• Month: March 2012

    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 people with hearing disabilities. The ADA requires that all hotels and motels provide guest rooms accessible to people with physical disabilities. The new changes have increased the minimum number… Continue Reading »

    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, has not been fully implemented. Ajith Perera, Chief Executive of IDIRIYA, an organization fighting for the rights of people with disabilities, said that most public places and buildings do… Continue Reading »

    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, commission members Richard Brandon, Joan Dorow, Michelle Hasenstaub and Stephen Zuravel were sworn in for their four-year terms. Kelly Toppin was absent. The city established the commission last… Continue Reading »

    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 – courses that serve both learners who use assistive technologies and those who do not, without the need to create multiple versions of each course. Awards were given in Government,… Continue Reading »

    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 study of how accessible the city is to people with disabilities. In 10 days, City Council members will be asked to spend $190,000 on it.  But Eyewitness News has… Continue Reading »

    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 to leave a Paris-Nice plane because she was unaccompanied – despite having made the outward journey without a problem. This followed her being asked by a crew member… Continue Reading »

    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 compliant with the 22-year-old Americans With Disabilities Act. It’s a decision that the hotel industry lobbied hard for at the 11th hour, as a number of hotel owners and… Continue Reading »

    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 to ensure their needs are looked after. The groups want at least one councilor with disabilities to be appointed to sit on Infrastructure Technical committees and One Stop Centers… Continue Reading »

    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 used to many of the city’s features that helped him to find his way. But navigating has gotten much more difficult since moving to West Kelowna. “It feels impossible… Continue Reading »