Month: September 2011

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 blind. Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Blind Americans have repeatedly asked Amazon to include accessibility for blind people in its Kindle product… Continue Reading »

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, property managers and other property professionals meet the new requirements of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The new guidebook provides a comprehensive update to BOMA’s 1991 publication… Continue Reading »

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 European Commission, one in six Europeans have a disability, and 87 million Europeans are over the age of 65; however a recent EU study reported that only 38 percent… Continue Reading »

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 teaches blind people to use their other senses to choose subjects, create images and express in photographs how they perceive the world. For example, the students are taught… Continue Reading »

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 by the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) to enable blind community to use information technology and the Internet effectively. The tools will be introduced at the Information… Continue Reading »

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 today feature a “distinct clicking sound” at certain intersection to let sight-impaired pedestrians know when the “walk” phase has begun. It’s a heavy blow for Good Samaritans, who have… Continue Reading »

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 for people with visual disabilities. Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Permanent Secretary Oliver Mhaiki said the 1, 500 copies cost 32m/- to print. Speaking at the handover ceremony… Continue Reading »

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 all visitors to the Philadelphia region by providing special services for guests.  Located on Independence Mall in Independence National Historical Park, the Visitor Center has many existing accessible features… Continue Reading »

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 council. The Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee (JAAC) is spreading the message that the need for inclusiveness within the City of Thorold and other Niagara municipalities is imperative. On September… Continue Reading »

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 the agreement Wednesday. It was reached as part of a department initiative to ensure that cities and counties nationwide comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some 195 agreements… Continue Reading »