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Researchers improving transit and sidewalk access for people with disabilities

BUFFALO, N.Y.: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University at Buffalo are collaborating on a five-year, $4.6 million federally funded project to advance physical access Continue reading the story...

US Department of State’s Empower Conference on International Disability Inclusion

On Thursday, October 31, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan M. Ryan and Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judith E. Heumann Continue reading the story...

Comcast launches new accessibility lab

PHILADELPHIA, PA: According to the U.S. Census, approximately one-third of American households have a member who has a disability. To better serve its customers, Comcast today Continue reading the story...

FCC adopts new rules to make video devices accessible to people with disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Federal Communications Commission on October 29 adopted rules that will enable people who are blind or low vision to have easier access to Continue reading the story...

Students create hi-tech ‘eyes’ to help people with vision disabilities

NAGPUR, INDIA: What are the things most difficult for people with vision disabilities? Walking without bumping into things, reaching their desired location without help, locating objects Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities often neglected in natural disaster drills: Expert

MUSCAT: Experts at a seminar on disaster risk reduction have said that a small amount of money spent on preparedness saves a lot more during the Continue reading the story...

Freedom Scientific releases JAWS 15 screen reading software

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA: Freedom Scientific yesterday announced the release of version 15 of JAWS for Windows, the world’s premier screen reading software. This release includes support Continue reading the story...

Forum seeks inclusion of persons with disabilities in disaster plan

NIGERIA: Stakeholders in disaster management have made case for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in disaster plan of Lagos State. They made the call at a forum Continue reading the story...

GAATES Presents at WWW HLFS: ICT and Media Inclusion of Women, Girls and People with Disabilities

HANOI, VIETNAM: The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) presented in the Women With the Wave High-Level Forum Series: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Continue reading the story...

New smartphone travel app for people with hearing disabilities

DUBAI, UAE: Taxi customers with hearing disabilities will be able to book cabs more easily and communicate with drivers with a new smartphone application. The free app Continue reading the story...

Pacifica Police Launches ‘Map Your Neighborhood’ Program to Prepare for Disaster

The ‘Map Your Neighborhood’ program is part of a continued effort by the Pacifica Police Department to increase community collaboration in the event of a disaster. During Continue reading the story...

University of lowa offers assistive technology app

Are you a teacher, educator, parent, or someone else interested in assistive technology? Now there’s an app for that. ICATER’s new iPad app makes daily assistive technology Continue reading the story...

Costa Rica improves accessibility for travelers with disabilities

SAN JOSE: Costa Rica has long been known as a destination for adventure, with thoughts of surfing, hiking through rain forests and tranquil beaches coming to Continue reading the story...

Indonesian Blind Union to fight for the right of persons with disabilities

Low-cost airline Tiger Air decided to refund the ticket for passenger with mobility disability, Hendra Jatmika Pristiwa, who was refused service to travel to Singapore from Continue reading the story...

National Council on Disability Issues Report on 2012 Election

The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency, released a new report, “Experience of Voters with Disabilities in the 2012 Election Cycle”, to gauge the effectiveness Continue reading the story...

UK minister hails Uganda on disability action

UGANDA: Lynne Featherstone, the visiting UK minister for disability, has hailed Uganda’s efforts to address challenges of people with disabilities. In her keynote address at Sheraton Continue reading the story...

Sensitizing people about the needs of people who are deaf-blind

PANAJI, INDIA: Zamir Dhale’s favorite pastimes include updating his facebook status, reading news on the internet and googling for information. The tech-savvy 38-year-old is so in-tune Continue reading the story...

Malawi re-affirms government support for persons with disabilities

ZOMBA: The Vice President, Khumbo Kachali, has re-affirmed government’s obligation to prioritize persons with disabilities in its planning of disaster risks reduction activities in the country. The Continue reading the story...

Pennsylvania Hosts Second Annual Disability Employment Summit

HARRISBURG, PA.:  Department of Public Welfare SecretaryBeverly D. Mackereth and Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway yesterday kicked off the second annual Pennsylvania Disability Employment Summit (PADES) Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities demand dignity and equal opportunity in Namibia

USAKOS: Close to 150 people with vision disabilities held a demonstration in Usakos in the Erongo Region during the commemoration of ‘White Cane Day’ with First Continue reading the story...

SWD invites funding applications for IT schemes for persons with disabilities

HONG KONG: The Social Welfare Department (SWD) will tomorrow (October 22) invite eligible individuals and organizations to apply for funding from the Jockey Club IT Scheme Continue reading the story...

San Francisco International Airport Launches Disability Awareness Training

SAN FRANCISCO: The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced the launch of a disability awareness training program for airport, airline and security employees. Created in partnership Continue reading the story...

Disability Group Finds Barriers to Accessibility at 95% of Amtrak Stations

WASHINGTON: The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) announced on October 16 that a review of Amtrak stations found 95% have major barriers preventing people with disabilities Continue reading the story...

Review into disability access begins

NEW ZEALAND: Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson and Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia yesterday  announced a review has begun into building access for persons with Continue reading the story...

Video could transform how schools serve teens with autism

Video-based teaching helps teens with autism learn important social skills, and the method eventually could be used widely by schools with limited resources, a Michigan State Continue reading the story...

Nigerian with vision disabilities protest high cost of white cane

LAGOS: People with vision disabilities in Lagos State, on October 17, protested over lack of availability of the white cane, which they use as a walking Continue reading the story...

Robots to assist people with disabilities

Three projects have been awarded funding by the National Institutes of Health to develop innovative robots that work cooperatively with people and adapt to changing environments Continue reading the story...

IIMs reject student with dyslexia

BANGALORE, INDIA: A final year B.Com student, who is also dyslexic, is spending anxious moments ahead of his Common Admission Test (CAT) scheduled in Bangalore next Continue reading the story...

American SL Club promotes deaf culture through signing and music

Though the American Sign Language Club consists of almost 100 students, only one of these members is deaf. Jonathan Mesich, a senior in the College of Liberal Continue reading the story...

ECHO, 6 other partners call on government to practice inclusive disaster risk reduction practices

As part of their global effort to promote the importance of including everyone – especially the most vulnerable – during disaster risk reduction (DRR) planning, European Continue reading the story...

Government neglects persons with disabilities

HARARE, ZIMBABWE: People with disabilities have blasted the government of Zimbabwe for neglecting their welfare with most of them turning to street vending and begging to Continue reading the story...

Nigerian Association urges government to create accessible environment for people with vision disabilities

LAGOS: The Nigerian Association of the Blind, Lagos State Chapter, has urged all tiers of government to create an enabling environment for people with vision disabilities. Mr. Continue reading the story...

Persons with Disability Act Under Review

KENYA: Persons with disabilities may continue having problems accessing some buildings owing to lack of clear guidelines on the punitive measures to be taken against building Continue reading the story...

Caricom pledges to protect rights of persons with disabilities

Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries have pledged their commitment to ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities in the region, noting also that internationally agreed development goals Continue reading the story...

WHO, partners release new guidance on disability and emergency risk management

WHO and its partners jointly released new guidance to help countries meet the needs of people  with disabilities during all phases of emergencies. For the International Continue reading the story...

Minister Blaney Day recognizes International for Disaster Reduction

OTTAWA: The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement today acknowledging the United Nation’s International Day for Disaster Reduction. “The International Continue reading the story...

Disability and the media focus of conference

How the disability community can empower itself through social media and the media’s perception of the disability community will be examined during “Disability & the Media: Continue reading the story...

Uruguay to offer tourists with disabilities more access to historic sites

Uruguay has launched an ambitious plan to make its tourist offerings more accessible to tourists with disabilities thanks to the support of Spain’s Fundacion ONCE, which on Wednesday Continue reading the story...

ITU launches WSIS Project Prize 2014 competition

GENEVA: For the third consecutive year, ITU has launched a competition that recognizes excellence in the implementation of projects and initiatives which further the World Summit on Continue reading the story...

International Day for Disaster Reduction Today

The International Day for Disaster Reduction will be observed in the world today to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce their risk Continue reading the story...
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