Sunday, September 26, 2004
Monday, September 20, 2004
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Sunday, September 12, 2004
Enhanced CD available for Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities
The MLA has just released a second printing of Disability Studies. This printing
includes new file formats on the accompanying CD:
ASCII (.txt files), modified for optimal use on text-to-speech readers
Braille (.brf files), for users with Braille utility software and hardware
DAISY 2.02 compliant Digital Talking Book (DTB). The DAISY format is the basis for
the US Department of Education's voluntary National Instructional Materials
Accessibility Standard, which is designed to help publishers make textbooks
available to students and teachers in a more timely and consistent manner,
improving academic results for students with disabilities.
Images appropriate for enlarging (.tif files)
The first printing of Disability Studies included CDs with ASCII files (intended
for text-to-speech readers) and XML files (intended for persons who need to read
and hear content at the same time). Feedback from users led to changes in both sets
of files. Anyone who purchased the first printing can request a new CD by writing,
calling, or e-mailing the customer services office at the Modern Language
Association (26 Broadway, Third Floor, New York, NY 10004; 646-576-5161;
Mike Dorn, Ph.D.
Institute on Disabilities
College of Education
Friday, September 10, 2004
Witnesses testify before the Committee:
Ms. Ricki Sabia, Parent
Associate Director of Public Policy, National Down Syndrome Society, Silver Spring, MD
Dr. Jane Rhyne, Assistant Superintendent for Exceptional Children, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC
Dr. Pia Durkin, Superintendent of Schools, Narragansett School System, Narragansett, RI
Dr. Martha Thurlow, Director, National Center on Education Outcomes, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
including students with disabilities in statewide assessment programs,
published by Parents Engaged in Education Reform (PEER Project), Federation
for Children with Special Needs, Boston, Massachusetts.
In the past, large-scale assessments were not always considered important
for students with disabilities - it was assumed that special education
assessments provided sufficient data on how well students were doing in
school. Typically, however, special education assessments have not provided
information on what students know and can do relative to local and state
The 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA) require the participation of students with disabilities in statewide
and district-wide assessments, regardless of the format of the assessments.
This addition to the law means that the education system must be accountable
for the results of education for all students.
All Kids Count offers parents, parent leaders, professionals, and other
interested parties guidelines for participating in discussions about
policies and practices related to inclusion of students with disabilities in
large-scale assessments. The book includes a state-by-state report and
executive summary of assessment policies and practices, an overview of
policy issues, a glossary, a list of accommodations culled from states'
policies, a PEER Information Brief on assessment, and contact information
for state Departments of Education and Parent Centers on Disability. (100
pages. 1998. $20.00) To order call 617/482-2915.
Monday, September 06, 2004
Friday, September 03, 2004
WID's 131 page report features articles and research on how disability groups are using independent living principles to improve their living conditions in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Also included is the International Independent Living Timeline spanning 1755 to 2003, and a selected international bibliography.
The International Independent Living Timeline began as a project of the 1999 International Summit on Independent Living, organized by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU). Held in Washington D.C., participants from fifty countries provided information about milestones in the independent living movement. The result is an indispensable research tool that helps track 1) precursors or prerequisites to an independent living movement in various countries, and 2) the influence of external political events and international and regional collaboration. IDEAS project staff have recently updated the timeline, which is printed in this volume.
The entire volume features original papers, as well as reprinted papers from the IDEAS online magazine (www.disabilityworld.org) and other journals. In addition to regional reports, countries featured include Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Mozambique, South Africa and the U.S.
"This entire volume so clearly demonstrates the value of international exchange of experience to advance the status of disabled people worldwide," says Tomas Lagerwall, secretary general of Rehabilitation International. "I have witnessed the many positive effects of this movement, first in Europe and now in the U.S. and am certain we still have much to learn from each other."
A Global Snapshot is a product of the International Disability Exchanges and Studies (IDEAS) project, a five year collaboration of WID; Rehabilitation International (RI); Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU); and the Inter-American Institute on Disability (IID). It is funded by the U.S. National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
Copies of this report are available in print or alternative formats from firstname.lastname@example.org or (510)251-4309.(Shipped in the U.S. is $30.13. Shipped by international surface is $34.96; allow 4-6 weeks. Shipped by international air is $39.25. Sliding scale is available for developing countries.)
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Johnson & Johnson has issued a voluntary recall of the iBOT wheelchair in order to fix a problem discovered in one of the wheelchairs during a routine test. "When they tested this unit, it spun around in a full circle and fell over," said Jeff Leebau, spokesman for Johnsin & Johnson in HME Newswire.
Although none of the 36 American iBOT owners have reported this problem, the company has advised that owners not use their chairs until the repairs can be finished. Repairs are expected to take two to three months and people who don't have a backup wheelchair will be reimbursed the cost of a manual or power replacement. Also, no new iBOTs will be manufactured until the problem is resolved.
New Mobility Magazine
Deborah V. Buck, Executive Director
Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
PO Box 32
Delmar, NY 12054
(518) 439-1263 voice/TTY
(518) 439-3451 fax
(518) 441-7204 cell