• Month: December 2011

    Petaling Jaya to provide better accessible facilities for people with disabilities

    MALAYSIA: Petaling Jaya has taken the lead to have better disabled-friendly facilities in the city. Its mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said for starters, Section 52 would be turned into the city’s first disabled-friendly area within the next five years. Under this programme, the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MBPJ) had taken the initial steps to… Continue Reading »

    Railway stations to improve disability access

    Almost £10 million will be spent on improvements to five railway stations, it has been announced. Stations at Dunblane, Dyce, Newton, Rosyth and Shotts will all benefit from work aimed at making them more accessible to disabled people and other passengers, such as parents with prams. The Department of Transport and Transport Scotland announced that… Continue Reading »

    Sacramento County awarded $250,000 grant to evaluate disability access of bus stops

    Sacramento County has been awarded a $250,000 planning grant to evaluate just how accessible Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) bus stops are in unincorporated areas. The study aims to identify bus stops that need improvements to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The $250,000 grant is being paid for by the California Department of Transportation.… Continue Reading »

    New Zealand Company developed sensor technology to clamp down on disabled parking rogues

    NZ: Abuse of disabled parking bays could become a thing of the past, thanks to new technology that can catch able-bodied drivers who hog the spaces. New Zealand company Car Parking Technologies has created a product that uses sensors and electronic tags to locate and fine motorists who are illegally parked. The kit could also… Continue Reading »

    Big increase in complaints against airlines by passengers with disabilities

    TAMPA, FLORIDA: With millions of Americans looking to get out of town, the airport can be an adventure this time of year. At Tampa International, some passengers battle long lines, flight delays, even lost baggage. But travel troubles are something Virginia Dezon, who uses a wheelchair, deals with all the time. “They left me sitting in… Continue Reading »

    Navajo Nation fails to provide disability access: Report

    FARMINGTON: An estimated 30 percent of adults age 21 through 54 living on the Navajo Nation have a disability. In residents age 64 and older, that estimate leaps to 70 percent. In numbers, that’s about 40,000 adults on the 27,000-square-mile reservation who are living with a disability. Statistics like these are at the root of… Continue Reading »

    Kearney City Council approved American Disabilities Act Plan to improve accessibility

    The Kearney City Council approved an American Disabilities Act Plan to help the city improve its accessibility for people with disabilities. The city completed several parts of the plan that was adopted in 2008. Now the city will finish what was started. After the first of the New Year, Kearney City Council will make a… Continue Reading »

    New eSlate machines to help people with disabilities to vote in Long Beach

    LONG BEACH: New voting devices will allow people with disabilities to cast a ballot without assistance during Long Beach’s April municipal election. Resembling an electronic reading device, the eSlate machines from Texas- based Hart InterCivic accommodate a wide range of disabilities by offering larger font, headphones, a Braille keyboard and a “sip- and-puff” device, among… Continue Reading »

    India’s National Anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ becomes accessible to people with hearing disabilities

    INDIA: Exactly a century after it was first sung, India’s national anthem has now become accessible to people with hearing disabilities. Mumbai’s Ali Yavar Jung Institute for Hearing Handicapped on Tuesday unveiled a special design of the Jana Gana Mana which will enable the deaf to understand and follow the national anthem. The new design… Continue Reading »