• Month: May 2013

    Freedom Scientific announces new RUBY XL HD handheld video magnifier

    ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA:  Freedom Scientific today announced a new version of its popular RUBY handheld video magnifier, the RUBY  XL HD. The new magnifier has a larger screen, high-definition image, and enhanced functionality to meet the needs of today’s consumrs with low vision. The RUBY XL HD has a 5-megapixel camera to produce a high-definition… Continue Reading »

    Disability advocates blast Chicago Transit Authority for lack of accessibility along bus route (video)

    Persons with disabilities are not provided access to roughly eight stations along the 31st Street bus route, according to protesters who staged a rally outside the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) headquarters Thursday.

    University of British Columbia study explores why students with learning disabilities excel in opera

    University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers have launched a study to explore why students with learning disabilities shine in the University’s demanding opera program. The study, called Libretti of Learning, will be presented at Congress, a national gathering of 7,000 researchers that begins June 1 in Victoria. Preliminary findings of the study, which is led by… Continue Reading »

    Global report on children with disabilities released

    Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children’s report,  the report examines the discrimination and deprivations that these children and their families confront. It describes the progress that is being made, albeit… Continue Reading »

    NeoSpeech Text-to-Speech offers enhanced accessibility in compliance with the ADA

    SANTA CLARA: NeoSpeech, a leader in text-to-speech (TTS) software and speech-enabled solutions, has announced the enhancement of accessibility functions in its TTS voice products. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), NeoSpeech now offers text-to-speech voices for Microsoft SAPI (Speech Application Programming Interface) to use with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) products such as… Continue Reading »

    Poland takes action to bolster disability rights

    The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), launched in Poland on 9 May 2013, is a crucial component of the tool for monitoring the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was signed and ratified by Poland in 2012. Dr Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz, Minister of Labour and Social… Continue Reading »

    International Conference on Assistive Technology – June 8

    Sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, a one-day conference at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will center on technologies that aid people with mobility disabilities in making art and music on June 8. Just as sports tools like the sit-ski aid athletes with disabilities, and work tools like Braille keyboards aid employees with disabilities, artists and… Continue Reading »

    Western University students invent device for swimmers with disabilities

    Western Engineering students Shuang Song, Joseph Santarelli and Nicole Kucirek know their idea could be considered all wet. But it just might be a winner. The Western team developed a sensor that provides swimmers using an iPod or MP3 player with an audio warning when they are reaching the end of a pool. That solution,… Continue Reading »

    Richmond backs use of digital media to promote accessibility

    The City of Richmond and Rick Hansen Foundation announced Richmond is the first municipality in Canada to promote the accessibility of its public spaces through planat. Both the City and the Foundation invite all Richmond businesses and organizations to promote their business access features on planat.com – helping Richmond become a leading city in accessibility.… Continue Reading »