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Hong Kong ICT Awards 2013 opens for applications

HONG KONG: The much celebrated annual event of the local information and communications technology (ICT) industry, the Hong Kong ICT Awards (HKICTA), will open for applications Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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, Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

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 Continue reading the story...

Labor Department videos show soft skills needed by young workers with disabilities

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has developed a series of free video vignettes, available at http://s.dol.gov/XH, as part of its “Skills Continue reading the story...

W3C announces Workshop on Electronic Books and the Open Web Platform

W3C announced on October 24 a Workshop on Electronic Books and the Open Web Platform, 11-12 February 2013, in New York (USA). The event is hosted by Continue reading the story...

Freedom Scientific’s MAGic 12 Sets a New Standard in Screen Magnification

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA: Freedom Scientific, the world leader in assistive technology for those that are low vision or blind, on October 24 announced the release of Continue reading the story...

Sochi 2014 launches accessibility map

To mark 500 days until the next Paralympic Winter Games, the Sochi Organising Committee revealed its unique interactive internet project to help people with disabilities. The accessibility Continue reading the story...

New policy on “universal accessibility”

HONG KONG: Following is a question by the Hon Paul Tse and a written reply by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, Continue reading the story...

Maryland Restaurant to become accessible for persons with disabilities

The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with Mrs. K’s Tollhouse Restaurant of Silver Spring, Md., to remedy alleged violations of the Americans Continue reading the story...

Sochi 2014 puts accessibility on the map to mark 500 days to go to Paralympic Games

Russia marked 500 days to go until country’s first Paralympic Winter Games, which will be hosted in Sochi and begin on 7th March 2014. To celebrate this milestone Continue reading the story...

Mining company settles lawsuit for failing to provide accommodation to employee with hearing disability

BIRMINGHAM, ALA.: Birmingham-based Jim Walter Resources (JWR), the  world’s largest producer of Blue Creek coal, will pay $40,000 and furnish other  relief to settle a disability Continue reading the story...

Feds files suit against Rosa Mexicano Restaurants for violations of the Americans with disabilities act

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced On October 15 that the United States has filed a lawsuit against Continue reading the story...

New Zealanders with disabilities face endless challenges

NEW ZEALAND: A report released today shows that thousands of New Zealanders with disabilities face insurmountable barriers to getting paid work despite their eagerness for employment, Continue reading the story...

Qualcomm and Project RAY announce the development of an Eye-Free Mobile Device for people with vision disabilities

TEL AVIV and SAN DIEGO: Qualcomm Incorporated, through its Wireless ReachTM initiative, and Project RAY Ltd., which designs accessibility tools for people who are blind and Continue reading the story...

UK Civil Aviation Authority advice to air passengers with disabilities

UK: Any passenger in the UK that faces difficulty travelling within an airport or on board an aircraft – through disability, injury, age or any other Continue reading the story...

Finnish organization publishes open source software for talking publications

Kolibre, a Finnish non-profit association founded in the spring of 2012, has published the first components for a system that makes it possible to produce, distribute Continue reading the story...

Santa Barbara Braille Institute launches new program for Latinos with vision disabilities

On Wednesday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Braille Institute Santa Barbara will invite the public to an open house to explore the organization Continue reading the story...

Allsup highlights voting accessibility during Disability Awareness Month in October

BELLEVILLE, ILL.: Voting is a crucial American right, but it’s one that too many people with disabilities miss out on for a number of reasons, including Continue reading the story...

Philippines Department of Education, partners to conduct computer training for students with vision disabilities

MANILA: The Department of Education has found three allies in providing free training for people who are blind to enhance their computer skills in preparation for Continue reading the story...

CAP Introduces New Smartphone App

Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) has released a free iPhone app.  The CAP Mobile app allows Smartphone users to learn more about Assistive Technology, accommodation solutions and disability Continue reading the story...

National Council on Disability Invites Public Comments on 2013 Progress Report – Comments Due October 23

The National Council on Disability (NCD) invites comments from the public, particularly people with disabilities, on its 2013 Progress Report. The report informs policymakers on how people Continue reading the story...

Texas Department of Information Resources Launches Website Accessibility Scanning Program

AUSTIN: The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has announced a new program to assist state agencies, local government entities, and institutions of higher education in Continue reading the story...

City of Winnipeg announces 2012 Accessibility Awards

WINNIPEG, MB: On October 16, Mayor Sam Katz presented five deserving organizations with the City of Winnipeg’s 2012 Accessibility Awards. The awards demonstrate the diversity of Continue reading the story...

USDOJ Intervenes in Law School Admission Council Suit to Protect Rights of Persons with Disabilities

A federal judge issued an order today allowing the Justice Department to intervene in a disability discrimination lawsuit against the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).  The department’s Continue reading the story...

Measured Progress INNOVATION LAB to Partner with States on Guidelines of Accessibility of Assessments Project

DOVER, N.H.: The Measured Progress INNOVATION LAB will serve as research partner for the Guidelines for Accessibility of Assessments Project (GAAP). The 18-state* collaboration is led by the State of Continue reading the story...

Report on the accessibility of communications technologies is released

Interesting news on the accessibility front this month with the release of the first biennial report to Congress on the Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). After all, Continue reading the story...

Malaysian company to create greeting cards in Braille

MALAYSIA: Receiving a greeting card in the mail can certainly brighten up one’s day but the same cannot be said for people who are blind. Instead Continue reading the story...

Research on accessibility of services for Children with disabilities in Armenia

YEREVAN: On October 16 the working group of the National Assembly created for promoting the establishment of the Institute of Protection of Children’s Rights had a meeting with the Head Continue reading the story...

Barclays wins Business Disability Forum’s Accessible Technology award

Barclays PLC has won Business Disability Forum’s Accessible Technology award as part of the Disability Standard 2011/12, which scores organizations’ performance on disability across the whole business from their Continue reading the story...

Promoting voter registration among persons with disabilities in Cameroon

CAMEROON: In every country in the world, approximately 15 to 20 percent of the population lives with one or more disabilities. These people often face challenges well Continue reading the story...

Bulgarian government approves plan to bring legislation in line with CRPD

BULGARIA: The Bulgarian government approved during its meeting on Wednesday a plan to bring the existing legislation in line with the provisions of the Convention on Continue reading the story...

Accessible cinema opens up for Chinese with vision disabilities

CHINA: Xu Ru, who lives in Chengdu, Sichuan province, has been blind for more than 20 years, went to a cinema in the city to see Continue reading the story...

Open Doors Organization Launches Aviation Access Certification Program

SEATTLE: Open Doors Organization (ODO), the Chicago-based non-profit, on October 17 announced the launch of the first-ever Aviation Access Certification Program, designed to raise the quality of Continue reading the story...
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