• Month: October 2012

    Delhi University issues guidelines to make campuses accessible for students with disabilities

    NEW DELHI: After receiving numerous complaints from students with disabilities, Delhi University (DU) on Tuesday issued a directive to all colleges and departments to implement the guidelines of the Persons with Disability Act, UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and court judgments. They have also been asked to make a report… Continue Reading »

    Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme launched in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG: The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) today (October 30) jointly launched the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme to show appreciation to businesses and organizations for making their websites accessible. Under the scheme, websites of the participating organisations meeting the accreditation criteria will be authorised to… Continue Reading »

    SKY enhances TV for New Zealanders with vision disabilities

    NEW ZEALAND: All SKY customers now have access to TVNZ audio description information when viewing TV One (high definition) and TV2 (standard and high definition). The audio descriptions greatly enhance TV for New Zealanders with vision disabilities by providing details about what is happening on screen, eg: “John looks shocked as he sees them embrace… Continue Reading »

    Ben-Gurion University holds emergency training for people who are deaf

    ISRAEL: During her masters degree studies in emergency medicine at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Carolina Tannenbaum-Baruchi often had to run to shelters as rocket alarms rang in the city and had become accustomed to it. One day however, as she was rushing to a safe place, the thought crossed her mind: “What happens to someone… Continue Reading »

    JCPD seeking to reach more Jamaicans with disabilities

    The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is looking to reach more Jamaicans with disabilities so that the Government can adequately cater to their educational, economic, and social development. Through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Council will be seeking to locate and register more persons across the island. The aim is… Continue Reading »

    Delhi’s post offices inaccessible for persons with disabilities

    NEW DELHI, INDIA: Gulmohar Park’s post office exists in the basement of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) market, down a flight of stairs in a structure with no ramps or lift. That, however, hasn’t deterred the south division of the India Post from declaring it “barrier-free” in its reply to an RTI enquiry filed by Dr… Continue Reading »

    Governments of Manitoba and Canada celebrate official opening of new accessible affordable housing in Winnipeg

    WINNIPEG, MANITOBA: The governments of Manitoba and Canada on October 26  celebrated the opening of Place La Charrette, a 37-unit building that will enhance housing quality and accessibility for low- to moderate-income families and persons with disabilities in Winnipeg. The announcement was made by Kerri Irvin-Ross, Minister of Housing and Community Development, and Rod Bruinooge,… Continue Reading »

    U.S. Access Board Webinar on Accessible Historic Buildings & Facilities – November 1

    Alterations to “qualified historic” buildings and facilities are required to comply with the same alterations as other buildings and facilities except where the State Historic Preservation officer determines that certain requirements would “threaten or destroy the historic significance of the building or facility”. This session will review the process involved in applying these provisions and… Continue Reading »

    American Company Creates Inclusive Marketplace

    One of the questions that hasn’t been asked often enough is: Why aren’t there more inclusive marketplaces that serve people with and without disabilities?  A new on-line business, The Educated Cat, which is based in the United States, is an attempt to respond to this question. We all know that many, brick and mortar stores… Continue Reading »