• Month: January 2012

    Bus passengers with visual disabilities miss stops

    UK: Nearly nine out of 10 passengers with visual disabilities are missing their stops because of a lack of assistance on public transport, according to a charity for blind people. Guide Dogs said “forgetful” bus drivers were failing to tell blind and partially sighted commuters when they reached their required destination, leaving them vulnerable and… Continue Reading »

    Chicago city sues 15 cab companies for accessibility compliance

    CHICAGO: The city announced Saturday it has filed 15 separate lawsuits against cab owners not in compliance with current wheelchair accessibility requirements. A city investigation found the owners were not providing the required number of wheelchair accessible cabs, according to a release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office. Recently adopted ordinances require cab owners with more… Continue Reading »

    Glove translates sign language into text

    Not everyone can understand sign language that makes it difficult for people with hearing disabilities to communicate with people. At a recent Google developers’ event in Tel-Aviv, Israel, a concept glove that could change the way people with hearing disabilities communicate was demonstrated. Three developers, Saron Paz, Oleg Imanilov, Zvika Markfeld, and Tomer Daniel have developed a… Continue Reading »

    People with disabilities sue CRA/LA, claiming housing units not accessible

    Three Los Angeles-based advocacy groups for disabled people are suing the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles and the city of L.A., alleging both discriminated against people with disabilities. The lawsuit alleges the city and the CRA/LA violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to ensure that apartment complexes built with federal and community… Continue Reading »

    Accessible tourism needs a boost in Antigue & Barbuda

    ANTIGUA ST. JOHN’S: Head of the Centre for Disabilities Emelda Wade wants to see the government do more to boost “disability tourism” in Antigua & Barbuda. She made the remarks while addressing a 16-member Canadian group with disabilities being hosted for the day. They arrived aboard the Serenade of the Seas this week and explored… Continue Reading »

    Canada still has a way to go in ending barriers for people with disabilities: advocates

    TORONTO: Advocates say Canadians and their governments must take action to tear down barriers that hurt people with disabilities. The plea came Friday with the Toronto launch of a report by the World Health Organization and World Bank. The World Report on Disability suggests that more than one billion people in the world today experience… Continue Reading »

    DOT fines Spirit Airlines $100,000 for disability violations

    The U.S. Department of Transportation fined Florida-based Spirit Airlines $100,000 Friday for failing to appropriately keep track of and respond to complaints about its treatment of passengers with disabilities. Under federal rules, airlines must sort, categorize and respond in writing to all complaints regarding the treatment of passengers with disabilities. “Our rules on how airlines handle disability-related… Continue Reading »

    Airline Bmibaby sued over ‘inaccessible’ website

    Airline bmibaby is being sued by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) for allegedly “failing to ensure web access for blind and partially sighted customers”. “Bmibaby Ltd has failed to make vital changes to its website to allow customers with visual disabilitied to use their online services instead of being forced to search… Continue Reading »

    Britain telecom giants may be forced into developing video service for deaf people

    Phone companies may be forced to develop a video service for deaf people which uses sign language. The Mirror revealed two months ago that the revolutionary video relay service, which would help 45,000 deaf children in Britain to enjoy greater independence, develop social skills and find work, was at risk from “penny-pinching” telecom chiefs. But even… Continue Reading »