Month: October 2013

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 and public transportation for people with disabilities by bringing together computer science technology and the principles of universal design. The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Accessible Public Transportation at Carnegie… Continue Reading »

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 will host leaders from 57 organizations participating in the EMPOWER Partnership program, a series of exchanges designed to promote inclusive communities and advance disability rights around the world. The… Continue Reading »

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 announced it has created a dedicated accessibility customer support team and opened an accessibility product and development lab.  These two key initiatives are examples of Comcast’s commitment to meet… Continue Reading »

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 digital video programming on a wide range of electronic devices.  The rules will also enable consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing to activate closed captioning on their… Continue Reading »

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 of every day use and reading. While there may be devices that can help in one or the other of these tasks, a unit that can help in all… Continue Reading »

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 aftermath of a disaster and that persons with disabilities are often neglected in disaster drills. The two-day seminar, ‘Programme of International Seminar on Natural Disaster Risk Reduction’, held by… Continue Reading »

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 for Windows 8 Professional on both Tablets and Touch Screen computers. JAWS 15 has been designed to give users who are blind control when working with traditional desktop applications… Continue Reading »

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 held to commemorate this year world disaster day, stating  that persons with disabilities were the most vulnerable during disaster and that efforts must be made to ensure that they… Continue Reading »

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) and Media Inclusion of Women and Girls and People with Disabilities, October 23-24, 2013, Hanoi. GAATES President – Mukhtar Al Shibani and Vice President – Aqeel Qureshi, presented on… Continue Reading »

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 is expected to be released on Microsoft phones by the end of the week. It follows 12 months of development by Dubai Taxi Corporation, Microsoft and the Community… Continue Reading »