Month: July 2012

EFC to launch IT training program for people with vision disabilities

SRI LANKA: The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) will launch a six-month IT training program for eight people with vision disabilities in Vavuniya on August 2. The course funded by the ILO-LEED program, will be conducted at the recently refurbished ORHAN Training Centre by Ms. Manique Guneratne, an EFC employee, who is also blind. Ms.… Continue Reading »

US Scientists aim to deliver visual images to people with vision disabilities

HOUSTON: Humans possess the unique ability to form mental images of things that exist only in their minds, and U.S. scientists now believe there may be a way to harness this ability someday to give sight to people who are blind. Neuroscientists at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at… Continue Reading »

Voters with disabilities demand better facilities in Indonesia

JAKARTA: Latifa, 34, went to the polling booth near her home on Jl. Bendungan Jago, Central Jakarta, on July 11 with one thing on her mind; she wanted her vote to count in the gubernatorial election. But all of her enthusiasm went out the window in an instant, quickly replaced with bitterness as she could… Continue Reading »

University of Pune empowers students with vision disabilities with e-learning courses

PUNE: There was a time when Rachana Shelar, a student with vision disability, had to depend on Braille books to study her standard eight syllabus. She had to depend on a reader or a writer many times when she faced some difficulties with these Braille books. But, not anymore. Rachana is now empowered with e-learning, an… Continue Reading »

Technology opens new ways for persons with disabilities to vote

TROY: The Image Cast Ballot Marking Device works like the voting machine of the future. It allows users to cast votes on a computer screen, marking each box with a clean, digital black X. The device’s controller makes voting like playing a video game: arrow buttons are used to navigate the screen and a big… Continue Reading »

Philippines improves access for persons with disabilities

MANILA: The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of five access ramps for persons with disabilities along the stretch of Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. The latest among them was the R5.1-million accessible ramp built by the DPWH beside the footbridge fronting the Ever Gotesco Mall which can be used… Continue Reading »

Oxford addresses accessibility challenges

OXFORD: The Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues is calling for an employee whose sole job will be compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city’s self-study, completed earlier this year, shows even newer city facilities are out of compliance. Many accessibility problems can be fixed inexpensively – in some cases, with a change or… Continue Reading »

Cinemark to add devices for people with hearing disabilities

Theater operator Cinemark Holdings Inc. has agreed to offer new assistive devices to moviegoers with hearing disabilities under a settlement of a civil-rights lawsuit filed by the state. The agreement, which settles a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Tom Horne in June 2011, requires Cinemark to offer special neck loops and receivers at its… Continue Reading »

Guam new videophone service to help people with hearing disabilities

GUAM: Communicating quickly with anyone not in the same building had always been a challenge for Christopher Pangelinan. He can send email or message someone, but something as simple as picking up the phone and calling someone – an activity many take for granted – was difficult because of Pangelinan’s hearing disability. Sure he could… Continue Reading »

Schools should improve access for Georgian with disabilities, activists say

Georgia has invested significant time and money in efforts to integrate persons with disabilities into mainstream education, but parents say many schools remain ill-equipped to take them. In Soviet times, children with disabilities were educated separately at special boarding schools, but under a programme partly funded by the Norwegian government and launched in 2005, they… Continue Reading »