Public Rights of
The Architectural Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
(Access Board) sets guidelines on accessible
public rights-of-way (after consumers have a chance to comment
on them). The Accessibility Guidelines include access to public
streets and sidewalks for persons with disabilities, including
crosswalks, curb ramps, street furnishings, parking, and other
components of public rights-of-way. An Advisory Board comprised
of disability groups, civil engineers, transportation specialists,
public works departments, and other concerned individuals
all contribute to the guidelines. See the Access Board Web
site for the latest guidelines: http://www.access-board.gov/prowac/index.htm
Also learn about
new laws proposed by the Access Board for Playgrounds and
Recreation Areas on http://www.access-board.gov/index.htm.
Universal Wireless Door OpenersOneLink
is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to develop,
promote and maintain an open standard that will provide for
universal wireless access to public, commercial, and private
facilities throughout America. The system would not compromise
security because the remote control would be disabled when
the door is locked. For more information, visit the OneLink
Web site at: http://www.onelink.org/index.html.
Talking ATM's. Wells Fargo and the
California Council of the Blind have initiated what they believe
to be the first plan in the nation for developing and installing
talking ATMs. The plan calls for Wells Fargo to pilot 20 talking
ATMs in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles and San
Diego counties. After successful completion of the pilot next
year, Wells Fargo will begin installing a talking ATM at each
of the more than 1,500 Wells Fargo ATM locations in California.
In the near future, expect to see (and hear) a lot more types
of talking technology devices.
is very accessible! Now it can be safe, as security programs
become more sophisticated. Higher competition and safer security
has made shopping from your home computer more efficient.
Prices are dropping and types of merchandise have expanded.
Internet shopping is an ideal option for those who find regular
shopping physically unmanageable. Now we find pharmacies,
medical supplies, more than one grocery service, books, clothes,
gifts, cards, and services. Perhaps you manage a business
from your desktop!
Good looking, nicely designed packs that can attach to your
wheelchair-a backpack for holding everything in separate compartments,
or a mini-pack for cell phones, glasses, and other small items.
Designed by wheelchair usersaround $39.95.