• Month: August 2011

    Touch technology to assist students with disabilities in public schools

    WA education minister Liz Constable said the government was spending $4million over four years to install new interactive whiteboards in classrooms. The funding would assist public schools to help students with disabilities learn through the use of technology. The Minister said touch technology was benefiting students, particularly those with autism and intellectual disability. “The technology… Continue Reading »

    ‘APSIS4All’ EU project aims to improve ATM accessibility for people with disabilities

    An EU-funded project is aiming to make self-service cash terminals more accessible for people with disabilities and seniors. According to a study, the EU is seriously lagging behind the US and Canada in bank’s cash-machines accessibility for disabled consumers, which is why the Commission has decided to provide €3.41 million for the Accessible Personalised Services In Public… Continue Reading »

    Abu Dhabi Government website accessible for people with disabilities

    Abu Dhabi: User experience consultancy User Vision has just completed a long term contract to make Abu Dhabi government websites more accessible for people with disabilities. The project, part of the Abu Dhabi Government Modernisation Initiative, was the first of its kind in the region and underlines the government’s active interest in web accessibility and… Continue Reading »

    Passengers with disabilities left stranded at Scottish Airport

    Passengers with disabilities from Northern Ireland were left stranded at a Scottish airport at the weekend after equipment and assistance they needed to board a flight were not available in time for take-off. The group of six, which included an 85-year old woman, several wheelchair users and an adult with Down’s syndrome, were told that… Continue Reading »

    Researchers developing computer game for children with autism

    Researchers at Oporto University have teamed up with the University of Texas at Austin, USA, to develop a computer game aimed at helping children with autism learn facial expressions and emotions to help them relate better to the people around them. The game – which was the brainchild of various Oporto University alumni – will… Continue Reading »

    Disability rights organizations advocate barrier-free housing in Taipei

    Taipei, Taiwan: Affordable housing units should be built with barrier-free facilities to meet the need of physical disabled people,  several disability rights organizations urged in Taipei. During a press conference in the Legislative Yuan, opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Sue-ying said the government has recently concluded the bidding process for builders to construct affordable… Continue Reading »

    EdOptions(TM) launches text to speech functionality in online curriculum

    Falls Church, VA: EdOptions(TM) announced today the release of Text to Speech, a new feature allowing users of its Web-based courses to have text within the curriculum read out loud. By establishing a partnership with ReadSpeaker(R), the developer of online text to speech applications, EdOptions(TM) continues its commitment to increased student accessibility of its online… Continue Reading »

    New report shows children with disabilities in Nepal face major barriers to education

    Kathmandu, Nepal: Children with disabilities in Nepal face diverse and imposing barriers to getting a basic education, Human Rights Watch said in a report. Schools are physically inaccessible, teachers are inadequately trained, and some children with disabilities are unjustly denied admission to neighborhood schools, Human Rights Watch found. The 76-page report, “Futures Stolen: Barriers to… Continue Reading »

    FCC sets new video description rules for US television

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will give television stations nine months to comply with rules requiring video description programming for people who are blind or visually impaired. The commission unanimously adopted the rules on Wednesday, and the decision was announced Thursday. The rules are part of the FCC’s implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and… Continue Reading »