• Month: June 2012

    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 life. June 16 may be a normal day for most people, but for Africans this date commemorates the day these children risked their lives and fought for a cause… Continue Reading »

    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 newer one-level house in Bannockburn makes life much easier. “It wasn’t just the stairs, which didn’t work for my son or for my back problems,” Susan Toback said. “The… Continue Reading »

    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 inadequate to their special needs. A new, free program offered through the Macomb Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MLBPH) aims to offer alternative coping methods for this… Continue Reading »

    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 Lucy Rooth, executive director of Accessible Dreams, and her staff are working to make accessible housing a reality for more area residents. According to Rooth, a resident of… Continue Reading »

    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 that negatively impact their quality of life, according to Kaleisha Rolle, head secretary at the Bahamas National Council for Disability. “Some streets, you cannot get a bus driver… Continue Reading »

    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 Jodhan. The Toronto woman with vision disabilities launched her lawsuit after discovering she could neither complete the 2006 census nor apply for a government job online. The problem… Continue Reading »

    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 also seeks to domesticate the United Nations Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Joseph Kasonde, Minister of Health, Zambia (Photo credit: Flickr US Mission Geneva)… Continue Reading »

    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 a long-term plan for upkeep and improvement of accessible features, and will eventually lead to a wider effort to bring aging city buildings into compliance with the Americans… Continue Reading »

    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 operating 34 scheduled routes that serve passengers throughout Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. “I’m quite sure this is the first American bus line with hearing loops,” says David G. Myers, a… Continue Reading »