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Launch of new library service provides accessible books to over three million Canadians with print disabilities

VICTORIA, BC:  The Centre for Equitable Library Access officially launched its new national service which provides accessible library services and materials to Canadians with print disabilities. Continue reading the story...

Comelec holds registration for persons with disabilities in Philippines

MANILA: The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be holding a satellite registration for persons with disabilities and senior citizens of Manila on Sunday, June 1. To be held Continue reading the story...

EEOC Sues Orion Energy for Disability Discrimination

MILWAUKEE: Manitowoc, Wis.-based Orion Energy Systems, Inc. violated federal law by firing an employee because of his disability, a mobility disability, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Continue reading the story...

Zero Project 2015: Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices and Policies for Persons with Disabilities

VIENNA: The Zero Project team is inviting leading experts and organizations to nominate outstanding practices and policies concerning this year’s topic: Independent Living and Political Participation The Innovative Continue reading the story...

Disability Action Plan 2014-2018 Announced

NEW ZEALAND: The Minister for Disability Issues Tariana Turia has announced the Disability Action Plan 2014-2018 today. The new plan is a collaborative effort between government Continue reading the story...

HUD Announces Alternative Accessibility Standard for Federally Funded Construction Projects

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is permitting developers of federally funded construction projects to use an alternative design Continue reading the story...

New service to strengthen New Zealand sign language development

NEW ZEALAND: Education Minister Hekia Parata today launched a new Family Whānau Sign Language Facilitator service to support children who are deaf to develop a strong Continue reading the story...

Symposium on Disability Policy

MUSCAT, OMAN: A symposium on ‘Policies of Dealing with Disability and their Prospects in the Arab States in the Light of the UN Conventions on the Continue reading the story...

Lawmaker urges Congress to pass bill to provide accessible pedestrian traffic signals

MANILA, PHILIPPINES: A party-list lawmaker has called on Congress to pass a bill that would provide all traffic lights with audible signals to help persons with Continue reading the story...

New buildings fail to meet accessibility standards

MALTA: A third of new buildings inspected last year did not meet accessibility standards and the majority required alterations, according to the National Commission Persons with Continue reading the story...

New smartphone app warns people with vision disabilities of obstacles in their way

NEW YORK: Researchers have developed a new smartphone application that warns people with vision disabilities of obstacles in their way to help them better navigate their environments. Researchers Continue reading the story...

Sign language interpreters at Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

NEW DELHI, INDIA: In a first of its kind, sign language interpretation facilities are being put in place at the Narendra Modi swearing-in ceremony today enable Continue reading the story...

Seminar on accessible tourism held

PHILIPPINES: The National Council on Disability Affairs in partnership with the Department of Tourism held a “Regional Forum on Accessible Tourism for Person with Disabilities” and Continue reading the story...

Vancouver Taxi Association Welcomes Opportunity to Serve More People with Disabilities with New HandyDART Funding

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA: The Vancouver Taxi Association welcomes the additional funding for taxis announced by TransLink Friday afternoon, and stands ready to meet the unique needs Continue reading the story...

App to spot autism signs in kids

New York: Spotting the early warning signs of autism has just become a bit easier for parents and physicians with a software that tracks and records Continue reading the story...

Government of Canada improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Trent Hills

CAMPBELLFORD, ON: Canadians with disabilities will gain better access to programs and services in their community, today announced Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West, Continue reading the story...

Nigerians with disabilities demand accessible polling booths

ABUJA: Ahead of 2015 general election, persons with disabilities in the country have lamented the situation where most polling booths are not accessible to them during Continue reading the story...

New guidelines require buildings to be accessible for persons with disabilities

AHMEDABAD, INDIA: It is now mandatory for all new buildings in city to have a accessible design. This came to light during a seminar organized by Continue reading the story...

Northampton Community College holds emergency preparedness seminar

Northampton Community College will host a free seminar on emergency survival for older people and people with disabilities on 8 a.m. June 5. The Seminar will be Continue reading the story...

Students develop solar-powered tricycle

BHIMAVARAM, INDIA: A group of engineering students from S.R.K.R. Engineering College develop the cycle. A battery fitted to the tricycle stores solar power and helps it Continue reading the story...

London firm launches Braille phone

LONDON: OwnFone, a London-based firm, claims to have put the world’s first Braille phone, that is invented by using customized 3D printing techniques, which costs just Continue reading the story...

High-tech Eyewear Device to Enable People with Vision Disabilities to See

MILTON, ON: Is there anything better than a breakthrough technological device that enables some visually impaired people to recapture activities they haven’t experienced in decades, like Continue reading the story...

Jamaica Tables Disabilities Act

Members of the disabled community have welcomed the move by the Government to finally table in Parliament legislation to give full protection to persons with disabilities. The Continue reading the story...

City Council wants public buildings accessible for persons with disabilities

PHILIPPINES: Persons with disabilities in Cebu City may soon have easier access to recreational areas and other public places. The City Council has passed an ordinance that Continue reading the story...

Disability advocates call on party leaders to ensure accessibility

TORONTO: As a novel grassroots strategy, the non-partisan AODA Alliance has just posted on YouTube its first-ever on-line virtual news conference. Using the internet to instantly Continue reading the story...

New technology helps people with autism improve job interview skills and confidence, study finds

COLUMBIA, MD: “The job description said weekends were required. Do I really have to work weekends? I’d rather not.” “I can’t really see myself working at any Continue reading the story...

Online dialogue on accessibility of social media

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the National Council on Disability invite the public to participate in an online dialogue Continue reading the story...

EEOC Seeks Public Input on How to Improve Federal Hiring of People with Disabilities

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it is inviting public input on potential revisions to the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities to protest on May 26

THANJAVUR, INDIA: Agitations will be held by persons with disabilities before the district collectorates of Thanjavur and Dharmapuri to highlight the deficiencies in the government schools Continue reading the story...

International Summit on Accessibility

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...

Sign Language Videos Launched

NEW ZEALAND: Revenue Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the release of seven new videos that will help make tax compliance easier for customers who are deaf Continue reading the story...

Ministry sets deadline for implementation of accessibility standards

ANKARA: Minister of Family and Social Policies Ayşenur İslam complained about public institutions’ failure to comply with the ministry’s accessibility standards for people with disabilities at an Continue reading the story...

New e-books to strengthen children’s access to sign language

NEW ZEALAND: Education Minister Hekia Parata marked New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week by launching new e-books that have been developed to improve children’s access to Continue reading the story...

Portable toilet that expands for people in wheelchairs wins COU’s annual IDeA student contest to improve accessibility

TORONTO: A portable toilet that can expand by four times the usual size to make life easier for people in wheelchairs, but can shrink for easy Continue reading the story...

Global Forum on Disability



The Global Forum on Disability which will be held a day prior to the 7th session of the Conference of States Parties on 9th June, 2014. The Continue reading the story...

Archaeological Survey of India makes monuments accessible for visitors with vision disabilities

NEW DELHI: In an effort to disseminate information to visitors with vision disabilities, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has put up signs in Braille, explaining Continue reading the story...

Pass Laws to Protect Disability Rights

MOSCOW: The Russian State Duma should pass amendments that will protect the rights of people with disabilities. The Duma should also introduce further amendments to protect Continue reading the story...

7th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

NEW YORK: The 7th session of the Conference of States Parties will take place at United Nations Headquarters from 10 to 12 June 2014. The thematic Continue reading the story...

FDA Approves Mind-controlled Robotic Arm from Segway Inventor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed marketing of the DEKA Arm System, the first prosthetic arm that can perform multiple, simultaneous powered movements controlled Continue reading the story...

City hosts campaign on inclusive education for children with disabilities

JORHAT, INDIA: The World Vision India group recently organized an awareness campaign as part of the global action week for education with special emphasis on inclusive Continue reading the story...
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