General News

February: Low Vision Awareness Month

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) offers this collection of resources and research findings related to improving independence for people with low vision.

“Designing a Symbol for Disability”

This article reports on a new set of emoji, including several symbols representing disability, recently approved by the Unicode Consortium.

Mattel to Introduce Barbie Dolls with Disabilities

Mattel's 2019 Barbie Fashionistas line, which aims to offer kids more diverse representations of beauty, includes a doll who uses a wheelchair and another with a prosthetic leg.

“The Right Straws Provide Access for People with Disabilities and Reduce Environmental Waste”

This article reports on a recent study on drinking straws that examined the needs of people with disabilities as well as features that can help reduce waste and preserve the environment.

“United States of America Joins WIPO’s Marrakesh Treaty as 50th Member in Major Advance for the Global Blind Community”

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced the expansion of the Marrakesh Treaty, which will ease the creation and international transfer of accessible texts. The U.S. joins more than 70 countries around the world in making published works available to individuals with print disabilities.