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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
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
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
Disability-led network for promoting professional artists and musicians
Founded by US musical artist Lachi in 2021, the Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities (RAMPD) network is dedicated to promoting disability culture and accessibility in the music industry, including ‘certification’ of venues. By 2022, RAMPD already had 60 professional members.
Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities (RAMPD), Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities (RAMPD), 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
Theatre arts programme for youth with disabilities
‘Access to Theatre’ is a free inclusive arts programme designed to help young people develop artistic and communication skills. Developed in 1994 by Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) in the United States, the four-week programme has about 65 participants each year.
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Access to Theatre, United States of America
An online accessible skills-driven job platform
Jobs Ability’, launched in 2018, is a development of the US non-profit Our Ability, in cooperation with Syracuse University and Microsoft. The Artificial Intelligence-driven job matching service uses algorithms that focus on the skills and abilities of persons with disabilities, rather than on what they do not have.
Our Ability - Access to Opportunity, Jobs Ability, United States of America
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
Public-Private-Partnership connecting jobseekers with disabilities to employers
The aim of the initiative is to build partnerships to connect people with disabilities with meaningful, livelihood-securing jobs. Jobseekers are assisted in their employment goals, while companies are connected with pre-screened, qualified candidates and are provided with support for diversity hiring.
MOPD NYC - Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities New York, NYC: ATWORK, United States of America