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Israel public radio produces live streams for people with hearing disabilities

ISRAEL: There are approximately 700,000 people with hearing disabilities in Israel according to the Coalition of Associations for the Deaf. Some local television programs make provision Continue reading the story...

ADA kits for Hotel guests with hearing disabilities

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN: Effective March 15, 2012, the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) changed the accessibility requirements for guest rooms in hotels and motels for Continue reading the story...

Sri Lanka Supreme Court order on accessibility at public buildings violated

A Supreme Court order issued last April on the right to accessibility to public buildings and places for people with disabilities, elderly people or pregnant mothers, Continue reading the story...

Commission on Disabilities considers ways to improve accessibility

STOW, MA: Members of the newly formed Commission on Disabilities are thinking about how they can make the city more accessible. During its first meeting March 14, Continue reading the story...

2nd Annual Accessible eLearning Leadership Awards

CHICAGO: CourseAvenue announced the winners of the 2nd Annual Accessible eLearning Leadership Awards. These awards recognize those organizations that are producing true accessible e-Learning courses – Continue reading the story...

Study to determine Charlotte city accessibility for people with disabilities

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: The city says a controversial plan will make Charlotte more accessible to people with disabilities. The city says it’s ready to start a comprehensive Continue reading the story...

EasyJet faces disability discrimination charges in Paris Court

PARIS: Low-Cost airline EasyJet appears in a Paris court today accused of discriminating against a passenger with disabilities. A 39-year-old woman who uses a wheelchair was told Continue reading the story...

U.S. Justice Department extends deadline for hotel pools to be ADA compliant

The U.S. Justice Department will grant the hotel industry at least a 60-day extension for complying with a new rule aimed at making existing hotel pools Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities in Malaysia want representative in councils

SHAH ALAM: Members from four associations for people with disabilities are calling on Selangor to ensure people with disabilities are represented in all 12 local governments Continue reading the story...

Blind man helps West Kelowna council see accessibility problems

Justin Kilpatrick has found it difficult to travel around West Kelowna. Kilpatrick became blind in 2007. At the time he was living in Richmond and got Continue reading the story...

German researchers develop assistant Robot FRIEND for people with disabilities

BREMEN, GERMANY: The Bremen University researchers have developed prototype assistant robot FRIEND for people with disabilities. Care-Providing Robot FRIEND The care-providing robotic system FRIEND (Functional Robot arm with Continue reading the story...

India launches online Braille library for blind people

NEW DELHI: Using technology to empower people with disabilities, government has set up an Online Braille library to make books and reading material in digital format accessible Continue reading the story...

Social networking sites remain inaccessible for people with disabilities

People with disabilities still face significant challenges in gaining access to social media tools, despite recent innovations to improve access, according to an updated review of Continue reading the story...

Committee aims to make Kingsville more accessible for people with disabilities

A committee of Kingsville residents trying to make the town more accessible for people with disabilities will tour municipal buildings and parks in coming months and Continue reading the story...

Plea for funds to keep open source screen reader NVDA project alive

Two Australian programmers may be forced to abandon their not-for-profit work that allows blind people around the world to join in social networks and the information Continue reading the story...

Indian classical music instrument ‘Tabla’ compositions now in Braille

KOLKOTA: To help blind children learn classical Indian music, a new book having musical notations and tabla compositions in Braille has been launched. Tabla – Indian Classical Continue reading the story...

Qatar Telecom Qtel pushes accessibility agenda with Mada

The “National Web Accreditation Program,” is a key initiative from Mada, which aims to contribute to making Qatar a regional leader in the field of e-accessibility. Continue reading the story...

High-tech Braille devices are touching the lives of Canadians with vision disabilities

Braille still has the bumps — but now it has the high-tech bells and whistles too. “It’s a revolution in making material accessible to people who Continue reading the story...

New ADA accessibility standards changes go into effect March 15

Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), no individual may be discriminated against on the basis of disability with regard to the full Continue reading the story...

Ghana parliament ratifies UN convention on rights of persons with disabilities

Parliament has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol laid before Parliament on July 20, 2011 by the committee Continue reading the story...

Able Flight gives people with disabilities a chance to fly

A program called Able Flight  gives people with disabilities the chance to fly. It’s the moment the airplane leaves the Earth and 33-year-old Sean O’Donnell loves it. “Once you’re Continue reading the story...

Saudi corporation continues implementing “universal accessibility” across its operating companies and factories

JEDDAH: As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, and to ensure the mobility of employees and customers with disabilities within the various buildings and facilities Continue reading the story...

Workshop on Media and Accessibility in India

A two-day orientation cum training workshop on ‘Media and Accessibility’ for Mass Communication students and professionals, a first of its kind in the state, will be Continue reading the story...

Government spending $1.39M to improve bus stops accessibility for people with disabilities

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government is spending $1.39 million to upgrade 300 Canberra bus stops to improve access by people with disabilities. ACT Chief Minister Katy Continue reading the story...

Nigerian state buys accessible computers for students with disabilities

ADO EKITI: The Ekiti State government at the weekend took delivery of N16 million worth of accessible computers for students with disabilities in public schools across Continue reading the story...

Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission to monitor implementation of accessibility laws for persons with disabilities

COLOMBO: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka is to monitor the implementation of the regulations on accessibility for persons with disabilities. The Commission monitors the implementation Continue reading the story...

Scientists develop device to translate sign language into text

A computer programme that translates sign language into written text could revolutionise the lives of people with hearing disabilities, scientists have said. The software, which can be Continue reading the story...

Technology helps lead the way for people with vision disabilities

MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Technology has come a long way, even for persons with disabilities. There are mobile applications where speech may be converted to text and vice Continue reading the story...

London students designed solutions to improve sports participation for athletes with disabilities

LONDON: A bobsled guided by mind power, guns fired by blowing into a headset, desert waves created by nanobots – the world of  athletes with disabilities Continue reading the story...

New Zealand deaf community welcomes funding for Mojo Mathers

NEW ZEALAND: A lobby group for deaf people is welcoming a decision which will see Parliament fund a note-taker to transcribe proceedings for MP Mojo Mathers, Continue reading the story...

Oman housing project to rehabilitate persons with severe disabilities

MUSCAT: Shaikh Mohammed bin Said al Kalbani, Social Development Minister, signed yesterday an RO 2,590,683 agreement for the construction of a building for persons with severe Continue reading the story...

Accessibility plan focuses on transportation

KITCHENER: Waterloo Regional Council has published its 2012 Accessibility Plan, a document which outlines projects and initiatives which will improve our community for our neighbours with Continue reading the story...

Bolivia assesses regulations of law on people with disabilities

LA PAZ: The Government of Bolivia and leaders of the Bolivian Confederation of People with Disabilities (COBOPDI) will meet on Thursday to discuss the regulations of Continue reading the story...

Disability advocates slam limits on Pennsylvania Capitol access

HARRISBURG, PA.: A Corbett administration decision to step up enforcement of restrictions on access to portions of the Pennsylvania Capitol unfairly targets people in wheelchairs, an Continue reading the story...

Google+ Hangouts become accessible to blind people

People who are blind can now use Google+ Hangouts group video chats with the help of the Chrome Extension called ‘Accessible Hangouts for Google+‘. The extension is created by Continue reading the story...

Absence of accessible public infrastructure worrying: GFD

GHANA: The Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) on Monday raised concerns over complete absence of accessible facilities for people with disabilities on foot bridges on Continue reading the story...

DDOT designating more parking for people with disabilities

An additional 1,100 parking meters designated for use by drivers with disabilities will be installed shortly in the District in areas where there is a high demand for Continue reading the story...

Ontario preparing to meet IT accessibility deadline

At a recent seminar, public servants were told that making the province’s electronic material accessible to people with disabilities is more than an obligation. Since the invention Continue reading the story...

Venezuela new education program for people with disabilities

CARACAS: Venezuela is developing a new educational program called “Todas y todos a la escuela” (Every body to school) for children and youth with disabilities to Continue reading the story...

Mississauga ninth accessibility plan continue to improve services for people with disabilities

Mississauga’s ninth accessibility plan outlines how the City will continue to improve services for people with disabilities from 2012 to 2017.  The plan, which focuses on implementing a Continue reading the story...
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