People with Disabilities

The new Vimeo HTML5 Player has added new accessibility features that improve the video experience for people with disabilities. Like with any product, some things could be improved to make the player more accessible and easier to use for people with disabilities.

Through a variety of workshops, the Government of Canada is helping people with disabilities in the Winkler area with the skills and knowledge they need to find jobs.

Candice Bergen, Minister of state, who made the announcement said, “Our government remains committed to helping Canadians get the skills they need to gain access to good-quality jobs in the labor market.” Minister Bergen continued to say, “In particular, people with disabilities face challenges entering the job market and that’s why our government’s partnerships with organizations like Segue Career Options are so important.”

Participants will work on life and job skills that prepare them for the job market. This will include the development of action plans and hands-on experience through volunteer positions in local grocery stores or restaurants.

Studies indicate that karate can help improve posture and ambulatory condition, confidence and strength for people with disabilities. Stokes Mandeville Stadium in the UK has partnered with the Disability Karate Federation to bring the martial art to the community through a new project called KickStart 100.

The Disability Karate Federation is offering the initial three months of karate classes for only 15 pounds. The classes will be held at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium in November.

Research conducted in 2012 indicated significant changes in the white matter of the brain in karate practitioners leading to understanding the role of white matter connectivity as it relates to motor coordination and how the brain changes may relate to the development stage in which learning begins.

More information on karate for people with disabilities can be found on the Stoke Mandeville Stadium website.

The United State Department of Transportation released regulations that govern the accessibility for people with disabilities for airline websites and kiosks on November 5, 2013. Lainey Feingold from the Law Offices of Lainey Feingold reacted to it in a blog post on their website stating that, “While there are positive aspects of the new regulations, the government missed an enormous opportunity to advance and protect the rights of air travelers with disabilities.” Read more of Lainey Feingold's blog on the New DOT Web and Kiosk Regulations.

Nurfland is a new game offered for free by Project Austismus on both the iPad and Android. The game is the first in a series that teaches children 4-8 how to distinguish between various human emotions. As autistic children have played, data has been collected that, along with feedback from parents and teachers, has delivered new insights into their condition. Read more about how Nurfland helps students with autism.

With the release of iOS 7, Apple has added many new accessibility features that make an iPhone and iPad easier to use for people with disabilities. This post summarizes the new iOS 7 accessibility features for people with visual, hearing, mobility and learning disabilities.

Ravenshaw University in Cuttack, India has installed a screen reader, JAWS, for students with vision disabilities. JAWS, which has been installed on eight computers kept in the Kanika library, will read text on the computers. In addition, a scanner has been connected which will enable the screen reader to read books placed inside. Read more about the Ravenshaw University Screen Readers.

At the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) at Matunga four students have created a portable device that will enable people with vision disabilities to navigate without help, offering unprecedented autonomy. The unveiling will occur on Wednesday at a school for people with vision disabilities and will be exhibited at the annual technological festival of the institute, Technovanza, in December.

Raj Samant explains, “The device consists of cameras mounted on spectacles that will send feeds of the terrain to the handheld computing device. It will convert the video files into stereo signals that will be sent to vibrators attached to the body of the blind person. The vibrations will warn users about obstacles in front of them, thus allowing them to navigate (walk) without colliding with the obstacle.”

On October 16 the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host the STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities. Students with disabilities grades 3-12 will interact with college students and professionals with a variety of disabilities who have successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Among the accomplished panelist, Sina Bhram, who is blind, will share how he overcame challenges to become a PhD candidate at North Carolina State University and is now helping others break down barriers similar to the ones he faced. Read more about STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities.


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