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    Month: October 2011

    State government announced accessible cyclone relief shelters

    BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA, INDIA: The State Government on Saturday announced special provisions for women, children and people with disabilities to face natural calamities. Addressing a function on Orissa disaster preparedness day to mark the 12th anniversary of super cyclone, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that to ensure total accessibility for people with disabilities, the Orissa State… Continue Reading »

    Disability group wants better access to Newport City Hall

    NEWPORT, R.I.: A small but determined group parked their wheelchairs outside Newport City Hall on Friday armed with a message – make the building easier to navigate. “Because I’m a citizen and I should have the same rights as any other citizen,” said Annette Bourbonniere of the Newport Accessibility Advisory. Bourbonniere and people with disabilities… Continue Reading »

    Advocacy helps in improving accessibility for people with disabilities

    CANADA: It turns out those big buttons with a picture of a wheelchair on them aren’t just fun things for children to push at the mall to make the doors open. The fun factor is not to be denied, but those buttons actually serve a bigger purpose that anyone who has experienced mobility issues, or… Continue Reading »

    UK government e-Accessibility policy for disabled people 'needs tighter focus'

    UK: The government should tighten the focus of its policy to ensure digital technologies, including public sector websites and online services – are accessible to disabled people, one of the UK’s leading campaigners on ‘e-accessibility’ has told UKAuthority.com. The UK government’s e-Accessibility Forum, a group of civil servants and advisers tasked with developing policy to support… Continue Reading »

    Converse store shut down for lack of access for people with disabilities

    Converse’s flagship sneaker store on Newbury Street has been shuttered indefinitely by the state for failure to provide disability accessibility to its entrance. The Architectural Access Board, a regulatory agency of the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety, closed the store on Wednesday until the fixes are made to the entrance. The entrance has a seven-inch step that… Continue Reading »

    Sony introduces closed captioning and audio playback glasses at ShowEast 2011

    FLORIDA: Sony, the Japanese electronic maker, introduced subtitle glasses at ShowEast 2011, the glasses that have been designed for closed caption viewing and audio playback for people with hearing and visual disabilities cinema lovers. Sony’s lightweight glasses and receiver, which have been tested with consumers in Seattle, to be named Entertainment Access Technology, offer the… Continue Reading »

    VITAC releases cult Halloween classic “Carnival of Souls” with captions and audio description

    Washington, DC : VITAC, a leading provider of accessible video programming, today announced the release of the cult classic “Carnival of Souls,” with captions and audio description. This second annual accessible horror film, ast year the company released Night of the Living Dead with captions and audio description, was created in recognition of the progress being… Continue Reading »

    Armenian with disabilities protest against inaccessible public infrastructure

    YEREVAN, ARMENIA: A group of wheelchair users showed the public and the authorities that in Yerevan neither public transportation, streets nor even state offices are accessible for people with disabilities. During a campaign Wednesday, initiated by a number of NGOs dealing with the rights of disabled people, and the Ombudsman’s Office of Armenia, a group… Continue Reading »

    NantWorks LookTel technology wins FCC Chairman’s Awards for advancements in accessibility

    LOS ANGELES: NantWorks LLC, the company formed by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong in September this year, announced that its LookTel technology had been selected as a winner of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Chairman’s Awards for Advancements in Accessibility. The award, which recognizes outstanding efforts to advance communications accessibility for people with disabilities, will be presented… Continue Reading »