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Taiwanese researchers unveil app for shoppers with vision disabilities

TAIPEI: A free mobile application that can read out the floor guide of a shopping mall in southern Taiwan has been unveiled recently with the aim Continue reading the story...

Saudi Arabia Launches Accessible Car Project for Persons with Disabilities

RIYADH: Dr. Yusuf Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Minister of Social Affairs, delivered the first batch of accessible vehicles for people with mobility disabilities. A total of 1,000 vehicles were Continue reading the story...

UAE releases audio CD for people with vision disabilities

UAE: The Minister of the Interior has released an audio recording for people who are blind or low vision. under the title: “Disabled People-Their Rights and Continue reading the story...

Israelis with hearing disabilities demand increased government services

TEL AVIV: Over 50 Israelis with hearing disabilities gathered in front of government offices in Tel Aviv on Sunday morning to demand increased funding for services Continue reading the story...

Transport for London improve Kew Bridge junction for people with vision disabilities

LONDON: A major junction in Kew Bridge has been upgraded to help people with vision disabilities crossing the road. The improvements, which were part of Transport for Continue reading the story...

New Dolphin-assisted therapy helps children with intellectual disabilities in China

BEIJING: A new Dolphin-assisted therapy that helps treat children with intellectual disabilities is gaining popularity in China, according to a media report. The technique for children with Continue reading the story...

Plan for more accessible public transport

AUSTRALIA: Canberrans with a disability are being asked how public transport can be made easier for them to use and access. The ACT Government is currently reviewing Continue reading the story...

American Bath Enterprises Unveils ADA-Compliant Shower Safety System

HAYWARD, CA: American Bath Enterprises, Inc. (“ABE”), the makers of AmeriWall™ and AccessaBath™, recently unveiled new ADA-compliant shower stall kits. These bath safety shower systems are shower stall kits and shower Continue reading the story...

Digital strategy to make education accessible for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) provides an opportunity to students to continue education that has been put on hold for various reasons. Continue reading the story...

Accessing ATMs an uphill task for persons with disabilities in India

CHENNAI: T M N Deepak, a 32-year-old psychologist, hates to go to the ATM near his house in Medavakkam. Persons with disabilities finds it tough to Continue reading the story...

Jaccede app helps users spot accessible places

Jaccede, a new app that helps people find accessible places in their communities, was recently recognized as a winner of the Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards Continue reading the story...

CSE releases book ‘Taking Stock’ in Braille

KOLKOTA, INDIA: The Calcutta Stock Exchange (CSE) on December 4 released a book ‘ Taking Stock’ in Braille script by Samik Bhaduri. The book is about capital markets and aims Continue reading the story...

Thai researchers develop affordable braille display

THAILAND: Thai researchers say they have developed a new and cheaper way for people who are blind to read text from a computer. A team at the Continue reading the story...

Project to address political exclusion of persons with disabilities launched in Ghana

GHANA: A project to address the political exclusion of persons with disabilities from the decentralization system aimed at building their capacities to enable them contest for Continue reading the story...

HUD Awards $26 Million to Convert Apartments into Assisted Living Facilities

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $26 million in grants to the owners of multi-family housing developments in nine states to Continue reading the story...

Italian city to become more accessible for persons with disabilities

LUCCA:  Historic Italian cities, with their cobblestones, narrow streets and steps are not always easy to navigate from a wheelchair or with a disability. Lucca is no Continue reading the story...

‘Accessible environment needed for persons with disabilities’

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: A barrier-free environment is needed for persons with disabilities (PWDs) to move safely and freely,” said the speakers at a district-level advocacy workshop for Zilla Continue reading the story...

Punjabi University develops ‘text-to-speech’ software for people with vision disabilities

PATIALA, INDIA: Panjabi University, Patiala, has developed a “text-to-speech” software using which people with vision disabilities will be able to hear any text written in Punjabi. Continue reading the story...

New Transportation Guide is geared to people with autism and other disabilities

RIDGEWOOD, NJ: The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, a national autism organization that develops, advocates for and funds innovative initiatives benefiting adults on the spectrum, Easter Seals Continue reading the story...

New corporate index being developed for people with disabilities in the workplace

WASHINGTON, DC:  The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) jointly announced their partnership to establish a national benchmarking Continue reading the story...

HD Radio Receiver Wins FCC Chairman’s Award

The Best Buy Insignia Narrator HD Radio receiver has won the FCC Chairman’s Award for Advancement in Accessibility for 2012. Now in their second year, the awards were created Continue reading the story...

Audible traffic signals for pedestrians with vision disabilities

PHILIPPINES: Militant lawmakers have proposed the installation of an audible traffic signal to make people who are blind and elderly people less dependent on other pedestrians Continue reading the story...

Indian scientists develop ‘Mounisara’ software to help people with hearing disabilities

KOLKATA: Unlike the popular notion, we learn from what we hear and not what we see. Wondering how difficult it makes learning for kids with hearing Continue reading the story...

Call for applications to focus on Smarter Sustainable Cities

GENEVA:  ITU together with Telefónica launched the 3rd Green ICT Application Challenge. A prize of 5,000 US dollars will be awarded to the application that best Continue reading the story...

Plan for more accessible public transport

AUSTRALA: Canberrans with a disability are being asked how public transport can be made easier for them to use and access. The ACT Government is currently reviewing Continue reading the story...

Indian government promoting technology for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: A number of initiatives have been taken to promote research & technology for the benefit of Persons with Disabilities. The Ministry confers National Awards for the Continue reading the story...

European Commission adopts seven new priorities for the digital economy and society

The European Commission has adopted seven new priorities for the digital economy and society on December 18. The digital economy is growing at seven times the Continue reading the story...

AT&T Launches Corporate Accessibility Technology Office and Further Expands Commitment to Customers with Disabilities

DALLAS, TEXAS: As part of AT&T’s ongoing commitment to ensure that customers with disabilities are able to enjoy the opportunities that modern technology affords, the company is launching Continue reading the story...

FCC Honors Innovators in Accessibility Communications Technology

Washington, D.C. At a ceremony on December 19, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski celebrated the  innovative achievements of technologists whose work in communication-related areas benefits people with Continue reading the story...

Lack of accessible toilet, ramps in schools hurting children with disabilities in India

BHOPAL: Yashaswi Kumud, 13, a Class eight student from a village in Bhopal feels agonized as others watch her crawl up the stairs, grabbing on to walls Continue reading the story...

NFB applauds U.S. support for legally binding international instrument to put more accessible books in the hands of people with vision disabilities

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) applauds announcement from the United States government supporting a legally binding international instrument which will allow many Continue reading the story...

WIPO advances toward treaty to facilitate access to published works by persons with print disabilities

Meeting in extraordinary session, the WIPO General Assembly took a landmark decision on December 18 to convene a diplomatic conference in 2013 to complete negotiations on Continue reading the story...

DAISY Consortium Releases Obi 2.5 – Creating DAISY audio books just got easier

MISSOULA, MT: The DAISY Consortium is pleased to announce the latest release of Obi, an open source software tool for creating DAISY compliant audio books with Continue reading the story...

Knesset approves new law for disability access

ISRAEL: The Knesset approved an amendment for disability access on Tuesday that will facilitate the use of public services by persons with disabilities in Israel. The law, Continue reading the story...

ICT workshop trains students with vision disabilities in India

MYSORE: A five-day workshop that began here on Monday aims at training students with vision disabilities in computer applications, as many are not aware of the Continue reading the story...

VisitEngland announces new marketing campaign to develop and promote accessible tourism

VisitEngland unveiled plans for a national marketing campaign to promote accessible tourism in England next year. The national tourist board will work with five destinations to Continue reading the story...

Hong Kong Transport Advisory Committee discusses new program under universal accessibility policy

HONG KONG: The Transport Advisory Committee (TAC) was yesterday (December 18) briefed on a new program under the universal accessibility policy, which was announced in August Continue reading the story...

Australia announces support for copyright treaty on accessibility for persons with print disabilities

A new copyright treaty could make it easier for persons with disabilities to access print materials in alternative formats. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon explained the World Intellectual Property Continue reading the story...

New Zealand government not complying with its own web standards

Not one government website complies fully with web standards laid down by the government itself in 2003, says a monitoring report released this month on New Continue reading the story...

NPC seeks public input on multi-year accessibility plan

NIAGARA FALLS, ON: The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) was pleased to present its Multi-Year Accessibility Plan (2013-2017) to the public in two sessions on November 29, Continue reading the story...
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