Month: September 2012

U.S. Department of Labor awards grant to establish Accessible Technology Action Center

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Labor on September 27 announced an award of a $950,000 grant to the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America in Arlington, Va., to establish the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Accessible Technology Action Center, a national resource that will facilitate and promote the use of accessible technology… Continue Reading »

NCD releases report "Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children"

WASHINGTON, DC: On Thursday, September 27, the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency, released “Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children” – a groundbreaking policy study, infused with real life stories of parents with disabilities, to provide a comprehensive overview of factors that support and obstruct Americans… Continue Reading »

Nottingham City to improve transport access for persons with disabilities

UK: As part of European Mobility Week, Nottingham City Council and NET recently teamed up to host a ‘Try a Tram Day’ for disability groups.  ‘Try a Tram Day’ aimed to provide people from disability groups with the confidence to travel by tram. Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio holder for Planning and Transport, Councillor Jane Urquhart, said:… Continue Reading »

Cinemark introduces movie theatre accessibility for customers with vision disabilities

PLANO, TEXAS: Cinemark Holdings, Inc., one of the world’s largest motion picture exhibitors, today announced that it is providing an audio description option for people who are blind or low vision, in all of its first-run theatres. Cinemark is installing audio description systems on a rolling basis across its circuit in conjunction with the chain’s… Continue Reading »

Big keys keyboards provide a solution for users with vision disabilities

BIRMINGHAM, UK: In a world of computer technology and continuously improving Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), IT manufacturers have seemingly catered for every eventuality. However, for people with vision disabilities, early learning and users with disabilities, how has computer technology evolved? Over the years, a number of different methods have been implemented to help people with… Continue Reading »

AT&T launches U-verse accessible remote app 

DALLAS, TEXAS:  AT&T U-verse® is making it easier for U-verse TV customers, including people with disabilities such as vision and hearing disabilities, to control their TV with the new U-verse Easy Remote App. Available in the iTunes store, the innovative U-verse Easy Remote App lets customers easily use their iPhone or iPad as a U-verse remote… Continue Reading »

NEH awards $235,000 to improve accessibility to historical audio files

AUSTIN, TEXAS: A professor in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to develop the tools to sort and analyze recordings of poetry, speeches and folk tales in much the way that music files are already routinely analyzed. The work could make… Continue Reading »

CNN adds closed captioning on web and iPad

CNN adds closed captioning on web and iPad. Watch video below:

University of Kansas awarded grant for National Center to help students with disabilities learn in inclusive settings

The U.S. Department of Education announced on September 25 a $4.9 million grant to the University of Kansas in Lawrence to create a national center to help students with disabilities learn in inclusive settings with their nondisabled peers. The Technical Assistance Center for Inclusive School-Wide Reform will share information with educators and other stakeholders on… Continue Reading »

Promote Sign Bilingualism during International Week of the Deaf

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) celebrates International Week of the Deaf (IWD) of the deaf this week from September 24-30, an event observed by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), an international organization composed of 130 national associations of the deaf. The WFD has designated “Sign Bilingualism is a Human Right,” as… Continue Reading »