• Assistive Technology

    Quadriplegic Rocks Stadium Football Fans with National Anthem

    ALBANY, N.Y. USA – A quadriplegic man stunned a stadium of thousands last night by playing the national anthem on a musical device he created to overcome his disability. Dave Whalen, 56, of Scotia, N.Y. has been paralyzed from the neck down since a ski accident at age 18 but that can’t stop him from… Continue Reading »

    Blackboard Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day with Series of Informative Webinars

    WASHINGTON, USA: 2nd annual Blackboard webinar series will convene experts from around the globe to share insights on creating inclusive learning experiences for all. In recognition of the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Blackboard will host a series of no cost, informative webinars covering hot topics related to digital access in education. The virtual events, taking… Continue Reading »

    USDLA Awards Blackboard Ally with Innovation Award for Excellence in Distance Learning in 2018

    Indianapolis, IN, USA– Blackboard was recently honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with the world’s most prestigious distance learning award The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2018 International Distance Learning Awards to Blackboard in conjunction with the 2018 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Blackboard was recognized with USDLA’s Innovation Award for higher education… Continue Reading »

    TIA Receives ANSI Reaccreditation in Recognition of Commitment to Standards Development

    ARLINGTON, VA, USA: The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced its successful reaccreditation with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developing Organization. TIA is a leader in developing standards for the information communications technology community and has maintained a partnership with ANSI for… Continue Reading »

    Call for Proposals: Using Technology to Accelerate Teacher Professional Development

    INTERNATIONAL: Please see here for a call for proposals to use technology to accelerate teacher professional development towards achieving SDG 4: Landscape review and research agenda. This research should include approaches that meet the diverse needs of teachers’ professional development (TPD), including for teachers with disabilities. As well, this should include research on TPD content to prepare… Continue Reading »

    Resource Watch Facilitates Data Access and SDG Monitoring

    INTERNATIONAL: The World Resources Institute (WRI) and over 30 partners have released the beta version of Resource Watch. This online platform brings together hundreds of data sets to facilitate users’ efforts to evaluate and visualize the state of the environment at local, national and global levels. The platform offers dashboards and alerts to help users… Continue Reading »

    Myopia Control Lens Awarded the Championship in Geneva’s Invention Expo

    HONG KONG, CHINA: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has brought glory to Hong Kong by winning 9 prizes, namely the Grand Prize (overall championship), one Grand Award, three Special Gold Medals, and four Gold Medals, at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. Covering a wide range of application areas, these breakthroughs not only expand… Continue Reading »

    Crawford Technologies Launches e-Commerce Site for Making Accessible PDFs

    TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – Crawford Technologies, provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announces the launch of AccessibilityNow.com, a new e-commerce site that makes it possible to quickly and cost-effectively convert PDFs into accessible documents. AccessibilityNow.com offers fast turnaround times and the lowest cost options available in the market so… Continue Reading »

    Beach Boys Drummer Beats M.S. with Hands-Free Jamboxx MIDI Instrument

    TEMECULA, CALIF. / ALBANY, N.Y. (USA):  A noted percussionist with multiple sclerosis is the new ambassador for Jamboxx, a hands-free breath powered instrument for all musicians including those with any form of disability. “As a long-time touring and recording percussionist, I was diagnosed with MS, which eventually hindered my expression as a performer,” said Jackie… Continue Reading »