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Researchers developing tools to help children with autism communicate

A team of UMass Medical School researchers is developing tools for the classroom and clinic to help teach communication skills to nonverbal children with autism who Continue reading the story...

Sprint Receives Award for Commitment to Accessible Mobile Technology

OVERLAND PARK, KAN.: Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), a New York-based charity supporting children and adults with autism, has selected Sprint as the 2014 Continue reading the story...

Campaign to help people with vision disabilities in Somalia

KISMAYO: It is estimated that about 140,000 people in the country are vision disabilities, mainly due to cataract, corneal opacity and glaucoma. However, 80 per cent of Continue reading the story...

Elections Canada Launches Advisory Group for Disability Issues

OTTAWA: Elections Canada today is holding the first meeting of its new Advisory Group for Disability Issues. The group will provide the Agency with accessibility advice on Continue reading the story...

MEPs vote to make online public services accessible to everyone

All websites managed by public sector bodies would have to be made accessible to everyone, including older persons and persons with disabilities, under a draft law Continue reading the story...

Carleton University Hosting International Accessibility Summit

Carleton University, with support from the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa, is holding a three-day International Summit on Accessibility in July 2014 at the Continue reading the story...

Zero Project Conference 2014: High Level Meeting on Accessibility

VIENNA: Several members of GAATES will be participating in the upcoming Zero Project Conference on Accessibility: Innovative Policies and Practices for Persons with Disabilities, 27-28 February 2014 Continue reading the story...

FEMA Launches Disability Inclusive Independent Study Course Training

FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination announces the online Disability Inclusive Independent Study Course training. Independent Study Course, IS-368: Including People with Disabilities and Others with Continue reading the story...

Microsoft Announces Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Microsoft employees have created a new scholarship that will encourage more high school seniors living with a disability to enroll in college, realize the impact technology Continue reading the story...

Disability and Accessibility Survey

Students, faculty, and staff with disabilities are invited to complete an anonymous online survey that will help to assess disability accommodations provided by the university, the Continue reading the story...

ReSound LiNX Launches MFi Bluetooth Hearing Aid

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: ReSound LiNX launches in global markets today as a revolutionary hearing aid capable of streaming high-quality stereo sound from an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Continue reading the story...

Zero Project Report 2014 on Accessibility Published

A network of more than 1,000 experts from all around the world worked on this year’s Zero Project Report! Together, they mapped the state of implementation Continue reading the story...

BBK rolls out talking ATM

MANAMA: Aligned with its strategic commitment to creating a brighter community, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK), Bahrain’s pioneer in retail and commercial banking, has launched Continue reading the story...

Nominations to recognize leaders in access to the arts

Do you want to see an outstanding disabled artist recognized? Or how about a leader providing access to the arts for people in New Zealand? Nominations Continue reading the story...

FCC Moves to Upgrade TV Closed Captioning Quality

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved new, more comprehensive rules for TV closed captioning to ensure that viewers who are deaf and hard of Continue reading the story...

Indonesia urged to defend rights of persons with disabilities

UNESCO has urged regional governments in Indonesia to provide facilities for persons with disabilities in spaces used for human and public rights, education, social and political participation Continue reading the story...

Canada’s First Report under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

OTTAWA: The Canadian Human Rights Commission recognizes and commends the federal, provincial and territorial governments of Canada for the multitude of initiatives, programs and policies designed Continue reading the story...

Organization calls for redesigning scope of work for people with vision disabilities

MUSCAT, OMAN: The Al Noor Association for the Blind has called for redesigning the scope of work for people with vision disabilities at workplaces and has stressed Continue reading the story...

Governments of Canada and Northwest Territories sign agreement to help Northwest Territories residents with disabilities get jobs

YELLOWKNIFE: Canadians with disabilities in the Northwest Territories will be better equipped with the skills and experience they need to get jobs through a new federal-territorial Continue reading the story...

Lack of wheelchair accessible transportation in Wellington

WELLINGTON, NZ: The lack of wheelchair accessible transportation in the county is “ripping apart” local families. That’s the message Mich­elle Martin and Helen Edwards are spreading Continue reading the story...

Canada improves accessibility for persons with disabilities in Metro Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC: The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), announced that Canadians with disabilities will gain better access to programs and services offered through the Continue reading the story...

Lack of policies or guidelines regarding wheelchairs and seating provision in Ireland

A study on wheelchair provision, undertaken by the University of Limerick, has highlighted a worrying lack of any national policies or guidelines in support of the Continue reading the story...

Advocates call for comprehensive legislation on disability rights in Pakistan

FAISALABAD:  Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM) and Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID Network on February 8-9, 2014, the capacity building training entitled “Advocacy Continue reading the story...

New European Standard on Accessibility Requirements for Public Procurement of ICT Products and Services

ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE:  The European Standardization Organizations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) are pleased to announce the publication of a new European Standard on accessibility requirements for Information Continue reading the story...

Reveal VUE prototype to help people who are blind to see again

HOUSTON: Reveal Optical, LLC, a Houston, Texas-based medical device start-up, announced that its prototype vision aid, the Reveal VUE, has been proven to help people who Continue reading the story...

Disability access needs improvement ahead of Sochi Paralympics

SOCHI: After $51 billion, it should be easy to get around at the Olympics – for everyone. Organizers have repeatedly touted accessibility for people with disabilities as one of the chief Continue reading the story...

Canada and Yukon sign agreement to help Yukon residents with disabilities get jobs

WHITEHORSE, YUKON: Canadians with disabilities in Yukon will be better equipped with the skills and experience they need to get jobs through a new federal-territorial agreement Continue reading the story...

People with hearing disabilities struggling to access services in Qatar

QATAR: Public and private services entities and organizations should provide sign language interpreters at their headquarters for the benefit of people of are deaf or hard Continue reading the story...

People with hearing disabilities want cheaper 3G mobile services in India

BATHINDA: At first sight, a mobile phone may appear a cruel joke with the hearing impaired but it is not. The National Association of the Deaf Continue reading the story...

Azerbaijan government introduces new draft disability law

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN: In order to bring the national legislation on persons with disabilities in conformity with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Continue reading the story...

Unemployment of people with intellectual disabilities more than twice as high as general population

WASHINGTON: A new survey shows that unemployment among people with intellectual disabilities is more than twice as high as for the general population. That’s according to one Continue reading the story...

Israeli team develops innovative children’s wheelchair

ISRAEL: The Wheelchairs of Hope team has developed the one of its kind, children’s wheelchair and aims to allow access to education in less developed environments Continue reading the story...

UNMC hosts international conference on inclusive education

MALAYSIA: The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) is hosting an international conference entitled Inclusion: A Child’s Right to Education on March 8, 2014. The conference Continue reading the story...

New smartphone app to assist people with vision disabilities navigate Perth’s public transport network

PERTH, AUSTRALIA: Hard-working guide dogs have traditionally helped people who are blind or low vision travel safely on public transport, but not every person with vision Continue reading the story...

Sri Lanka plans to formulate a national action plan for people with disabilities

COLOMBO: The government of Sri Lanka plans to formulate a national action plan for people with disabilities in the country. Social Services Minister Felix Perera has recommended Continue reading the story...

People with disabilities can now access basic facilities

RIYADH: The Prince Salman Center for Disability Research (PSCDR) announced Sunday the completion of one of its major projects on universal accessibility to basic facilities following Continue reading the story...

Legislation to provide improved education for students with vision and hearing disabilities

WASHINGTON: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced the introduction of H.R. 4040—the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, the most comprehensive education legislation Continue reading the story...

Purushottam Express to have first Braille-signage coach in India

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Purushottam Express is slated to become the first train in the country to have a Braille- embedded AC coach for  passengers with vision Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities still face employment challenges in many countries

NEW YORK: Employment remained a challenge for persons with disabilities in many countries, a United Nations expert told the Commission for Social Development, as some delegations Continue reading the story...

Students highlight simple steps to accessibility

It doesn’t take much to ensure a class is accessible to all students. In some cases, it’s simply a matter of making class materials available online Continue reading the story...
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