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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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

Vanderbilt University awarded grant for New Center on developing coursework for students with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education on September 25 announced a $1.5 million grant to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., to create a national center to develop Continue reading the story...

Voters with disabilities criticize California’s new online registration system

California’s new online voter registration system went live last week, but one group is not cheering:  voters with disabilities. On Tuesday, which was National Voter Registration Day, Continue reading the story...

New online course launches for teachers to better include students with disabilities

DUBLIN, IRELAND: A new online course is set to launch yesterday for teachers and professionals in further and higher education to help them update their skills Continue reading the story...

Toyota develops prototype robot to assist independent home living for persons with disabilities

TOKYO, JAPAN: Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has developed a human support robot (HSR) prototype to assist independent home living for persons with mobility disabilities.  The prototype Continue reading the story...

Jordanian Minister of Education translates curricula into Braille

AMMAN: Minister of Education Fayez Saudi on Monday said the ministry was committed to providing schools with qualified staff capable of dealing with students with disabilities. During Continue reading the story...

EEOC wins summary judgment verdict against company that provides services to persons with disabilities

PHOENIX: A federal judge ruled September 21 ruled in favor of the U.S.  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that a Phoenix company that  provides services to Continue reading the story...

39th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition 2012 in Tokyo

TOKYO, JAPAN: The 39th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition 2012 will be held on September 26-28 at Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center), 3-11-1 Continue reading the story...

University of Wyoming engineering students develop assistive technology two-way communicator

Senior electrical engineering students James Branscomb of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Scott Rigg of Niwot, Colorado developed a two way system to enhance communication between individuals with Continue reading the story...

W3C announces plan to make HTML5 standard by 2014

As part of advancing HTML 5.0 to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendation by 2014, the HTML Working Group Chairs proposed a plan today to work in parallel Continue reading the story...

TLC approves “Taxi of Tomorrow” amid accessibility concerns

NEW YORK: The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission’s (TLC) board of commissioners on Thursday approved the “Taxi of Tomorrow,” a Nissan model designed specifically Continue reading the story...

Bangalore city public places lack accessibility for persons with disabilities

BANGALORE, INDIA: Most public places in the City do not have accessibility and toilets for persons with disabilities, even though this is required by law, said Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities check city for accessibility ahead of Commonwealth Games 2014

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND: A group of wheelchair users have been travelling around Glasgow to see where accessibility needs to be improved ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Continue reading the story...

Disability Gas Coalition to improve gas station accessibility for persons with disabilities

United Spinal Association has joined with the Paralyzed Veterans of America to create the Disability Gas Coalition, a national and state level disability rights organization, dedicated to Continue reading the story...

Tennessee accessibility event focuses on making life accessible for everyone

About 56-million Americans have some type of disability, according to the latest census data. Friday, Knoxville leaders and members of the construction design industries focused on making it Continue reading the story...

Seven states receive funding to improve education, training & employment for persons with disabilities

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Labor on September 20 announced $20,654,352 for seven states under the Disability Employment Initiative to improve education, training, and employment opportunities Continue reading the story...

Phoenix website helps residents with vision disabilities

Government websites are often used for finding the locations of municipal buildings, health clinics and city parks. But for those who don’t read with their eyes, Continue reading the story...

Illinois State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Service

Supports the activities of the state library system that includes a regional center, three libraries throughout the state known as Talking Book Centers, and an Illinois Continue reading the story...

New resources help older Americans and people with disabilities maintain their independence

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $12.5 million in awards to Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to support older Americans and people Continue reading the story...

Indiana University Professor’s research aims to help people with vision disabilities to safely cross streets

BLOOMINGTON, IND.: An Indiana University assistant professor working to advance pedestrian safety has been awarded more than $1.9 million by the National Institutes of Health to Continue reading the story...

How to file a video description complaint with the FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires local TV station affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC in the top 25 TV markets to air at least four hours a week Continue reading the story...

Penn State celebrates Disability Awareness Month

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.: What do Beethoven, Thomas Edison, Stevie Wonder, Michael J. Fox, Jim Abbott, Itzhak Perlman, Stephen Hawking, Vincent van Gogh, Tom Cruise, Ray Charles Continue reading the story...

Leading disability rights group says persons with disabilities could decide election

WASHINGTON: The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) reported on September 20 on its multi-year, nationwide effort to increase the number of people with disabilities who vote Continue reading the story...

First Forum of Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities puts Needs of Children with Disabilities in the Forefront

NEW YORK: On September 14-15, UNICEF hosted the first Forum of the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities. Two hundred and forty participants representing more than Continue reading the story...

New research finds travel industry could do more to help persons with disabilities

UK: Despite the success of the London Paralympics, new research has revealed that 86 percent of persons with disabilities who responded to a recent survey think Continue reading the story...

Ghanaian expert calls for increasing ICT support for persons with disabilities

ACCRA, GHANA: A technocrat called for strong commitment towards supporting Persons with Disabilities, to enable them to utilize Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and become active Continue reading the story...

Registration Now Open for September 28 National Forum on Disability Issues

Along with other aging and disability organizations, NCOA is co-sponsoring this historic nonpartisan event featuring the 2012 presidential candidates and candidates for the U.S. Senate seat from Ohio Continue reading the story...

Exhibit to showcase accessible tools and products for persons with disabilities – Oct 5-6

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO: In the first of its kind in the area, an Adapted Home Exhibit at the Independence Center will showcase the tools and products Continue reading the story...

Major companies improve tech accessibility

Many of the larger companies have made great strides in making their technology accessible for students with disabilities. Apple and Google, for instance, and other mobile device Continue reading the story...

Qatar launches emergency contact service for people who are deaf

DOHA: The Minister of State for Interior Affairs H.E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani launched emergency call centre (992) services for people who Continue reading the story...

New iBill talking money identifier makes life simpler for people with vision disabilities

WILMINGTON, DE: Orbit Research on September 18 announced the launch of the second-generation iBill Talking Money Identifier for people who are blind, low vision or deaf-blind. Building Continue reading the story...
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