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SKY TV launches closed captions on 13 channels

It’s a giant step forward for deaf communities on February 1st 2012, when SKY Television launches closed captioning on 13 popular channels. SKY has been working on Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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. Glove works with an Android app to translate Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

New Zealand tourism needs to improve services for people with hearing disabilities

With a long weekend just around the corner, many Kiwis are planning to make the most of the last of the summer and head away to Continue reading the story...

Mandolin Gardens Park receives 2011 Accessibility Award

The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, in partnership with the Accessibility Professionals Association, announced Mandolin Gardens Park received the 2011 Accessibility Award. The award recognizes businesses Continue reading the story...

Make highways accessible for people with disabilities

KENYA: Crossing a public road, especially a busy highway, is perhaps one of the most dangerous undertakings in Kenya and Nairobi in particular. Road designers must Continue reading the story...

New York City Council wants city streets made safer for people with visual disabilities

NY: The City Council’s transportation committee on Wednesday held a hearing on a series of bills aimed at improving the safety of intersections and pedestrian plazas Continue reading the story...

Montrealers with disabilities struggle for full access to Metro network

Laurence Parent advances her motorized wheelchair to the top of the escalator at Beaubien metro station and gazes down at the platform far below. Laurance Parent (left Continue reading the story...

University of Pune plans sensors on campus for blind people

PUNE, INDIA: The University of Pune (UoP) is planning to install sensors on the campus, an initiative that it feels will encourage more blind students to Continue reading the story...

HC flays railways for ignoring passengers with disabilities

MUMBAI, INDIA: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday lambasted the Railways for not implementing its own circular of 1998 for providing general commuter amenities including separate toilets and Continue reading the story...

MTA unveils Access-A-Ride Vehicle

NEW YORK: The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has purchased 30 new MV-1 vans for use by the Paratransit Division in order to determine their suitability as Continue reading the story...

South Orange Public Library offers new talking book service for people with visual disabilities

As part of a recent series of services designed to expand the library, the South Orange Public Library (SOPL) has started to offer a reading service for people Continue reading the story...

U.S. Special Advisor traveled through Africa to discuss ways to promote accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities

U.S. Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judy Heumann recently traveled through Africa to discuss ways to promote accessibility and inclusion for disabled citizens. Judy Heumann tries Continue reading the story...

Equal Access to Education

Access to a high-quality education is critical for empowering all Americans to lead rich and productive lives.  Every day, the U.S. Department of Education and my Continue reading the story...

Government giving $50 million to NSW schools to purchase new assistive technology for children with disabilities

AUSTRALIA: The Federal Government is giving almost $50 million to NSW schools to purchase new assistive technology for children with disabilities. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the Continue reading the story...

Children with disabilities seek accessible playground in Jeddah

JEDDAH: People with disabilities in Jeddah are demanding access to entertainment that would help them discharge their repressed energy. “We hope that officials will not deprive us Continue reading the story...

Bombay High Court asks EC whether EVM can have column for negative vote

MUMBAI, INDIA: The Bombay High Court asked the Election Commission of India and State Election Commission to inform the court whether they can add a column Continue reading the story...

Ballot paper in Braille to help blind people cast their vote in upcoming assembly election

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: Blind people of Punjab would now be able to exercise their franchise “independently, confidently, and fearlessly”, and without anybody’s assistance in the upcoming Assembly Continue reading the story...

Star Wars Game Wins AbleGamers Accessibility Award

AbleGamers Foundation has selected BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic for its Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year Award for 2011. AbleGamers Foundation is a leading advocacy organization dedicated Continue reading the story...

DSWD website accessible for people with disabilities

MANILA, PHILIPPINES: The official website of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has passed the web accessibility recommendations set by an independent IT group. DSWD Continue reading the story...

New York builders design accessible homes

Contractor Martin Watters earns his living renovating upscale Manhattan home renovations, yet people kept suggesting he focus on people with disabilities. This business idea eventually led Watters Continue reading the story...

Sharjah Museums Department launches new plans for persons with disabilities

SHARJAH: The Community and Accessibility Services Division at Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) has launched new intensive educational programmes for this year. This is in line with Continue reading the story...

Minister demands civil aviation ministry to make ramps compulsory in all airlines

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Union Social Justice Minister Mukul Wasnik has asked Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh to make ramps compulsory in all airlines to facilitate boarding by physically disabled Continue reading the story...

Jamaican Parliament to become more accessible

The Houses of Parliament is pledging to at least have the Oath of Allegiance written in Braille to accommodate blind people. This, after Government Senator Floyd Emerson Continue reading the story...

Conference in India to focus on disability and ICT

BANGALORE: A conference on ‘Enabling access for persons with disabilities to higher education and the workplace: role of Information Communication and Technology and assistive technologies’ will Continue reading the story...

NPO updates online access guide for people with disabilities

SANTA CRUZ: Encouraging travel and community among people with disabilities, local Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Shared Adventures with the help of members from the UC Santa Cruz Continue reading the story...

Russian with disabilities ask for separate online social network

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Organizations for people with disabilities in Moscow have asked the authorities to launch an online social network for disabled people, the Izvestia daily said Continue reading the story...

Fifth Int’l Shafallah Forum to discuss, showcase latest developments in inclusive emergency planning for persons with disabilities

DOHA, QATAR: The Shafallah Centre for Children with Special Needs, under the patronage of the Emir’s Consort, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, announced the launch of Continue reading the story...

Southeast Portland concert will raise money to build an accessible playground

A concert scheduled for Jan. 25 in Southeast Portland will raise money for Harper’s Playground, a nonprofit working to make a North Portland park accessible for Continue reading the story...

New research to enhance speech recognition technology

New research is hoping to understand how the human brain hears sound to help develop improved hearing aids and automatic speech recognition systems. Led by the Universities Continue reading the story...

Rwanda improving schools for children with disabilities

KIGALI, RWANDA:  Five years ago, students with disabilities at Murama, a child-friendly school in Rwanda’s southern Bugasera District, felt isolated from their classmates, unable to participate Continue reading the story...

Wheelchair users in Pakistan denied access to public and private buildings

LAHORE, PAKISTAN: Thousands of wheelchair users in the country are deprived of access to several public and private buildings owing to absence of proper facilities, mainly Continue reading the story...

UNLV workshops help prepare students with learning disabilities for college

Something changes when students with disabilities make the transition from high school to college. The burden of education shifts from school to student. That point was made Continue reading the story...
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