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Employment of Women with Disabilities

The Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) has released a report that indicates women with disabilities are a great source of untapped potential as employees. However, a range of barriers prevent women with disabilities from participating to their full potential in the labour market.

In Bringing Down the Barriers: The Labour Market and Women with Disabilities in Ontario, CCSD senior research associate Gail Fawcett combines the latest statistical data about the economic situation of women with disabilities with findings from focus groups in Ontario about these women's experiences in the job market.

Nearly 7 in 10 women with disabilities who were in the labour force at some point during 1993 and 1994 either dropped out or were involuntarily unemployed for a while during that two-year period. Among their non-disabled counterparts, only 2 in 10 experienced this kind of work instability.

Bringing down the Barriers is available online at www.ccsd.ca. For further information contact: John Kane, Communications Officer, Tel: (613) 236-8977, ext. 228; Fax: (613) 236-2750, E-mail: kane@ccsd.ca. To order a copy of the report, contact: CCSD Publications, Tel: (613) 236-8977, ext. 225; Fax: (613) 236-2750, E-mail: publications@ccsd.ca.

U.S. Access Board Issues Research Report on Detectable Warnings

The U.S. Access Board released a study on detectable warnings that surveys the state-of-the-art in the U.S. and abroad and summarises the installation and effectiveness of various designs. These warnings provide tactile cues at intersections, drop-offs, and other potential hazards to people with vision impairments. This study was conducted by Accessible Design for the Blind under a contract with the Board.

The results are provided in a 150-page report, Detectable Warnings: Synthesis of U.S. and International Practice, which was developed to provide guidance to transportation engineers, planners, and others involved in the design of public rights-of-way. The report includes information on the need for warning surfaces in public rights-of-ways, a review of research, guidelines, and standards on detectable warnings, the use of detectable warnings in the U.S. and abroad with illustrative case studies, product manufacturers, and recommendations. Copies of the report are available free from the Board by calling (202) 272-5434 (voice) or (202) 272-5449 (TTY) and requesting publication A-39.

For further information on the U.S. Access Board, visit their web site at: http://www.access-board.gov.

Smithsonian Publications on Audio Tape

The Voices to Access 2000" project opens the Smithsonian's vast resources to people who cannot read standard print, including people who are blind or have low vision, people with learning disabilities and people with mobility limitations.

Voices to Access 2000" can provide the audio cassette alternative format for most Smithsonian publications. This service brings the Smithsonian closer to its goal of making its publications readable by anyone, in formats accessible to everyone.

For information on the nearly 100 audio tapes currently available, or to request taping of a particular Smithsonian publication, call (202) 786-2942. The audio tapes list also will be posted on the Web at http://www.si.edu/resource/access.

There is no charge to people with disabilities for the taped versions, and much of the related print material is free. Audio cassettes will accompany only paid subscriptions to such publications as Smithsonian magazine.

Internet Searching

Copernic is a free web search tool, which is a free download. It simultaneously searches up to 12 major engines for anything, returns from 10 to 30 responses per engine (you specify), then ranks all the responses on a single-consolidated page in order of pertinence. It will even leave out duplicates & references with bad links to save you time. Contact: www.copernic.com.

New International On-line Disability Magazine Launched

Where would you go on-line to find out about the disability rights movement in Uganda, employment of blind people in Russia, Internet accessibility standards in the European Union, the best accessible travel websites, inclusive schooling in Brazil or upcoming international disability film festivals?

The new monthly webzine, Disability World, is designed to provide international perspectives on the world-wide disability rights and independent living movements-reporting news, research and analysis of developments affecting the quality of life for the estimated 600 million people with physical and mental disabilities world-wide. For further information, visit their web site: http://www.disabilityworld.org.

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