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NFB condemns lack of access to new Amazon Kindle Fire

BALTIMORE: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) commented today on the release of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire, which cannot be used by people who are Continue reading the story...

New publication helps property professionals meet the requirements of the 2010 ADA Standards

WASHINGTON, DC: The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has released a new guidebook, Guide to the 2010 ADA Standards, to help architects, space planners, Continue reading the story...

EU invests $5M to make ATM accessible

The European Union is spending €3.41m ($4.7 million) on a project to make self-service terminals more accessible to people with disabilities and senior citizens. According to the Continue reading the story...

Program teaches blind people to learn photography in Mexico

A group of 30 blind people are learning photography with the help of the Mexico City foundation called Eyes That Feel. Founded five years ago, the foundation Continue reading the story...

MAB introduces ICT course for blind people

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Blind-friendly information technology is something not many people would have heard about. Braille-based computer equipment and speech technology are just some adaptive tools being introduced Continue reading the story...

Audible pedestrian signals debut in New York

NY: Crossing the street just got a little less treacherous for blind people at 25 intersections in all four boroughs. New Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) introduced Continue reading the story...

Tanzania government prints constitution in Braille for people with visual disabilities

In a bid to ensure wide participation of citizens in the process of preparing a new constitution, the government has printed special copies in Braille form Continue reading the story...

Independence Visitor Center offers new services for visitors with hearing disabilities

PHILADELPHIA: October is Disabilities Awareness Month, and the Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) continues to set an example about the importance of valuing accessibility and welcoming Continue reading the story...

Creating a barrier-free Thorold for people with disabilities

Thorold, ON, Canada: Creating barrier-free municipalities with universal accessibility to municipal services, programs and opportunities, is all a part of the role of this committee of Continue reading the story...

Warrenton city agrees to improve accessibility for people with disabilities under agreement with government

Richmond, VA:  The town of Warrenton will improve building access for people with disabilities under an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department. The Justice Department announced Continue reading the story...

Student designs smart stick for blind people, wins top award

New Delhi, India: Shantanu Gangwar, a 17-year-old aspiring engineer from RK Puram, has designed a ‘Smart Stick’ for blind people. The smart walking stick is fitted Continue reading the story...

President of Georgia opens new accessible school

The President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, opened a new school meeting modern standards in the village of Melaani, Kakheti Region on September 26. The school has Continue reading the story...

Delta Airlines, Wayne County Airport Authority agreed to improve accessibility at Detroit Metropolitan Airport for people with disabilities

Detroit: Delta Airlines and the Wayne County Airport Authority have agreed to make improvements at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to bring the facility in line with federal Continue reading the story...

NAHB offers new course on Universal Design/Build

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is premiering a new course on Universal Design/Build at the Remodeling Show in Chicago. With its focus on integrating Continue reading the story...

UNWTO and partners to promote accessible tourism

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the ONCE Foundation for Cooperation and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) have Continue reading the story...

Park will soon accessible for people with disabilities

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia:  People with disabilities will soon have an opportunity to access part of the Kota Damansara Community Forest Park (KDCFP) in the outskirts of Continue reading the story...

Toronto Transit Commission apologizes to riders with disabilities

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is apologizing to riders with disabilities who are struggling to roll their wheelchairs onto the city’s new Toronto Rocket subway trains. The Continue reading the story...

NYC disaster plan ignores people with disabilities: suit

New York:  Disability-rights advocates on Monday accused New York City of failing to account for the unique needs of its nearly 900,000 disabled residents during disasters Continue reading the story...

New CaptionCall service to support millions of Americans with hearing disabilities

Los Angeles, CA: Currently, 36 million Americans, about 11 percent of the U.S. population, have some degree of hearing disabilities. With the baby boomers entering their Continue reading the story...

CSUN, UCLA researchers developing brain-control wheelchair

Researchers at California State University-Northridge (CSUN) and UCLA Olive View Medical Center are developing a powerful new machine that uses brain-interface technology to help those with Continue reading the story...

Blind man assists viewing with TV captioning campaign

RUSHCUTTERS Bay resident Wayne Hawkins has been recognised with a Deafness Forum Captioning Award after he campaigned for better captioning standards on TV. But Mr Hawkins won’t Continue reading the story...

Vodacom Foundation supports safety initiative for persons with disabilities in Tanzania

Tanzania: VODACOM Tanzania has donated 30 road signs posters to the National Committee for persons with Disabilities on road safety worth 3.5m/- Handing over the donation Continue reading the story...

9th Annual Accessibility workshop ‘Opening Doors and Minds’

Canada: The 9th Annual Accessibility Workshop – Opening Doors and Minds will take place from 9 a.m. to 3: 45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 at St. Continue reading the story...

24th UIA 2011 World Congress of Architecture in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan: The International Union of Architects (UIA) congress will be held in Tokyo, from 25 to 28 September 2011. It will be followed by the Continue reading the story...

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005: update

In 2005, the Ontario provincial government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the AODA). While the AODA itself does not impose any substantive requirements on Continue reading the story...

Talking set top box makes digital TV accessible

Senator Stephan Conroy announced the commercial release of a talking set top box that will aid and encourage blind people to use digital television.  The new talking Continue reading the story...

Sainsbury supermarket introduces Braille signage for blind customers

Liverpool, UK: A Sainsbury’s store in Liverpool has become the first UK supermarket to use Braille signage to benefit blind customers. The signage for the store’s food Continue reading the story...

COAT leader offers thoughts on trends in technology and impact for people with visual disabilities

Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy Group at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has written a commentary on how recent trends in technology Continue reading the story...

Touchscreen technology provides an easier alternative way to learn for students with disabilities

When Kirsten Deane started to teach her daughter Sophie to read, it was harder than it needed to be. It wasn’t so much that Sophie, 10, has Continue reading the story...

Ocean Blue Software Talking TV Technology wins CSI award 2011 for accessible Digital TV for blind people

Bristol, UK: Announcing the winners of the Cable and Satellite International (CSI) Product Awards 2011 at the International Broadcast Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, the judges recognized Continue reading the story...

PANWASLU and AGENDA in Indonesia to monitor polling station accessibility for people with disabilities

Tangerang, Indonesia:  South Tangerang Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) said that it would join the effort by the ASEAN General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) to Continue reading the story...

LATAN 2011 Annual Champions of Assistive Technology Awards

Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN) 2011 Annual Champions of Assistive Technology awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at LATAN’s Device Demonstration Center in Continue reading the story...

eLearning program partnership further enhances usability and accessibility

Kitchener, Waterloo: Desire2Learn incorporated, has partnered with ReadSpeaker, the leading provider of online text to speech. ReadSpeaker joins the Desire2Learn Partner Network as a Select ISV Continue reading the story...

New Technology Bookmobile offers blind people to read printed materials

New technology in the Lackawanna County Bookmobile is offering people who are blind a way to read printed materials. Thanks to Temple University’s “Get REAL – Regional Continue reading the story...

Top New York City Eateries to Face Review for ADA Compliance

More than 50 of the most popular New York restaurants, as rated by the 2011 Zagat Guide, including Gramercy Tavern and Le Bernardin, will be reviewed to determine if they Continue reading the story...

Mumbai students develop robots to improve lives of blind people

Mumbai, India: Imagine a robotic walker that can tell exactly how much and where your grandmother has walked on a particular day. Or better still, imagine a Continue reading the story...

38th International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition 2011 in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan: The 38th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition 2011, 3 day exhibition, will be held on 5-7 October at East Hall, Tokyo Big Sight Continue reading the story...

Deaf people need equal access to education in Kenya: KNCHR

Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya on Monday joined the rest of the world in marking the International Deaf Awareness week with a special call to the government to Continue reading the story...

DPWH in Philippines finds 453 building non-compliant with accessibility law

San Fernando City,  La Union, Philippines: The Department of Public Works and Highways – Regional Office 1 (DPWH-R1) strict enforcement of Batas Pambansa 344, otherwise known Continue reading the story...

DOT proposes airlines make websites and kiosks accessible to air travelers with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), in its ongoing effort to ensure equal access to air transportation for all travelers, today proposed a regulation that would Continue reading the story...
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