center-set-up-for-children-with-disabilities-in-indonesia/, December 12, 2013
Former WFD President Receives 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize
The International Disability Alliance (IDA) congratulates Dr. Liisa Kauppinen, former President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), on her receipt of the 2013 United Nations (UN) Human Rights Prize. IDA extends its sincerest congratulations to Dr. Liisa Kauppinen today as she is awarded the 2013 UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights (UN Human Rights Prize). The UN is recognizing Dr. Kauppinen on Human Rights Day for her tireless efforts to strengthen the human rights of millions of persons with disabilities worldwide.
From http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/, December 11, 2013