• Month: February 2014

    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 recipient of the Change Maker Award for its commitment to accessibility for people with disabilities. Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, will accept the honor on behalf of the company at… Continue Reading »

    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 these cases are avoidable, preventable or curable through basic eye care and early treatment. Eye care services are almost non-existent; prevention of blindness is not yet integrated within… Continue Reading »

    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 initiatives planned for the 2015 federal general election. It will also help identify the best ways to inform people with disabilities on where and when to register and… Continue Reading »

    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 endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. Over 167 million EU citizens have difficulty in accessing public websites to use online public services, e.g. to file a tax declaration, claim unemployment… Continue Reading »

    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 Ottawa Convention Center. It is the first international conference to promote access and inclusion for persons with disabilities in all aspects of life. With the major theme of Making it… Continue Reading »

    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 in Vienna, Austria. Fifty carefully selected best practices will be presented before an audience of over 350 leading parliamentarians from around the world, together with representatives of DPOs, NGOs,… Continue Reading »

    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 Access and Functional Needs in Disaster Operations has been released and is available to take.   The purpose of this course is to increase awareness and understanding of the… Continue Reading »

    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 can have on the world, and explore careers in technology. The Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship is a grassroots effort begun by the company’s internal Cross Disability Employee Resource Group. Each… Continue Reading »

    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 accessibility of the campus, as well as the inclusiveness of the university community for people with disabilities. The survey was developed by the Disability Task Force, which was created… Continue Reading »