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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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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; Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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, Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

Indianapolis Mayor Presents Accessibility and Inclusion Awards

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.: Mayor Greg Ballard joined members of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disability on July 26 to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Continue reading the story...

Libraries to improve services for persons with disabilities

SALINE COUNTY: Two Saline County libraries are part of 40 statewide that will receive equipment to enhance Internet access for people with vision or physical disabilities Continue reading the story...

New website launched for people with vision disabilities

At Discovery World on Thursday, a consortium of Milwaukee-based organizations announced a new web portal for people with vision disabilities, and unveiled an accompanying weekend-long art Continue reading the story...

US Justice Department announces Americans with Disabilities Act Barrier-free Health Care initiative

U.S. Attorney’s offices across the nation are partnering with the Civil Rights Division to target their enforcement efforts on a critical area for persons with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Moscow Domodedovo Airport improves services for passengers with disabilities

MOSCOW: Improving the system of service for passengers with disabilities, in the first half-year of 2012, Moscow Domodedovo Airport has bought the additional equipment for the comfortable and Continue reading the story...

Local government units ignore laws for persons with disabilities

BUTUAN CITY, PHILIPPINES: Leaders of persons with disabilities in the Caraga region have bewailed the failure of most local government units (LGU) in the area to Continue reading the story...

NFB launches Project Innovation

BALTIMORE: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) on July 25 launched its first-ever NFB Project Innovation as part of its National Center for Blind Youth in Science initiative.  This program, Continue reading the story...

Facts for Features: Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26

WASHINGTON: This day marks the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public Continue reading the story...

Kansas City agrees to improve access for people with disabilities

WASHINGTON: The Justice Department on July 25 announced an agreement with Kansas City, Mo., to improve access to all aspects of civic life for people with Continue reading the story...

Tennessee Supreme Court develops training video on providing legal services to persons with disabilities

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission recently developed an important training video that will help attorneys and legal agencies that work with persons with disabilities. Continue reading the story...

Secretary of State announces libraries and community colleges will receive equipment to assist people with print disabilities

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has announced that 40 Illinois public libraries and community college learning resource centers will receive equipment to Continue reading the story...

European Union stalls treaty talks to allow copyright waiver for people with print disabilities

The European Union is holding up a treaty to allow books and other printed works to be converted into a format accessible to people with print Continue reading the story...

US Justice Department signs agreements in Texas and Georgia to ensure access for persons with disabilities

WASHINGTON: The Justice Department on July 24 announced agreements with Wills Point, Texas, and Randolph County, Ga., to improve access to all aspects of civic life Continue reading the story...

BlackBerry Screen Reader app updated, RIM releases demo (video)

A few months ago, Research In Motion (RIM) released a free accessibility app called the BlackBerry Screen Reader. The app makes BlackBerrys more accessible to users Continue reading the story...

Governor Quinn signs new laws increasing penalties for misuse of disability parking placards

CHICAGO: Two bills signed by Governor Pat Quinn will increase penalties for those that abuse the use of disability parking placards. House Bill 5624 will increase the Continue reading the story...

University developing SMART Boards for children with vision disabilities

A project, headed by Illinois State University staff and Laboratory School teachers, is working to make SMART Boards accessible to children with vision disabilities. The project, titled SMARTer Continue reading the story...

More persons with disabilities to vote in May 2013 elections in Philippines

TAGBILARAN CITY: Moves to increase participation of persons with disabilities in the coming elections advanced here as the country celebrates the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Continue reading the story...

NIB to ensure accessibility of Buildium’s property management software

ALEXANDRIA, VA.: National Industries for the Blind (NIB) secured its first commercial Section 508 Assurance Service contract with Buildium, a cloud-based property management software company based Continue reading the story...

TIGAR Project accelerates book accessibility for people with print disabilities

GENEVA: Launched in November 2010, the Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources (TIGAR) Project continues to accelerate. The aim of the TIGAR project is to increase the Continue reading the story...

Disability rights campaigner takes to the road to win access

MALTA: Clifford Portelli manoeuvres his wheelchair up a ramp to mount a pavement in Fgura, but when he reaches the end he comes across a step Continue reading the story...

Public places fail to maintain communication with deaf people in Turkey

ISTANBUL: People with hearing disabilities report facing difficulties in hospitals and other public institutions, such as courts and schools, as there are no staff members able Continue reading the story...

North Carolina travel guide for persons with disabilities

North Carolina has expanded a travel guide to help persons with disabilities explore the Tar Heel State. The sixth edition of “ACCESS North Carolina: A Vacation and Continue reading the story...

University of Nottingham starts a project to improve life of people with hearing disabilities

The University of Nottingham is starting a project to help people with cochlear implants. The university has joined forces with the Ear Foundation to provide a website Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities to protest over sound quality in train announcements

IRELAND: People with vision disabilities have come together to protest against what they describe as “persistently poor quality” in the sound quality of announcements on Iarnród Continue reading the story...

New Visions program for people who are blind receives prestigious certification

Hawaii’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and Services for the Blind Division has received national recognition for a unique training program called “New Visions,” which is offered to Continue reading the story...

Central Bank of Nigeria to introduce graphic ATMs for people with physical disabilities

NIGERIA: The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday, in Akure, announced plans to accommodate people with physical disabilities in its cashless policy drive. Ikechukwu Nwaoha, the Continue reading the story...

Apple files for technology that could help people with hearing disabilities

AppleInsider has discovered a couple of patent applications that may make Apple devices helpful to people with hearing disabilities. The applications published this week by the U.S. Patent Continue reading the story...

DH report on Research and development work relating to assistive technology 2011-12

UK: Research and development work relating to assistive technology 2011-12 annual report (PDF, 2MB) is published pursuant to section 22 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Continue reading the story...

Disability rights groups boycott hotels over equal access rights

A coalition of the largest disability rights groups in the country has announced a national boycott of hotels along with a public awareness campaign concerning an Continue reading the story...

China launches audio description project

BEIJING: A project to transcribe movies to audio descriptions for people with vision disabilities was launched Wednesday at the China Braille Library. Four film organizations sponsoring the Continue reading the story...
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