Paralympics Australia: Paralympics Australia celebrates its history with launch of ‘Paralympic Stories’

Paralympics Australia: Paralympics Australia celebrates its history with launch of ‘Paralympic Stories’. “Paralympic Stories combines materials from a wide range of sources to chronicle the development of the disability sport movement in Australia from the early years of the 20th century, through the establishment of wheelchair sport at rehabilitation centres after World War II, the first team to leave Australian shores in 1957, the first Paralympic Games in 1960 and the incredible progress in the decades since, in which the Paralympic Games have become one of the world’s most prominent sporting events.”

Zawya: New Accessible Travel Database announced by German National Tourist Board (PRESS RELEASE)

Zawya: New Accessible Travel Database announced by German National Tourist Board (PRESS RELEASE). “The German National Tourist Board has launched a new and comprehensive online database for BarrierFree (accessible) travel, the first of its kind to include a national labelling and ‘Accessibility Checked’ identification seal. Entitled ‘Travel for All’, the database enables the user to search for a wide range of accessible holiday facilities throughout Germany including accommodation, restaurants, activities, shopping centres and essential services such as accessible transport and local tourism offices.”

Make: Learn How To Design And Print Assistive Devices With This Free Course

Make: Learn How To Design And Print Assistive Devices With This Free Course. “Items like can openers, easy to grip door handles, and other simple tools can make a massive difference in people’s lives. With modern 3D printing, creating a custom tool for someone that does exactly what they need is incredibly easy, or at least it can be. PrintLab and Makers Making Change have partnered to put out this free course in designing and printing assistive devices, complete with tips on design and even tips on how to interact with someone who you’re helping (the most important tip? Listen to them).”

Engadget: Trump administration may monitor social media to catch disability fraud (updated)

Engadget: Trump administration may monitor social media to catch disability fraud (updated). “If you’re claiming disability benefits, a latergram of you hiking or going out dancing could soon get you in trouble. A proposed Trump administration rule would allow agency officials to snoop on the social media accounts of Social Security disability recipients. The White House is working with the Social Security Administration to propose a new rule that allow for social media monitoring in order to crack down on fraud, reports the New York Times.”

TechCrunch: Official emoji debut for disabled folks, service dogs, waffles and more

TechCrunch: Official emoji debut for disabled folks, service dogs, waffles and more . “A gaggle of new emoji have just been approved by the Unicode Consortium, meaning they’ll be standard across any platforms that choose to support them. This batch includes some much-needed representation for people with various disabilities, new animals from guide dogs to otters, food and many more objects.”

CNET: Google’s Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier aim to help the hard of hearing

CNET: Google’s Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier aim to help the hard of hearing. “Google wants to make Android phones powerful tools for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. On Monday, the search giant released two new services, Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier, aimed at helping people who have trouble hearing communicate more easily.”

Wired: Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Wired: Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible. “To be blind on the internet, at its worst, is to be told that you are a liar. ‘Every time I say I’m visually impaired,’ says Casey Greer. ‘someone will try to shut me down, saying “Well then how did you type this comment?!” It feels silly that in 2019, I always have to explain that blind people use and love the internet just as much as anybody else.’ The antidote? YouTube’s thriving community of blind creators, which includes Greer.”