• Month: July 2013

    Law Fails to Guarantee Rights of Yemenis with Disabilities

    Before Ahmed had reached his third birthday, his family knew that there was something unique about their child. They were confused by his continuous crying, his isolation from other children and his alarm at loud sounds. Their child has autism, and Ahmed’s family is now learning how to help him integrate and function in society,… Continue Reading »

    Disability sports training course starts in Ghana

    GHANA: The Association of Sports for the Disable (ASBOD) and the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) on Monday commenced a five day training course for stakeholders in disability sports. The training program designed for coaches, technical officials, therapists and doctors selected across the country was in conjunction with the German Wheelchair Sports Federation. The programme was… Continue Reading »

    New Medical Alarm Service for People with Hearing Disabilities

    PITTSBURGH, PA: Most medical alarm companies aren’t run by medical companies, but by security companies that automatically send an ambulance when a button is pressed. Without assessing a situation to see if an ambulance is actually needed, this can cause seniors unnecessary expenses, and can make seniors feel they have no help in non-medical emergencies. The Pittsburgh-based… Continue Reading »

    UN survey focuses on how persons with disabilities cope during disasters

    A United Nations online survey launched yesterday seeks to provide insight into how to reduce risk and help persons with disabilities around the world cope with and prepare for disaster events. The first-ever survey of its kind, produced by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and partners, focuses on issues such as the ability… Continue Reading »

    IT ‘Australia Tax’ hits persons with disabilities hardest

    The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has urged both sides of federal politics to commit to a whole-of-government accessible IT procurement policy, which has been recommended in the final report of the IT pricing inquiry. Among multiple recommendations aimed at reducing the so-called “Australia Tax” applied to technology products sold in Australia, the parliamentary… Continue Reading »

    UTSA launches new Americans with Disabilities Act website

    To further support a diverse, inclusive culture by continually improving and expanding disability awareness and access in its campuses, programs and activities, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has launched a new website, “Americans with Disabilities Act Disability Resources at UTSA.” The website serves as a one-stop destination for UTSA disability resources. The… Continue Reading »

    M-Enabling Australasia 2013

    SYDNEY: M-Enabling Australasia 2013 will be held on 14-15 August at the Australian Technology Park Conference Centre, Sydney. It is the first conference of its kind in the southern hemisphere, will be two days of fascinating discussion and practical demonstrations on how mobile technologies can benefit persons with disabilities and older people. The conference will… Continue Reading »

    Australian Government to Appoint Ambassador for Disability Inclusive Development

    Minister for International Development, Melissa Parke, today announced the Government’s decision to establish a new Australian Ambassador for Disability-Inclusive Development. Minister Parke said the ambassador will advocate for people with disability in developing countries to have access to the same opportunities as others and an equal say in the decisions that affect their communities. The… Continue Reading »

    Governor signs new legislation to help student athletes with disabilities

    CHICAGO: Governor Pat Quinn on July 28 was joined by Chicago Hornets hockey player Tyler Woodworth to sign a new law that will help public school student-athletes with disabilities. Woodworth is the young athlete who prompted the legislation that will help students participating in organized adaptive athletics programs around the state. The action is part… Continue Reading »