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Transatlantic e-Accessibility standards cooperation
In 2004 the United States and the European Union initiated a process to harmonize the standardisation of ICT accessibility requirements. This cooperation resulted in largely compatible standards, that can create enormous leverage for accessible technologies and possibly lay the groundwork for an international standard.
United States Access Board, Mandate 376; European Standard on e-Accessibility EN 301 549 of 2014 of the European Commission, European Union Proposed rule for 508 Standards and the 255 Guidelines of 2015 of the U.S. Access Board, USA, United States of America
Rating-based training of accessibility assessors
The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) is a comprehensive rating system to measure meaningful accessibility in the built environment. The foundation also launched a training course for professionals in the construction industry to promote the principles of both the RHFAC and Universal Design.
Rick Hansen Foundation, Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification, Canada
Teaching the clicking of tongue technique to navigate
World Access for the Blind trains blind and visually impaired persons the technique of human echolocation and calls its training Flashsonar (quite like the navigation of bats). The technique allows people to navigate using tongue-clicking and by responding to the reflected sound from their surroundings.
World Access for the Blind, Flashsonar, United States of America
Accessibility certification programme for eBook publishers
Benetech is a leading provider of a digital library system. As another project, it launched the Global Certified Accessible™ certification, which not only validates the accessibility of individual eBooks but certifies the entire workflow of publishers, and supports everyone involved in the production of digital books.
Benetech, GCA™ publisher certification programme, United States of America
An Airport Rehearsal Programme for People with Disabilities, Families and Staff
Wings for Autism allows people with autism and with intellectual disabilities, as well as their families, to practice all the steps involved in travelling by plane, and to do so in a safe environment. From 2014 to 2018, Wings for Autism has trained approximately 13,500 people, family members, as well as airport and airline personnel.
The Arc of the United States, Wings for Autism, United States of America
Major outdoor park developments based on Universal Design principles
ACTServices Inc. is a US-based accessibility consulting firm. Since 2010, ACTServices has made two local parks accessible: Forest Glen Park (Illinois) and The Gathering Place (Oklahoma), considering especially children’s ability to experience the park and nature in general.
ACT Services Inc., Universal Design in Outdoor Parks, United States of America
Advice and support service targeted to indigenous populations
BCANDS provides free advice and support to any person with a disability-related query, but with a focus on the unique needs of Indigenous populations. The organization acts as a liaison among service agencies. In 2017, BCANDS supported over 1,700 people in accessing local or national services.
British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, Canada
Collaborative Creation of the Ten-Year Action Plan
The Plan for Inclusion is the result of extensive community consultations involving up to 1,150 people and leading to 4,500 proposals. These will be addressed by advisory groups, which include people with disabilities, their families, employers, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, and the technology and business sectors.
British Columbia Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Canada
Postgraduate studies in disability law and policy
The DLPP recruits students with and without disabilities from the United States and abroad, offering them the opportunity to specialize in the field of international and domestic disability law. DLPP students may also work as interns during the summer or full-time for a semester at disability law-related offices.
Syracuse University, College of Law, Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP), United States of America
Youth transition programme
The Youth Transition Program (YTP) is a collaborative school-to-work transition programme that serves young adults with disabilities statewide in Oregon, USA. The purpose of YTP is to prepare young adults for employment or career-related post-secondary education. YTP is jointly funded by local schools and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation.
University of Oregon, Youth transition programme, United States of America