• Month: August 2012

    Free seminars to focus on designing accessible recreation facilities

    HONOLULU: The Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) is hosting a two-day series of free seminars featuring U.S. Access Board Accessibility Specialist Bill Botten discussing the design of accessible recreation facilities. The seminars will be held on September 24 and 25, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Neal S. Blaisdell Hawai‘i Suite.… Continue Reading »

    'People with disabilities must be included in disaster planning': FEMA

    SAYREVILLE: Communities must bring persons with disabilities to the table when planning for disasters because their insight is invaluable, said Marcie Roth, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. As a co-keynote speaker to the New Jersey Institute of New Jersey Institute for Disabilities’ Alianza Emergency Preparedness Project’s second “Real Readiness State-Wide Inclusive Conference” at… Continue Reading »

    Airports Company South Africa Disability Conference 6-7 September

    The theme of this year’s two-day Airports Company South Africa Disability Conference is Solutions For Delivery To People With Disabilities and will focus on real benefits for people with disabilities. It runs alongside the ACSA Disability Trade and Lifestyle Exhibition and takes place on 6 and 7 September, 2012, while the expo runs an extra… Continue Reading »

    Breaking Barriers: The Disability Rights Movement in Russia

    When I first crossed the doorstep of an American high school as a 17-year-old new immigrant from Russia, my jaw dropped, kids in wheelchairs were playing tag in the wide hall, a cute teen-age couple was communicating animatedly in what appeared to be sign language; a blind boy was walking next to a classmate laughing… Continue Reading »

    Delhi University shows urgency to improve accessibility

    NEW DELHI: Delhi University may have to roll up its sleeves and do the heavy work itself. Noting the “deplorable condition” of pavements and pathways, rendering North Campus inaccessible to students with disabilities, university authorities have written to the lieutenant governor of Delhi for permission to “undertake the necessary modification/renovation of pavements and pathways along roads in… Continue Reading »

    ATOC launches new website for passengers with disabilities

    UK: A new website to help older passengers and passengers with disabilities get the most out of improvements made to rail services is being launched today, by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). The Rail Travel Made Easy site will help passengers plan their journeys and make the most of the new Passenger Assist service, which lets people… Continue Reading »

    Azerbaijan Foundation presents mini lab for people with vision disabilities

    AZERBAIJAN, BAKU: The Heydar Aliyev Foundation has presented a ‘Mini-information lab’ to people with vision disabilities, the Foundation said on August 23. The ‘mini-information lab’ includes a special computer desk, a computer typesetting and a software system that allows people who are blind or low vision to send and receive different information. One can use… Continue Reading »

    ASU student presents 3-D tactile images to national microscopy conference

    While Ashleigh Gonzales is a typical, 20-year old Arizona State University (ASU) senior, she is not your average student. Unlike other undergraduates studying life sciences, her decision to major in molecular biosciences and biotechnology created an unusual challenge – one few others are willing to tackle. Gonzales is blind. Yet she is pursuing a STEM… Continue Reading »

    Children with disabilities soon become part of Fiji's education system

    FIJI: The teaching of children with disabilities will soon become part of Fiji’s education system. Sixty-seven teachers from around the country are attending a three-day workshop at Suva’s Holiday Inn to familiarize themselves with a pilot project to introduce disability inclusive education in primary schools. The project, an initiative of the Education Ministry and the… Continue Reading »