Month: March 2011

Fiji National Council for disabled people seek more accessible buses

Mar 30: The Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons is looking into having discussions with government for the provision of more accessible buses in the future. Executive Director Dr Sitiveni Yanuyanutawa said a certain category of disability especially disabled people confined to wheelchairs will not benefit from the free bus fare initiatives due to non-accessibility.… Continue Reading »

Flat Rock Playhouse in US offers audio description service for blind people

Mar 28: Flat Rock Playhouse has created a new opportunity for blind people to have an enhanced theatre experience.  Sponsored by Asheville Eye Associates, the Playhouse will provide Audio Descriptive services during the final Saturday Matinee of nearly every 2011 Mainstage production. Audio Description is a verbal commentary that speaks “between the lines” to describe… Continue Reading »

Bermuda Architect hopes to help improve accessibility

Mar 27: Bermuda is praised for its beauty and unique architecture, but many residents and tourists face problems getting around. Disabled people in wheelchairs, moms with strollers, those with sight and hearing impairments and people with crutches often face obstacles in accessing buildings, bars and restaurants or even just heading down the sidewalk. As the… Continue Reading »

Technology helps visually impaired people to enjoy art

UK, Mar 26: THE Long Gallery at Nottingham Castle is crowded with fine art – but how do you make it appeal to visitors who can’t see the exhibits? This was the task for Artfully Sighted, a group of people with a range of visual impairments who are all involved with the Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind… Continue Reading »

Rotary promotes disability access in Canada

Mar 25: Working out and improving fitness levels just got a little bit easier for those living with a disability in the North Cariboo, thanks to a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Quesnel. The gym at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre is now home to an Evolv Easystand Glider after… Continue Reading »

Singapore aims to provide accessible digital content for people with disabilities

While we exploit technology and work on interoperability to share digital contents over multiple platforms, what we don’t realise is that we might inadvertently leave behind a group of individuals who may have difficulty accessing these digital content, said Chia Woon Yee, Director of Technology & Vocational Training at the Society for the Physically Disabled… Continue Reading »

High Court in India asks architects body to contact survey of disability access of all government buildings

Nagpur, Mar 22: In a ray of hope for disabled and senior citizens, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court has asked the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) to conduct a survey of all the government/semi-government buildings in the city on facilities being offered. The IIA has been told to take the help ofNagpur… Continue Reading »

MLA motion would improve accessibility for disabled people in Canada

EDMONTON, Canada, Mar 20: When Marlin Styner entertains friends at his Red Deer home, the guests rarely return the favour. They want to invite him over but their homes weren’t built to accommodate the powered wheelchair he uses since he broke his neck in 1981. Now one of his friends, Red Deer-South MLA Cal Dallas,… Continue Reading »

Europeans target better web access for people with disabilities

Mar 17: For people around the world the Internet has become the first port of call for most information. However, researchers in Hungary believe that much of the information posted on the web does not meet the demands of users with disabilities. Writing in the International Journal of Knowledge and Web Intelligence, the research team… Continue Reading »

EnableMart teams with Microsoft Accessibility to educate educators on accommodating students with disabilities

Mar 16: Thousands of disabled persons and the people who care for them will flock to San Diego this week to attend the 26th Annual International Persons with Disabilities Conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt adjacent to Seaport Village. The conference, better known simply as CSUN to those in the know, is the premier conference… Continue Reading »