• Month: November 2012

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3

    Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority”, often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society. Barriers can take a variety of forms, including those relating to the physical environment or to information and communications… Continue Reading »

    NP team invents new device for persons with disabilities

    SINGAPORE: A team from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) has invented a new device to help those unable to use their limbs, control their television sets remotely – using their tongues. This means that stroke patients and people with severe spinal cord injuries will be able to, among others, switch TV channels or adjust the volume.… Continue Reading »

    Nigerians with disabilities lack access to education

    NIGERIA: The Centre for Citizens with Disability has said over 80% of Nigerians with disabilities lack access to formal education. The Executive Director, CCD, Mr. David Anyaele, told that the difficulty persons with disabilities face in getting formal education was due to minimal access to public infrastructure. He said, “In my estimation, more than 19… Continue Reading »

    NFB urges senate to ratify convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind people, today urged the United States Senate to ratify the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Senate voted on November 27 to consider ratification of the treaty, which was signed by President Barack Obama in… Continue Reading »

    Barnes & Noble Nook app for iOS now supports VoiceOver & Screen Magnification feature

    The Bernes & Noble Nook releases new version of its Nook application will give users access to over 2.5 million titles and is available for both Android and iOS devices. Bernes & Noble Nook application has just been updated to version 3.3.0. The key feature of the new update is the support for Apple’s VoiceOver accessibility feature. This makes… Continue Reading »

    UAE to host World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012

    DUBAI: The UAE, through the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE, will be hosting for the first time in the Middle East the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), taking place from 3-14 December 2012 at the Dubai World Trade Center. Generally considered one of the most important conferences in the field of telecommunications,… Continue Reading »

    Renault launches accessible mapping of its French sites

    For World Disability Day on December 3, 2012, Renault is calling on its employees to test access to its sites for people with mobility disabilities.  The company has developed a site-listing tool with the Jaccede association, whose collaborative guide today covers 26,000 locations in France and 7,000 outside France. The information gathered by staff will… Continue Reading »

    Seminar for persons with disabilities opens in Liberia

    GBARNGA: A week-long seminar of people with disabilities kicked-off Sunday in Gbarnga, Bong County. The seminar is assembling hundreds of  persons with disabilities affected by the Liberian civil conflicts from the fifteen counties of Liberia. According to Madam Naomi Harris, Head of the National Union of the Organization of the Disabled (NUOD), the seminar which ends… Continue Reading »

    Residents needed for accessibility advisory committee

    BROCK TWP.: Brock Township is looking for local residents to serve on its accessibility advisory committee. The group recently helped develop a multi-year accessibility plan to prevent and remove barriers for persons with disabilities in municipal properties, like library branches, arenas, town halls, and parks. But members are quick to point out that there’s far… Continue Reading »