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DESA Forum: Dialogue on the post-2015 Development Framework and Disability

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), as the global focal point on disability issues of the UN system, will organize a “DESA Continue reading the story...

National Museum of American History Launches History of Disability Online Exhibition

WASHINGTON: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will launch “EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America” to explore themes and events related to the Continue reading the story...

Update on the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

The High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (HLMDD) will take place at UN Headquarters on 23 September, the day before the opening Continue reading the story...

Historic Treaty Adopted, Boosts Access to Books for Persons with Vision Disabilities Worldwide

International negotiators meeting under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted on June 27 a landmark new treaty that boosts access to books Continue reading the story...

Weight Watchers announces accessibility initiative for members with vision disabilities

NEW YORK, NY: Weight Watchers International, Inc. announced its ongoing initiative to make its websites, mobile applications and print information more accessible and inclusive for its Continue reading the story...

Wearable robot to help persons with disabilities walk again

Every year thousands of people in Europe are paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Many are young adults, facing the rest of their lives confined to Continue reading the story...

Agreement reached on provisions of new treaty to ease access to books for persons with print disabilities

Negotiators from WIPO’s member states at the Diplomatic Conference in Marrakesh reached agreement in the early morning hours of June 26, 2013, on the substantive provisions Continue reading the story...

Abu Dhabi launches new taxi service for persons with disabilities

ABU DHABI: Passengers with disabilities can now travel by Dh250,000 Mercedes. Six accessible taxi vans went into service yesterday, four in Abu Dhabi and two in Continue reading the story...

DU College Plans Assistive Technology Resource Center for Students with Disabilities

NEW DELHI: Lady Shri Ram College for Women is coming up with a resource center for its students with disabilities as part of its equal-opportunity center, Continue reading the story...

RU seminar urges government to ensure opportunities for persons with disabilities

BANGLADESH: Speakers at a seminar at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday urged the government to ensure more opportunities for persons with disabilities. National Forum of Organizations Working with Continue reading the story...

U.S. Access Board Releases Proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Passenger Vessels

The Board has released for public comment proposed guidelines for passenger vessels. Developed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the guidelines provide design criteria for large vessels Continue reading the story...

Emergency Preparedness Webinar: Using FEMA’s Functional Needs Guidance in Shelters: June 26

The ADA National Network announces the next scheduled session in the on-going Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series produced by the Pacific ADA Center and supported by the Continue reading the story...

New prototype laptop that integrates eye tracking and touchpad user interface controls

STOCKHOLM: Tobii Technology, the global leader in eye tracking and gaze interaction, and Synaptics Inc., a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications and Continue reading the story...

Accessible guided visits to Museum boosts accessible tourism in Spain

MADRID: In addition to the services and facilities designed to enable the public to visit the museum at their own pace, the Reina Sofía Museum also Continue reading the story...

Right To Education should be an equal right for children with disabilities

As we know, RTE (Right To Education) is a basic right to all. But still, children with disability are left behind from the Right To Education. Continue reading the story...

Call for Abstracts: Conference on Disability Rights in Africa

The Centre for Human Rights invites abstracts for a conference on the theme ‘Overcoming obstacles: Towards the effective implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Continue reading the story...

Delhi University colleges to set up admission panels for students with disabilities

NEW DELHI: The Delhi University (DU) has told its colleges to set up “special category admission enabling committees” for students with disabilities and those belonging to the socially marginalized sections aspiring Continue reading the story...

Monster Arts Forms Advisory Board With Focus on User Accessibility

SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.: Monster Arts, , formerly Monster Offers™, a leading mobile marketing and app technology innovator, announces the formation of its Technology Accessibility Advisory Board Continue reading the story...

Office of Institutional Equity names Web Accessibility Award recipients

The Office of Institutional Equity has announced the 2013 Web Accessibility Award recipients: the Krannert School of Management undergraduate website and the Institute for Accessible Science Continue reading the story...

Researchers design fiber optic pen that helps see inside brains of children with learning disabilities

For less than $100, University of Washington researchers have designed a computer-interfaced drawing pad that helps scientists see inside the brains of children with learning disabilities Continue reading the story...

UAE to protect the rights of air passengers with disabilities

Local authorities are working on federal regulations to protect the rights of air passengers with disabilities. The regulations will stipulate the specific services airlines and airports must Continue reading the story...

Hospitals inaccessible for persons with disabilities in India

Prasanna Kumar Pincha, Central government’s Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities says hospitals have to be barrier-free for persons with disabilities. But the concept is relatively new Continue reading the story...

Peru’s first wheelchair accessible taxi launched

San Borja has launched the country’s first wheelchair-accessible municipal taxi service, El Comercio reported. Accessible taxi (Photo credit: Municipalidad de San Borja) According to the daily the accessible Continue reading the story...

Nuance’s NDEV Mobile Developer Program Gives Voice to TV Apps

BURLINGTON, MASS.: Nuance Communications, Inc. announced that its NDEV Mobile developer program now offers beta access to voice capabilities specifically designed to support Smart TV use Continue reading the story...

Wheelchair users voice concerns to pols in DC to shape policy

WASHINGTON, D.C.: United Spinal Association and its membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), mobilized over 50 wheelchair users and consumer activists from across the country Continue reading the story...

FCC enforces hearing aid compatibility rules to benefit consumers with hearing disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau settled two wireless hearing aid compatibility investigations involving Airadigm Communications, Inc. dba Airfire Mobile, and TeleGuam Holdings, LLC, successor-in-interest to Continue reading the story...

Three CSS Drafts Published

The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Working Group has published a Last Call Working Draft of CSS Custom Properties for Cascading Variables Module Level 1. This module introduces cascading variables Continue reading the story...

Government of Canada helps people with disabilities in Nova Scotia gain job skills

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA: The Government of Canada will help people with disabilities in Halifax, Truro and Amherst develop the skills, knowledge and experience they need to Continue reading the story...

BigFONT App for iPhone Zooms in Small Text on Mobile Screens

SAN DIEGO, CA: Vision loss has reached epidemic proportions. According to RJI and the Vision Council of America, last year approximately 75% of all adults used Continue reading the story...

GNOME accessibility bid selected

The GNOME Foundation Board is happy to announce that following the Call for Bids for GNOME Accessibility Work, Igalia, a Spanish company, was selected to perform the work. GNOME Continue reading the story...

NFB commends Department of Education for new guidelines on braille instruction

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: The National Federation of the Blind commended the Department of Education for guidelines on Braille instruction issued in a Dear Colleague Letter earlier today.  The letter Continue reading the story...

India to make mandatory for airlines to allow guide dogs on flight

NEW DELHI: The government is going to make it mandatory for airlines to allow people with vision disabilities to board aircraft with their guide dogs. Indian Airlines A320 (Photo credit: Continue reading the story...

First Linux Dyslexia Software Released by Ghotit

Ghotit released its long awaited Real Writer & Reader for Linux. Ghotit Real Writer & Reader uses advanced writing and reading assistant technologies tailor-made for people Continue reading the story...

Negotiators begin work on finalizing new treaty to improve access to books for people with print disabilities

MARRAKESH: More than 600 negotiators from WIPO’s 186 member states began work today on finalizing a new international treaty to ease access to books for blind, Continue reading the story...

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2 Draft Published

The SVG Working Group has published a Working Draft of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2. This specification defines the features and syntax for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Version 2, a Continue reading the story...

Researcher demonstrates accessible voting technology on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Clemson University researchers showed lawmakers on Capitol Hill an electronic voting system they say will help resolve current technological challenges at the polls and restore voter Continue reading the story...

Japan Railway to launch Sign-language service via iPads

TOKYO: East Japan Railway Co. began testing a sign-language interpretation service in Tokyo on Monday using a videophone application on an Apple iPad tablet for people Continue reading the story...

BBC Announces Draft Mobile Accessibility Standards and Guidelines

The Draft BBC Mobile Accessibility Standards and Guidelines (Mobile S&G) are a set of technology agnostic best practices for mobile web content, hybrid and native applications. Each Continue reading the story...

Delhi post offices inaccessible for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI: Suwarna Raj (31) must make the obligatory trip from her house in Shahdara to Mandi House and back every few days. This is because the wheelchair National Credit Fund Continue reading the story...

SingPost introduces new stamps featuring greetings in sign language

SINGAPORE: To foster greater interaction with people who are deaf or hard of hearing, SingPost issues stamps featuring greetings in sign language on 17 June. The new stamps Continue reading the story...
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