• Month: July 2012

    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 disabilities without seeking the permission of the copyright holder. India, and most other developing countries, strongly support such a legally binding treaty currently being negotiated at a World Intellectual… Continue Reading »

    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 for persons with disabilities.  The agreements were 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 »

    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 with vision disabilities. The app also now supports two new BlackBerry smartphone models in the latest update. In addition to the BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphone models, the… Continue Reading »

    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 initial fine for the unauthorized use of a disability license plate or parking decal by $100 to $600. The bill also doubles the initial fine for creating or… Continue Reading »

    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 Boards: Girls Solve Visual Accessibility Issues, will provide suggestions to educators and pre-service teachers, encouraging them to incorporate interactive features of the SMART Boards used in classrooms. “We’re… Continue Reading »

    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 Week, July 17-23. No less than the Australian Government found it encouraging that there is in fact a promising increase in persons with disabilities participating in Philippine the elections,… Continue Reading »

    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 in Boston. Under the contract, NIB will provide accessibility and usability testing and validation of Buildium’s online property and association management applications. These efforts will ensure that people with… Continue Reading »

    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 number of accessible books available worldwide; specifically, to provide access to copyright-protected works in accessible formats for people with print disabilities across borders. Participants include WIPO, publishers and collective… Continue Reading »

    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 and has to turn back and pass through the busy road. Across the road, on another pavement, there is a ramp – but it is only a foot wide.… Continue Reading »