• Month: July 2012

    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 by allowing them to download audio books. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Friday that both Harrisburg and Eldorado libraries would receive the grants. “Many Illinois public libraries… Continue Reading »

    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 exhibit. The new site, Connections in Sight, offers resources and information on eye research for people with vision disabilities and their families. The consortium hopes the new site will help… Continue Reading »

    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 through a new Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, the Justice Department announced today. The announcement comes on the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was passed on… Continue Reading »

    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 safe transportation of this category of travelers. The specialized vehicle fleet increased by eight new minibuses, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and two ambulift vehicles TLD CHTP-PM 5.9, created on base of Mercedes-Benz Atego. Now,… Continue Reading »

    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 implement the various laws befitting the sector. Among others, the laws mandate that persons with disabilities should be allocated one percent of the LGU budget and the establishment of… Continue Reading »

    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, held through July 28, at the NFB Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, will expose twenty-nine students who are blind of a variety of ages to nonvisual practices that facilitate their involvement in science,… Continue Reading »

    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 accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications. The statistics below come from “Americans with Disabilities: 2010” www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/p70-131.pdf [PDF] Population Distribution 57 million Number of… Continue Reading »

    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 disabilities.  The agreement is the 200th settlement reached under Project Civic Access (PCA), the department’s wide-ranging initiative to ensure that cities, towns and counties throughout the country comply with… Continue Reading »

    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. The video, Providing Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities, was created to raise awareness and reduce the barriers persons with disabilities face when seeking legal services. “Projects such as this… Continue Reading »