Direct Care Workforce Policy and Action Guide

From CHCS: For Complete Post, Click Here… The U.S. is facing a dire shortage of direct care workers (DCW), who provide essential services to older adults and people with disabilities. Although state officials understand the importance of meaningfully supporting the direct care workforce, they often struggle to identify how to tackle the problem in a … Continue reading Direct Care Workforce Policy and Action Guide →
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Reebok Releases Adaptive Sneaker Collection

By Michael Franz: For Complete Post, Click Here… Reebok and Zappos Adaptive have partnered to launch Reebok’s first adaptive footwear collection, Reebok Fit to Fit. The Reebok Fit to Fit collection includes two models of shoes designed to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities. The Nanoflex Parafit TR offers a breathable mesh upper, along … Continue reading Reebok Releases Adaptive Sneaker Collection →
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Ticketing Accessibility: Come One, Come All

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You may remember this famous line from the ‘80s movie “Field of Dreams.” Kevin Costner, playing Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, hears these words whispering repeatedly to him while walking through a cornfield.

Ultimately, Ray dares to dream, makes the investment (by plowing down part of his crop) and builds “it” — a baseball diamond in the middle of his Iowa cornfield. Then the ghosts of baseball legends Shoeless Joe Jackson and seven other Chicago White Sox players banned from the game for throwing the 1919 World Series show up.

By now you are probably wondering just what does this line from a sports fantasy movie have to do with ticketing accessibility?

Android 13 Beta 3 will bring native support for braille displays

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Over the years, Google has added many features to Android to make the operating system more accessible to people with special needs. For instance, Andriod 10 brought Live Caption and Live Transcribe, while Android 12 added a new feature called Camera Switches, allowing users to control their phones with facial expressions. As part of this continued push, Google will be adding native support for braille displays in Android 13.

In a blog post on Thursday, Google announced that the upcoming Android 13 beta release would bring out-of-the-box support for braille display. For the unaware, a refreshable braille display is an electro-mechanic device that surfaces information by raising round-tipped pins through holes in a flat surface. It enables blind and deafblind users (who can’t use a screen reader) to access smartphones or computers. It has always been possible to use a braille display on Andriod using the Talkback app. But now, Google is baking the Talkback features right into Android so users won’t need to download a separate app.

Apple previews innovative accessibility features combining the power of hardware, software, and machine learning

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Software features coming later this year offer users with disabilities new tools for navigation, health, communication, and more.

Apple today previewed innovative software features that introduce new ways for users with disabilities to navigate, connect, and get the most out of Apple products. These powerful updates combine the company’s latest technologies to deliver unique and customizable tools for users, and build on Apple’s long-standing commitment to making products that work for everyone.

Using advancements across hardware, software, and machine learning, people who are blind or low vision can use their iPhone and iPad to navigate the last few feet to their destination with Door Detection; users with physical and motor disabilities who may rely on assistive features like Voice Control and Switch Control can fully control Apple Watch from their iPhone with Apple Watch Mirroring; and the Deaf and hard of hearing community can follow Live Captions on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Apple is also expanding support for its industry-leading screen reader VoiceOver with over 20 new languages and locales. These features will be available later this year with software updates across Apple platforms.

“Apple embeds accessibility into every aspect of our work, and we are committed to designing the best products and services for everyone,” said Sarah Herrlinger, Apple’s senior director of Accessibility Policy and Initiatives. “We’re excited to introduce these new features, which combine innovation and creativity from teams across Apple to give users more options to use our products in ways that best suit their needs and lives.”

Door Detection for Users Who Are Blind or Low Vision

Direct Care Workforce Policy and Action Guide

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The U.S. is facing a dire shortage of direct care workers (DCW), who provide essential services to older adults and people with disabilities. Although state officials understand the importance of meaningfully supporting the direct care workforce, they often struggle to identify how to tackle the problem in a systematic, effective way.

The Direct Care Workforce Policy and Action Guide, a new Milbank Memorial Fund resource for state officials examines the challenges that direct care workers face — and the administrative, funding, policy, and regulatory levers that states can use to better support this critical workforce. The guide, coauthored by the Center for Health Care Strategies, IMPART Alliance/Michigan State University, and the Milbank Memorial Fund, underscores that simply raising wages or requiring more training hours is not sufficient. The guide outlines — with action steps and examples — how officials can build a statewide, coordinated plan that is tailored to state needs and responsive to drivers of the DCW shortage. The authors also illustrate how some states are addressing long-standing racial and economic disparities that have affected both the direct care workforce as a profession and DCWs themselves.

Reebok Releases Adaptive Sneaker Collection

By Michael Franz: For Complete Post, Click Here… Reebok and Zappos Adaptive have partnered to launch Reebok’s first adaptive footwear collection, Reebok Fit to Fit. The Reebok Fit to Fit collection includes two models of shoes designed to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities. The Nanoflex Parafit TR offers a breathable mesh upper, along … Continue reading Reebok Releases Adaptive Sneaker Collection →
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Reebok Releases Adaptive Sneaker Collection

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Reebok and Zappos Adaptive have partnered to launch Reebok’s first adaptive footwear collection, Reebok Fit to Fit.

The Reebok Fit to Fit collection includes two models of shoes designed to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities. The Nanoflex Parafit TR offers a breathable mesh upper, along with a medial zipper and heel pull tab to make it easier to put on and take off the shoes. The Club MEMT Parafit features a medial zipper, extra 4E width, a low-cut design for enhanced mobility and a removable sock liner for custom fitting.

“At Reebok, we continue to prioritize innovation and creating products that inspire human movement,” says Todd Krinsky, senior vice president of product at Reebok Design Group. “We’re proud to introduce our first official adaptive collection to help those with disabilities thrive — from sports and fitness to everyday life.”

The Reebok Fit to Fit collection will be available in multiple colorways beginning May 19. The Nanoflex Parafit TR is available for $90 and comes in adult unisex sizes. The Club MEMT Parafit is available for $65, also in adult unisex sizes. Both models will be available in single shoe options soon. The Nanoflex Parafit TR and Club MEMT Parafit can be purchased from opens in a new windowReebok and Zappos Adaptive.

Ruminating on Our Ruminations Causes More Depression

From Neuroscience News: For Complete Post, Click Here… ngd- I know this has been true for me… Once you have depressive symptoms, it’s easy to fall into a pattern where you aggravate the disorder by ruminative thinking. One of the key issues is what is called negative metacognitions, a phrase that needs an explanation. “Meta-thoughts—or … Continue reading Ruminating on Our Ruminations Causes More Depression →
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Grads With Down Syndrome Change the Narrative at GMU

By Cory Smith: For Complete Post, Click Here… Charlotte Woodward and Madison Essig are just the fifth and sixth students born with Down syndrome to earn a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Their achievements were recognized during the commencement ceremony, and they’re both honored to hold that distinction. But it’s also bittersweet because they … Continue reading Grads With Down Syndrome Change the Narrative at GMU →
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