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Global Accessibility Symposium and Lights! Camera! Access! Career Exploration Summit

The Global Accessibility Symposium was held at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA on May 17th. During the day, Lights! Camera! Access! (LCA) held the Executive Leadership Roundtable, facilitated by the Honorable Tony Coelho, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act. LCA Roundtable included: Frances West, Founder of Frances West Company, Speaker, Author, ... Read more

Web for All Conference 2019 — Global Accessibility

Congratulations to Dragan Ahmetovic, Chieko Asakawa, Eshed Ohn-Bar, Joao Guerreiro, Kris M. Litani, and Victoria Yaneva for Web4All Best Papers. And all of the participants, including co-chairs Ted Drake, Elaine Pearson and Volker Sorge. Web for All Conference is the premiere venue for accessibility research, on all aspects of web accessibility. W4A embraces the ... Read more

World Wide Web — 30th Anniversary

The World Wide Web was invented by Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, British scientist, during his time at CERN The first website at CERN – and in the world – was dedicated to the World Wide Web project itself and was hosted on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer. In 2013, CERN launched a project to restore this ... Read more

Web4All 2019 Personalising the Web with Accessibility Travel Scholarships

 The W4A conference May 13/14 Travel scholarships for the Web4All’19 conference for students with disabilities and any students doing accessibility research. The conference will feature presentations on computer accessibility research followed by a 2-day industry supported hackathon: There are 3 exciting opportunities for students (Applications Closed): * Free travel, room, and registration – IBM Award ... Read more

“Campeones” (“Champions”), Wins Best Picture at the Spanish Film Academy’s Goya Awards, Featuring Actors with Developmental Disabilities

Spain’s biggest national box office hit of the year, “Campeones” ( Champions), a comedy about a basketball team featuring actors with developmental disabilities, won Best Picture at the Spanish Film Academy’s Goya Awards.  Cast: Javier Gutierrez, Jose de Luna, Gloria Ramos, Roberto Chinchilla, Athenea Mata, Luisa Gavasa, Mariano Llorente, Daniel Freire, Juan Margallo Production companies: ... Read more

Georgia Aquarium Becomes World’s First Certified Autism Center Aquarium

With so much mainstream media attention focused on autism in the past several years, it’s surprising more tourist destinations aren’t doing all they can to accommodate visitors on the autism spectrum. For parents, vacation planning can be a nightmare as they seek out attractions that are fun while remaining mindful of their childrens’ needs. ... Read more

Molly Shannon

Actress/comedian Molly Shannon is one of funniest performers on television, film and stage. Shannon worked in restaurants while trying to get her comedy career off the ground. In 1995, she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. She stayed on the show for six years, leaving in 2001. Shannon has appeared in such films ... Read more

Harris Wofford: A leader in Community Service

Harris Wofford was a major force in the shaping of the American community. He began the journey as a teenage in Scarsdale, New York, during World War II, when he formed the Student Federalists, a national organization preparing for the anticipated world government. While a private in the U.S. Army Air Force early in ... Read more

Trevor Noah Riffs on People without Disabilities Playing Roles in Movies About People with Disabilities — The Upside and Bryan Cranston

The upside of The Upside might be more awareness? Trevor Noah spoke about his new awareness of actors playing parts that an actor with a disability would be a natural fit. Not until this controversy hit social media did Noah ever think of the similarities of minority roles being taken by non-minority actors. The ... Read more

Visions for the Future of Mobility at CES

Five finalists in the three-year Mobility Unlimited Challenge have been unveiled at CES in Las Vegas. The Toyota Mobility Foundation launched the $4 million global challenge in 2017 in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, with the aim of improving the lives of millions of people with lower-limb paralysis. The Challenge invited engineers, innovators, ... Read more

Easterseals in Bloom at the 2019 Rose Parade

Easterseals’ 100 year anniversary celebration kicks off with a Rose Parade float representing the nearly 1.5 million people with disabilities Easterseals serves throughout the country. For millions of people around the world, the Rose Parade is an iconic New Year’s Day tradition. Through the days and hours of the float construction, Easterseals CEO, Angela ... Read more

Long Haul Paul bringing MS awareness to rural America

  As  much as I enjoy riding all over the country and hanging out at motorcycle rallies and trade shows, it only takes a minute to remind me of the reason I left the security of a steady job and decided to dedicate my foreseeable future to bring education, inspiration and hope to others ... Read more

Mayors from Berlin, New York, Chicago and Amman Launch Cities for All Campaign

The German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) hosted the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities. This Global Compact gathered city leaders and mayors from Berlin, New York, Chicago and Amman for a signing ceremony signifying their commitment towards inclusive and accessible cities for persons with disabilities and older persons. This ... Read more

A More Accessible Instagram

Instagram has introduced two new improvements to make it easier for people with visual impairments. There are more than 285 million people in the world who have visual impairments will benefit. First, is an automatic alternative text so you can hear descriptions of photos through your screen reader when you use Feed, Explore and ... Read more

Speech to Text Can Reduce Back Pain and Stress

Chronic pain is a common symptom of those struggling with prolonged anxiety or anxiety disorders. This type of pain can vary in the way it displays itself, from headaches and migraines to the all-over muscle pain and fatigue often associated with conditions like fibromyalgia. Back pain is one of the most often seen manifestations ... Read more

Climate Change: New Report Shows We Are Living On Thin Ice

The Arctic Ocean’s blanket of sea ice has changed since 1958 from predominantly older, thicker ice to mostly younger, thinner ice. With so little thick, old ice left, new ice is more vulnerable to weather and wind, so thin ice is now more variable. Working from a combination of satellite records and declassified submarine ... Read more

The Weaponized ADA: Using a Civil Rights Law to Disenfranchise Voters

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is widely regarded to be one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in American history. It was meant to ensure equal access and opportunity for the countless millions of American citizens living with disabilities. It was meant to ensure fair treatment and guaranteed accessibility. It ... Read more

Preexisting Conditions Making Comeback Under New Trump Admin ‘Guidance’

Make Preexisting Conditions Awful Again? New Trump Administration Guidance May Do Precisely That There was a time, not so long ago, when Americans with preexisting conditions — health issues they had prior to changing insurance policies — found themselves faced with a quandary of biblical proportions. Do they get life saving treatments for their ... Read more

Disability Hate Crimes Rising Astronomically in England, New Report Finds

The Number of Hate Crimes in England, Wales Rose Sharply in 2017-2018 Period It’s difficult for most people to wrap their heads around. How is it possible that hate crimes could still take place in the US and England in 2018? So often we think of modern society in the United States and the United ... Read more

Disney Working to Block Dozens of Lawsuits Related to ADA, Autism

Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida are two of the most legendary theme parks in the world. But for some visitors with severe autism, Disney’s iconic parks are anything but magical. And now, the Disney Corporation wants to stop dozens of lawsuits from reaching court and tarnishing their image as a place ... Read more