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The Best and Worst US Airlines for Handling Wheelchairs in 2022 (spintheglobe.net)
The worst nightmare for any wheelchair user who wants to travel is having to fly on a plane. From booking the flights to selecting a seat to requesting wheelchair assistance, the whole process is stressful. But the worst part is wondering if your wheelchair is going to make it to your destination in one piece, or even make it there at all.
Palantir lobbied UK disabilities minister to use software to tackle benefits fraud (theguardian.com)
US data firm wanted to brief Tom Pursglove on how its technology could help recover ‘large amounts’.
Britons have become so mean that many of us think poor people don’t deserve leisure time (theguardian.com)
This is the Victorian workhouse mentality repackaged for the iPhone era, says Guardian columnist Frances Ryan.
AI is Eating Captioning (ai-media.tv)
Watch our webinar where Ai-Media's Chief Sales Officer, James Ward, and Chief Product Officer, Bill McLaughlin discuss how AI is changing the captioning landscape and enjoy insights into LEXI 3.0 - our world-leading AI-powered automatic captions.
Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Presents: Casting Authentically (hollyshorts2023.eventive.org)
This curated conversation and networking reception is sponsored by the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, in partnership with the Casting Society of America.
Sniffing Out COVID-19: How Scent Dogs Outperform Modern Testing Methods (scitechdaily.com)
Research review finds scent dogs can successfully sniff out COVID-19, including asymptomatic cases, new variants, and long COVID.
Alzheimer’s is the No. 5 killer of Americans, but location and demographics play a big role.
NHS system for seriously ill people requiring home care is struggling to provide sufficient support.
Ten symptoms of new rising Covid strain Eris - from headache to altered sense of smell (mirror.co.uk)
Given the name Eris by experts, the variant of the widespread Omicron strain has seen a huge surge in cases, with one in seven infected now believed to have caught it.
Nearly 2.5 million COVID reinfections have occurred across 17 states but few states are tracking repeat infections anymore. Experts explain why that is.
Veterans see historic expansion of benefits for toxic exposure as new law nears anniversary (apnews.com)
Hundreds of thousands of veterans have received additional benefits in the past year after President Joe Biden signed legislation expanding coverage for conditions connected to burn pits that were used to destroy trash and potentially toxic materials.
Now to a story of another Minnesotan doing some important things. Said Shaiye is a local author and disability rights activist. He is championing the importance of creative writing and neurodivergent inclusivity in the classroom.
Attacks at medical centers contribute to health care being one of nation's most violent fields (pbs.org)
Numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show American health care workers are now far more likely to suffer nonfatal injuries by violence than workers in any other profession, including law enforcement. They racked up 73% of all such injuries in 2018, the most recent year for which figures are available.
I had no idea how inaccessible urban Britain is – until I faced it in a wheelchair (theguardian.com)
A period confronting cracked, perilous pavements brought into sharp relief the barriers society creates for disabled people, says freelance journalist Dorothy Dunn.
Carcinogens found at Montana nuclear missile sites as reports of hundreds of cancers surface (apnews.com)
The Air Force has detected unsafe levels of a likely carcinogen in samples taken at a Montana missile base where a striking number of men and women have reported cancer diagnoses.
“I’m Only Disabled When I Experience Barriers Or Bias”: Shani Dhanda Is Here To Challenge Your Perceptions (vogue.co.uk)
Shani Dhanda is on a mission to make the world inclusive for disabled people. Here, she speaks to Amanda Randone about the importance of universal design and how the pandemic could prompt a paradigm shift in disabled people’s working lives.
On 24th July, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the UN Resolution for the International Day for Care and Support on 29 October. Support services are a pillar of Independent Living, as they allow disabled people to live fully included in society – to choose how they spend their time, to work, study, and participate in public life. ENIL welcomes the international recognition this Resolution gives to support services and to “promoting long-term care and support at home and in the community”. However, we regret that the Resolution focuses on those providing support, rather than the people receiving it.
RespectAbility 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Event (respectability.org)
This November in Los Angeles, RespectAbility will be celebrating 10 years of fighting for full inclusion of people with disabilities!
I had no idea how inaccessible urban Britain is – until I faced it in a wheelchair (theguardian.com)
A period confronting cracked, perilous pavements brought into sharp relief the barriers society creates for disabled people, says freelance journalist Dorothy Dunn.
In October, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Acheson Hotels, LLC v. Laufer. There is interest in this case because it will resolve the question of whether individuals with disabilities who serve as “testers” have standing to bring lawsuits to enforce Title III the ADA. The allegations in the case are that a hotel (Acheson) failed to adequately describe the accessibility of its facilities on its online reservation system, as required by Title III of the ADA and its implementing regulations, denying a disabled tester (Laufer) information and opportunity available to non-disabled people and causing her to experience dignitary and emotional harms.
The Medicaid Enrollment and Unwinding Tracker presents the most recent data on monthly Medicaid enrollment, renewals, disenrollments, and other key indicators reported by states during the unwinding of the Medicaid continuous enrollment provision. The unwinding data are pulled from state websites, where available, and from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
In-N-Out Burger threatens workers’ health (workers.org)
The fast-food chain In-N-Out Burger will start banning workers from wearing masks, further endangering their health amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
At a public hearing by the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, municipal leaders, disability advocates, and open government organizations are testifying in support of legislation that will guarantee greater access to open meetings by allowing members of the public to attend and participate in meetings in person or remotely.
A Call For Solidarity Among Health Care and Public Health Workers For The Sake Of Equitable, Universal Care (peoplescdc.substack.com)
We are health workers from a variety of disciplines and settings who write at a critical political moment. Healthcare and public health in this country are too fragmented to be truly called a system. Health workers have been charged with patching it together, some of us at great personal cost; but we deserve what all workers deserve. We call for all healthcare and public health worker organizations to work together in solidarity, supporting their colleagues, acting against the hierarchy that still constrains our professions. But what is more: we emphasize this solidarity as a step toward changing the status quo, breaking the grip of rapacious capitalism that substitutes nihilistic individualism for societal care.
After Universal Design (bloomsbury.com)
How might we develop products made with and by disabled users rather than for them? Could we change living and working spaces to make them accessible rather than designing products that "fix" disabilities? How can we grow our capabilities to make designs more “bespoke” to each individual? After Universal Design brings together scholars, practitioners, and disabled users and makers to consider these questions and to argue for the necessity of a new user-centered design.
2023 State of Play Festival - Jerron Herman: VITRUVIAN (odcsf.my.salesforce-sites.com)
Hailed by the Brooklyn Rail as “a triumph of intention and reinvention, centering disability and celebrating Herman’s rebirth as his own divine form”, VITRUVIAN shares an allegorical tale of the life cycle of the Vitruvian man as he traverses multiple hemispheres, now in the embodiment of a Disabled Black man. Based on Da Vinci’s famous sketch, the piece explores the ways natural phenomena and history enter and live in the body.
Who Autism Research Leaves Out (time.com)
If we want to truly understand autism, we must expand the zone of the researchable autistic, writes Hari Srinivasan.
Beyond Vulnerability: The Rights and Agency of People with Disabilities in the Climate Crisis (blog.petrieflom.law.harvard.edu)
Although persons with disabilities are increasingly understood as uniquely vulnerable to the climate crisis, they continue to be neglected in climate adaptation and disaster risk readiness policies. As a result, people with disabilities experience disproportionate rates of mortality and morbidity in the context of severe weather events (such as floods, cyclones, or heatwaves) and slow-onset phenomena (such as coastal erosion or gradual increases in temperature) fueled by the climate crisis. The adverse effects of the climate crisis are felt by most acutely by persons with disabilities affected by additional forms of systemic discrimination, including women, girls, LGBTQIA+ individuals, Indigenous people, and people of color.
Rae Spoon Returns with New Album 'Not Dead Yet' (exclaim.ca)
"These songs are intended to be an expression of the unpredictable joy I discovered despite discrimination, indignities, medical abuse, relationship break-downs and near-death experiences".
Beyond 6 Seconds: Autistic music therapist and singer Swara Swami (sites.libsyn.com)
As a young autistic girl, Swara Swami could sing before she could speak. Now Swara is a music therapist and singer who advocates for mental health and autism awareness on her social media. Swara has her Bachelors in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music and is currently doing her Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University.
Forderungen für mehr Inklusion im Gesundheits- und Pflegesystem (eu-schwerbehinderung.eu)
Behinderungen sind statistisch gesehen ein Phänomen des höheren Lebensalters. In einer älterwerdenden Gesellschaft steigt die Wahrscheinlichkeit, im Lauf des Lebens eine Behinderung zu erwerben. Die Beauftragten von Bund und Ländern halten daher ein grundlegendes Umdenken im Gesundheits- und Pflegebereich für dringend notwendig. Damit Menschen mit Behinderungen jeden Alters den gleichen Zugang zur Gesundheits- und Pflegeversorgung erhalten wie Menschen ohne Behinderungen, sollte das gesamte Gesundheitssystem barrierefrei ausgestaltet werden. Darüber hinaus sind spezifische Angebote für die besonderen Bedarfe von Menschen mit Behinderungen vorzuhalten.
Setting the Standard: Vancouver Pride Parade Pioneers Accessibility for Public Events and Parades (assistivetechnologyblog.com)
This year’s Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday, August 6 will take a new route, nearly twice as long as the previous one, and is designed to be more accessible. The parade will start at Davie and Denman streets, go down Beach Street, and then continue to Pacific Boulevard before ending at Concord Community Park near the end of False Creek. This is a significant change from the old 2.1-kilometer route that used to start on Robson Street and end with a festival at Sunset Beach.
Jump the Moon: Empowering Artistic Inclusivity with Adaptive Technology (assistivetechnologyblog.com)
Jump the Moon is a nonprofit art studio based in Cache Valley, Utah, founded by Michael Bingham. The studio’s main focus is on providing a creative space for Utah artists with disabilities. Michael, a former art teacher, was motivated to start the studio after realizing the potential of adaptive technology to help disabled students express themselves through art. One of the studio’s artists, Kaya Eccles, who has muscular dystrophy, uses adaptive painting tools designed by Michael to create her artwork. Michael’s journey started with creating a wooden attachment for Kaya’s power wheelchair, allowing her to control pencils and markers to draw. Witnessing Kaya’s joy and the desire of other students to create art in a similar way, he expanded his efforts to develop more adaptive tools. These tools include a specially-built power wheelchair for painting, a painting pendulum, and a spin art machine, all designed to make art accessible and enjoyable for artists with disabilities.
Why design should include everyone - Sinéad Burke (urevolution.com)
Sinéad Burke is acutely aware of details that are practically invisible to many of us. At 105 centimeters (or 3' 5") tall, the designed world -- from the height of a lock to the range of available shoe sizes -- often inhibits her ability to do things for herself. Here she tells us what it's like to navigate the world as a little person and asks: "Who are we not designing for?"
Revving Inclusivity: Forza Motorsport Sets the Pace for Accessibility in Gaming With Blind Driving Assist! (assistivetechnologyblog.com)
Forza Motorsport's efforts in accessibility can serve as a benchmark and inspiration for other developers to adopt similar practices. By showcasing the success of the BDA system and its positive impact on blind and low vision gamers, the gaming industry may become more motivated to prioritize accessibility across various games and platforms.
Clothes for kids with disabilities get better, but teens see a lack of fashionable options (apnews.com)
Some of the largest U.S. fashion brands and retailers have made their way into the adaptive-wear market. But supporters say more needs to be done.
High heels that are part of your feet. Matching bespoke beating hearts. Bioreactive necklaces and bioluminescent filaments that serve as a Medusa-esque back ornament. Enter the world of A. Human, a fictional brand on Mercer Street that serves as both commentary on the touchy nature of body modifications today and the external focus and force of the fashion industry. And, also, what it means to be, well, you.
How to be a good friend, neighbour, and co-worker to people with an intellectual disability toolkit now available! (inclusioncanada.ca)
This document is for people who want to be good friends, neighbours, and co-workers to people with an intellectual disability.
In a World of Barbies and Kens, What About the Allans? (themighty.com)
"The movie itself was impressive. Still, I left the theater feeling conflicted."
British Deaf Association slams UK Government’s ‘shallow’ efforts on sign language in ‘ambiguous’ BSL report (liamodell.com)
The UK Government’s efforts to promote and facilitate the use of British Sign Language (BSL) across its departments are “very shallow”, the British Deaf Association (BDA) has said, after a Cabinet Office report found more than half of the departments produced no BSL content in the past reporting year.
The System Is Breaking Us All: A Physician's Call to Action (themighty.com)
"My chronic conditions mean I live on the edge of an uneasy truce with my immune system. I am also a physician, so I see both sides of the complex, fragmented, ever-changing, unmapped morass of U.S. health care."
How To Buy A Home If You Have Disabilities (forbes.com)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affirmed the “equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency” of individuals with disabilities.
Traveling Solo with a Learning Disability (michellesmission.net)
Travel has always been one of my favorite activities. I love exploring new destinations and have many spots that are my favorite places. I have traveled with family, friends, and my husband where we made many treasured memories. I have traveled mainly with people who knew me and knew the needs of my disability. Having another person that understood me helped me to process information and navigate places. Recently I received an unexpected invitation to help with a group at a Down Syndrome conference. My husband was not able to make it and I traveled solo to meet with the group. I was excited to go on the trip, but anxious as well. I wondered how I would navigate the airport and process information. The opportunity was too good to pass up and I decided to go forward on this journey. To make this trip successful I had to plan, advocate for myself, and be flexible with changing circumstances.
‘Help’ ranges from being accused of faking it to being offered a wheelchair. That’s why society needs to be educated about the nuances of sight loss.
Ticket office closures could stop disabled fans attending live sport (disabilitynewsservice.com)
A letter signed by nearly 40 disabled supporters’ associations has warned the government that plans to close nearly 1,000 ticket offices across England could cause many disabled fans to stop attending live sports events.
According to a recent study, a substance added to nasal vaccines to trigger a stronger immune response was found to stop COVID-19 infection.
Researchers and policymakers are only now waking up to the effects of dirty indoor air. As ever, low-income and marginalized communities are most exposed.
Transfers to hospice care from HCA's facilities grew faster than the national average, while HCA's "in hospital" deaths were lower than average, data shows.
It’s a busy, noisy, bright world. For some, going out is hard. (washingtonpost.com)
Some businesses are offering special hours and events for people with sensory processing disorder that makes sights, sounds and smells feel overwhelming.
Disability scholar and activist Eddie Ndopu discusses how his successes – and challenges – made him push for a more disability-inclusive world.
Hugh Grant is an Oompa-Loompa now. What’s left for dwarf actors? (washingtonpost.com)
Hugh Grant's casting as an Oompa-Loompa in "Wonka" feels to some like the latest in a long line of slights against dwarf actors.
Fun Fact: Dogs Hate Wheelchairs (thewheelchairteen.com)
A fun post about an interesting fact: dogs hate wheelchairs, as well as advice on what to do if your dog starts panicking around a wheelchair.
An Open Letter to Childhood Professionals and Teachers (monadelahooke.com)
When professionals view social and emotional development as a shared responsibility rather than a subspecialty of the mental health field, all children benefit.
Here are seven things disabled people have to think about everyday – things that most non-disabled people simply don't.
Researchers and policymakers are only now waking up to the effects of dirty indoor air. As ever, low-income and marginalized communities are most exposed.
I Have a Choice to Make About My Blindness (nytimes.com)
The feeling of shared experience that comes when two people interact and exchange ideas and abilities is something technology can’t provide.
Signs point to a COVID-19 summer surge for the fourth consecutive year. Overall, infections remain much lower compared to the past, but cases began increasing last month and between 300 and 400 Americans are dying each week. John Yang discussed the growing concerns with epidemiologist Dr. Katelyn Jetelina.
Museum of the City of New York unveils new installation: "An Accessible City for All: Disability Rights in New York, 1968 to 2017" (globenewswire.com)
Part of MCNY’s award-winning Activist New York ongoing exhibition.
This blog post highlights the importance of inclusive and accessible design, and shares voices of the leading experts in this field.
While representation is an important element of showing consumers they belong with your brand, all representation isn’t considered equal.
Plano closed captioning resolution for public TVs a victory for deaf and hard of hearing (dallasnews.com)
Now, Meryl Evans and Dylan Rafaty want 99 other Texas cities to do the same.
Disabled people and their allies met up in Montreal's Verdun borough earlier this month to honour the passing of human rights advocate Judith Heumann. It was the first of three 'Judy Promenades' this summer in the city.
Nico and Meryl: Your Disabled Joy (youtube.com)
Today for Your Disabled Joy I chatted with Meryl about the joy found in increasing access, her advice to non-Disabled groups, and what it's like to chase progress over perfection.
Is Your Business Accessible? If you don’t know what that means, you need to come to this audio event.
Life’s a Road Trip: Progress Over Perfection (play.headliner.app)
This week's guest is Meryl Evans. It was the statement "Progress Over Perfection" that she proudly wears that made me pause. It didn't take long before I opened another window or two on my PC to start digging into Meryl and what she does on behalf of those who are deaf or hard of hearing. As the show moves forward, we're more focused on guests that aren't afraid to stand up and speak out when it comes to shining a positive light on the disability community. Meryl definitely fits that mold. Want to see an example of Meryl's message? Click HERE to watch her TEDx presentation. I promise that she'll make you think. You need to watch her talk on automated captions with Thomas Logan HERE. Interested in having Meryl speak to your company? Go HERE. Progress over perfection... Listen to Meryl and come away with a better understanding of how important and simple that statement is.
XR Access Stories: Meryl Evans (youtube.com)
Meryl Evans, a Deaf accessibility marketing consultant, shares how she's been affected by the accessibility of XR.
Progress Over Perfection: Advice for Sustainable Digital Accessibility (levelaccess.com)
Learn best practices for sustainable digital accessibility from speaker and accessibility consultant Meryl Evans.
The new exhibit at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art seeks to start a new conversation about American fashion, says its curator, Andrew Bolton.
New bill aims to help low-income Americans with disabilities build emergency savings through a federal match (cnbc.com)
Disabled Americans face obstacles to building wealth. A new bill aims to help low-income disabled individuals save through a federal match in ABLE accounts.
Our walkways are for running, strolling, dining, delivering, protesting, loitering. But they need something else.
How constraints ignite creativity, spark innovation, and why accessibility is a uniquely effective constraint everyone should embrace.
Person-first and Identity-first Language Choices (nadtc.org)
Language evolves over time along with the ways we perceive and understand disability. Therefore, it makes sense that how we talk about disability has changed drastically over the years. As a 37-year-old physically disabled woman, I have witnessed many of these changes – I went from being referred to as “crippled” or “handicapped” to “person with a disability” or “disabled”. For people outside the disability community, knowing what terms to use can be confusing. People with disabilities are not a monolith; what words one person finds offensive or incorrect, another person will prefer. This blog post will explore the two most common ways society refers to those with disabilities and the rationale behind each.
Building collaboratively: Creating workspaces accessible to all with AI (wraltechwire.com)
Lenovo, appliedAIstudio, and 321 Coffee team up to take on accessible workspaces, and make and attempt to build a coffee roasting experience that reinforces employee independence, well-being, and enjoyment of the work.
NY's accessibility for disabilities, abortion laws demystified & 9/11 Notice Act update.
Streamlining User Experience (UX) for Increased Conversions: Web Development Best Practices (imcgrupo.com)
In the fiercely competitive digital landscape, user experience (UX) plays a pivotal role in determining the success of your website. As an IT manager, understanding the significance of UX in web development is vital for achieving higher conversions and business growth.
Viewpoint: Women with disabilities too often left out of workplaces. Businesses must do better (eu.lansingstatejournal.com)
Businesses should be intentional about hiring practices and workplace culture, ensuring it's inclusive and accessible for all.
Making art accessible to all (timesofmalta.com)
Students create inclusive audio guides for local heritage.
Amid a nationwide housing shortage, what will it take to build more accessible homes? (ici.radio-canada.ca)
Advocates call for change in building codes, more incentives to build accessible units.
Good Omens Star And Disability Activist Liz Carr Praises How Season 2 Addressed Accessibility In A 'Brilliantly Imaginative' Way (cinemablend.com)
Liz Carr opened up about how Neil Gaiman handled accessibility in Good Omens Season 2.
The most accessible cities in Europe for 2023 (cntraveller.com)
This new study explores which European cities are on the ball when it comes to accessible travel needs.
Carnival Advises Guests on Port Challenges Before Sailing (cruisehive.com)
Guests with accessibility concerns may have challenges visiting specific ports on two upcoming sailings of Carnival Legend.
Biden administration proposes rule to improve online accessibility (spectrumlocalnews.com)
The proposal would set accessibility standards.
This US airline has made its flights more accessible with braille signage inside cabins (euronews.com)
United Airlines expands their accessibility offerings for visually impaired travellers.
United has become the first U.S. airline to introduce Braille on its aircraft interiors, giving more independence to the visually impaired.
Elon Musk's plan to remove light mode was the focus of users' attention, as it could have spelled disaster for accessibility on X/Twitter.
The Florida AgrAbility Project Seeks to Make Machinery on the Farm Accessible to Those with Functional Limitations (wqcs.org)
Through a project called Florida AgrAbility, Serap Gorucu tries to ensure that everyone – even those with functional limitations — can operate the technology and machinery on the farm where they work.
In Disability Pride Month, Alaska advocates celebrate progress and look to a more accessible future (juneauempire.com)
This year is the 33rd anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.
Accessibility in the Air: United Airlines to add Braille to its aircraft interiors (economyclassandbeyond.boardingarea.com)
This launched last week – but it’s an important step in Accessibility in the Air – with United Airlines rolling out add Braille to its aircraft interiors. The airline currently has equipped about a dozen aircraft with Braille markings for individual rows and seat numbers as well as inside and outside the lavatories.
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Increasing the Digital Accessibility of Local Government Units (preprints.org)
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the transfer of local government public ser-vices to the virtual world. Remote handling of matters in government offices has be-come the norm rather than the exception. The 2016 EU directive on public sector web-sites and mobile applications and the 2019 European Digital Accessibility Act made it mandatory that these services be provided electronically and accessible to people with disabilities.
Enabling the disabled: Fostering commitment and transparency (mmm-online.com)
Seven industry leaders from seven different backgrounds discuss the industry’s struggles to communicate effectively with people with disabilities.
Climate Justice is a Disability Issue (inthesetimes.com)
Efforts toward inclusivity and accessibility could make climate solutions better for everyone as a result, advocates say.
'It's going to inspire people': Inaugural Kello Loop run puts accessibility first (edmonton.ctvnews.ca)
At the Kello Loop, it doesn't matter if you walk, wheel or run.
High-tech disability service delivers greater accessibility (moretondaily.com.au)
Virtual reality learning tools, a computer training room and an accessible kitchen are among the features of a new Learning and a Lifestyle hub for the Endeavour Foundation that opened last week.
Bangladesh adopts digital accessibility guideline (businesspostbd.com)
The government of Bangladesh has taken a significant step towards empowering persons with disabilities to develop a disability-inclusive smart Bangladesh.
"Pride events are set up for the majority of people, the able-bodied and neurotypical," writes Just Like Us ambassador Roan Maclean.
Breaking Down Common Accessibility Myths: What You Need to Know (blog.usablenet.com)
Digital Accessibility Myths, Busted! Read some of the most common misconceptions about accessibility and get the real facts to help your company.
How to set the bar higher for accessibility in the travel industry (smanewstoday.com)
Businesses can — and should — choose to create spaces that are welcoming and inclusive for everyone, writes columnist Halsey Blocher.
In a blog post published this week, retail behemoth Walmart shared details on its Adaptive at Walmart initiative and its "inclusive solutions" for disabled people.
Inclusive Travel: Meeting the Needs of Accessible Travellers (euromonitor.com)
People with disabilities account for 15% of the population worldwide, according to the United Nations, while Diversity and Inclusion features as one of Euromonitor International’s 10 megatrends. Euromonitor is partnering with accessible travel specialist Sage Inclusion to showcase key findings of a survey of its customers’ needs and preferences, along with challenges faced. With a high travel budget and high multiplier effect, this is an important consumer segment presenting opportunities to diversify the customer base.
Visual Treatments that Improve Accessibility (youtube.com)
This video discusses three visual treatments that can improve the accessibility of designs: color contrast, providing visual cues in addition to color, and identifying the focus state. These treatments can help individuals with disabilities use designs more easily while still maintaining a visually pleasing aesthetic.
Inside the First Art Gallery for Blind Artists and Audiences (thrillist.com)
Envision, an art gallery in Wichita, Kansas, is the first to feature art by blind artists for blind audiences. As such, you're encouraged to touch the art.
Accessibility Widgets and Overlays (waca.at)
Recently there has been an increase of inquiries about the necessity and meaningfulness of accessibility widgets and overlays. Thus we, the WACA-Initiative, would like to make a statement, to also rectify incorrect statements of providers. More and more website operators are integrating various auxiliary tools in the hope of making their offer more accessible quickly and easily. But what are these tools exactly and what do they do to my website? Including links to international statements.
Digital accessibility is real and tangible (timeshighereducation.com)
A workshop using real-life examples and first-hand experience of how assistive technology works can result in a deeper understanding of accessibility needs.
“The Country of the Blind”: A Blind Man’s Praise (pneumasolutions.com)
Andrew Leland’s deeply personal memoir “The Country of the Blind” spoke to me on the most profound level, offering a journey through shared experiences and sentiments as a member of the blind community. After hearing Andrew’s interview on the Living Blindfully podcast (formerly Mosen at Large), I was eager to delve into his narrative, and it was nothing short of illuminating.
How to Start Addressing Accessibility Gaps (associationsnow.com)
Accommodating everybody who wants to access your association—staff, members, attendees, and more—involves more than following regulations. It means being open to conversations about who feels excluded, and why.
How educators can support neurodiversity (moodle.com)
In this podcast, we interviewed neurodiversity advocate, Lizzie Somerfield, about how educators can foster neuroinclusive environments.
Kathy Martinez, WID’s former Executive Director and the current Vice President of Global Disability Inclusion at Expedia, discusses global disability rights, justice and inclusion, her memories of Judy Heumann and WID’s 40th anniversary.
The Disability Rights Movement established civil rights for people with disabilities, opening up opportunities for them to participate more fully in society.
Commute Booster App Offers Breakthrough Accessibility for Visually Impaired NYC Subway Passengers (techtimes.com)
The Commute Booster app, tested successfully in New York City, addresses the navigation challenges faced by visually impaired individuals in the complex subway system, offering hope for greater accessibility.
A prosthetic arm that connects directly to the nervous system gives the user fine control over the motions of individual fingers—just by thinking and trying to move.
Subaru taps 10-year-old deaf actor Keivonn Woodard for new outdoors accessibility push (thedrum.com)
A new ad speaks to the brand’s commitment to breaking down barriers to access for communities that have been historically excluded from public lands and outdoor recreation.
Breaking down communication barriers, the first inclusive tourism agency in the region aims to create a seamless and immersive travel experience for the Deaf community.
Comcast NBCUniversal Named A Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion (finance.yahoo.com)
For the ninth consecutive year, Comcast NBCUniversal was recognized as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion, receiving a top score of 100 on the annual Disability Equality Index (DEI). We're honored to be part of this distinguished list of companies that are taking measurable, tangible actions toward disability inclusion and equality.
Reddit is testing an official badge to verify user identities. Currently in a test phase with only a small number of pre-existing relationships, the badge is intended to help mods and users instantly recognise verified user accounts and promote genuine interaction. Unlike Twitter and Instagram, Reddit's badge comes without extra benefits and there is no indication whether there will be price implications for the user or a formal application process.
Inclusivity in the beauty industry is vital, and the following products are setting a precedent for what it looks like to provide accessibility for everyone.
The best note-taking tablets for ADHD and neurodiversity of 2023 (reviewed.usatoday.com)
Traditional notes with a modern touch.
They were two of nine local restaurants recognized by Putnam Independent Living Services and Putnam County Executive Kevin Byrne.
Accessibility Passport Introduced For 2023/24 Season (bwfc.co.uk)
The passport aims to assist disabled supporter’s ease of movement around the stadium.
Some advocates and Manitobans who live with a disability say it’s not clear who’s actually eligible for the province's new income support program for people with disabilities, leading to frustration and disappointment within the community.
For many who use power wheelchairs, CMS decision just made seat elevation much less expensive (statnews.com)
Patients and medical groups have long advocated for Medicare to cover wheelchairs with power seat elevation. In a major shift in approach, Medicare decided to grant that request.
The drugmaker's prediction comes as Covid hospitalizations are once again on the rise.
Covid’s Summer Wave Is Rising—Again (wired.com)
Covid-19 cases are slowly increasing across the US for the fourth summer in a row.
Three years on, kids with long COVID struggle to get care (youthtoday.org)
Hundreds of thousands of children and teens are living with long COVID.
Brandon Kazen-Maddox is an artist, filmmaker, acrobat and GODA, a grandchild of deaf adults. They are a cofounder of Up Until Now Collective, a non-profit that provides opportunities for deaf artists who want to bring ASL dance theater to the stage, screen and beyond. Kazen-Maddox shares their Brief But Spectacular take on blending the worlds of art, ASL and accessibility.
Medicaid is shedding enrollees for the first time since the pandemic started. But rolls in some states are shrinking much faster than in others. Nearly 4 million people have lost coverage so far.
Two parents share their experiences of caring for loved ones with complex needs.
Get to know the annoying younger brother of mansplaining.
Jury Trial Preview: Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit Against United Airlines (wheelchairtravel.org)
Delve deeper into allegations against United Airlines and 5 causes of action brought by the family of a seriously injured disabled passenger.
This Disability Pride Month, We Must Remember to Acknowledge the Intersection of Mental Health & Disability (channelkindness.org)
For a long time in my early teenage years, the term “mental health” to me meant drinking lots of water, random depression quotes I saw on Tumblr, and some songs from the Born to Die album by Lana Del Rey.
3 Vibes To Avoid In Disability Campaigns (www-forbes-com.cdn.ampproject.org)
What steps can disability campaigns take to make their plans persuasive, while avoiding fear, pity, and sentimentality?
Sen. Duckworth, Who Uses a Wheelchair, Missed Seeing “Barbie” With Her Daughters Due to a Broken Elevator (nowthisnews-com.cdn.ampproject.org)
Duckworth, who lost both her legs in 2004 while serving in Iraq prior to her political career, said she checked beforehand to ensure that the Illinois movie theater was wheelchair-accessible.
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Working from home has worked for people with disability. The back-to-the-office push could wind back gains (theconversation.com)
Avoiding the office commute is just one reason why working from home suits many workers with disability better. Employers need to take a nuanced approach to workplace flexibility.
Preparing for a Successful Back to School Season for Kids with Disabilities (globaldisabilityinclusion.com)
The start of a new school year can be both exciting and stressful for any student. But for students with disabilities, the transition can be especially challenging. Whether you are returning to in-person classes, continuing with online learning, home schooled, or opting for a hybrid model, there are some steps you can take to make the most of your educational experience. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a successful back to school season for students with disabilities.
"Throughout my life, this message was repeated continually to me by medical professionals, educators, friends and family."
In this commentary, Rachel Litchman explains the “navigation anxiety” she experiences while trying to work within complex, ableist systems that claim to exist to support disabled people.
In this commentary, Casandra May, a former employee of an automotive manufacturing company, reflects on the challenges that disabled and chronically ill people often encounter in blue-collar workplaces.
This week marks 33 years since The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, banning discrimination against workers with disabilities. Yet employees are often reluctant to disclose a disability. CNBC's Sharon Epperson joins 'Squawk Box' with new findings.
A Disability Pride Reading List for July—and Beyond (getpocket.com)
Explore the origins of the ADA, celebrate the joy in disability identity, and discover opportunities for allyship all year round.
5 ways AI can help disabled people in the workplace (abilitynet.org.uk)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionising various aspects of our lives, and accessibility in the workplace is no exception. This blog explores the impact of AI on improving inclusivity in work settings through its applications in captions and transcriptions, voice assistance, readability, text alternatives, and understanding tone.
Take A Look At This Heart (watch.amazon.de)
A documentary about love and sexuality within the disabled community.
Five background actors told NPR they had to undergo face and body digital scans while on TV and movie sets. The use of digital replicas is a sticking point in the ongoing strikes in Hollywood.
Will SCOTUS ban the "testers" who keep businesses ADA accessible? (motherjones.com)
Disabled people have to sue to enforce accessibility laws. That could soon get much harder.
Flexible work critics are using the same arguments that were used against disabled ramps and closed captioning. Equity of access should never be optional (fortune.com)
'For us, and for many workers, hybrid work is not a convenience–it’s a necessary and reasonable accommodation,' says autistic Ph.D. student Hari Srinivasan.
Nearly 4 million in U.S. cut from Medicaid, most for paperwork reasons (washingtonpost.com)
The rolls of the safety-net health coverage were frozen during the pandemic and are being reviewed.
Lift Me Up - Behind the Scenes (youtube.com)
Lachi takes us behind the scenes of the "Lift Me Up" music video shoot! - #LiftMeUp is a tribute song to the late disability rights activist Judy Heumann releasing on July 25th. Stay Tuned!
My Itty-Bitty Bio (cherrylakepublishing.com)
The My Itty-Bitty Bio series, biographies for the earliest readers, examines the lives of historical and modern men and women in a simple, age-appropriate way to help children develop word recognition and reading skills. Titles celebrate diversity, covering women and men from a range of backgrounds and professions including immigrants, individuals with disabilities, and heroes of Black, Hispanic, Asian American, and Indigenous history.
Why Disability Advocates Are Concerned About School Resource Officers (nashvillescene.com)
‘We have to be so careful about understanding all of the costs and benefits of the actions that we take, and to make sure that the right trainings are in place’.
The Future of Design Is Designing for Disability (thenation.com)
Accessibility should not be a grudging afterthought. With planning, it can lead to elegant, beautiful, and engaging art.
'Boundless': Women in wheelchairs find empowerment through dance at annual 'Rollettes Experience' (abcnews.go.com)
The group was founded 11 years ago by Chelsie Hill to empower women through dance after a spinal cord injury changed her life.
Barbieland revisited (disabilityarts.online)
Alison WIlde argues that the recent blockbuster movie ‘Barbie’, written by Noah Baumbach and directed by Greta Gerwig, creates a visual feast whilst challenging everyday gendered realities.
Victoria's Secret To Launch Adaptive Collection (disabilityscoop.com)
One of the biggest names in lingerie is planning to offer a new collection specifically geared towards people with disabilities.
Announcing The Global Heumann Fellowship (wid.org)
WID is pleased to announce The Global Heumann Fellowship! This program aims to honor the legacy of our co-founder, Judy Heumann, by developing exemplary, global disability activists to lead equitable, inclusive, and just societies for all. With special thanks to Wells Fargo and Microsoft for providing early funding support for this visionary project.
General Hospital Star Maurice Benard Advocates for Cerebral Palsy (nicoleluongo.com)
My interview with General Hospital star Maurice Benard who plays Sonny Corinthos on the long-running soap opera.
Hear with Your Eyes: A Review of AR Live Captioning Glasses and the Vision of Making Conversation Easier for All (hearingtracker.com)
Augmented Reality (AR) glasses equipped with real-time captioning are empowering individuals with hearing loss to communicate effortlessly. Find out how groundbreaking glasses like XRAI Glass, Vuzix, XanderGlasses, TranscribeGlass, LEION Hey, and Google AR Glasses are either available now or being developed to pave the way for accessible and comfortable captioning experiences—promising transformative communication for people with hearing difficulties in a variety of settings.
I Tested EssilorLuxottica’s Visionary New Hearing Aid Glasses. Do They Work? (hearingtracker.com)
Wherever I looked, I could hear. It was really like some kind of weird eavesdropping super power—the kind you always expect hearing aids to give you (spoiler: they never do).
5 Unexpected Mental Health Lessons From the 'Barbie' Movie (themighty.com)
Have you seen it?
Fake It 'Til You Make It? I Don't Think So (carsontueller.com)
The blog post narrates the author's experience of waking up in a poor mood and recognizing how his emotions influence his behavior. Instead of indulging in his misery, the author chooses to continue his daily routine, noticing a positive shift in his mood consequently. The piece then culminates with a discussion on the concept of empowerment, challenging the idea of 'fake it till you make it'. The author believes true empowerment is the ability to choose actions aligned with values, regardless of current emotions, urging 'be it and you’ve become it'.
Through the LENS of Experience: Cultivating a New Generation of Blind Leaders (blindnewworld.org)
Through his work with the LENS program, Aaron Rawley has become the guiding hand he wished to have as a young person growing up with blindness.
Laughter Is Good Medicine (margieharding.com)
My teenage granddaughter told her 2 1/2 year old sister, Kenzie, to stay inside while she went outside to spray dirt off her feet.
Data shows about half of calls for wheelchair rideshares go unanswered, stranding disabled users (abc7news.com)
In California, the numbers show Uber and Lyft provide service for only about half the calls they get for wheelchair accessible vehicles.
AirPods can now authenticate Siri requests on iPhone in iOS 17 (abilitynet.org.uk)
Colin Hughes shares how iOS 17 has solved one of the biggest accessibility hurdles for iPhone users, as well as the other enhancements to come with Apple's latest software upgrade.
Inaccessible Kitchen Nightmares - A Letter to Domestic Appliance Manufacturers (visualisetrainingandconsultancy.com)
Daniel Williams, Founding Director of Visualise Training and Consultancy, looks at accessibility challenges posed by domestic appliances Dear Domestic Appliance Manufacturers, As someone who is visually impaired, I pride myself on my independence and feel there is no need for me to ask for help with everyday tasks which I can easily complete myself.
Nominations open for 20th annual national disability awards (ablemagazine.co.uk)
A team of disabled celebrities, influencers and disability activists will decide the shortlist and winners. Judges include chef and TV presenter Briony May Williams, Paralympian Siobhan Fitzpatrick and singer Alice Ella. A very special guest presenter will be announced in due course.
‘No, It’s Not the Same as IBS’: What I Wish Others Knew About Inflammatory Bowel Disease (themighty.com)
For the millionth time … just kidding, kind of.
Since my ulcerative colitis (UC) diagnosis in 2001, I’ve been extremely fortunate to have the best gastroenterologists (GIs) and care teams.
8 Life Lessons About Living With Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (trend-able.com)
I was diagnosed with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT), a slowly progressive and incurable neuromuscular disorder, in the 2nd grade.
This Is It: The Planner That Will Change My Life (themighty.com)
"Turns out, I’m not alone in the search for that perfect planner."
I am not a Mouse (vimeo.com)
Award winning animated short film for children. Every time Lucy is called 'Mouse' by her Mum, she turns into a real mouse! What is Lucy going to do?
An A.I. Says There Are Six Main Kinds of Stories (theatlantic.com)
A machine mapped the most frequently used emotional trajectories in fiction, and compared them with the ones readers like best.
Her genetic material, taken without her knowledge in 1951, has helped facilitate numerous scientific breakthroughs, including the development of the polio and COVID-19 vaccines.
CDC issues leprosy warning for people making Florida travel plans (pressherald.com)
Symptoms include loss of feeling in hands and feet, nasal congestion and possibly dry, stiff, sometimes painful skin.
Researchers at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering and Grossman School of Medicine have created an app to help people with visual impairments navigate New York City’s subway system.
Disability Thinking Weekday: 8/1/23 (disabilitythinking.substack.com)
So here is the first of what I hope will be a long-running series offering up three disability-related articles each weekday. Please remember that these are my personal recommendations. Sometimes the articles I choose will make sense taken together. Sometimes they won’t. Most of the time they will be articles I like or appreciate. But I reserve the right to occasionally link a piece I disapprove of, if I think knowing about it is important. I’ll also try to offer a variety of perspectives on disability, including politics and policy, advocacy and activism, practical advice, and disability ideas and culture.
The Country of the Blind (disability-visibility-newsletter.ghost.io)
Hey, hey, hey! I'm excited to give away 10 copies (hardcover, large print, or audiobook) of a new memoir by Andrew Leland, The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight available now from Penguin Press.
The most accessible cities in Europe for 2023 (cntraveller.in)
This new study explores which European cities are on the ball when it comes to accessible travel needs.
AI Could Change How Blind People See the World (wired.com)
Assistive technology services are integrating OpenAI's GPT-4, using artificial intelligence to help describe objects and people.
Scientists discover antibodies capable of stopping several coronaviruses, potentially preventing future outbreaks (ctvnews.ca)
Scientists have discovered antibodies that can neutralize virtually all known variants of the COVID-19 virus, potentially preventing future coronavirus outbreaks.
Senator Duckworth took her daughters to see ‘Barbie.’ Because she uses a wheelchair, she had to wait outside (19thnews.org)
Thirty-three years after passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, much of society remains inaccessible, even to a U.S. senator.
As worker shortages loom, some states move to train paid caregivers (washingtonpost.com)
States hope training standards will attract people to the industry and help meet the exploding demand for care created by an aging population.
The Promise of the ADA has not been Realized (unitedspinal.org)
This July 26, we celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the ADA. This anniversary is a retrospective recognition of how far we have come and a prospective call to action for how far we have yet to go.
Harder Than You Think & P&G Studios Partner On Disability Equality-Paralympics Doc ‘Rising Phoenix: A New Revolution’ (deadline.com)
Harder Than You Think (HTYT), the company behind Emmy-winning Paralympic documentary Rising Phoenix, and P&G Studios are partnering on a new film spinning off the original work and aimed at igniting a conversation on disability equality.
The South Sudan Association of Visually Impaired Persons on Tuesday launched Blind Football Federation and Disability Inclusion Academy in Juba. With the support of the Light of the World organization in South Sudan, the federation centres its attention on persons with disability, particularly on blind football.
Disability Ministry gets New Zealand Sign Language name (1news.co.nz)
It's the first Government agency to get a New Zealand Sign Language name.
Art review: Disability and the Divine: An Exhibition by Marc Bratcher (Peterborough Cathedral) (churchtimes.co.uk)
THIS is a small but significant exhibition, being the first time, to my knowledge, that a cathedral has shown images of the Virgin Mary as a disabled person. Images of Jesus as a disabled person have been produced in more recent years (including some by Marc Bratcher, the artist here), particularly since the publicity of The Disabled God: Towards a liberatory theology of disability by Nancy Eiesland.
Technological advances in prosthetic limbs are returning a sense of touch to amputees. Scott Pelley reports on the breakthrough technology.
The North Carolina Treasurer's Office had been trying to collect money from people who had been wrongly awarded disability benefits. However, the office relied on a misprinted law to do so.
Unfettered Recognition at East Window for Disability Pride Month (outfrontmagazine.com)
Unfettered Recognition features local disabled artists at East Window Gallery in Boulder for Disability Pride Month. Curated by Alex Stark.
Biden administration opens new office to study long COVID response, NIH begins clinical trials (abcnews.go.com)
The Department of Health and Human Services announced a new office will be studying long COVID as the National institutes of Health beings clinical trials for treatments.
State Cited For Allowing Undertrained Teachers To Work In Special Ed (disabilityscoop.com)
The U.S. Department of Education is putting one state on notice for letting teachers holding temporary licenses work in special education classrooms for too long.
Down Syndrome Dating Show Coming To Netflix (disabilityscoop.com)
A show following several people with Down syndrome in their quest to find love is set to premiere on Netflix.
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