3.11 @ The NN: Jobs, Cabs, Music
03/11/2013 - 15:28
Helen Chernikoff
Some good ideas in here. Fotolia
Some good ideas in here. Fotolia

The number of people with disabilities in the workforce rose in February from the prior month as the jobless rate fell to 12.3 percent from 13.7 percent, reports DisabilityScoop.

The gains for those with disabilities mirror positive signs in the workforce as a whole, according to the website.

New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to be coming around to the view that all new taxis should be wheelchair-accessible, reports the Daily News, which wrote an editorial on Sunday urging him to do just that.

Apparently, Bloomberg was worried that wheelchair-accessible cabs might be less durable, but engineering breakthroughs are reassuring him.

There’s been a few articles recently about making the experience of music more accessible to people who are deaf: one from the New York Times about this woman, for example, who interprets musical acts at live shows for deaf and hard-of-hearing fans.

And here’s another about the National Orchestra of Wales, which has created a “sound box” that enables deaf people to feel the music but putting their hands on it or lying on top of it. From NPR.

On Mashable and really all over the web is news of “Auti-Sim,” a game that simulates life with childhood autism in the hope of raising awareness of autism.

Created by a team at the Vancouver Hacking Health hackathon, which sounds awesome, the game creates for the player the experience of blurry vision, loud noise and overall sensory overload that can be characteristic of autism.

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