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    Month: May 2011

    Israel public transportation companies under fire for not making buses blind-friendly

    The Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice has filed a criminal indictment against the bus companies “Egged” and “Kavim” for failing to make their buses accessible to blind people. The indictment against Eged was filed with the Haifa HaShalom Court and the lawsuit against Kavim… Continue Reading »

    New train audio info welcomed by Blind Foundation in New Zealand

    Auckland, New Zealand:  A new audio information system Auckland Transport is introducing on trains next week is expected to make a big difference for blind and vision impaired people. The automated announcements are part of on-going improvements to the quality of public transport information. They are also part of Auckland Transport efforts to make public… Continue Reading »

    Amusement Park for people with disabilities opens in Texas

    SAN ANTONIO –  The carousel has chariots for wheelchairs. Braille games decorate side panels on the jungle gym. And table-high sandboxes allow just about any kid to build a castle. Morgan’s Wonderland aims to offer everything a special-needs guest might enjoy at a theme park — while appealing to non-disabled visitors too. “If it wasn’t… Continue Reading »

    Mayor aims for London to be 'most disabled friendly in world' by 2012

    THE Deputy Mayor of London has promised a “true legacy” of accessibility for disabled people in the capital after next year’s Olympic Games. Richard Barnes pledged to “make sure London is inclusive and embracing to all communities” as he, along with Mayor of London Boris Johnson, opened a new play area at a Muswell Hill… Continue Reading »

    UI professor creates crosswalk system that helps blind people

    MOSCOW, Idaho — A University of Idaho (UI) professor has developed a system being installed in cities around the country that helps visually impaired pedestrians safely cross intersections. Professor Richard Wall tells KLEW-TV that the Advanced Accessible Pedestrian System provides audible signals as well as raised arrows that tell visually impaired walkers when and in… Continue Reading »

    MBNA empowers consumers with disabilities with eSSENTIAL Accessibility

    MBNA Canada Bank (MBNA), Canada’s largest issuer of MasterCard credit cards, announced today a new alliance with eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ to feature assistive technology that extends the bank’s online services to Canadians with physical disabilities. It is part of a Disability Community Involvement initiative sponsored by March of Dimes Canada. eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ and March of Dimes… Continue Reading »

    DPWH enforces barrier-free environment for people with disabilities in Philippines

    MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte:  “A barrier-free environment will enable persons with disabilities to have access in any public buildings and establishments and such other places mentioned in Batas Pambansa bilang 344,” said Architect Noel Baleña from Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office-8 during the provincial forum for people with disabilities. Batas Pambansa… Continue Reading »

    Make infrastructure more disabled-friendly in Malaysia, urges Shahrizat

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry wants all infrastructure, including public transport such as Light Rail Transit (LRT), bus, and taxi stations to be more disabled-friendly. Its minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the ministry would cooperate with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) on this matter to outline and… Continue Reading »

    Ordnance Survey produces first maps for colour blind people

    UK: Colour blind people will soon be able to navigate the countryside with special maps created by Ordnance Survey. The maps, made with help from the Royal National Institute for the Blind, have one palette with shades that sufferers can see. Once drawn, they were put to the test by colour blind volunteers. The scheme… Continue Reading »