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Access Board Issues Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

From the U.S. Access Board… The Access Board issued new accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) on January 9 under section 510 of the Rehabilitation Act. The standards provide design criteria for examination tables and chairs, weight scales, radiological and mammography equipment, and other diagnostic equipment that are accessible to people with disabilities. They… Read more Access Board Issues Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

New Program Offering Digitized Books Free to People with Print Disabilities

American Academy of Ophthalmology, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and VisionServe Alliance, Work in Partnership on Important Initiative New York, (Feb. 1, 2017) – Reading is a simple pleasure. However, millions of people are denied the joy of reading due to vision loss. Now, Lighthouse Guild and Bookshare®, are collaborating with the American… Read more New Program Offering Digitized Books Free to People with Print Disabilities

RESNA will launch the updated ATP examination

From RESNA On March 13, 2017, RESNA will launch the updated Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) examination. To update the exam, RESNA’s Professional Standards Board (PSB) enlisted the assistance of 53 subject matter experts.  In each step of the development process, a diverse group of subject matter experts (SMEs) was carefully selected to represent the wide… Read more RESNA will launch the updated ATP examination

Punch-In: Service for youth with disabilities seeking employment

This news comes from the Great Lakes ADA Center – AT Bulletin of Jan-Feb 2017… Punch-In is a free resource for young adults with disabilities preparing for and seeking employment. One of the many offerings on the site is a free, online course to develop the skills and strategies necessary to be successful in career endeavors.… Read more Punch-In: Service for youth with disabilities seeking employment

U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology

The U.S. Access Board today – January 9 2017 – released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. “This update is… Read more U.S. Access Board Updates Requirements for Information and Communication Technology

GAO Releases Report on Accessible Prescription Drug Labels

From the U.S. Access Board… The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently completed an assessment on the availability of prescription drug labels that are accessible to people with vision impairments or who are elderly. Under this study, GAO surveyed pharmacies, advocacy organizations, industry groups, and regulatory agencies to assess industry compliance with voluntary best practices for… Read more GAO Releases Report on Accessible Prescription Drug Labels

New guidance on IDEA

From the U.S. Department of Education… The U.S. Department of Education (on 12/12/2016) made available to the public final regulations under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), aimed at promoting equity by targeting widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities. The regulations will address a number of… Read more New guidance on IDEA