• Month: May 2012

    Visitors with disabilities face high hurdles to London Olympics

    The Olympic and Paralympic Games — which London has promised will be the most accessible and inclusive ever — are just weeks away. All sports venues are fully equipped for visitors with disabilities, but many city-goers with physical disabilities say they still feel like second-class citizens on public transport. “I am shocked at how disabled I am here; I… Continue Reading »

    India's parliament passes Copyright Amendment Bill 2012

    MUMBAI: The much awaited Copyright Amendment Bill 2012 was passed by the Lower House (Lok Sabha) today. The bill cleared by the Rajya Sabha on 17 May, provides for amendments to the Copyright Act to remove operational difficulties and address new issues concerning the digital world and internet. The legislation will now go to the… Continue Reading »

    Sharjah Museums Department opens its museums to persons with disabilities

    As part of a series of an educational programme recently launched by the Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) under the theme ‘Sharjah Museums Are Accessible for All‘, the Community and Accessibility Service at SMD’s Department of Interpretation and Education organized a specially designed workshop for elderly people at the Sharjah Archaeology Museum. Held on 16 May,… Continue Reading »

    Burlington recognizes accessibility champions

    The City of Burlington’s first Accessibility Awards Wednesday drew more than 200 people and featured Ontario’s Lieutenant-Governor David Onley as its keynote speaker. The event held at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre celebrated business owners, community members and service providers who made strides to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in Burlington. Winners in the… Continue Reading »

    Call for applications to join WFD expert working groups

    The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) seeks expressions of interest from individuals desiring to serve as WFD experts together with other specialists in different fields of expertise. A co-ordinator will be appointed to each of the expert groups to lead the group’s work, guided by Terms of Reference based on the WFD Congress. Resolutions… Continue Reading »

    Vodafone Foundation launches competition to develop smartphone app for persons with disabilities

    The Vodafone Foundation has launched the Smart Accessibility Awards, 2012 on May 30. The competition calls for developers across Europe to design smartphone applications which take into consideration the needs of older people and people with disabilities. The Smart Accessibility Awards are part of the Vodafone Foundation’s ‘Mobile for Good’ programme which supports initiatives around… Continue Reading »

    City to be made accessible for persons with disabilities: Commissioner of Karachi

    KARACHI, PAKISTAN: Commissioner of Karachi, Roshan Ali Khan addressing the members of Pakistan Association of Blind sounded extremely confident that the metropolis would be accessible city for persons with disabilities in next ten years time. Addressing a ceremony organized by PBA – Karachi Tuesday, he said the city administration is already making all out efforts to ensure… Continue Reading »

    UK’s new website aims to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

    A website which aims to improve the lives of persons with disabilities and carers by helping them to address problems with accessibility is being launched. Selby District Disability Forum (SDDF) hope its website will offer a central point for people to address the barriers that affect accessibility. The website launch is due to be attended… Continue Reading »

    New initiative aims to promote mobility for children with disabilities worldwide

    A team of global partners, headed by Dr. David Dausey, Director of the Mercyhurst University Institute for Public Health, has tasked itself with the daunting challenge of bringing mobility to children with disabilities of developing nations. “Mobility to a child in a developing country is the difference between education versus no education, societal engagement versus… Continue Reading »