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Hand-picked news about inclusion, accessibilty and innovation
Setting Sail on the Sea of Travel—Texas to Hawaii and Alaska... With an Accessibility Twist (bluebadgestyle.com)
Traveling with a disability from Texas to Hawaii or Alaska can feel like tackling a Rubik’s cube, there’s just so many dimensions to consider. However, don’t be dismayed–there are pleasant surprises on the way.
Nominations to find the most exceptional accessible venues in the Hospitality Industry and beyond are still open. Closing date - 18 September 2023 (ablemagazine.co.uk)
The 2023 Blue Badge Access Awards for the hospitality sector and beyond are open for nominations until 18 September 2023, with the winners due to be announced at a ceremony in London on 26 October. These are awarded to the very best (and the worst) venues who have excelled in providing exceptional accessibility and inclusivity in the hospitality and leisure industry. With 12 different categories and 2 conceptual design awards with a £20K prize offer, this job should be easy, however…
One of Louisiana's only pediatric cardiologists has left the state over anti-LGBTQ legislation (edition.cnn.com)
When Jake Kleinmahon and his husband, Tom, decided to move back to New Orleans in 2018, they had plans to live there forever.
What does it mean to live with a disability in Texas? (specials.texasstandard.org)
How are Texans with disabilities – more than 3.5 million people, though some estimates say that number is much higher – building lives of independence and dignity, and participating in the culture of our state? How does public policy offer support – or create barriers?
Fair Go heard their stories of being kicked out or turned away from places they should be able to access.
Beyond Vision Art: Meet Molly Brockman, Art Curator at Beyond Vision Art – Providing Art that Engages the 5 Senses, Taste, Touch, Smell, Hearing, and Vision (blindabilities.com)
Blind Abilities podcast host Simon Bonenfant opened the door to the virtual studio, and picked up the microphone to chat with Molly Brockman, art curator at Beyond Vision Art.
The UK Health Security Agency said surveillance would resume to deal with a time of year when the NHS always faces increased demand due to seasonal illnesses - but there will be no ramping up of routine testing.
Marlee Matlin Points Out Hollywood's Inclusion Problem That Has Nothing To Do With Race (teenvogue.com)
Disabled people are left out of the picture.
Healing Frames: Exploring the Transformative Role of Videos in Healthcare (disabilityinsider.com)
In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the integration of technology has been pivotal in shaping new approaches to patient care and well-being. One such innovation that has gained remarkable traction is the utilization of videos as a transformative tool within the realm of healthcare. Here we will study the multifaceted role of videos in the healing process, illuminating how this medium is enhancing patient experiences, improving medical education, and revolutionizing the way we perceive healthcare.
Google enhances extreme heat warnings with new health tips feature (disabilityinsider.com)
Millions across the globe can now access vital health and safety guidelines, a newly launched feature on Google search, developed in collaboration with the Global Heat Health Information Network.
The Labor of Grief (meriahnichols.com)
What gardening is teaching me about grief.
See Me Rolling (penguin.co.uk)
In this heartfelt, thought-provoking and often hilarious book, Lottie Jackson reflects on her experiences of living with disability: from the pitfalls of going shopping on a mobility scooter, and the headache of defining oneself on a tick-box form, to a slapstick scuffle with the so-called 'easy-pull' tights aid, and the intense pleasure of finally swapping a hospital gown for a slinky dress. Lottie captivatingly expresses the raw vulnerabilities, injustices and untold joys of disability, as well as the bizarre everyday occurrences that able-bodied people usually don't experience.
Leveraging Social Media for Disability Rights Advocacy (eventbrite.com)
An online session on using social media platforms for disability rights advocacy led by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
10 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using The Word Retard(ed) (buzzfeed.com)
Words have power and with the right words, we can use language to help create inclusive environments for all people.
I remember, once, during a 7th-grade class trip to Washington D.C., I tried to get an accessible taxi from the museum back to my hotel. I was tired and needed to get out of my wheelchair. When my mom, my helper, and I learned how much this taxi ride would cost, however––$250 for less than a 20-minute ride––we decided to wait for the bus which would take everyone back to the hotel together. This is just one example of the high cost of living with a disability, proof that access rarely is financially accessible.
One good thing the pandemic has changed forever (accessability.substack.com)
It’s *finally* gotten harder to hide discriminatory comments.
Beyond 6 Seconds: Dissociative Identity Disorder (sites.libsyn.com)
CW: Mentions of drinking, drug use, suicidal thoughts, depression, trauma, and occasional swearing Amber Louise Ainsworth is a dissociative identity disorder (DID) system from the UK. Since realizing they are a DID system at age 38, they’ve been working through their healing: processing and sharing all their collective trauma. They have written several books, including “The revelation,” which details their first year of healing. During this interview, you’ll hear from three of the alters in my guest’s DID system: Amber (who is the system host), Mia, and Berlou. They talk about: What life was like before they realized they are a DID system with several alters How they discovered their first alter How their alters communicate with each other (or in many cases, how amnesia prevents them from communicating), and how they write books and poetry about their experiences What it feels like when alters fuse with each other and separate from each other, and how that helps them process and heal from past trauma Follow Amber Louise Ainsworth on and , and read their writing at . Support or sponsor this podcast at ! *Disclaimer: The views, guidance, opinions, and thoughts expressed in Beyond 6 Seconds episodes are solely mine and/or those of my guests, and do not necessarily represent those of my employer or other organizations.*
The Most Detailed Map of Cancer-Causing Industrial Air Pollution in the U.S. (projects.propublica.org)
Using the EPA’s data, we mapped the spread of cancer-causing industrial air emissions down to the neighborhood level. Look up your home to see if you and your loved ones are living in a hot spot.
UK court rules teen with rare disorder incapable of making decisions about care despite begging to live (foxnews.com)
A young woman in the UK is fighting an NHS hospital to resume care and pursue a clinical trial in Canada for her rare disorder.
Retailers and pharmacies are subsequently seeing increased demand for in-person and at-home COVID testing.
Medicaid enrollments reached unprecedented levels when Congress temporarily blocked states from kicking people off of the health insurance plan during the pandemic. But that policy has ended, and now states have until 2024 to check people’s eligibility and remove those who no longer qualify. Ali Rogin reports from Arkansas, which is nearing the end of its Medicaid unwinding process.
What long COVID taught me: How to help a friend with chronic illness (blogs.timesofisrael.com)
Instead of 'Are you feeling better?' and 'What do you need?' here are some truly helpful questions you can ask.
Across the country, states are trying to tackle the growing mental health crisis. Some are enacting laws and policies that would make it easier to hospitalize or detain the severely mentally ill against their will or through voluntary court-ordered treatment. California is taking steps toward compelling more mentally ill patients into care. Stephanie Sy reports from San Diego.
Boy thrown from 10th floor of Tate Modern now less reliant on wheelchair (theguardian.com)
French boy, who was six when Jonty Bravery threw him from viewing platform in 2019, is showing a range of improvements.
How I manage pain when travelling as a wheelchair user (carrieannlightley.com)
Learn how I manage pain when I travel as a wheelchair user - medication, heat, stretching, massage, and rest.
"Can You Read My Lips?": The Lipreading Experience (meriahnichols.com)
What is it like to lipread? What is the lipreading experience like? Who lipreads? Don't all deaf people lipread?
Saib launches project to enhance banking experience for people with disabilities (disabilityinsider.com)
Saib Bank has initiated a program to render its banking offerings and services accessible to persons with disabilities. This project aligns seamlessly with the governmental guidelines and the Central Bank of Egypt's (CBE) proactive approach to uplift this vital segment of the community.
Woman left homeless due to disability service's failure to provide adequate care (disabilityinsider.com)
In a distressing turn of events in New Zealand, a woman with traumatic brain injury and with a history of complex mental health issues was left homeless due to the negligence of a disability service and its team leader, as declared by the Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC), Vanessa Caldwell.
This book tells the stories of disabled people who have been influential in creating modern mass media.
The federal judiciary could strip a health task force’s effective authority to require insurers cover preventive interventions, including the HIV PrEP drug Apretude.
Virtual GDHA Symposium - The Road to the ADA: Section 504 at Fifty (eventbrite.com)
After a 3 year break because of the pandemic, we are excited to resume our Georgia Disability History Symposia!
Call for Papers—DHJO Supplement 2023 (heller.brandeis.edu)
Approximately 14 million individuals in the United States have needs for long-term services and supports (LTSS). The vast majority prefer to receive home and community-based services (HCBS). While access to Medicaid HCBS has gradually increased over the past several decades, major gaps and disparities exist across states and disability populations, and for individuals from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds and other marginalized identities. Most individuals who need LTSS rely on unpaid family members; and high levels of unmet need exist for formal services and supports.
Wheelchair damage after a flight is 'a major obstacle' for this traveler with a disability (eu.usatoday.com)
As a C4 quadriplegic, Elizabeth Forst relies heavily on her power wheelchair to get around.
More positive representations of dwarfism are needed: why it is time to drop 'cripping up' (disabilityarts.online)
Erin Pritchard, Activist and Senior Lecturer in Disability Studies at Liverpool St John’s Hope University, reflects on changing attitudes to the casting and representation of dwarfism in mainstream media in light of her latest monograph, ‘Midgetism: The Exploitation and Discrimination of People with Dwarfism’.
It’s important to be specific about both progress and ableism today.
I’m a Virgo: Black Autistic Youth Deserve Representation, Too (rootedinrights.org)
Being a Black autistic kid felt like there were thousands of eyes watching me.
The sooner disability communities can come together over shared priorities, the better for efforts to leverage disabled people’s still unrealized political power.
Our Island (15 min) (sproutflix.org)
Embark on a journey to an uninhabited island nestled in the province of Noord-Holland, where sisters Shanna (11) and Mirte (14) delve into a world of adventure. However, Mirte, who has Down syndrome, struggles to keep up with her younger sister.
The Definitions of Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing (meriahnichols.com)
This is a basic definitions post, for reference. It covers basic definitions of “little d” or “small d” deaf, “big D” or “large D” Deaf and of Hard of Hearing.
Disclosing a disability in the workplace, as employers focus on creating a culture of inclusion (www-cnbc-com.cdn.ampproject.org)
Getting hired is often a major hurdle for people with disabilities, even 33 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Digital Age Dystopia: (Not) Letting Things Go (retrospectivelily.wordpress.com)
Prior to social media, we were forced by time and space to let go of people – but we can hold on to them indefinitely now. It’s a little weird and surreal. Beforehand, experiences were more transient, unable to be captured and anchored to reality. People I met in school, or at a party once,…
PTSD or ADHD? How to spot the difference and understand the co-occurrence of PTSD and ADHD. — Insights of a Neurodivergent Clinician (neurodivergentinsights-com.cdn.ampproject.org)
PTSD and ADHD both commonly occur within the general population and occur together quite often. Unfortunately, the overlap is often poorly understood. This article explores their co-occurrence, potential misdiagnoses and provides clinicians with some thoughts on how to discern the difference.
It’s important for all organizations to ensure that the materials they create—including digital assets—are accessible to all people. But it’s especially critical for organizations within the federal government and public sector.
By building an accessible brand, you can deliver a consistent message to your entire audience. Here are a few tips for getting started.
Easy Ways to Improve Online Accessibility as a Business (europeanbusinessreview.com)
Enhance online accessibility for your business effortlessly. Explore practical strategies on European Business Review to make your digital presence more inclusive, connecting with a wider audience and improving user experience.
TOURISM IN JAPAN FOR EVERYONE: INTERVIEW WITH ACCESSIBLE JAPAN (arigatojapan.co.jp)
Today, we are interviewing Josh from Accessible Japan, which aims to provide information to help tourists with disabilities who want to explore Japan! Accessible Japan offers a trove of useful information, including essential phrases, instructions for navigating the transportation system, lists of hotels and attractions, and both virtual and in-person tours!
Level the playing field on accessible homes for disabled people (propertymark.co.uk)
Ensuring access to appropriate homes is a key part of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (LUHCC) inquiry that is open until 21 September 2023, which is also seeking evidence on the progress following a consultation on raising accessibility standards for new homes was published in 2022.
Web Accessibility Design Examples on Healthcare Websites (blog.usablenet.com)
Read about accessible design choices made on healthcare websites. Our guest blogger, a screen reader user shares his positive experiences.
A historical review of Web Accessibility using WAVE (escholarship.org)
In today’s fast-evolving technology, the internet has become an integral part of our everyday lives, however, for people with disabilities, accessing the online world and navigating through it can be a challenging task. Accessibility on the web ensures that the online world can be used by people with disabilities which is convenient and not complicated to use. The purpose of this study is to offer a thorough knowledge of how web accessibility has changed and evolved over the past ten years. In this historical review, leveraging website archives, patterns and insights in web accessibility over time has been researched. The study collected data on web accessibility violations between January 2013 and April 2023 from 40 homepages of websites across four popular website categories in the United States - social network, entertainment, e-commerce, and news & media using the WAVE subscription API. The data was then further analyzed and insights were found such as the most common web accessibility issues, the best year for the web accessibility, and the effect of the website category on the levels of web accessibility issues. To gain a further deeper understanding, website evaluations were conducted on one website from each of the four categories. The study will aim to provide insights on the current condition of web accessibility and identify areas that still require development by looking at previous data. Researchers, web designers, developers interested in enhancing and improving web accessibility will find this analysis interesting and beneficial. This study is an important step toward raising awareness about a more accessible online environment and it also offers useful information to developers who are committed to building websites that are more inclusive.
Improving customer experience through digital accessibility (mycustomer.com)
Léonie Watson, accessibility expert and director of TetraLogical, shares valuable insights on digital accessibility and its impact on customer experience, offering practical guidance for enhancing digital inclusivity.
Web Accessible Button Design for Screen Readers (blog.usablenet.com)
Buttons are an essential element of any website, program, or mobile application. They allow visitors to navigate the site, move back and forth between pages, and complete tasks. Though buttons may seem relatively simple to sighted users, accessibility flaws can make buttons unnecessarily complicated for blind assistive technology dependents like me.
CommunityOS is an I&R, Disaster, and Public Health client database and case management system.
We are global leaders in disability-inclusive emergency and disaster preparedness. Our experience includes working with small and large organizations and businesses, local, national and international governments, and the United Nations.
Conference Accessibility Resources (wid.org)
Conference accessibility resources to assist organizers and participants in having a virtual or in-person conference that is accessible and welcoming to the disability community.
When we think of disasters like hurricanes, floods or fires or even civil unrest, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘how can I stay safe in this situation?’ You might imagine grabbing priceless photos, beloved pets and short-term supplies and driving away from the danger to stay with friends or relatives, at a hotel or temporary shelter. The Covid-19 pandemic ignited global panic with shortages of protective gear and hospital supplies, lots of unknowns and mixed messages from public health and political leadership. Combined with the mandates requiring long-term sheltering in place, Covid-19 tested even the best disaster plans.
Taking It to the Streets — Reimagining Dementia (reimaginingdementia.com)
Around the world, millions of people are living with and impacted by dementia.
WID Board Member and Coordinator of Advocacy Services at Everybody Counts, Inc., Lorrell D. Kilpatrick is discussing her activism work pertaining to the intersections of race, disability, policing, and Black-disabled liberation.
W3C Accessibility Maturity Model (w3.org)
Digital accessibility is a human right. Yet 1.3 billion people in the world living with disability experience accessibility barriers everyday. The cost of excluding people with disabilities is high. Not only from a civil rights standpoint but also from a business perspective. People with disabilities represent the largest minority worldwide with a discretionary income in the billions. Companies risk losing customers, revenue and top talent while also facing legal risk, as digital accessibility is required by law in many countries.
A disabled college student said she requested a wheelchair-accessible room, but was just given a bathtub (businessinsider.in)
College student Alexa Kate shared that she had requested an accessible room at Chapman University in California, but didn't get one.
New Director of Student Accessibility Services and Associate Dean of Students discusses student-centered vision (flathatnews.com)
Each academic year brings many new faces to the community at the College of William and Mary. This fall, one of those new faces is Director of Student Accessibility Services and Associate Dean of Students Kara Fifield.
Since the introduction of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, UNC has been slow to implement accessibility measures for students with all types of disabilities, junior Eleanor Bolton said.
EDUCAUSE QuickPoll Results: Risks and Opportunities in Higher Education Accessibility (er.educause.edu)
Many institutions may be facing legal action or investigation for accessibility, but proactive investments in staffing, key supports, and leadership buy-in can help mitigate risks.
14 million expected Labor Day travelers; airports improve accessibility for dementia passengers (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
As Labor Day weekend approaches, an estimated 14 million travelers are anticipated to pass through airports nationwide. Among them, individuals with dementia or cognitive challenges are likely to be present. Over the past few years, nearly a dozen airports have made adjustments to their facilities and operations to enhance accessibility for such passengers. A notable example is the Missoula Montana Airport, which initiated its dementia-friendly program in March. The airport is currently in the process of expanding and modernizing its facilities to better cater to the needs of all travelers, aligning with the broader trend of making air travel more inclusive.
Well-spaced text and sensory elements key to making books more accessible, EIBF hears (thebookseller.com)
Clear and well-spaced text, attractive covers and sensory elements are key to making books more accessible, audiences at Edinburgh International Book Festival heard.
Include accessibility in your social media strategy and training to get more attention! This will help recruiters, communication teams, and anyone wanting to amplify their message’s reach.
Inside The Veterans Administration’s Commitment To Providing Accessible Technology To Everyone (forbes.com)
The agency’s Office of Information and Technology helps veterans with acquiring and using technology intended for the betterment of their day-to-day lives.
Perkins School For The Blind’s Sandy Lacey Talks Howe Innovation Center, Indexing Accessibility, More In Interview (forbes.com)
The Center describes its work on its website as being built to "unlock the power of the entrepreneurial and disability communities to create purpose-built solutions fo...
508, ADA, WCAG, Digital Accessibility… What Does It All Mean? (brailleworks.com)
Navigating digital accessibility can be confusing. There are so many terms, acronyms, and statutes. It can be hard to keep them straight.
ADA and the Evolving Digital Landscape: New Proposed Regulations for Government Websites (linkedin.com)
As an accessibility consultant and assistive technology user, I have witnessed the remarkable progress made in disability rights since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. It is hard to believe that the ADA was enacted the same year I graduated high school, and the Internet was still in its infancy. Now, we celebrate the ADA's anniversary as a landmark legislation that has transformed accessibility across various domains. However, even with this progress, the digital landscape remained largely unregulated until now. Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) took a significant step by proposing ADA regulations for state and local government websites. Let's explore the impact of this development in our ever-evolving digital world.
A student at a private college in West Palm Beach who uses a wheelchair is raising concerns about accessibility issues at the school.
Brock, Niagara College team up to educate about ableism, accessibility (thoroldtoday.ca)
The collaboration saw the post-secondary schools co-develop an immersive virtual reality tool to help students learn about the experiences of people with disabilities.
Binghamton University, staff work to aid students with disabilities (spectrumlocalnews.com)
A state audit found the school to be ADA-compliant.
Brock University and Niagara College (NC) have co-developed an immersive virtual reality (VR) tool that will help students learn about the lived experiences of people with disabilities on post-secondary campuses.
Speech Accessibility Project recruiting people with Parkinson’s (eurekalert.org)
The Speech Accessibility Project is almost halfway through its first phase of gathering voice recordings from people with Parkinson’s. The project still needs more participants, especially those with related neurological conditions like MSA, PSP, CBD, and those who are post-DBS. They must be U.S. residents older than age 18. They can sign up via the Speech Accessibility App.
‘Come and live in somebody’s shoes who is at high risk of serious complications from the flu or Covid,’ disability advocate says.
Are you a person with a disability, or know someone driven by a passion for journalism? (ablemagazine.co.uk)
Ability Today, the ground-breaking social enterprise dedicated to empowering disabled individuals, is thrilled to unveil a golden opportunity for disabled people of all ages from across the UK to embark on a journey into the world of media and journalism.
Cool Crutches & Walking Sticks launches the UK's first walking aid recycling scheme to send refurbished aids to those in need globally - Able Magazine (ablemagazine.co.uk)
Cool Crutches and Walking Sticks launches the UK’s first walking aid recycling scheme to combat healthcare and mobility equipment inaccessibility around the world, as UK searches for ‘recycling scheme’ spike 92% in 12 months.
In memory of Bendegúz Nagy (enil.eu)
The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL is deeply shaken that our beloved friend, colleague, a fellow activist for independent living, vice-president of MEOSZ (the National Federation of Organisations of Persons with a Physical Disability) in Hungary, Mr Bendegúz Nagy, passed away on 29 August 2023. He was only 51.
If you’ve been on the Internet at all today, you’ve probably already seen this video.
Disabled first responders are shifting priorities in disaster relief (prismreports.org)
Disability inclusion in emergency preparedness and response doesn’t just mean supporting disabled victims of extreme weather—it also means including disabled communities in disaster relief strategy.
For students with food allergies, college campuses can be hazardous (washingtonpost.com)
College students say it’s difficult to manage food allergies on campus, where dining halls, dorm gatherings and parties can pose risks.
A report says the 2020 COVID wave hit earlier than realized. How that impacts the new wave (eu.lohud.com)
More than three years later, limited testing data is again hindering efforts to properly track and respond to another potential COVID-19 wave.
With the nationwide resurgence of coronavirus infections, there has been a spate of class closures in elementary, junior high and high schools in areas where the fall term has already begun.
ONS data shows that the number of Covid deaths jumped to 74 as new variants Eris and Pirola are detected in the UK.
Global non-profit Face Equality International is fighting to ensure that facial differences and other disfigurements are recognized as a disability.
Disability, Policing, and Mass Incarceration (disabilityphilanthropy.org)
Learn about the intersections of policing and mass incarceration through the lenses of disability rights and disability justice.
I’m a Disabled Woman in My Maximalist Era. Here's How I Achieve the Look & Lifestyle (refinery29.com)
As a disabled Latina, I can’t control my symptoms, but I can control what I wear. These days, being unapologetically maximalist is a coping mechanism. Here are five ways I achieve this lifestyle and look.
While some health policy experts see the new Biden administration rule as an important step forward in protecting residents and staff, others say it doesn’t go far enough.
Fans can get their hands on the new collection now.
In October of 1998, the murder of a young gay man in Wyoming shocked the world and the name Matthew Shepard became a part of our social justice lexicon.
Dying and disabled Illinois prisoners kept behind bars, despite new medical release law (injusticewatch.org)
The Joe Coleman Medical Release Act was expected to have freed hundreds of terminally ill and medically incapacitated prisoners in Illinois by now. But only a few dozen have been released, an investigation from Injustice Watch and WBEZ reveals.
504 - The New Musical (504themusical.com)
504: A New Musical was written by Abbie Goldberg and Mason McDowell at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. The musical takes place during the 1977 sit-ins for disability rights.
Westchester disability advocacy group says Lyft won't provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles to passengers (westchester.news12.com)
Westchester Disabled On The Move claims Lyft refuses to provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles for its passengers.
Little Fire (15 min) (sproutflix.org)
Noëll “Little Fire” (11), has autism, and isn’t the easiest person to connect with others. Finding it difficult to fit in, Noëll is assigned the tough ‘motor buddy’ Gerrit, and they set off on a journey together. The destination doesn’t matter. Sitting at the back of the motorcycle, Noëll feels free, escaping from the demanding world outside. This is incredibly comforting yet also nerve-wracking for Noëll, because he doesn’t want to change who he is.
It’s important to be specific about both progress and ableism today.
each of the 287 LEGO braille bricks is moulded with studs to depict a different letter or number in the braille alphabet.
Employees with disabilities sometimes struggle to use bathrooms at the workplace, even if the bathroom meets Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
One million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive condition that causes problems with body movement. New research has identified a genetic variant that increases the risk of Parkinson’s in people of African descent, and is not seen in those with European ancestry. Ekemini Riley, managing director of Aligning Science Across Parkinson's, joins John Yang to discuss the findings.
A wave of new design innovations is finally making the beach accessible for everyone (fastcompany.com)
Many beaches remain inaccessible to people with disabilities, but better wheelchairs, design interventions, and services are changing the tides.
A new movement balancing preservation and accessibility empowers people with disabilities to more easily explore national parks and public lands.
Perspective | For disabled D.C. students, an uncertain wait on school buses remains (washingtonpost.com)
As the school year begins in D.C., families have seen service improvements but remain frustrated by late, unprepared buses and a lack of communication.
Poll Accessibility Could Mean 60 Million More Voters (publicnewsservice.org)
In Michigan and across the country, nearly 25% of the population encounters challenges in voting and accessing the polls. The Carter Center and Detroit Disability Power audited 261 polling locations in metro Detroit last election, and found just 16% of them fully accessible. Dessa Cosma, executive director of the group Detroit Disability Power, said many polling locations do not have accessible parking, a ramp, clear signage, accessible doors or a direct travel path even just to enter the building.
Airlines' crackdown on unusual emotional support animals (dailymail.co.uk)
The Department of Transportation's new rules to crack down on the use of unusual emotional support animals have instead made flying inaccessible to some blind passengers.
These 8 L.A. trails are accessible to everyone, from wheelchair users to kids in strollers (latimes.com)
Because the outdoors should be for all.
Lobbying to bring back braille menus (london.ctvnews.ca)
A London Ont. man says some restaurants have opted for tech, instead of tactile. He says for many people with visual impairments, that's simply not working.
Making Space For Deaf And Disabled Artists And Audiences (miragenews.com)
The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new program to improve accessibility among Deaf and Disabled creatives, ensuring more Victorians are included in creative spaces and experiences.
Believe or Not, British Airways Has The Most Accessible Website of Any Major Airline in the UK (paddleyourownkanoo.com)
The British Airways website and mobile app are frequently derided for their lack of functionality and bug-ridden interfaces but according to the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Heathrow-based flag carrier actually has the most accessible website of all major airlines in the country.
Ryanair, Jet2.com and Tui ranked worst in UK for website accessibility (expressandstar.com)
The Civil Aviation Authority said there is ‘still a way to go’ for the industry to provide a smooth digital experience for all passengers.
Report commissioned by UK Civil Aviation Authority highlights accessibility issues with airline websites, with British Airways ranked as the best performing for web accessibility among 11 largest airlines operating in the UK.
The French government has created a new website that lists the hotels, cafés, shops, restaurants and other public establishments that are accessible to people with disabilities.
The Interview - Marie-Amélie Le Fur: ‘The Paris Paralympics raise awareness of accessibility’ (france24.com)
Marie-Amélie Le Fur, President of the French Paralympic and Sports Committee, talks to FRANCE 24 and RFI a year ahead of the opening ceremony of the first Paralympic Games to be held in France. The former para-athlete and nine-time Games medalist takes stock of the organisation and the immense challenges still to be met, especially the accessibility to transport and accommodation. On the sporting front, while the situation is improving, there is still a great deal of work to be done. For example, less than 2 percent of French sports clubs welcome para-athletes today.
One year before Paralympics, Paris trying to make city more accessible to those with disabilities (apnews.com)
Paris has one year to go before hosting the Paralympic Games and is faced with a significant challenge: the accessibility of its public transit.
‘Obstacle course’ for the disabled: Can Paris transport be made accessible in time for the Olympics? (france24.com)
The Summer 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games are accelerating plans to improve disabled access in and around the French capital, according to organisers. But plans for the Paris public transport network have sparked concern that the temporary improvements imagined for the games are a “missed opportunity” for lasting change.
Popular Montreal breakdancer with disability calls out Trudeau Airport for accessibility fail (cbc.ca)
Luca 'Lazylegz' Patuelli says employees at Montreal's Trudeau Airport didn't know how to help him and other travellers when both an elevator and escalator were out of order Sunday evening.
The UK government says it will present its progress on disability rights to the UN in 2024 instead.
ACR /VPAT Consumption and Production (accessability.substack.com)
This free ITI training, sponsored in part by VMware, will quickly teach learners how to read and author essential documentation on product accessibility.
Entrepreneur is Bringing Autonomous Wheelchair Accessibility from Greece to the US and the Western Hemisphere (prweb.com)
SEATRAC is a unique mobility technology that has been available on over 200 beach destinations throughout Greece and the Mediterranean since 2012 and will soon...
Microsoft Enhances Windows 11 Accessibility with Voice Access and Revamped OOBE Experience (winbuzzer.com)
Microsoft has introduced a new voice access feature for Windows 11, allowing users to control their computers solely through voice commands.
The Growth of Video Accessibility Platforms (martechseries.com)
Video content is one of the most popular digital marketing processes marketers use worldwide, as it now accounts for almost 82% of all internet traffic.
Here's how this kitchen transformation caters to the accessibility needs of its owner (ca.style.yahoo.com)
A central London kitchen has been remodelled to cater to a devout foodie who, as a wheelchair user, wanted a practical but elegant space.
Apple on Tuesday launched visionOS beta 3 to developers. Although the update is focused on people who have already got their hands on a Vision Pro Developer Kit, it’s also available for Vision Pro Simulator as part of the SDK. Read on as we detail what’s new with visionOS beta 3.
Two new studies show that AI-powered devices can help paralyzed people communicate faster and more accurately.
Tech needs to be inclusive so that people can scale their limitations and utilize these technological advancements to improve their ...
Project working to improve speech recognition software seeks patients (parkinsonsnewstoday.com)
The Speech Accessibility Project is developing voice recognition software for people with speech difficulties and is recruiting participants.
Here's how this kitchen transformation caters to the accessibility needs of its owner (housebeautiful.com)
A London home enhanced with a sophisticated wheelchair-friendly design.
New Netflix Documentary 'Take Care of Maya' Highlighting Wrongful Child Abuse Allegations (chronicpainpartners.com)
Netflix has just released the highly anticipated documentary, "Take Care of Maya," which unveils the heart-wrenching journey of the Kowalski family as they confront and challenge wrongful child abuse allegations. Directed by Henry Roosevelt, also known for his role in "The Social Network," the documentary delves deep into the lives of the Kowalskis, shedding light on the devastating consequences of false accusations and the relentless fight for justice.
Toxic Positivity: Recognizing It and Preserving Your Spoons (chronicpainpartners.com)
When it comes to health crises, only a few diagnoses can be as daunting as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). But you know what they say, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" – or, in this case, when life gives you chronic pain and mobility issues, make jokes (if you can)! Before we dive into the topic, let me just say that we are in no way trying to trivialize the struggles that people with EDS or other conditions, such as POTS, MCAS, or Chiari, face daily. They are very real medical conditions that can be incredibly challenging to live with, both physically and emotionally. But what we are saying is that, sometimes, a little bit of humor can go a long way in helping us cope with difficult situations.
EDS, Dating & Internalized Ableism (chronicpainpartners.com)
In this essay, Crystal Sullivan talks about her experiences with dating and internalized ableism as a woman with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
We Are Visible Too, Episode 2: Caitlin O'Donnell (chronicpainpartners.com)
In Episode 2, Caitlin O’Donnell shares her EDS story. Caitlin is a Occupational Therapist with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, POTS and many other comorbid conditions from Santa Ana, California. In this video, Caitlin talks about her journey to finally getting diagnosed in 2021 and how her diagnosis explained her ancestors mysterious illness, including her mom’s who passed away shortly before Caitlin’s EDS diagnosis.
7 Best AI Website Builders in 2023 (ventsmagazine.com)
Brief Background on the Importance of Web Design in the Digital Age.
Referendum 2023 (aec.gov.au)
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is responsible for providing the Australian people with an independent electoral service which meets their needs and encourages them to understand and participate in the electoral process.
Inside Activision Blizzard’s Efforts To Make ‘Diablo IV’ Inclusive Of And Accessible To All Gamers (forbes.com)
Letta, who’s been at Activision for a decade and has a background in art and engineering, said he’s "always had an interest" in accessibility, diversity, and inclusion...
Reach More Gamers! Validate Accessibility with the Microsoft Gaming Accessibility Testing Service (developer.microsoft.com)
Do you want more players to find your game? Accessibility feature tags help do that! In this talk, get details on the Microsoft Game Accessibility Testing Service, the Xbox Accessibility Guidelines, how they align to Accessibility Tags, and how Gamers with Disabilities are part of the process.
Control your mecha the way you want. Learn how to customize controls in Armored Core 6 to make the game suit your needs.
Here are all the accessibility features you get with One UI on Samsung devices (xda-developers.com)
The lesser-known features sometimes make the most impact.
Small tweaks to your HTML can bring large benefits to your readers.
Sony has published a new patent that wants to add the modern accessibility features found in AAA entries to existing older titles.
Responsive and accessible web design is not only a matter of aesthetics, but also of usability and inclusivity. It means creating websites that adapt to different screen sizes, devices, and user preferences, while ensuring that everyone can access and interact with them easily.
Mortal Kombat 1 includes vivid Fatality narration (gamedeveloper.com)
NetherRealm's upcoming fighter will fully narrate its cartoonishly gory finishers for the visually impaired players who need it.
A guide to designing accessible, WCAG-conformant focus indicators (sarasoueidan.com)
This post is a modified, text-only excerpt from my Practical Accessibility video course. I wanted to share this guide to designing accessible focus indicators because focus styles are a recurring discussion I have with designers I work with on most projects, so I thought it would be useful to provide this guide as a helpful reference. This guide is aimed at both designers who want to learn about accessibility considerations for designing focus indicators, as well as developers who want to implement them.
A Guide to Improving Website Accessibility through Font Styles (claytoncountyregister.com)
Website accessibility is a crucial aspect of providing an inclusive online experience for all users. One of the key elements of accessibility is the use of appropriate font styles to ensure readability for individuals with visual impairments or cognitive disabilities. In this guide, we will explore the importance of font styles in website accessibility and provide tips for enhancing your design.
Content creator and accessibility consultant Steve Saylor points out a massive lack of accessibility in Bethesda’s latest RPG.
Pixiu Gaming to Step up Accessibility with a New Game (gamblingnews.com)
Pixiu Gaming, a developer of premium keno content, has unveiled an agreement with a “leading Canadian provincial lottery operator.”
How I Write Alt Text for Code Snippets on Social Media (benmyers.dev)
Because blind and low-vision programmers deserve a little better than “code snippet.”
How do you ensure mobile accessibility in your team? (linkedin.com)
Mobile accessibility is the practice of designing and developing mobile apps and websites that are usable by everyone, including people with disabilities. It is not only a legal requirement, but also a way to reach a wider audience, improve user satisfaction, and enhance your brand reputation.
How do you evaluate your design's accessibility? (linkedin.com)
Accessibility is the degree to which your design can be used by people with diverse abilities, needs, and preferences. It is not only a legal requirement, but also a moral responsibility and a business opportunity.
All Starfield Accessibility Options Explained (escapistmagazine.com)
Here are all of the Starfield accessibility options explained, although you might be underwhelmed by the offering.
But the city is adding bike lanes, and scooter companies are shifting their focus to electric bikes. E-scooters were involved in accidents resulting in the deaths of three people in Paris last year.
Fantastic, experienced and creative disabled talent abounds in our industry, but disabled people are significantly under-represented, both on and off screen.
As a young industrial designer, Patricia Moore undertook a radical experiment in aging. Her discoveries reshaped the built world.
How do you feel about accessibility? (abilitynet.org.uk)
Please complete a short survey to share your thoughts about digital accessibility, to help improve services and provision for disabled people.
Learn to Handcycle with WheelPower (ablemagazine.co.uk)
WheelPower are coming to Manchester this September! Join WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport as they host a free Learn to Handcycle taster day at Cleavley Athletics Track in Eccles on Friday 29 September.
Advocates are calling for changes in municipal, provincial and federal building codes to mandate accessible features in residential buildings, additional incentives for developers to build more accessible units and more public education on why accessible homes are needed in the first place.
Museum of the City of New York unveils new installation: "An Accessible City for All: Disability Rights in New York, 1968 to 2017" (world.einnews.com)
Part of MCNY’s award-winning Activist New York ongoing exhibition.
Kargil Vijay Diwas: CM Mann doubles ex-gratia grant for Armed Forces personnel in cases of disability during service (indianexpress.com)
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann announces higher ex-gratia for disabled soldiers and increased financial aid for World War 1 and World War 2 veterans.
Disabled music fans say their accessible seats at Rock the Park were so far away they couldn't see (cbc.ca)
Disabled music fans at Rock the Park say they felt left out by organizers of the popular four-day summer concert series in Harris Park, saying the accessible seating area was too small and too far away from the stage to see.
English urges disability providers to get a move on (newsroom.co.nz)
Keynote speaker Bill English told providers of disability services at their annual conference that government wasn't coming to their rescue and to get on with the job.
July is Disability Pride Month, where brands have the opportunity to join in and honor the history, achievements, experiences, and struggles of people within the commu...
BC invests in increased accessibility (vancouver.citynews.ca)
The B.C. government says it is investing in removing barriers for people with disabilities in 15 municipalities across the province.
“Lift Me Up” Continues to Achieve Success as it Lifts Up Judy Heumann’s Legacy (respectability.org)
Music video pays tribute to the late disability rights activist Judy Heumann and salutes deaf culture, with a fully disabled production team.
Disability Ink Goes Mainstream (newmobility.com)
A disability is no excuse to avoid getting a tattoo, and for many it is motivation.
Why I'm Not Faking Being Sick; I'm Faking Being Well (brainlesionandme.com)
Despite being sick, I’m never fortunate enough to receive flowers, gifts or cards. I don’t get anything; instead, I draw eye rolls as people become exasperated by my ill health. Rather than sympathy, people are accusing me of faking being sick for attention. Or using it as an excuse not to work and instead laze around the house all day, killing time. I never receive love or sympathy. Instead, I get disbelieving shakes of the head or glares when getting out of the car in a disabled bay. But I get no compassion. Instead, I’m the beneficiary of unsolicited advice; I should get out more for fresh air or to be more positive. But never hugs or presents.
Updated Covid-19 vaccines are coming mid-September, officials say (edition.cnn.com)
Covid-19 vaccines that have been tweaked to teach the body how to fend off the current crop of circulating variants are now expected to land in drugstores and clinics in mid-September, senior administration officials say.
Welcome to the “You Do You” Pandemic (thenation.com)
The new Covid policy: Let them eat cake.
fter repeated exposure to a piece of information, people will start assuming it’s true, whether or not it actually is, simply because they’ve heard it so many times. Familiarity and repetition can overcome rationality, a phenomenon psychologists call the “illusory truth effect.”
The much-anticipated follow up to the groundbreaking anthology Disability Visibility another revolutionary collection of first-person writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience, and intimacy in all its myriad forms.
‘Can You See Us’ True Story: How a Zambian Singer With Albinism Inspired the Drama on Netflix (decider.com)
John Chiti is a singer and an albinism awareness activist.
Bernd Schramm has been heading various projects on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities at GIZ Head Office since 2017. Before that, he worked many years in the fields of health, social protection, and good governance. From 2009 to 2016, he managed a Social Health Protection Programme, implemented by GIZ in Cambodia. The programme supported systematic health system reforms, maternal and child health, and social protection with a particular focus on the inclusion of disadvantaged groups. Prior to this assignment, Dr Schramm worked as technical advisor in an EU-funded project to strengthen the health care system for the poor in Vietnam. Before that, he coordinated international projects on social protection and health insurance at GIZ (before: GTZ) Head Office. Since 2004, he has been instrumental in promoting universal health coverage, social protection, and the rights of persons with disabilities in international cooperation. As a Doctor of Social Science with over 20 years of experience in development focusing on social equity and the right of all to access public goods and services, he strongly advocates for the principle of “leaving no one behind” and the empowerment of persons with disabilities. He values cross-sector collaborations among different actors as essential catalysts of change. “There is no sustainable development unless we include diverse groups into socio-economic developments at global, national and local level”.
Stephane Leblois (axschat.com)
Stephane Leblois joined the Valuable 500 after a decade of working in the disability rights and inclusive development sectors. His career in disability has spanned across multiple areas, including digital accessibility, inclusive education and employment. He previously served as the lead employment expert for The Arc of the United States, where he consulted with private and public sector companies on how to effectively hire jobseekers with disabilities and develop disability-inclusive products and services. Outside of his main professional activities, Stephane has also pioneered disability-inclusive rugby in the US market. He founded the Washington Wolfpack RFC, the US’ first disability-inclusive team and also serves on Diversity and Inclusion Committee for USA Rugby, the country’s national governing body for the sport.
Our Island (15 min) (sproutflix.org)
Mirte has Down syndrome and spends much of the time in her own fantasy world. Shanna can’t agree with this anymore. She is busy with other things like astronomy, biology, inventions and the future. A few years ago, Shanna was still the ‘little sister’, but this relationship has now shifted. Shanna has outgrown her sister, she is becoming more and more independent at the start of puberty and notices that her sister may never develop this independence. Shanna finds that hard to accept.
Gail Porter's most recent incarnation is in comedy and storytelling related to her experiences of mental ill health, homelessness and hair loss - something she likes to share in the hope it helps other people. Emma Tracey grabbed an interview with her in Edinburgh recently.
Seating Solutions in Progress (newmobility.com)
There are a number of innovative systems now in the works to allow wheelchair users to travel in their own wheelchairs on commercial aircraft.
Inclusion Europe is looking for a Trainee: join our team to learn new skills (inclusion-europe.eu)
Learn about promoting the rights and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in European policies.
Air Travel Tips for Wheelchair Users (newmobility.com)
Flying with a disability comes with many challenges. Advance planning can make the trip much smoother.
The Bully Pulpit Gets Bullied (newmobility.com)
I had planned the perfect Bully Pulpit for this issue. A cross-country trip to attend a conference seemed like the ideal opportunity to write about my first flight in almost four years.
Taking on the Unfriendly Skies (newmobility.com)
Kelly Buckland faced a dilemma last December when planning a trip from his home in Washington, D.C., to his native Idaho. As a C4-5 quad, he could spend several days driving cross-country in his accessible van in the dead of winter, or he could book a one-stop flight with multiple transfers in and out of cramped, inaccessible planes, and get there in a day. “Every time I get on an airplane, I’m afraid,” he says. “I figure I’m gonna get hurt. I’m gonna get COVID. And my chair is gonna get broken.” For him, the choice was clear.
Make the Biggest Music Festivals in the U.S. More Accessible (newmobility.com)
Austin Whitney's passion for concert-going led him to change the industry and build one of the nation’s leading concert-accessibility firms.
AI Image Contest Draws Striking Entries (newmobility.com)
We recently asked to see disability-related images you created using the mind-blowing advancements in artificial intelligence. We got the idea when Pete Aviles, a paraplegic business owner and designer, sent us some of his creations on the platform Midjourney. “You can make visionary art, or you can make it look like a real photograph,” he says, noting that one of the biggest issues has been generating realistic wheelchairs. But AI has “learned” a lot in a few short months. “Now more of the wheelchairs actually do look right,” he says.
Delhi High Court greenlights breakthrough stem cell treatment for children with autism (disabilityinsider.com)
On Thursday, the Delhi High Court approved the use of stem cell therapy for two children diagnosed with autism. Their families had sought the intervention of the court earlier this year when their ongoing treatment was abruptly halted. This interruption was due to a recommendation by the Ethics and Medical Registration Board (EMRB) of the National Medical Commission (NMC), which declared that administering stem cell therapy could be seen as professional misconduct.
AI-Media and Middleman Announce Ad Insertion Partnership (ai-media.tv)
AI-Media partners with Middleman Software for unified SCTE 104/35 messaging in live production.
This is why I write (carlyfindlay.com.au)
I love that Say Hello is still making a difference to so many people. In the chapter about grief and hope, I wrote “It’s hard to feel proud when someone is grieving a life that could have been. when you’re still here.”
No sleep, meltdowns and Billie Eilish: my first music festival as an autistic person (theguardian.com)
I took the plunge at this year’s Reading festival, where sensory overload and mobility issues posed problems. Could I make it to the headline acts?
Stunned Sonoma asked him to drop the word 'midget' from the wrestling show. Then this happened (latimes.com)
Critics say midget wrestling is an exploitative and dangerous spectacle that fuels public harassment and glorifies a derogatory slur. Promoters say, who cares?
Social Security: SSA Expediates Disability Application Process — 12 New Allowances Considered (finance.yahoo.com)
The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program is designed to accelerate the application process of disability claims for individuals with severe medical conditions that are likely to meet the SSA’s definition of disability. Often, due to the severe nature of many of the Compassionate Allowance conditions, claims are allowed based on medical confirmation of the diagnosis alone.
Innovating for Inclusion (go.3playmedia.com)
Learn from a leader in accessibility who has dedicated his career to making technology and workplaces more inclusive for all.
LEXI AI-Powered Captioning Tool Kit (ai-media.tv)
AI-Media, a pioneering figure in captioning technology, introduces the innovative AI-Powered LEXI Captioning Tool Kit. Get ready for a fresh era of precise, efficient and streamlined content creation that's truly impressive.
It’s youth time! (enil.eu)
Nina Portolan, ENIL Youth Network Board Member, writes about her experience with youth activism on the occasion of the International Youth Day on 12 August.
Personal assistants are not supposed to be professionals, qualified through formal degrees or pre-determined qualification requirements. Nevertheless, considerable professionalization is needed and occurs through peer support based non-formal and informal education.
Excitement about the European Disability Card is high and some are calling for celebrations. Unfortunately, all available evidence indicates that expectations are unjustified since barriers to the freedom of movement will not be tackled.
We don’t all “have the same 24 hours.” (accessability.substack.com)
Anyone who thinks that we do lives in a monster privilege bubble.
ENIL's Annual Report 2022 (enil.eu)
The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL is pleased to share its 2022 Annual report, presenting the highlights of our work in the previous year and our main achievements.
Museum designs scientific educational resources for students with hearing disabilities (disabilityinsider.com)
The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History has joined forces with educators and disability advocates to develop science education materials for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Online training targets bullying against students with disabilities (disabilityinsider.com)
Students with disabilities frequently face heightened rates of bullying and social exclusion in educational settings. To equip teachers with the skills to identify, counteract, and prevent such bullying, the University of Missouri's research team has pioneered an online professional development program rooted in evidence-based practices.
Accessibility resources free online from the international standards organization: W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
Medicare is finally negotiating prescription drug prices — and patients stand to save a lot of money.
Crip Authorship: Disability as Method (disability-visibility-newsletter.ghost.io)
Friends, can you believe fall is upon us? Wild. Disability is absolutely a method, an approach, a philosophy, a way of life. I'm pleased to offer 5 paperbacks or e-books of Crip Authorship: Disability as Method published by NYU Press edited by Mara Mills and Rebecca Sanchez. Details below.
Rethinking Rehab (newmobility.com)
New secondary-rehabilitation opportunities offer immersive multiweek programs in fun, scenic spots.
'Had his whole future in front of him': Inquest into death of disabled teen begins (ca.news.yahoo.com)
In the aftermath of Samuel Brown's sudden death, a coroner said an autopsy wasn't necessary for the Ontario teen because he had disabilities, his mother told jurors at an inquest that began Monday. Despite only 12 hours passing between the family getting a call from the school for blind children Brown attended, indicating he was slightly unwell, and the teen being pronounced dead in hospital, Andrea Brown said she and her husband were told to consider their son's disabilities."
The Live Music Industry Is Failing Fans with Disabilities (teenvogue.com)
The summer of the Renaissance and Eras tours has been very different for disabled fans.
Working Full-Time Despite Chronic Illness Does Not Mean I'm 'OK' (themighty.com)
"What many people don't understand is it can take all of my energy to go to work and earn the money I need to live."
How to Dance in Ohio Sets Fall Broadway Bow (playbill.com)
Seven autistic actors will make their Broadway debuts in the neurodiverse musical by Jacob Yandura and Rebekah Greer Melocik.
Parenting a child with cerebral palsy, Jaclyn Greenberg says she’s figured out how her friends can help her and what to avoid. Here’s what she says to keep in mind.
Global non-profit Face Equality International is fighting to ensure that facial differences and other disfigurements are recognized as a disability.
TAKING INCLUSION TO A NEW LEVEL – The Time is Now! (quirkyquad.com)
It was a huge honor to work with the Lenovo team, Amazing Studio, Ada Lopez with the Product Diversity Office, and Shaholly Ayers (Disability Influencer) to make a commercial on taking accessibility, inclusive, and universal design a big step beyond what many companies still do not consider as a key strategic business imperative.
Top 10 Gadgets for Stroke Survivors (activehands.com)
A list of what we are calling our ‘Top 10’ gadgets for stroke survivors. This is a selection of what we think are the most useful products, designed to overcome obstacles caused by a stroke.
Are We Still Pursuing IVF? (youtube.com)
This is a severely intimate episode! We have a fun-filled Q&A style episode for you this week. We are pulling back the covers on what it means to be intimate and oh boy do we have a couple of stories for you!
Are bad graphical descriptions better than no graphical descriptions to someone with vision loss? (accessability.substack.com)
More than 125K global websites use overlays rather than fixing their accessibility bugs. AI-generated alt-text used by overlays is not 100 % reliable.
THIS IS NORMAL - A Short Film (vimeo.com)
...about a young deaf* woman named Gwen who undergoes an experimental medical procedure that is supposed to 'cure' her of her deafness and give her the ability to hear. Despite the controversy, Gwen risks her friends, culture, and identity to discover the answer to the question, “Is it worth giving up who you've BEEN for the 'maybe' you could BECOME?"
Long COVID Recovery Remains Rare (time.com)
Without proven treatments, many people are still sick.
We Can’t Afford to *Not* Make Our Cities More Accessible for People With Disabilities (strongtowns.org)
As the Americans With Disabilities Act turns 33 years old this week, let’s debunk some myths that are commonly used as excuses for not making our built environment more accessible.
Accessible Mobile Apps and Kiosks (accessibility.com)
Bridget Shapiro, Casey Naidu, and Garry Harstad discuss accessible mobile apps and kiosks.
Inclusion Design for Accessible Content (accessibility.com)
While testing skills are invaluable to developing accessible content, involving people with disabilities yields better results.
Ensuring accessible self-service (accessibility.com)
Customers and patrons living with disabilities must be able to access and use kiosks as per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
How Internet Of Things (IoT) Devices Can Improve Accessibility (accessibility.com)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is one such technological breakthrough that has the potential to make lives more accessible than ever before for people with disabilities.
Are You Exempt from Accommodating People Who Can’t Use Your Product? (accessibility.com)
You must meet all accessibility guidelines, regardless of your assumptions about who will use your product.
Ways to Improve Digital Accessibility for Individuals with Autism (accessibility.com)
Understanding the challenges that autistic users can face when accessing digital content can help reveal opportunities to improve accessibility and provide a more inclusive user experience.
Pandemic: The Great Big Workplace Adjustments Interruption (businessdisabilityforum.org.uk)
There is a great urban legend about the moment the BBC resumed normal television programming in 1946, after the Second World War.
Hospitals bring back mask mandates in response to COVID spikes (scrippsnews.com)
Hospitals are having staff and visitors mask up again as COVID cases start to tick upward nationwide.
Biden targets 10 drugs for Medicare price talks (thebaltimorebanner.com)
The move is expected to cut costs for some patients but faces litigation from the drugmakers and heavy criticism from Republican lawmakers.
The Hidden Lives of Pets (youtube.com)
Featuring Emily and Medical Alert Assistance Dog, Barna.
The Mystery of Long COVID Is Just the Beginning (nymag.com)
At Yale’s clinic, medical sleuth Lisa Sanders is trying almost everything.
Whaikaha funding fails to support kiwis with disabilities, leaving them disappointed (disabilityinsider.com)
“A 3% funding uplift from Whaikaha is not enough for disability providers to meet rising costs and provide better wages for staff to combat the cost-of-living crisis”, New Zealand Disability Support Network CEO Peter Reynolds says.
Augmented Reality Technology Empowering the Deaf Community (disabilityinsider.com)
Making the Impossible Possible Through Augmented Reality Smart Glasses.
Unjustly isolated, silenced, and deprived of literacy and freedom of expression … (communicationfirst.org)
We are the only civil rights and disability justice organization that is led by and dedicated to securing the equal rights and opportunities of the roughly 5 million children, young, working-age, and older people who due to disability cannot effectively express ourselves, be heard, and live our lives.
No sleep, meltdowns and Billie Eilish: my first music festival as an autistic person (theguardian.com)
I took the plunge at this year’s Reading festival, where sensory overload and mobility issues posed problems. Could I make it to the headline acts?
Face Equality International Wants Disfigurement Recognized As A ‘True Disability’ (www-forbes-com.cdn.ampproject.org)
Global non-profit Face Equality International is fighting to ensure that facial differences and other disfigurements are recognized as a disability.
Teachers often say their PD is lame and irrelevant. Some are working to change that.
ENIL participates in the 29th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (enil.eu)
Between 14th August and 8th September 2023, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is holding its 29th session in Geneva. ENIL has been involved in this process through the submission of shadow reports and representation at the panel on deinstitutionalization organized during the session.
Wheelchair Accessible Cruises on the Iconic Steamship Sir Walter Scott at Loch Katrine (simplyemma.co.uk)
Experience the beauty of Loch Katrine on a wheelchair accessible cruise aboard the iconic Steamship Sir Walter Scott. Enjoy stunning views and a comfortable journey.
How to make smart energy technology more inclusive (abilitynet.org.uk)
Smart energy technology can help households save money and reduce their carbon footprint by shifting their electricity usage to times when there is more renewable energy on the grid.
Professional Development That Matters: What Teachers Say They Want (educatingalllearners.org)
This article was written by Elizabeth Heubeck and published by EdWeek on August 21, 2023. E+/Getty It’s no secret that teachers have a lot on their plates. One thing they’d like to unload? “Mandatory [professional development] that isn’t helpful,” responded at least one teacher to an informal Education Week online poll this summer.
Down for Love (youtube.com)
A heartwarming quest for love, this feel-good reality show follows several people with Down syndrome as they navigate the trials and triumphs of dating.
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