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Bridging the Knowledge Gap: The Global Disability Rights Library

How much of your valuable time do you spend thinking about how to find answers to your questions? If you have easy Internet access, you probably Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

Nokia unveils new Screen Reader app

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Nokia has announced a screen reader this week at Nokia World 2011, in addition to a number of accessibility apps. These new products Continue reading the story...

Unique Mobility Products from University of Utah Program Enhance Lives of People with Disabilities

SALT LAKE CITY: For people who do not have the use of their legs or arms, the feeling of flying through the air can be a Continue reading the story...

Accessible playgrounds in Israel

ISRAEL: Disabled people have increasing accessibility to public parks in Israel. Recent projects, such as Friendship Park in Raanana near Tel Aviv, make the parks available Continue reading the story...

Kenya Government plans to establish more schools for people with disabilities

KENYA: The government plans to establish more schools for people with disabilities, Gender PS James Nyikal has said. Nyikal said through his ministry the government is Continue reading the story...

UBC cuts down on disability parking spaces

As the University of B.C. cuts down on parking spaces to promote sustainability, one disabled student worries it’s at the cost of accessibility. Law student Brandon Langhjelm Continue reading the story...

Museum to improve accessibility for visitors with disabilities

CHENNAI, INDIA: The Government Museum is gearing up to receive more visitors with disabilities with a host of amenities for them set to come up in Continue reading the story...

International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces 2012 in Portugal

LISBON, PORTUGAL: International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) for e-accessibility will take place on 14 February 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal. IUI is the premier international Continue reading the story...

Housing societies and shops should be made accessible for wheelchair users

POWAI, INDIA: Powaiites in Hiranandani Gardens may have seen a lady cruising on her wheelchair, the sight is unusual to see a wheelchair users moving on Continue reading the story...

Taco Bell awaits sanctions in accessibility suit

A recent federal court decision that found Taco Bell in violation of federal and state laws protecting the rights of customers who use wheelchairs or scooters Continue reading the story...

OGCIO launches campaign to promote web accessibility

HONG KONG: The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) today (October 25) launched the Web Accessibility Campaign to promote the adoption of accessible design Continue reading the story...

Passenger with disabilities rails at ‘joke’ access to Leicester station

LEICESTER, UK: A disabled man has hit out at railway bosses after he had to push his wheelchair backwards along a dark, uneven road to gain Continue reading the story...

NCRA encourages maximum accessibility for people with hearing disabilities

VIENNA, Va.: The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission that strongly support the findings of the FCC’s Video Programming and Continue reading the story...

New technology allows Ford organize blind driver event

Ford of Europe recently organized a unique drive event when it brought together a group of 30 blind and visually impaired people at a Ford test Continue reading the story...

Computer programmer launching software that could revolutionize the lives of blind people

A partially-sighted computer programmer is launching software that could revolutionize the lives of millions of blind and elderly people across the world. Ian Sharpe with his talking Continue reading the story...

LDA improved accessibility at MRT stations

SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has completed work to improve barrier-free accessibility at Mass Rapid Transit stations with the opening today of the lifts at Continue reading the story...

Apple new iOS 5 Accessibility features

Apple iOS 5 introduces new accessibility features that make it easier for people with mobility, hearing, vision and cognitive disabilities to use Apple iOS devices. Here Continue reading the story...

New subtitle glasses unveiled at Tokyo Int. Film Festival provides better movie access for deaf people

TOKYO, JAPAN: Olympus Corp. and a non-profit organization have jointly developed special eyeglasses that project subtitles on the lenses so hearing impaired people can enjoy Japanese Continue reading the story...

Charlottetown Mayor awarded nine individuals and organizations Accessibility and Inclusion Award

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE CANADA: Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee awarded nine individuals and organizations at his annual accessibility and inclusion awards at Charlottetown City Hall last week. Jamie Trowsdale Continue reading the story...

Disability Access of London transport network still a major issue

Transport for London’s (TfL) plans to improve accessibility on the transport network are on the right track, but more urgency and focus is required to give people Continue reading the story...

Commission proposes concrete plan for a better accessibility for persons with disabilities

BRUSSELS: The Commission adopted on 19 OCTOBER 2011 a package for new infrastructure policy. It comprises a proposal for the revision of important European transport network Continue reading the story...

Developers gather to create apps for people with autism

CUPERTINO, CALIF.: An unusual event is unfolding on a satellite Hewlett-Packard campus in Cupertino. More than 40 developers have gathered to create applications to help people Continue reading the story...

National Park in Azerbaijan to provide accessible areas for people with disabilities

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN:  National Park  also known as Baku Boulevard is going to become accessible for people with disabilities. Nazim Majidov, Deputy Head of the Maritime National Park (Baku Continue reading the story...

GOVI to make school education accessible for children with visual disabilities

KANIFING, GAMBIA: Gambia Organisation of the Visually Impaired (GOVI) launched a 100 thousand pound sterling project at its head office in Kanifing. The objective of the Continue reading the story...

Minneapolis city official unveiled new Peavey Plaza design to comply with accessibility laws

MINNEAPOLIS: Minneapolis city officials have unveiled a design for renovating 40-year-old Peavey Plaza that updates many existing features, while also adding an environmentally-friendly fountain system and Continue reading the story...

Ghana Government Okays ICT training for people with disabilities

GHANA: Cabinet has approved a training programme under which 5,000 people with disabilities are to be equipped with employable skills in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Continue reading the story...

Essex University researchers developing wheelchair controlled by facial expressions and brainwaves

UK: Disabled people are taking part in trials of a wheelchair controlled by facial expressions and brainwaves.  Researchers at Essex University are developing the RoboChair to help people Continue reading the story...

Towson University working on web access for blind people

Towson University has begun making changes to its website to meet the needs of blind people. Jonathan Lazar, professor of computer and information sciences and director of Continue reading the story...

Georgetown Palace Theater now equipped with technology for hearing impaired people

GEORGETOWN: Hearing health care provider Estes Audiology installed induction loop technology, a technology aimed at helping people who are partially deaf, at the Palace Theater in Continue reading the story...

Sanchi World Heritage Site will become accessible for people with disabilities soon

SANCHI, RAISEN, INDIA:  Sanchi, the world heritage site, about 56 kms from the state capital, will soon become barrier free site  for people with disabilities. The Continue reading the story...

Polling station inaccessible for people with disabilities

CHENNAI, INDIA: For disabled people at the local body polls, inaccessibility continued to remain an issue, like in previous elections. People with disabilities who went to Continue reading the story...
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