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ICT training for Ghanaian with disabilities

ACCRA: The Vice-President, Mr John Dramani Mahama, has charged public and private institutions to stop discriminating against persons with disabilities in the engagement of workers, indicating Continue reading the story...

Advocates focus on African children with disabilities

Thousands of South African children took to the street to fight for a cause more than 30 years ago — better education, and ultimately, a better Continue reading the story...

Universal design strikes a balance between safety and style

Living in a two-story house became a challenge for Susan and Paul Toback and their two sons, one of whom is physically and cognitively disabled. Their Continue reading the story...

Library program teaches technology to people with vision disabilities

People with low vision may find computers difficult to navigate at best, as icons and keyboards designed for those with normal vision can appear miniscule and Continue reading the story...

Group makes accessible housing for persons with disabilities a reality

Finding the home of your dreams can be a challenge for anyone, but for someone living with a disability, it can be an especially daunting task. But Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities demand for action over disability laws

BAHAMAS: Persons with disabilities lashed out at the government’s slow pace to enact potentially life-saving disabilities legislation. The community is demanding immediate action to address longstanding issues Continue reading the story...

Federal websites must be accessible to people with vision disabilities, court finds

The Federal Court of Appeal has ordered Ottawa to make its websites accessible to people with vision disabilities. The decision is a second victory for plaintiff Donna Continue reading the story...

Zambia Disability Bill goes through 2nd reading in Parliament

ZAMBIA: A Bill which seeks to protect the rights of persons with disabilities on June 21 went through second reading in Parliament. The Persons with Disabilities Bill Continue reading the story...

Somerville city to conduct study of disability access

The city will spend $80,000 to study how to improve accessibility at some 3,200 pedestrian ramps, sidewalks, and intersections. The study is the first step toward designing Continue reading the story...

Michigan Department of Transportation and Indian Trails launch first U.S. bus fleet with ‘hearing loop’ technology

OWOSSO, MICHIGAN: The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Indian Trails, Inc., have teamed up to install “hearing loop” technology on a fleet of 17 motorcoaches Continue reading the story...

Kurzweil educational systems announces the release of Kurzweil 1000 version 13 for Windows

NATICK, MASS.: Kurzweil Educational Systems®, a division of Cambium Learning® Technologies, announced on June 14 the release of Kurzweil 1000™ Version 13 for Windows®. Kurzweil 1000 is award-winning software that makes Continue reading the story...

Video Description-Mandated as of July 1-Could Bring 30 Million Potential New Viewers to Network Programming

Vancouver, B.C.: Diane Johnson, founder and chief executive officer of Descriptive Video Works, one of the leading providers fro video description services in North America, is proclaiming Continue reading the story...

NFB files complaint against state department

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of  blind people in the United States and a leader in the struggle Continue reading the story...

Rebuilding Christchurch with access for persons with disabilities

NEW ZEALAND: Persons with disabilities were affected by the Christchurch earthquakes alongside other Cantabrians. The Disabled Persons Assembly, a major New Zealand disability rights organisation, is Continue reading the story...

Government to support persons with disabilities: Vice President

KENYA: Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has said that the government and other stakeholders will enforce constitutional provisions on the rights of persons with disabilities. Kenyan Vice-President Kalonzo Continue reading the story...

Bank sued for not having accessible ATMs for blind people

SHERMAN: A Plano bank is being sued for failing to have ATMs that are fully accessible to people who are blind by having operational voice-guidance features. Richard Continue reading the story...

Philippines Department of Health to train workers on basic sign language

PHILIPPINES: The Department of Health-National Capital Region on Thursday said it would train healthcare providers on basic sign language to help them deal with and care Continue reading the story...

RoadTrafficSigns releases new blind people area signs

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: RoadTrafficSigns, the supplier for traffic signs for roads and highways, has released New Blind Person Area signs. The signs indicate that people with visual disabilities Continue reading the story...

VTree creates distinctive video game app for adults and children with disabilities

BENSALEM, PA: VTree, a leader in special needs software and assistive technology industry, has created a distinctive video game application for adults and children with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Maltese Speech Synthesizer to be launched shortly

As from next month, the Maltese Speech Synthesizer will be freely available to the Maltese speaking community across the world. The Speech Synthesizer transforms electronic text Continue reading the story...

New legislation to improve captioning on Australian television

New legislation to improve captioning on Australian television to assist people who are deaf or have hearing disability has passed the Australian Senate and has been welcomed Continue reading the story...

Angola’s Association of Disabled People to engage in electoral observation process

LUANDA: The National Association of Disabled People of Angola (ANDA) will be engaged in the election observation process, in the next polls set for next August Continue reading the story...

Botswana revises building regulations to accommodate persons with disabilities

The Attorney General is revising building control regulations to cater for the needs of people with physical disabilities, the Minister of Transport and Communications Nonofo Molefhi Continue reading the story...

Turkish streets remain inaccessible to persons with disabilities

ISTANBUL: July 7 is the last day of a seven-year timeframe provided in law for Turkey’s public domains to be made accessible for persons with disabilities; Continue reading the story...

Certificate course in web accessibility

With the Australian Government and the Human Rights Commission adopting the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, this six-week online course, Australia’s first tertiary-backed accessibility course for Continue reading the story...

Government of Canada launches call for proposals to support persons with disabilities

OTTAWA: The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, on June 22 invited not-for-profit organizations to apply for funding for projects that support Continue reading the story...

Campaign for transport companies with poor accessibility to lose contracts

UK: Campaigners with disabilities are calling for bus and train companies with a poor record on accessibility to be stopped from getting future contracts. Under Government proposals, Continue reading the story...

Vodacom launches smartphones for customers with vision disabilities

Vodacom South Africa has launched a new range of smartphones for customers with vision disabilities, which includes the Nokia C6 Zooms phone, Nokia E6 and Nokia Continue reading the story...

Maintain set standards in the construction of accessibility ramps in public buildings: GBU

GHANA: The President of Ghana Blind Union (GBU), Mr Yaw Ofori Debra, has called for the need to maintain set standards in the construction of accessibility Continue reading the story...

Excellence Canada invites applications for 2012 Ontario Accessibility Award

TORONTO: Excellence Canada on June 22 announced a call for applications for the second annual Excellence Canada – Ontario Accessibility Award. The award recognizes and celebrates organizations that have Continue reading the story...

Drexel computer science students develop apps to aid people with vision disabilities

PHILADELPHIA: For people with vision disabilities daily activities such as reading a newspaper, texting or checking Facebook often require the extra step of sitting down at Continue reading the story...

Social media helping children with autism ‘navigate the world’

Jordan Hilkowitz is layering household products into a beaker for his latest science experiment. Right beside his mom’s coffeemaker on the kitchen counter, he is preparing Continue reading the story...

Guatemala Launches Central America’s First Braille Newspaper

GUATEMALA: “You don’t need to see to be able to read” was the message Guatemala sent to the world last month when it launched Central America’s Continue reading the story...

RTI replies now available in Braille in India

CHENNAI: People who are blind in the state can now get replies to their queries under the Right to Information (RTI) Act in Braille, thanks to Continue reading the story...

Malaysian couple compiles Encyclopedia for people who are deaf

HEFEI: The first encyclopedic dictionary for the country’s 20 million people who are deaf and hard of hearing was published early June, Xinhua news agency reported. The Continue reading the story...

Rio+20 Outcome Document includes disability

Disability has been included in the Rio+20 Outcome Document – a result of our joint efforts in advocacy and partnership toward disability-inclusive development in the work Continue reading the story...

Accessible Media Inc. announces new TV listings service for Canadians who are blind

TORONTO: In a continuing effort to make media accessible to all Canadians, Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the launch of its Described Video TV Guide Continue reading the story...

UN Conference on Sustainable Development kicks off with call to action

More than 100 Heads of State and government today gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the start of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Continue reading the story...

Lack of information affects participation of persons with disabilities in politics

WA, GHANA: Lack of confidence and information on Ghana’s electoral process have been identified as major barriers to the participation of women and persons with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Portuguese company launches new service for customers with hearing disabilities

Portuguese cable operator Zon Multimedia has launched a new service for customers with hearing disabilities, enabling them to contact customer support through a video interpreter. A call Continue reading the story...
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