• Month: January 2014

    FCC sets path for widespread text-to-911 deployment

    WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Communications Commission said today that text providers should enable the public to text 911 in an emergency, encouraging providers that have not begun deploying text-to-911 to forge solutions to meet this goal. The Commission also sought further comment on regulatory proposals to help ensure that Americans will be able to send… Continue Reading »

    DOJ Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Implement ADA Amendments Act of 2008

    The Department of Justice published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking yesterday intended to revise the department’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II and Title III regulations to implement the requirements of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).  Congress passed the ADAAA in response to several Supreme Court decisions that had narrowly interpreted the… Continue Reading »

    EEOC sues nursing home operator for refusing to hire applicant with hearing disabilities

    NEW YORK: Genesis HealthCare, LLC, the owner of Holly Manor Center nursing facility in Mendham, N.J., violated federal anti-discrimination law when it refused to hire an applicant for its food service department because of his disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed. According to the EEOC’s suit, Genesis… Continue Reading »

    Winners announced for 2013 Accessibility Awards

    AUSTIN, TX: The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD), in partnership with the Accessibility Professionals Association (APA), has announced the winners of the 2013 Accessibility Awards, which recognize businesses and organizations that go above and beyond the legal requirements to provide both physical and service accessibility to people with disabilities. Nominations for the awards… Continue Reading »

    Broadway theaters to improve accessibility

    NEW YORK: Nine historic Broadway theaters will be more accessible for people with disabilities under an agreement signed by a major theater chain and the federal government. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says the deal announced Wednesday with the Nederlander Organization to make theaters accessibility for people with disabilities. The theaters include the Nederlander, Gershwin, Brooks… Continue Reading »

    Braille promotion initiative launched

    MONROVIA: The Liberia Christian Association of the Blind (CAB) has launched a Braille promotion initiative. CAB was founded by a group of people with vision disabilities with few dedicated and professional fully sighted Liberians on 28th April 1985 in Monrovia. At its formation, CAB is to cater to people with vision disabilities. Its activities came… Continue Reading »

    Researchers develop robots to diagnose autism

    AGREB: CROATIA: Four-year-old Luka is enthusiastic about his new friend. “He can write. He can sit down. And he can drink water,” he says.The two also like to dance together. But it is an unusual friendship. Luka is a child with autism, a developmental disability that inhibits social, behavioral, and communications skills. And his friend,… Continue Reading »

    Madrid taxis now provide Braille sticker

    MADRID, SPAIN: 2014 brought good news for people with visual disabilities in Madrid. From the start of the year, taxis in the Spanish capital will have to carry a sticker with information in Braille, displayed in an accessible position inside the cab. The information includes the cab’s license plate, its licence number, the number of… Continue Reading »

    Mississauga to review achievements and goals for future accessibility improvements

    The Accessibility Advisory Committee is inviting the public to its meeting on February 3, 2014 to review the City of Mississauga’s 2013 accessibility achievements, as well as goals for 2014 and beyond, Review of 2013 City and MiWay Accessibility Reports,  2 p.m., February 3, 2014,  Program Room 1, Mississauga Valley Community Centre,
 1275 Mississauga Valley… Continue Reading »